The Northampton boys’ basketball team has picked up right where they left off.
After advancing to the PIAA state playoffs in March, the K-Kids are 4-0 and sit atop the Cedar Beach Summer Basketball League standings.
Northampton defeated Freedom 45-36 on Tuesday, June 5.
Roy Ortega led a balanced scoring effort with 13 points. Zach Gula and Isaac Harris each chipped in eight.
The K-Kids jumped out to a 13-1 lead to start the contest and never trailed in the game. Donte Rodriguez scored Northampton’s first seven points to set the tone.
The Moore Township Connie Mack baseball team used a strong pitching performance and aggressiveness on the base paths to secure a 5-1 victory over Coplay on Friday, June 1.
Gavin Lalik allowed one run and three hits while pitching a complete game.
After scoring off a leadoff double in the second inning, Coplay placed runners on second and third with no one out in the third inning. Lalik forced two fly-outs and recorded a strikeout to escape the jam unscathed. He allowed only one base runner the rest of the game.
Along with being the second overall pick in the recent NFL draft, Saquon Barkley couldn’t be happier with his new surroundings in the Jersey Meadowlands.
In fact on the first day of the team’s recent three-day OTA workouts, Barkley was the first player to arrive and the last player to leave the New York Giants’ training complex.
He already has developed into a staple in the greater New York area.
“This is where I wanted to be,” said the former Whitehall standout. “I am a hard worker, I am willing to learn, and I am coachable.
Lexi Barrall, Jared Jackson and Zach Liggitt took part in the state track meet this past weekend.
Liggitt took 14th in the shot put. He was seeded with a throw of 50-3.5 and threw a 48-5.5 at states. Johan Eakins of Bradford Area won the event with a 58-10.75.
Liggitt was also 17th in the discus with a throw of 134-10 after being seeded with a throw of 140-4. Zach Gehm of Seneca Valley threw a 194-8 to win gold in the event.
Lexi Barrall took 20th in the pole vault and cleared 10-0 at states. Mackenzie Horn of Manheim Township won the gold medal by clearing 13-3.
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.”
As Memorial Day weekend traditionally kicks off the pleasure boating season, power boat owners in particular should be aware of a new survey done by Boating Industry magazine.
It says that those in the boating industry that manufacture, sell, repair and store recreational vessels are seeing a growing number of problems caused by ethanol-related fuels. Said one boat dealer in the survey, “Ethanol fuels are great for our service department but bad for our customers!”
An exciting an entertaining season for the Northampton softball team came to a close on Tuesday, May 29, in the District 11 semifinals at Pates Park in Allentown.
Nazareth defeated the K-Kids 2-0 behind a fantastic pitching performance from Samantha Gorkos.
Gorkos, the East Penn Conference’s Most Valuable Player, allowed three hits and struck out 12 in the shutout. The Blue Eagles advanced to play Parkland in the championship on Thursday, May 31.
For the first time since moving to the Lehigh Valley, the Phantoms reached the Eastern Conference Finals. Unfortunately, their stay in the finals didn’t last long as the Toronto Marlies, complete with a number of players who saw considerable time in the NHL this season, swept the Phantoms in four games to end Lehigh Valley’s quest for a Calder Cup championship, winning 3-1 in the series finale.
“You look up and down their roster, obviously, they’re very, very talented,” said goalie Alex Lyon. “They play an NHL style game, very tenacious.”
Northampton head track and field coach Tim Caffrey admittedly has a bittersweet moment at the recent District 11 meet.
The veteran coach watched some of his performers advance to the state meet at Shippensburg University this weekend, while he watched others end their high school career.
Zach Liggitt (first place, shot put and discus), Alexis Barrall (second place in the pole vault), and Jared Jackson (third place, 400-meter dash) will be competing at Shippensburg.
100 – 1. Amanda Crooks (Whitehall) 12.26, 2. Kylie Kutz (Blue Mtn.) 12.41, 3. Alanna Smith (Emmaus) 12.60.
200 – 1. Talitha Diggs (Saucon Vy.) 24.84, 2. Kylie Kutz (Blue Mtn.) 25.57, 3. Jalurah Moore (Pleasant Vy.) 26.03.
400 – 1. Talitha Diggs (Saucon Vy.) 56.61, 2. Jasmine Douglas-Grant (Stroudsburg) 58.17, 3. Ellissa Slader (Easton) 59.32.
800 – 1. Greta Stuckey (Liberty) 2:18.55, 2. Katherine Ellmaker (Easton) 2:19.25, 3. Emily Banashefski (Stroudsburg) 2:20.08.