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."
The Allentown School District Invitational took place Friday, April 25 and below are the results.
100 – 1. Aaron White (PM West) 11.18, 2. Kyleem Harrison (W), 3. Nidir Davis (ES), 4. Zachary Dillon (ES), 5. Gerald Pereira (Palm);
200 – 1. Aaron White (PM West) 22.27, 2. Cam Richardson (NW), 3. Donovan West (BC), 4. Alize Graham (ES), 5. Mitchell Schlegel (Soud);
400 – 1. Tristan Dickey (BM) 50.39, 2. Nate Fogle (PM East), 3. Jay Hereba (NW), Coltan Maxwell (N), 5. Marlon Johnson (Naz);
Making it Count Erica Filipovits has only been on the track team two years, but she's already a major contributor
Erica Filipovits wishes she had two more years to spend with the Northampton track program. In her two short years, however, the senior certainly has made an impact.
Filipovits, in her senior season, decided to join the track program when soccer moved its sport from the spring to the fall. It gave her the opportunity to participate in a sport she always relished, as well as make her athletic cycle complete, having her active in all seasons with her extensive basketball and soccer backgrounds.
Weather has been a factor for every spring sports team this season. It has limited practices, canceled events and jumbled schedules for every school.
Rain was forecast for last Friday during the Allen Track and Field Invitational, which worried senior Allison Horn, as she, along with most runners, prefer clearer skies.
"I was really hoping it was going to be nice, because I wanted a good race," she said. "It turned out to be great. Luckily, it didn't rain."
Northampton head coach Mick Sugra attributes his team's recent rash of success to three elements - timely hitting, consistent pitching, and solid defense.
The K-Kids will begin play this week with an overall 8-6 record, but they have won seven of their last nine games. During that span, they have won four consecutive games in which they have outscored their opponents, 36-8.
"We have had a good combination of those three things lately," said Sugra. "We have had some other pitchers who have stepped up their games as well. It has been a nice run for us at a good time."