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.
The Northampton girls softball team continued their winning season this week with a win over Central Catholic but also had a hard-fought loss to undefeated Nazareth.
The girls sit at a 6-4 this season.
The Northampton boys tennis team scored back-to-back wins last week with victories over William Allen and Wilson High School.
The team effort which included individual and doubles victories propelled the team to a stellar 6-3 record overall record for the season (5-3 for league play).
Head coach Kim Davis was ready for a tough week as he commented, “We’re just getting to the meat of our schedule and preparing to face three undefeated teams in the coming weeks.”
The Northampton girls softball team is enjoying a strong season so far with an overall and league records of 5-3.
The team victories include a three-inning shutout against Allen on Thursday, April 12, and wins over Pleasant Valley and Whitehall to round out play for the week.
In Thursday’s no hitter against Allen, Northampton’s Hannah Boggs and Elizabeth Moore tallied up three RBIs each with teammates Madison Fraley and Heather Alich close behind with two RBIs each. The game was called in accordance with the 15-run, mercy rule in the middle of the third inning.
Temperatures are well below normal, winter winds are still blowing and sizable spring snowfalls continue to plague the Northampton High School spring sports schedules.
But the Northampton boys tennis team has not let an extended visit from Ol’ Man Winter slow them down.
The boys team is enjoying a 6-1 record to start the 2018 season with early victories over Pocono Mountain East, Easton, and Dieruff, among others.
The Northampton girls varsity softball team started the 2018 season on high note with two decisive wins, two very close losses and a new coach who returns to Northampton with some impressive stats of her own.
The Northampton girls began the season at home on Wednesday, March 28, with a decisive win over East Stroudsburg North. The final score was Northampton 17-2.
Northampton’s Emily Marokovits got the win, pitching a strong game with two strikeouts and three walks allowed. The game was called at the end of the fourth inning due to the 15-run mercy rule.