In like a Nittany Lion Former Northampton pitcher Marly Laubach now leading the Penn State softball team
ast year at this time, Northampton pitcher Marly Laubach was mowing down Lehigh Valley Conference batters on her way to helping the Kids to a District 11 title. She was also about to cement her name in the team record book in several categories.
Fast forward to this year, and Laubach is now the ace of the Penn State University softball team.
There were good things - and bad things - that happened to Northampton's softball team last week.
But, coach Kevin Mann says his girls are "resilient and ready to play every day."
The Konkrete Kids knocked off defending, Lehigh Valley Conference champion Bethlehem Catholic 3-1 last Thursday behind Gillian Muthard's four-hit pitching performance, and two hits and an RBI each from Bri Dalton and Hannah Peters.
Ian Luberti is living his dream.
A few years ago, Luberti began watching recent graduate Cody Kramer play with the varsity program. Last season, Luberti had the opportunity to serve as the K-Kids' backup catcher as a freshman behind Kramer.
This season, he has taken over the reins from his self-proclaimed hero.
"When I was younger, I never really tried to be like any professional player," noted Luberti. "Instead, I would always watch the high school teams play and I noticed (Kramer) playing a few years ago.
Before the season, Northampton head coach Mick Sugra liked the chances of his pitching staff. He knew his hitters eventually would round into shape.
With the obtuse offseason due to severe weather issues, Sugra also figured that schedule might differ. And, the overall picture still isn't a clear one.
But they may have kick-started their games with a convincing 10-2 victory over Dieruff Tuesday.
The Lehigh Valley Basketball League held its league-wide all-star game Saturday, March 8, at East Side Youth Center.
The top youth players from all parts of the area played in games at three levels - Knee-Hi, Cadet and Junior Cadet.
The following players were selected to play in the games.
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.