Northampton scored one more point in the Cement Belt Challenge last Tuesday night, Jan. 23, as the girls varsity basketball team defeated Whitehall by a score of 47-35.
In the second match up this season for the two neighboring rivals, Northampton came out strong and dominated the court in the first half.
Northampton outshot and outscored Whitehall by 20 points by the half, which was a very different tone than the close, back-and-forth contest of their previous matchup.
The Northampton varsity girls basketball team bested William Allen High School on Monday night with a 63-47 win.
Northampton dominated the scoring through the first half of play with a quick 19 points in the first quarter and a lead of 36-18 by the half.
Head Coach Jeff Jacksits’ team had been looking forward to taking the court against Allen since Jan. 5 when inclement weather forced the game to be postponed.
The Northampton varsity swim team claimed a victory on Tuesday night with a double win over Pocono Mountain East by scores of 98-72 for the boys team and 98-68 for the girls.
This away meet comes on the heels of a tough loss to Nazareth last week and in the midst of a tough back half of the season for the Northampton swimmers.
Despite some tough competition on the horizon and the challenges of winter weather playing havoc with practice schedules, the teams continue to keep a positive outlook and focus on getting better.
The Northampton boys and girls varsity swim teams claimed a double victory on Thursday night over rival Whitehall High School with a 99-81 victory for the girls and a 90-83 victory for the boys.
With this win, Northampton gained two points in the Cement Belt challenge and added to the team’s winning record so far this season. The Cement Belt Challenge is a yearlong contest between the neighboring communities of Northampton and Whitehall. The challenge which spans multiple high school sports and awards one point for each win in any contest where the two teams face each other.
The Northampton girls basketball team claimed a close victory over Pocono Mountain West High School in an away game on Thursday night, Jan. 11.
Northampton started the game strong, doubling Pocono West’s baskets in the first quarter. By the half, Northampton had claimed a 26-14 lead and saw more of the same in the third.
Pocono West eventually found its shot in the fourth, scoring almost half of their 43 total points in the last quarter, but it was too little, too late in the end and Northampton would claim its 10th overall victory of the season by a score of 49-43.
The Northampton girls varsity basketball team took the court against Whitehall on Tuesday night, Jan. 9, and came away with a close, 52-47 win.
The win at home is Northampton’s eighth overall victory, adding to its record this season of 8-2 overall and 5-1 in the EPC.
Northampton came out strong on Tuesday night, after several missed practices due to weather and a recent loss to Parkland last Wednesday night, but the team was ready to battle and by the end of the first quarter Northampton had accumulated a small, but confident 18-12 lead.
The Northampton girls basketball team has been shooting to win this season. At almost the halfway part of the year, the girls are sitting with a 7-1 overall record, and a 4-0 EPC mark in a season that has been highlighted with triumphant battle stories.
The Northampton girls varsity basketball team faced off against Emmaus High School on Friday evening, Dec. 15, in a game that would become another Northampton victory and another ‘W’ in head coach Jeff Jacksits’ notable career.
The Northampton boys and girls varsity swimming and diving team logged their second victory of the season on Thursday night, Dec. 14, with a double win over William Allen High School. The Northampton swimmers ran the pool with final scores of 135-41 and 137-28 for the girls and boys teams respectively.
Senior and co-captain Jarin Gaumer is encouraged by how well the team has come together this year.
“We have more people this year and we have really come together as a team,” explained Gaumer, who took first in the 50 freestyle event with a time of 24:15.
The Northampton boys and girls varsity swim teams started their 2017-2018 season Tuesday with a double victory as both teams bested Dieruff High School by scores of 106-69 and 131-49 respectively.
Northampton’s has continued to grow in numbers over the past few years giving the team a solid mix of experience and new talent.
Head Coach Cullen Mentzell is taking full advantage of that mix this season as he leverages the team’s increased number to place swimmers, especially his newer swimmers, in new events.