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Despite early exit, baseball had great year

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

On paper, this appeared to be a transition year for the Konkrete Kids.

They had lost 10 veteran senior players from a team that went 10-10 in the regular season and was eliminated in the opening round of the District 11 playoffs. Hope hung on a handful of returnees and others from a junior varsity team that posted a 17-3 record.

Area prognosticators saw the Kids struggling mightily and finishing last in the always competitive Skyline Division of the East Penn Conference (EPC...

Gallagher ends career at states

Thursday, June 1, 2017 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

The state track and field meet concluded this past Memorial Day weekend and unfortunately for two Northampton track members, things didn’t turn out as hoped.

Lyndsey Gallagher qualified after taking second in the 1600 at districts and Lexi Barrall advanced after capturing gold in the pole vault. However, Gallagher didn’t qualify for the finals and Barrall no-heighted on her first attempt as both saw their trips to Shippensburg quickly end.

Barrall is just a junior and will aim...

Parkland rallies to beat Kids in softball

Thursday, June 1, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Northampton’s softball team held on to a 1-0 lead against Parkland for six innings before losing 3-1 in the District XI Class 6A softball quarterfinal at Parkland High School last Wednesday.

“We had them on the ropes,” said Northampton coach Kevin Mann. “I was hoping our season wouldn’t end this way. We were this close.”

Heather Alich had the RBI for the K-Kids in the first inning.

The Trojans threatened to score in the second inning with the bases loaded and one out....

K-Kids fall short against Emmaus

Thursday, June 1, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Northampton developed patience and did everything they could to take the District 11 quarterfinal from Emmaus last week. Unfortunately, early in the game, Northampton struggled to find a comfort zone, committing six errors in four innings as Emmaus jumped out to an 8-1 lead and then held on to win 8-5, advancing to the semifinals and ending the season for the Konkrete Kids.

“You’re not going to win a baseball game in District 11 Playoffs with six errors. It started right from the get-...

Lexi Barrall league, D-11 champ in pole vault

Thursday, May 25, 2017 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

Any athlete or team always wants to be at their best when the postseason comes around.

For Northampton pole vaulter Lexi Barrall, her season started off strong, but entering the East Penn Conference meet was a bit of a different story.

Barrall said she PR’ed [Personal Record] clearing 10 feet in the first few meets of the regular season, but then got stuck at that mark for a while.

“I knew I could clear 10-6, it was just a matter of doing it in a meet,” Barrall told the...

Softball beats PME

Thursday, May 25, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Northampton’s softball team drove the message home in the fourth inning by scoring five runs against Pocono Mountain East and won its first round District XI 6A playoff game, 11-1, on Tuesday.

“We were hoping to, and we’re always expecting to,” said Northampton coach Kevin Mann. “We handled them pretty easily last time, but they’re a young team.”

The Kids had a 3-0 lead after two innings, but the Cardinals had runners on first and second base on errors to start the third before...

Gallagher takes silver

Thursday, May 25, 2017 by PATRICK MATSINKO AND SCOTT PAGEL SPAGEL@TNONLINE.COM in Sports

Lyndsey Gallagher took what she learned at the East Penn Conference meet and applied it to districts.

Gallagher hadn’t seen Stroudsburg’s strong contingent of distance runners during the regular season, but used the EPC meet as a learning experience and turned it into a silver medal in the 1600 at districts.

For Gallagher, though, it was all about getting back to states.

“I’m so excited,” Gallagher said after the event. “I just wanted to get back to Shippensburg. I got...

NHS tops Wyoming Valley West

Thursday, May 25, 2017 by ZACH HOTTINGER in Sports

The seventh-seeded Northampton volleyball team defeated Wyoming Valley West 3-1 inside Whitehall High School on Thursday, May 18, to advance to the quarterfinals of the District 11 playoffs.

Coming into the match Northampton held a record of 9-7 on the year after having only three victories the year prior.

“We knew Wyoming Valley West, they have a couple of key hitters and we knew what to do to keep the ball away from them,” said Northampton head coach David Faust. “We’ve come...

Kids see volleyball season end after loss to Zephs

Thursday, May 25, 2017 by ZACH HOTTINGER in Sports

Northampton’s season came to an end on May 18, as the Konkrete Kids lost to the Whitehall 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the District 11 3A playoffs.

“It’s a shame we allowed the first game to go to four sets (against Wyoming Valley West),” said Northampton head coach David Faust. “We fought hard, it was a hot one in here and you could tell that our legs got weary. Whitehall is a tough opponent, they keep coming and it is hard to stop their momentum. I wish we had fresher legs but I’m...

Baseball looks to top EHS again

Thursday, May 25, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Northampton will enter the PIAA District 11 Class 6A playoffs facing a familiar opponent, but the Kids know it is a different ballgame.

The Kids will begin district play for the seventh consecutive time under head coach Mick Sugra, hosting Emmaus Wednesday afternoon, after Press deadlines.

During the regular season, the Kids downed Emmaus, 6-1 and 10-4, in two East Penn Conference (EPC) matchups. The Kids last outing was a 4-0 defeat to Parkland in the EPC playoffs, ending...