Northampton Legion head coach Mike Bodnar didn’t want to see history repeat itself.
Unfortunately, it did.
Nazareth shutout Northampton in consecutive games to capture the Northampton County Legion (NORCO) title in a best-of-three series. Northampton suffered the same fate to Hellertown last year in the championship round.
“The same thing happened again,” said Bodnar. “Maybe the pressure gets to them. They stop doing what they have been doing the whole year.”
The Northampton girls basketball team had a very productive summer season, and the hope is that translates into even more success this winter.
The girls went 8-3 in the Central Catholic League, were 7-0 in at a University of North Carolina camp, and, most recently, won the A-town Throwdown last week at Alton Park when they knocked of Bethlehem Catholic in the finals, 38-29.
“It was a good summer record-wise,” said head coach Jeff Jacksits.
While wins and losses don’t always mean everything in the summer, Jacksits has also liked the way the team has looked and played.
Steel fights back for tie
Trailing by a goal, Bethlehem Steel FC fought back with a second-half strike to extend its unbeaten streak at home to eight, drawing North Carolina FC, 1-1.
Philadelphia Union midfielder Adam Najem provided the equalizing strike, offsetting a first half goal from North Carolina FC’s Marcel Kandziora. The goal was Najem’s second as a member of Steel FC and the fourth of his USL career. On the tying goal, Steel FC rookie Drew Skundrich collected his second assist in as many home games.
Despite winning two of their three games, Northampton’s boys’ basketball team didn’t advance to the round of 16 in the recent A-town Throwdown at Allentown’s Cedar Beach. A point differential kept them out.
But the Konkrete Kids took another major step to establishing a new presence this winter with the loss of Aidan Ellwood and Cory Weisenberger.
“Overall, we played well,” said assistant coach Matt Scholl, who is in charge of the Kids summer program. “We’re working to establish our identity. We have had a number of guys who have scored for us.
Three weeks ago there was one, two and three. The next week there were five to ten. This week, yards are aglow with their yellow flashes from whence they got their nickname.
Bethlehem Steel FC saw its season-long five-match unbeaten streak come to an end on the road, falling on the road at rival Penn FC, 3-2.
Bethlehem jumped out to the early lead with a strike from Philadelphia Union midfielder Fabian Herbers in the 17th minute of play. The German international collected a pass from Santi Moar, spinning to his left and taking four touches before firing a right-footed shot pass Penn FC’s Romu Peiser. The assist was Moar’s 11th of his career, becoming the club’s all-time leader.
All season long, Northampton was looking for the right combination of pitching and hitting.
For the most part, they have had it.
Their pitching, however, has been the most consistent component of the two. Yet in the first two games of the Northampton County (NORCO) Legion Playoffs, third-seeded Northampton had the perfect combination.
They had their way with East Stroudsburg in sweeping the best-of-three series. Northampton won the first, 13-4 Monday night, and followed with a 4-1 victory Tuesday night.
The Balliet Vikings Connie Mack baseball team played near flawless ball Monday evening at Sammy Balliet Stadium in Coplay, and in doing so, shutout Salisbury 8-0 in the first round of the playoffs.
There was a five-way tie in the standings after the last game of the regular season, as five teams all had 12-6 records. Balliet was awarded the eighth seed and home game against the ninth seeded Falcons, who both had the same record.
In a roller coaster type of a season, Moore Township is looking to get to the crest of the hill in the Lehigh Valley Connie Mack (LVCM) postseason.
Moore began the playoffs as the seventh seed in 12-team bracket. They knocked off 11th-seeded Northern Valley, 9-4 Monday night, in the opening round of the playoffs.
Tyler Antonis had a big night as he struck out seven over four innings and also had a pair of hits to go along with three RBIs. Austin Druckenmiller also had a pair of hits, as Moore blew the game open with a seven-run fourth.
Lehigh Valley’s run in the Carpenter Cup Softball Classic came to a surprising end last week when Lehigh Valley lost a three-run lead in the seventh inning and was eliminated by Tri Cape, 8-7, on Wednesday at FDR Park in Philadelphia.
“They were a good team. We only beat them 1-0 the game before,” said Lehigh Valley coach Blake Morgan. “They keep coming, and you have to stop them.”
Tri Cape scored first, but Lehigh Valley took a 3-1 lead. The two teams traded runs and were tied 4-4 after five innings.