Northampton’s softball team won all three of its games last week and outscored its opponents 38-9.
In the K-Kids’ 16-4 win over Pleasant Valley, Heather Alich reached base four times and scored four runs. Hannah Boggs went 2-for-3 with three RBI and three runs scored. Northampton hosts Stroudsburg on Thursday, April 19 then travels to Nazareth on Saturday, April 21.
With their playoff spot and home ice advantage secured throughout the Atlantic Division, the Phantoms are going to have a couple extra players on hand for the final two games of the regular season this weekend. With junior leagues done, teams are bringing some of their young draft picks into the AHL for an abbreviated audition and the Phantoms will have two of those young players on their roster.
Forwards Pascal Laberge and Isaac Ratcliffe have joined the team from their respective Canadian Hockey League teams following the end of their seasons.
Temperatures are well below normal, winter winds are still blowing and sizable spring snowfalls continue to plague the Northampton High School spring sports schedules.
But the Northampton boys tennis team has not let an extended visit from Ol’ Man Winter slow them down.
The boys team is enjoying a 6-1 record to start the 2018 season with early victories over Pocono Mountain East, Easton, and Dieruff, among others.
Northampton’s boys’ volleyball team went 2-1 last week with victories over Liberty and Pocono Mountain West. The K-Kids dropped a five-set thriller to Parkland, 30-32, 25-15, 25-18, 21-25, 15-11. The volleyball team will travel to Bethlehem Catholic on Thursday, April 12 then host Dieruff on Tuesday, April 17.
When most Lehigh Valley boys’ volleyball teams face Parkland, their expectations tend to change.
They hope to compete. Maybe they can steal a set or two.
When Northampton welcomed the Trojans to Schneider Gymnasium on Tuesday, April 10, the K-Kids made it clear that they were there to win.
And they almost did.
Parkland defeated Northampton in a five-set thriller: 30-32, 25-15, 25-18, 21-25, 15-11. The loss dropped the K-Kids to 4-3 on the season and snapped their four-game winning streak.
When they dropped a pair of consecutive games to Emmaus and Allentown Central Catholic, Northampton’s baseball team suddenly had its momentum stopped.
However, the Kids rebounded with an impressive 10-0 win over Dieruff Monday, but they couldn’t stay on track as they dropped a 6-3 decision to Parkland Tuesday.
After they won their first three games in impressive fashion, the Kids now have lost three of their last four games (4-3).
The Kids suffered consecutive defeats, a 10-0 defeat to Emmaus and a 7-2 defeat to Central Catholic.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission has released the final tally for the 2017 bear harvest, showing it was the ninth-best-of-all-time bear take. And this, despite having one of the worst opening days due to rain and in some areas sleet and fog which drove hunters out of the woods and into their vehicles.
According to the PGC, hunters took 3,438 bears in the 2017 seasons. Within that, 493 were in the archery season and 1,083 during the extended season. All setting records for those seasons. The all-time bear harvest of 4,350 bears occurred in 2011 says the PGC.
The Northampton girls varsity softball team started the 2018 season on high note with two decisive wins, two very close losses and a new coach who returns to Northampton with some impressive stats of her own.
The Northampton girls began the season at home on Wednesday, March 28, with a decisive win over East Stroudsburg North. The final score was Northampton 17-2.
Northampton’s Emily Marokovits got the win, pitching a strong game with two strikeouts and three walks allowed. The game was called at the end of the fourth inning due to the 15-run mercy rule.
Bethlehem Special Olympics, Northampton High School softball, and 7 Deadly Spins Fastpitch are working together on an April Thaw Softball event scheduled for April 22 at the Northampton High School softball field.
What began as plans for a unified softball game with high school players is becoming a three-hour afternoon and evening of skills competitions, skills development, and the softball game.
Unified sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team.
Mother Nature once again made life a little difficult for the area’s coaches, players and athletic directors, but Northampton’s spring athletes were able to pick up a couple key wins last week.
The K-Kids’ boys’ volleyball team won two nonconference games over North Pocono and Southern Lehigh to improve its record to 2-2. Both contests were 3-0 sweeps.