The Northampton varsity swimming and diving teams honored their senior swimmers during a home meet against Nazareth High School on Thursday evening.
Nine senior swimmers and their parents were recognized as Northampton head coach Cullen Mentzell conveyed some of the swimmers’ best team memories and plans for the future. In the end, both the boys and girls teams fell to Nazareth by scores of 95-73 and 89-80 respectively, but this evening was about more than the competition; it was about one last meet in their home pool for these nine senior swimmers.
The Northampton boys swimming and Diving team scored one point for Northampton in the Cement Belt Challenge this week with a narrow win over Whitehall while the girls were edged out, losing to the Zephs by just two points.
It was a hard-fought battle for both teams last Thursday night when Whitehall traveled to Northampton for a rival swim meet that both teams look forward to each year. Scores were very close all night but, in the end, the NHS boys won 92-91 and the girls lost 86-84.
The Northampton boys and girls teams fell to Southern Lehigh on Tuesday, Jan. 14, but the team ended the week on a higher note with a double victory over Allen on Thursday evening.
Northampton’s head coach Cullen Mentzell summed up Tuesday’s events.
“The meet went very well,” he said. “Even though we did not win we had a lot of swimmers continue to drop time.”
Winter break this year did not include much rest the for the Northampton boys and girls varsity swimming and diving teams as the squad continued their training and even hosted a meet against East Stroudsburg South High School on Thursday evening, Jan. 2nd.
Both teams faired well in the contest with the boys team besting ESS by a score of 97-84 and the Women’s team claiming victory with a decisive 121-47 overall score.
The Northampton boys varsity tennis team traveled to Pocono Mountain East High School in Swiftwater on Thursday, April 4, for an away game. The Kids bested PME by a score of 6-1.
Northampton claimed victory in two of three singles matches. Senior Andrew Hozza beat PME’s Caleb Grassi by scores of 6-3 and 6-1. Hozza’s individual record now stands at 9-1 for singles play. Hozza has been enjoying a streak of 9 wins in a row with his only loss to Pleasant Valley coming in his first singles match of the season back on March 11.
The Northampton boys tennis team furthered their winning record this Tuesday with a 6-1 win over East Stroudsburg North.
In a season that the boys have dedicated to their former coach and perhaps still their biggest fan, Kim Davis, the Northampton boys have achieved a 6-3 record overall and continue to make both their former and current coaches proud.
“They are a great group of kids,” said head coach Daniele Bowman. “They work hard at practice, everyone shows up and they just have great comradery between them; they all cheer each other on.”
The Northampton boys varsity tennis team began their 2019 season with a marked difference this year as long time girls and boys tennis coach Kim Davis was not there to lead the charge.
Davis officially resigned from his post with the boys team this past February. With big shoes to fill, the team will be led this year by new head coach Daniele Bowman.
Sarah Hosking, a sophomore from Northampton Area High School, will travel to Bucknell University later this week to compete in the PIAA State Championship Meet.
Hosking is one of five swimmers from the girls team to medal in either an individual or relay event during the PIAA District 11 AAA championships in mid-February. Hoskings has advanced to the PIAA state championship meet in both the 100 breaststroke event and the 200 individual medley.
Twelve swimmers from Northampton competed in the PIAA District 11 AAA Championship meet held at Parkland High School this past weekend. The squad came away with three individual medals, two relay team medals, two state championship meet qualifications and multiple personal best times.
The Northampton swimming and diving teams ended their 2018-2019 season with a home meet vs. Easton High School on Thursday, Feb. 14. Though the meet ended in a loss for both the Northampton teams, the boys team came as close to a win as possible, losing by only one point by a score of 93-92. Despite the loss, the night had a tone of celebration as the team honored the seven senior swimmers and divers who will be graduating this June.