The Northampton varsity swim team began their 2018-2019 season with a double win over Stroudsburg by scores of 110-70 for the girls and 103-69 for the boys.
With several new swimmers this season, this first meet was a chance to let swimmers try new strokes; it was also an opportunity for Head Coach Cullen Mentzell to see the capabilities of the new team.
“Overall I’m happy with tonight,” explained Mentzell. “It’s great to see some of the newer swimmers stepping up.”
The winter sports season has officially kicked off in Northampton in November. Delayed one day due to an early snow, the slow start didn’t impact the enthusiasm of the Northampton boys and girls varsity swimming and diving team.
The Northampton Middle School Natatorium was buzzing with swimmers and divers preparing for the upcoming season when the Press sat down with head coach Cullen Mentzell this week.
The Northampton girls varsity tennis team sent two players to the PIAA District XI AAA singles tournament at Lehigh University earlier this week.
The tournament, which spans multiple rounds of elimination play, includes games at Lehigh University and Saucon Valley High School. Representing Northampton in the tournament were Grace Tepes and Liz Hozza.
Northampton tennis continues to fight through a tough schedule with strength and determination as their 6-6 record overall lends little insight into the level of play the team rises to with each challenge.
There is one thing head coach Kim Davis will tell you about his team: “We play hard.”
“That is one things the girls know I expect and we always do,” he said.
The Northampton girls tennis team began a tough 2018 schedule with determination and the drive to win.
Last Tuesday afternoon Northampton matched up against district champion Easton. While the Rovers brought back several of their strongest players from last year’s district tournament winning team, Northampton still played a tough game. In the end the Northampton girls lost to Easton, but put up a good fight, losing two matches in a tiebreaker.
Northampton head coach Kim Davis was proud of the team, regardless of the result.
Each summer, hundreds of children learn a very important - potentially lifesaving - skill, the ability to swim.
This year, several of the most senior swimmers from Northampton’s Kids Swim Club are doing their part to help Northampton kids learn this valuable skill by hosting swim lessons.
While the younger members of the Kids Swim Club practice on one side of the pool, the more tenured swimmers, some of which have as many 12 years of competitive swim experience, share their love of the sport and their expertise in the pool with future swimmers as young as 3-years-old.
The Northampton girls softball team started the District 11, Class 6A softball tournament with a bye in round one, then went on to defeat Stroudsburg and ultimately face local rival Nazareth in the semifinals of district play this past Tuesday night.
Starting this tournament with a bye gave three-seeded Northampton extra time to prepare and practice.
“We just stay in the present, just focus on us,” commented head coach Kristy Henritzy when asked about preparing her team for tough games. “The team is a very tight group and a bunch of fighters.”
The Northampton softball team ended their regular season on a high note last Wednesday afternoon with a home win over Nazareth High School.
The team ended their regular season with a winning record and a five-game winning streak but stumbled in the East Penn Conference Tournament with a first-round loss to Bethlehem Catholic. The team’s season does not end there, however, as the squad is back to practice this week and preparing to meet some tough competitors head-on as District 11 Championships start next week.
The Northampton softball team tallied three more victories with week with two away games and one home contest.
The team, who has enjoyed a busy schedule the past few weeks is on a four-game winning streak. Players Heather Alich, Hannah Boggs and Madison Fraley lead the way for Northampton this season with total RBIs of 16, 16, and 14 respectively. Northampton starting pitcher Madison Biechy is credited with seven wins and backup pitcher Emily Marokovits has two wins to her credit so far this season.
The Northampton boys tennis team has advanced to several district contests in postseason play, including two seeds in the singles tournaments, two teams in the doubles tournament and an appearance in the team event.
As one of the top-eight teams in the district, Northampton faced number one seeded Nazareth, but the impending tough competition didn’t seem to deter this coach’s enthusiasm leading into the game.
“We’re just going to grip-it and rip-it and see what happens,” Davis chuckled, as he explained the team’s plan to take on the 15-1 Nazareth team.