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."
Jimmy Sheptock's goal for the NCAA wrestling tournament this year were already set last year.
Despite earning All-American status last season, the former Northampton and current Maryland wrestler didn't hide the fact he wanted a national championship on his resume.
Unfortunately, Sheptock would fall just short of that goal, losing to Penn State's Ed Ruth 7-2 in the 184-pound finals Saturday night. Even though he lost, it was quite a run for the senior at this year's tournament, and losing to Ruth is something many have grown accustomed to over the years.
The 39th annual Via All-Star Classic will feature former Los Angeles Lakers legend James Worthy as their guest speaker this year and they hope that the formulated rosters for this year's crop of teams will provide some showtime for area fans as well.
Via announced the rosters for their March 29 lineup at Northampton Community College, which action tipping off at 10:30 a.m.
The Sixth Annual Dakota Galusha Memorial Basketball Tournament was held Friday and Saturday, March 7 and 8, at Northampton. Dakota, a Northampton Middle School seventh-grader at the time, was killed in 2009 when he was struck by a school bus.
Northampton head baseball coach Mick Sugra has a simple reaction seeking a solution to get his team playing on a field rather than encased in a gymnasium. But that's been the case for the past few weeks due to the rash of winter weather.
"Right now, my head is spinning," said Sugra, who is entering his fourth season at the helm of the program. "But, really, what else can we do right now? At least, everyone is in the same boat.
Back in January, the Phillies Winter Banquet at the Sands Event Center in Bethlehem provided fans the opportunity to get to see and hear some of the key players who will make up the 2014 Phillies.
It also showcased just how many former Lehigh Valley IronPigs players are now on the Phillies roster and contributing to the big league team. Even the Phillies manager, Ryne Sandberg, is a former IronPig who moved up to Philadelphia for his first shot at managing in the Majors.
Jason Kremus spends most of his time coaching and training high school track athletes as they strive to become stars.
The 1989 Northampton Area High School graduate knows a little about achieving that status.
For his laundry-list of accolades during his illustrious high school track career, Kremus will be inducted into the Pennsylvania High School Track & Field Hall of Fame on March 1, during the PIAA Indoor Track & Field Championships.
Last Thursday night, March 13, the Northampton baseball team held a Meet the Team Night in the cafeteria. Pictured at the top are senior players (left to right): Evan Grube, Nick Pavlacka, Joey Wittreich, Jaden Daubert and Matt Durich. Each read a section of Image of a Konkrete Kids Baseball Player to those in attendance after introductions from head coach Mick Sugra (left).
photos by Mike Luberti