Kevin Mann, the first-year coach of Northampton's reigning District 11 softball champions, has his Konkrete Kids standing at 3-1 in the Lehigh Valley Conference and 4-1 overall.
The Kids trounced Dieruff 10-0 in five innings Tuesday as Bri Dalton pitched a two-hitter with 10 strikeouts. She also had a run-scoring triple as the Konkrete Kids took advantage of five singles and plenty of walks.
Leandra Sterner had two RBIs with Amber Saylor and Taylor Kerbacher also getting run-scoring singles.
For Allison Horn, her past two years have been pretty hectic.
Due to a sport switching seasons, Horn has been able to participate in two sports she truly loves. With the switch of girls soccer to the fall season in her junior year, Horn finally had the opportunity to join the school's track team, a chance she has longed for quite some time.
And she didn't waste any time expressing her gratitude. Horn missed making a trip to states in the hurdles last year by two-hundredths of a second.
During the last weekend in March, the Kids Swim Club led by head Coach Bill Walakovits traveled to the University of Delaware in Newark for the US Swimming Mid-Atlantic Region Silver Championship meet.
There were 16 swimmers from the age group swim club who qualified for this championship event, which spanned three days and included morning preliminary races and afternoon and evening final events.
Northampton's lacrosse programs don't have any victories between the boys and girls sides this spring, but that doesn't really matter at this point.
As boys' head coach Joe Engleby would tell you, it's not about wins and losses, but more about development.
That's the scenario both programs are going through this spring, as they've taken players, most of which have only played the sport for just over a month, and transformed them into a playing product on the field.
It's part of the process building a team from the ground up and Engleby is happy to take the torch.
Catasauqua athletes will be gathering at the high school this Sunday with a special cause in mind.
A 3-on-3 basketball tournament will be held to benefit an eight-grade student at Catasauqua Middle School who recently underwent brain surgery. The event, which is sponsored by the Catasauqua High School Student Council, will begin at 10 a.m.
Cost is $5 per player and it's a double elimination with each team guaranteed two games in the blind draw. There will be two, 6-minute halves with a two-minute halftime. If there is overtime, it will be sudden-death foul shots.
The Northampton boys tennis team has had a strong start to the 2014 season, but after defeating William Allen (6-1), Jim Thorpe (4-1) and Pocono Mountain East (5-2), Northampton suffered its first loss to Wilson on March 24. by a score of 5-2.
As the team prepared to host Emmaus on March 27, the team's focus was on consistency and teamwork.
The LVC is pleased to announce its 2013-14 basketball all-star selections of the head coaches of the Lehigh Valley Conference.
MVP: Kalista Walters, Bethlehem Catholic; Janelle Robinson, Bethlehem Catholic; Emma Redding, Central; Kassie Behler, Nazareth; Leandra Sterner, Northampton; Alyssa Mack, Central; Beth Wiseley, Emmaus; Olivia Brown, Parkland; Maddie Capuano, Liberty; Chelsea Gary, Nazareth. Honorable mentions were: Olivia Roseman, Central; Taylor George, Whitehall; Taylor Umar, Nazareth; Kaylin West, Liberty.
The high school basketball season concluded last Saturday in the annual Via All-Star Classic held at Northampton Area Community College.
With the first two games between the Lehigh Valley West and Colonial League boys and girls each being decided by two points, it was up to the Lehigh Valley East and Mountain Valley Conference boys and girls in the afternoon portion to keep the exciting games going. And they did not disappoint the fans.
The list of challenges that face any new sports program are long. With Northampton introducing varsity lacrosse for the first time on both the boys and girls sides, it could spell difficult seasons.
But when you talk to boys' head coach Joe Engleby, it's about laying a foundation for the future.
With the K-Kids stepping into the varsity spotlight, Engleby knows he will face an array of difficulties this year, but it's part of the process when you're building a program from scratch.
Chris Rehrig remembered when he first joined the Northampton track program as a freshman, mainly due to the persuasion of a friend.
"A friend of mine talked me into it," recalled Rehrig. "It was a little bit more fun than I thought it would be. I thought it would be difficult just worrying about running. Actually, it turned out to be exciting.
"When I first started, I was trying to keep up with the seniors and I was always behind. But as the years passed, I got close to the front."