The Northampton field hockey team won their fifth consecutive game on Saturday, beating Freedom 9-1. The win moves the Kids to 5-1 through the first third of the 18-game regular season.
Bri Sell got things going with the first goal of the game at the 22:39 mark. Morgan McEntire recorded the assist.
Less than a minute later, McEntire scored a goal of her own with an assist from Jordan Somers.
Freedom got back into the game when Paige Jenkins scored on a breakaway at the 12:56 mark.
In the postgame huddle following the Northampton football team’s 53-8 win over East Stroudsburg North, head coach Kyle Haas’ tone seemed incongruous for addressing a team that has won three straight by an average score of 55-7.
“Sometimes when you hit a lull in your schedule, you tend to start to play down and you start to get into bad habits because you don’t have to do your responsibility to necessarily win,” he said. “But what happens is if you don’t do your job, when you play the good teams, you’re gonna get beat.”
The 2019-2020 Cement Belt challenge kicked off with the Whitehall boys soccer team drawing first blood on Northampton’s home field with a 4-2 victory.
A few hours later, the Konkrete Kids’ girls soccer team evened the standings by scoring a 2-0 win on the Zephyrs’ home turf.
Senior tri-captain Abbi Czarnecki got Northampton on the board in the first 5 minutes of the game when she took a pass from Alex Benedict and slotted the ball under the goalie’s arms.
The Northampton field hockey team bounced back from an opening day 3-1 loss to Liberty by pounding East Stroudsburg North 9-0 last Thursday and beating Stroudsburg 3-1 on Saturday.
The Mountaineers entered the season coming off a 2018 campaign that saw them reach the District XI 3A semifinals. In the young 2019 season, they had outscored their first three EPC opponents by a combined 25-0.
The Northampton and Whitehall girls volleyball teams renewed their Cement Belt rivalry last Thursday night at Whitehall High School.
The two teams had split their contests last year, but this match was dominated by the Kids in straight sets, 25-6, 25-14 and 25-15.
The Zephyrs had entered the match with reason to be confident after taking a set off perennial power Nazareth in their opening match. However, the match proved costly as Whitehall lost their setter, Lexi Crum to injury.
The Northampton girls volleyball team opened their season with a visit from Emmaus on Tuesday.
The Hornets left Pete Schneider Gymnasium with a victory in three sets, 25-18, 25-19, and 25-20.
The Kids struggled to find answers to Emmaus’ two elite outside hitters, Jaya Bhagat and Macy Van Den Elzen.
As head coach Jess Finlayson pointed out after the match, “They’re big. Even when the block is there, they can hit over, around, or through it.”
The Northampton softball team’s dreams of a District XI title and a PIAA playoff berth died in the glove of Whitehall center fielder Meghan Hutter.
In a game that was played over the course of two days because of three postponements due to rain, the Kids were on the wrong end of two plays worthy of SportsCenter Top 10 consideration.
The Northampton softball team dispatched Stroudsburg 9-1 in their District XI 6A quarterfinal game on Tuesday. Coupled with their regular season win against Freedom, the Kids outscored the champions of the EPC Mountain and Steel Divisions by a combined 17-2.
The Kids’ offense got rolling, as it often does, off the bat of Hannah Boggs. The Lock Haven-bound senior smoked a line drive into the left-centerfield gap for a double that drove in Jordan Geroulo to put Northampton up 1-0 after the first inning.
On Thursday at Patriots Park, the Northampton softball team settled for silver medals around their necks as Parkland claimed their sixth-straight league title, by a score of 4-0.
Offensively, Parkland took advantage of some Northampton miscues to score its first three runs. The Trojans scored a run in the first inning on a wild pitch. They added two unearned runs in the 4th when the Kids made two, two-out errors in the outfield.
EPC MVP Kelly Dulaney pitched her second straight 2-hit shutout over Northampton. She has an 18-inning scoreless streak against the Kids.
The Northampton boys volleyball team’s senior night was supposed to be a celebration of the careers of captains Luis Roman and Dominic Frey and manager Emily Gehris as well as the moment the team would clinch a district playoff berth with their ninth win of the season.
The feting of the seniors took place as planned in a nicely decorated Pete Schneider Gymnasium. But the visiting 5-12 Dieruff Huskies were uncooperative as they spoiled the night by winning the match in four sets.