The Northampton girls varsity volleyball team continued a positive season last week with two strong showings against Allentown Central Catholic and William Allen High School.
Though Northampton would end the week with one loss and one win, coach Morgan Litak and the varsity squad continue to be proud of what they have achieved on the court this season.
Change always comes with a breath of contention and wrestling coaches have their opinions on and off the record of the latest news regarding the newly formatted District 11 3A and 2A team tournaments.
With 12-teams qualifying in both brackets, nobody has an issue with a larger wrestling party to give more teams an opportunity to compete for postseason opportunities.
Where those teams get seeded and "the ultimate qualifier" bout is where there is room for debate.
During Monday's LVC girls tennis tournament at Parkland High, a number of Northampton players advanced to the quarterfinal rounds of their respective brackets.
Leah Hodge the No. 11 seed in the No. 1 singles bracket defeated Easton's Cynthia Blay, the No. 6 seed, 8-4, in the first round, and had a solid run in the tournament.
She was able to execute well-placed shots on the court in defeating Blay.
As Saturday, Oct. 5, is the start of the antlered archery deer hunting season in Pennsylvania, bowhunters have two major concerns during the opener.
The first concern is tree stand safety. Every year a few bowhunters fall from their tree stands and incur serious bodily injury either because they didn't wear a safety harness or their tree stand became defective. And despite popular belief, it's not older hunters who fall.
With a "Senior Day" looming Saturday, Northampton's field hockey team was trying to weather a difficult three-game stretch this week.
The Konkrete Kids began their latest schedule with a 2-0 win over Easton - the Kids' fifth shutout during a seven-game win streak.
But, Coach Kelly Backenstoe's Kids ran into a buzz saw last Saturday as unbeaten Stroudsburg (the top team in the Mountain Valley Conference) downed Northampton 3-1.
It goes without saying that last week's 42-7 defeat against Central Catholic was demoralizing for the Northampton program.
The loss dropped the Kids to 0-5 on the season and continued their defensive struggles by giving up over 40 points for fifth straight game this year. It also marked the fifth straight game the Kids have had a different lineup across the offensive line to complicate matters.
It's also the fifth straight game that head coach Jeff Brosky has had to paint a positive picture amid a season that has had few highlights.
The Northampton girls varsity soccer team has kicked into high gear recently, by winning four of their last five contests, including a decisive 10-0 win over William Allen High School in a game that was postponed until Tuesday night.
Northampton coach Gus Belaires has continually commented that the focus during this rebuilding year with the team is on, "getting everyone focused on playing soccer and working together as one team."
This focus seems to be paying off as Northampton has rebounded from what started off as a tough season to an evenly split conference record of 4-4.
The Northampton girls varsity volleyball team took the court at on Monday evening against Freedom High School, ready to face off against this tough division rival.
Leading the battle for Northampton was Olivia Kester and Emy Jeanneu, both with impressive performances during the game. Although the girls would ultimately fall to Freedom 3-1, coach Morgan Litak looked at the game as a testament to the renewed energy of the team.
After four-straight shutout wins, Northampton's field hockey team needed something "to stay focused."
And the Konkrete Kids got that kind of game Tuesday as they stopped a "very aggressive and physical" Allen team 2-1 in overtime.
The win, coming on Megan Wiest's goal on an assist from Kate Fehnel at the 7:12 mark in the extra period, not only ran the Kids' win streak to six, but also assured them a spot in the District 11 playoffs for the sixth time under coach Kelly Backenstoe.
District 11 announced that changes to the team wrestling tournament will be under way for the upcoming season. Instead of having 10-team formats in both 3A and 2A, 12-team tournaments will now be used moving forward.
The qualified teams and seeds will no longer be determined by a committee, rather through the power point system that the district has used in most sports over the past two years.