Northampton Legion head coach Mike Bodnar knew his challenges this season would be different than last year.
Mainly, health and depth are on his side this year.
But Bodnar’s biggest challenge will come down the final stretch of the season that began Monday night when his team (7-2) was faced with the predicament of playing eight consecutive games in as many days and nine games in 10 days.
“It is about to get really interesting,” said Bodnar. “No one likes to play early. Everybody keeps pushing games off. We are all in the same boat.
Now that school is out and you have youngsters that may be into ball sports or addicted to video games, their smartphones and iPads, it may be a good idea to give them a more rounded, different experience by enrolling them in the upcoming National Wild Turkey Federations (NWTF), JAKES Youth Field Day set for Aug. 3.
The event, held at Ontelaunee Rod & Gun Club in New Tripoli, educates approximately 150 children, ages 8-12 and 12-16.
Last season, Northampton took the first step after making a historic run to the District 11 Class 6A championship game the previous campaign.
Now, it’s time for phase two with 14 returning players back.
The Konkrete Kids recently begun their new journey in the Cedar Beach Summer Basketball League.
“I am impressed on the effort they have given in these summer league games,” said Kids’ head coach Coy Stampone. “It’s early and it’s summer, but I do sense a lot of confidence in this team.
All games have been played inside because of weather. It’s hard to tell.
It’s probably a safe bet that Logan Kreglow didn’t encounter any obstacles along the parade route while participating in Egypt’s Curt Simmon’s Day Parade, recently
Kreglow, who will be making his second appearance this summer on NBC’s American Ninja Warrior, was invited to march in this year’s parade that was held on June. 1. He walked along with his family who were all wearing American Ninja Warrior T-shirts. The parade honors Simmons, an Egypt native, who spent 18 years as a pitcher in the major leagues, 11 of those years with the Phillies.
Northampton’s Hunter Werkheiser and Nate Bendekovits truly cherished the moments and the overall experience with the recent 49th annual McDonald’s Lehigh Valley All-Star Football Classic at Nazareth’s Andrew S. Leh Stadium.
The senior linemen along with Kids’ running back Ethan Deater represented the Gold team – comprised of players from Northampton County, Phillipsburg and Palisades – that lost to the Red team - players from Lehigh, Carbon, and Monroe counties - 28-14, as the Red team claimed its first victory in the series since 2015.
They were the Carpenter Cup’s comeback kids.
Lehigh Valley’s late-game heroics had been commonplace at the prestigious tournament.
Down a run entering the final frames in each of their past two games, the squad has come up clutch.
And there was a belief they would do it again Tuesday at Citizen’s Bank Park.
But it was Burlington County (NJ) that broke open a tie game with two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to claim the Carpenter Cup Classic championship with a 4-2 win over Lehigh Valley.
Lehigh Valley’s Carpenter Cup softball team had a short run in this year’s tournament, partly due to the tournament’s new format, after losing two of its three games on Tuesday.
No longer a double-elimination tournament, the top eight teams from day one and day two advance to the finals on day three.
Lehigh Valley’s strong start, a 10-0 mercy rule victory over PCCAF (Philadelphia Charter Catholic Academy and Friends) gave way to Delaware North’s strong finish in its 7-0 victory over Lehigh Valley.
Northampton’s Legion team ended last year’s campaign in the opening round of the state regional playoffs with nine healthy players.
Unless injuries arise again, that shouldn’t be a problem for them this season.
Depth won’t be an issue for Northampton, as it has an abundance of players from the EPC champion high school team as well as some recent graduates who are playing on the collegiate level.
As a result, Northampton won five of its first six games (5-1), suffering its first loss to Banko’s (7-2) Sunday.
The 2019 McDonald’s Lehigh Valley All-Star Football Classic is set to take place on Thursday, June 13, at 7:30 p.m., at Nazareth High School’s Andrew Leh Stadium.
The Gold Team is the away team this year, and made up of teams from Northampton County, Palisades and Phillipsburg, NJ. The squad is coached by Frank Duffy (Phillipsburg).
The Red Team is made up of Lehigh, Carbon, and Monroe and coached by Matt Walters of East Stroudsburg South. Red is the home team.
Lehigh Valley softball coach Blake Morgan has released the 2019 Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup Softball Team roster.
The team is comprised of high school sophomore and junior softball players from the Lehigh Valley who will compete in a tournament called the Carpenter Cup Softball Classic, which is sponsored by the Philadelphia Phillies.
The tournament is also an opportunity for players to showcase their talents in front of college coaches.