It's a new era for Northampton lacrosse, as the girls program debuts this season under a varsity format in the Lehigh Valley Conference.
New head coach Paige Warbrick has many challenges to face entering this new season with Northampton. The former assistant at Liberty and head coach for Moravian College's club program must look to have this new program learn to compete in a conference that has plenty of experienced sides.
"It was just a bad day, Kevin Mann summed up after his Northampton softball team lost at Parkland on Monday.
The Trojans shut out the Konkrete Kids 7-0 in a Lehigh Valley Conference game that was switched to the Parkland's field because the Kids' NAA field was unplayable due to weekend rain.
Parkland scored three times in the third inning with the aid of two Northampton errors, and added four more in the fifth with the help of two more K-Kid errors.
Northampton students and faculty got together for a friendly game of basketball recently with the faculty winning 84-82. Pictured are the two teams after the game. Mr. George is going in for a layout while being defended by Kayla Csencsits. Alquinton McNeil looks on in the background. Tyler Nicholas going up for a shot while Mr. Bowser, the athletic director, holds down Will Rosenbauer. Ryan Hudock getting tackled by Mr. Remaley while trying to get the ball. Mr Dauber defends himself.
The Northampton boys volleyball team took on league rival Parkland on Tuesday, April 1, in a home game.
The Trojans would begin the game not only with an undefeated record, but fresh off of two decisive shutouts. Meanwhile, the Kids entered with a 2-0 record as well and were looking to keep up their winning ways.
The boys, led by returning starters Mike Holihan, Josh Palenchar and Josh Morgan, played a tough game to open the contest and won the first match by a score of 26-24.
Two years ago as a sophomore, Bo Daubert finally gained a sense of mastery in the Northampton baseball program.
"I was on the JV team and I really felt comfortable with everything," said Daubert. "I knew I hadn't mastered anything because I am always working to improve. But I really felt good about where my game was."
Last season as a junior, Daubert gradually became a fixture in the lineup and began to emerge as the team's center fielder and an effective hitter at the top of the lineup. It was a sign of anticipated breakout season ahead as a senior.
Good Shepherd Catholic School of Northampton knocked off St. Ann's of Emmaus in the Seventh and Eighth Grade B League Championship back on March 2 by a score of 18-14. Pictured are: row 1 (left to right) - Mariella Flores, Alexis Sames, Mary Ballas, Theresa Ballas; row 2 - Kaitlyn Pearl, Madi Nika, Mary Rose Janny, Lauren Rota; back row - coaches Joe Nika, Kevin Sames, John Janny.
Someday, Matt Durich would welcome the chance to coach baseball.
The vivacious Northampton senior is cherishing every moment this spring, and it is easy to see how his upbeat attitude and approach easily can transform him from student to teacher in the future.
"Oh, I would love to coach someday," gushed Durich, who will pursue middle education at Bloomsburg University next fall. "Definitely, coaching is in my future. I have grown up with baseball and I know the game will always be part of my life."
Sunday, Kevin Mann was "excited and anxious."
Monday, Kevin Mann was still "excited and anxious" after Northampton's softball team opened their season with an 11-1 romp over Saucon Valley.
Mann is beginning this season as the Konkrete Kids' head coach after spending the last 13 years as their junior varsity coach.
The 54-year-old softball veteran was named coach after Sally Whittaker-Kahan resigned for health reasons. Mann takes over a team that won the District 11 championship last season.
Northampton Varsity Tennis team traveled to Oakmont Tennis Club in Allentown to face league rival William Allen High School on March 20.
In the singles matches, Northampton took two out of three contests with Northampton's Tyler Nicholas and Tom Reinhard defeating William Allen's Nate Stuart and Ben Gilbert, both in two sets. In doubles matches Northampton dominated with the teams of Cowitch and Zamadics, Burger and Szerencsits and Kunkle and Miller all claiming victories over the Allen doubles teams.
Overall, Northampton took the win with a final score of 6-1.
Northampton head track coach Tim Caffrey can apply the same principal he has through the years to his squad for the spring season - start slow and finish fast.
"We may not do as well as we think we can during the dual season," said Caffrey, who began his ninth season as head coach and 36th overall in the program. "But we always tend to do well in the conference and district meet.
"We have a handful of returnees for both our boys' and girls' teams, and we expect to do well at the league and district meets."