Across the country the COVID-19 virus has impacted many student-athletes, cutting their training and competition seasons short - and now their sprig seasons.
Without the gyms, field, pools and weight rooms they are accustomed to, these student-athletes can find it difficult to replicate their normal level of training in a home environment.
On Wednesday, March 11, Northampton’s Olivia Szerencsits competed in the PIAA State Swimming and Diving Championship meet at Bucknell University. Szerencsits qualified for the States meet after finishing second in the PIAA District 11 Swimming Championship for the girls 500 yard freestyle event.
Olivia has grown up with the sport of swimming. Beginning her swimming career at the age of 7, she has competed in various USA Swimming events over the past 9 years and is now in her second year on the Northampton varsity swim team.
The Northampton varsity boys and girls swim teams joined 17 other area high school teams on Feb. 29 and March 1 for the PIAA District 11 AAA Championship Meet at Parkland High School. Overall, both the boys and girls finished in seventh place and both teams had their share of victories to bring the 2019-2020 swim season to a positive close.
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.