Doug Koenig, former Alburtis now Hamburg resident and professional handgun shooting competitor who shoots for Team Smith & Wesson, has won another prestigious Bianchi Cup. This makes it 18 for Koenig, a title that is unprecedented in the Cup’s history that began back in 1979.
And it’s considered the first of the triple crown with the others being the IPSC U.S. Nationals and Steel Challenge.
The Northampton NORCO Legion baseball team defeated Palmer township and Easton to start off the 2017 season in dominate fashion, winning 8-4 against Palmer and 12-0 against Easton.
But on Friday June 2, the team was given their first loss in a 5-1 contest against Hellertown at Mike Lisetski Field.
Kyle Serman already had seen the scenario.
The senior right-hander has been part of the Northampton pitching staff the past few seasons, and he has faced the struggles against teams in their Skyline Division as well as the other teams in the East Penn Conference.
But this time around Serman realized the outcomes would be different. For Serman, his level of success has heightened in accordance with his team this season.
There’s a new summer basketball tournament in town and it hopes to fill some of the holes that high school coaches have talked about for years with the July tournament dates.
Glenn Klein, the veteran basketball tournament director for the Stellar Construction Catch A Rising Star showcase, is going solo and forming the Cedar Beach Basketball Showcase from June 22-25.
Klein has directed and organized summer tournaments over the past 37 years and feels the time is right now to branch off to put together a different tournament.
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.
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.
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.
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 there my freshman year by chance, but this year I actually hit the qualifying time and earned it.”
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.
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 very proud of what we’ve accomplished this year.”