The Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup baseball team will look to get back to the finals this year as they open up another slate of spring tryouts this week.
The second of two initial tryouts will be held at DeSales on May 18 at 9 a.m.
General Manager and coach, J.F. Pirro, hopes for another lucrative season with the franchise, as they boast the highest winning percentage of any franchise in the Phillies-sponsored event.
The Northampton boys volleyball team bested league powerhouse Emmaus in the Lehigh Valley Conference semifinal game at Liberty High School. Continuing a dream season, the 15-2 Northampton team powered past the Hornets for a 3-0 victory and claimed a spot in the Lehigh Valley Conference finals.
It was the first time a Northampton boys volleyball team had made it to league playoffs. Northampton had defeated EHS by a score of 3-2 earlier this season and as they took the court Monday night, a determined Kids team tried to contain their excitement.
It was a busy weekend for Bethlehem natives hoping to make their NFL dreams come true, as three former Bethlehem players joined the NFL ranks.
Liberty's Devin Street was selected in the fifth round (146th pick) by the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday to make his NFL dream come true. His former teammate, Levi Brown (Temple), signed on with the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent on the offensive line and former Bethlehem Catholic defensive back, Tevrin Brandon, signed as an undrafted free agent with Kansas City Chiefs.
It was a rough week for Northampton's softball team as the Konkrete Kids lost three times - twice in the Lehigh Valley Conference.
The K-Kids' seven-game win streak ended Thursday in a nonleague, 2-1 loss at Pleasant Valley, but Northampton bounced back by edging Whitehall 6-5 on Senior Parents Night Friday and followed with a 16-2 romp over host Gov. Mifflin.
The the roof sort of fell in as the Kids dropped a 7-3 decision at Liberty Monday before being blanked by unbeaten Parkland 6-0 Tuesday.
The Northampton boys volleyball team has been serving up wins all over the Lehigh Valley Conference this season.
Coming off a 14-5 season in 2013, Northampton started the 2014 season strong with a winning streak of league victories that was disrupted only by a loss on April 1, to league powerhouse Parkland. Overall, as the team enters the final week of the 2014 season they are enjoying a 12-1 record (9-1 within the Lehigh Valley Conference).
Northampton's Hannah Marth was the top Konkrete Kid finisher during Tuesday's opening day of the Lehigh Valley Conference Track and Field Championships. She took home gold with a mark of 117-0 in the javelin.
Erica Filipovits ran a 47.56 and took fourth in the 300 meter hurdles, and Lyndsey Gallagher placed fourth in the 3200 meter run (11:29.64).
On the boys' side, Nicholas Cook was the top finisher with a bronze medal in the high jump at 6-02.
Timothy Kelly took home fifth in the 300 meter hurdles (41.27).
After last season, Evan Grube decided that he had to make some chances to his game, primarily on offense if he was to be an effective infielder for the Konkrete Kids.
Grube worked on several techniques with longtime family friend and hitting advisor Bob Ehrlacher, and the play of the senior second baseman has certainly been on the upswing as his club prepares to enter the postseason.
Northampton's Zach Valley has had plenty of accomplishments throughout his wrestling career, but joining Bucknell's wrestling program may be greater than any medal he's received.
Valley and 20 other classmates made their college decisions public last Friday afternoon during a ceremony at the school.
Valley, along with teammate, Bobby Fehr, committed to the most prestigious schools of the assembled class, as Fehr chose Hofstra as well.
The following is the Lehigh Valley Conference track and field best performances as of last Thursday, April 24.
100 - 1. Chanel Boothman (Em) 12.30, 2. Savannah Buckley (Eas) 12.50, Gabrielle Lewis (All), Kourtney Cunningham (Wh) 12.60.
200 - 1. Chanel Boothman (Em) 25.50, 2. Gabrilelle Lewis (All) 26.00, 3. Aleesha Gordon (Lib) 26.40.
400 - 1. Hanna Brosky (Em) 58.50, 2. Allyson Stitzer (Naz) 59.90, 3. Aleesha Gordon (Lib) 1:01.00.
800 - 1. Hailemichael Geiger (Prk) 2:06.70, 2. Hanna Brosky (Em) 2:20.70, 3. Haven Snyder (Naz) 2:23.00.
FC Lehigh Valley United Sonic face a tough task when they open up play in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup next Wednesday. Sonic will travel to Portland (ME) to take on GPS Portland Phoenix of the PDL next week in a task that head coach Dave Weitzman understands will be a difficult prospect.
"We really are at a disadvantage because they're starting this tournament earlier than usual because they've allowed more teams in the tournament," Weitzman said. "We won't have most of our guys because they're still in college. Playing on the road makes it that much more difficult."