After couple of mercy rule wins up north, 22-5 over East Stroudsburg South and 12-2 over Pleasant Valley, the Northampton softball team returned to the Lehigh Valley to take on the 6-2 Freedom Patriots Monday.
Not even the gale force winds at Freedom could blow the Kids off course as they took care of business with an 8-1 victory and secured a district playoff spot with their 10th win of the season.
On Tuesday night at Pete Schneider Gymnasium, the Konkrete Kids boys volleyball team won a hard-fought game over Pocono Mountain East by the scores of 26-24, 25-23, 22-25, 25-17.
Northampton jumped out to a 5-0 lead on the strength of three-straight aces by tri-captain Luis Roman. However, the Cardinals had the advantage in the matchups of the front lines and built a 23-21 lead, prompting a Sue Arndt timeout. The Kids ran off 5 of the next 6 points, punctuated with a kill by Aidan Holihan to seal the set.
With an 8-3 win over Pocono Mountain East on Saturday and 6-5 win over Nazareth on Thursday, the Northampton softball team seems to have put the disappointment of their first loss of the season behind them.
The 11-1 loss to Whitehall now seems like an aberration rather than a warning sign.
“Everything that could go wrong did,” said head coach Kristy Henritzy. “We didn’t play good defense and their pitcher threw one of the best games of her life. It was one of those moments for us to get a wake-up call.”
The Northampton girls lacrosse team is still searching for its first win of the season following a 20-4 loss to Freedom Saturday morning.
The Kids has reason to be optimistic entering the game coming off a narrow, 9-7 loss to Moravian Academy on Thursday.
The Patriots scored first, three minutes into the game. One minute later Gillian Rogerson tallied the equalizer.
Northampton was a player short on a yellow card when Freedom regained the lead at the 18:28 mark of the first half. Two minutes later Eliza Rogerson was robbed when her shot hit the post.
Senior Hannah Boggs had never had a walk off hit before.
She got her first in style with a two-run home run in the bottom of the 7th inning to lift Northampton to a 6-5 win over Kutztown on Saturday.
“I put everything into that swing,” she said. “I felt a little bit of pressure, but I knew I had to get it done.”
When asked if she knew it was gone the moment she hit it, Boggs responded without hesitation, “Yeah.”
Catcher Madison Fraley set the table for Boggs with a one-out single in front of her cleanup hitter.
The Northampton boys volleyball team evened their record on the season at 2-2 with a straight-set victory over Southern Lehigh Friday night at Pete Schneider Gymnasium.
The Kids’ defensive prowess was on display in the first set. After briefly falling behind 4-3, Northampton put the clamps on the Spartans’ service game, allowing them only a single point on serve, as they dominated 25-12.
The reality of the PIAA basketball playoffs is that of the qualifiers, only the six state champions will end their seasons with a win. The Northampton girls basketball team saw their season come to an end at Cumberland Valley HS against District 7’s Norwin Lady Knights, 68-58.
Norwin jumped out to an early 5-0 lead, but an 8-point run fueled by 2 Victoria Keenan threes put the Kids ahead at the 4:36 mark of the first period. The Knights scored the last 5 points of the quarter to take a 13-10 lead after one.
What if you were told that EPC MVP Victoria Keenan would score a single point in the first quarter of a state playoff game … and the Konkrete Kids would race out to a 21-3 lead?
It happened Friday day night at Freedom in Northampton’s first round PIAA 6A game against the Methacton Warriors.
Just as fans of the Orange and Black were Googling “Norwin” and starting to speculate on the site of the second round game against the team from the Pittsburgh area, the momentum shifted.
The best 6A girls basketball team in District XI is also its champion. The 2019 Northampton Konkrete Kids completed their journey with a 60-52 win over defending champion Freedom to claim the school’s first district title in girls basketball since 2011.
The first quarter started calmly enough as each team made short scoring runs. Freedom scored the final five points of the period to erase a Northampton lead and tie the score at 12-12.
Fresh off a dominating performance at the previous weekend’s District XI championships, the Konkrete Kids’ wrestlers took to the mats at the PIAA AAA NE Regional Championships looking to punch their tickets to the state championship in Hershey.
As a team, Northampton finished tied for second with Nazareth, two-and-half points behind Bethlehem Catholic.
The Kids will be sending six wrestlers to compete in the state finals.