The NORCO Legion playoffs got underway on Tuesday and Northampton comes into the postseason race as the top seed.
Northampton (15-4) knocked off eighth-seeded Birches 4-2 in the opener and looked to finish them off in Wednesday’s second game of the best of three series, which was after Press deadlines.
The first round of the tournament was slated to begin on Monday, but the league had to push back it’s final day of the regular season a day, moving three opening round dates to July 4, 5 and 6.
With the Fourth of July holiday this week, many Lehigh Valley folks take off and many go fishing. As such, here’s a rundown on what’s been happening on local waters.
Willie from Willie’s Bait & Tackle in Cementon says the Lehigh River is fishing good for almost everything. Big trout, smallmouth bass, rock bass, perch and fallfish. Sizeable smallmouth are readily taking leeches. In fact, Willie recalls taking his grandson down to the falls in Cementon last summer and every cast his grandson took a fish with a leech.
Northampton boys’ basketball coach Coy Stampone always has cherished his team’s involvement in summer leagues, using it as a proving ground for the upcoming winter season.
This summer Stampone has taken the same approach, but the emphasis is more on keeping a busy schedule.
The Konkrete Kids recently competed in Allentown’s Cedar Beach Bash, a tournament that attracted some of the top teams in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. They finished with an overall 3-2 mark, losing to Allen in a consolation game.
Although Lehigh Valley’s Carpenter Cup softball team placed fourth after being eliminated from its tournament last Thursday, it was Northampton catcher Heather Alich who gave Lehigh Valley hope for a comeback victory in the seventh inning of its game against Delaware County North at FDR Park in Philadelphia.
“I was just trying to do my job and make the best of my at bat. [Becahi’s] Alexa [Pannucio] started it by getting on base, so I guess I got everybody’s hopes up,” Alich said.
With the Cementon Fair soon to begin, patrons may be treated by seeing a black bear.
No, it’s not part of a fair act, but a wild bear was seen (and photographed) last Wednesday running across Main Street and onto the Cementon Playground property.
The Northampton girls basketball team has already begun life without Aja Blount, who graduated as one of the top players ever to play for the Kids.
This summer, they are playing in the Central Catholic High School Summer League and also recently competed in the Cedar Beach Bash.
The girls kicked off play on Friday with a bit of a tough draw, playing University City which actually went on to win the tournament.
After falling to the consolation bracket, Northampton beat Wilson and Boyertown before falling to a familiar foe in Nazareth.
As they enter the final phase of the season, Northampton’s American Legion entry’s recent packed schedule hasn’t slowed their overall progress.
Instead, they have continued on their steady pace that has kept them near the top of the league standings.
Heading into this week’s play, Northampton had an overall 11-4 record despite playing 11 games over a 14-day period.
They have three games left before the postseason begins.
Liberty’s Darian Street and Jaohne Duggan spent one last night together as teammates in last weekend’s Big 33 Classic at Central Dauphin High School.
Both played their part in Pennsylvania’s 44-33 victory over Maryland, as Street hauled in three catches for 84 yards on the night, including a 51-yard TD grab in the fourth quarter to put Pennsylvania up 37-21 with 6:43 left.
Duggan, a back-to-back all-state selection on the defensive line, proved to be a menace to Maryland’s offensive line on the night, as he’ll continue his college career at Rutgers.
The Cedar Beach Basketball Showcase kicks off its inaugural tournament this week in Allentown, with the tournament taking over the reigns of the former Stellar Basketball Tournament.
Action runs Thursday to Sunday and the double elimination format that everyone was used to at Stellar is back.
Liberty, who is 4-2 in the Allentown Summer League heading into this week, opens the tournament with Boyertown on Thursday night with the winner facing Allen on Friday night.
Lehigh Valley’s run in the Carpenter Cup Classic ended on day one of the tournament following a 4-2 loss to Jersey Shore in last Thursday’s opener.
T.J Scuderi broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the sixth inning with a two-run homer to put Jersey Shore ahead for good and to eliminate the LV squad at FDR Park in Philadelphia.
Jersey Shore built a 2-0 lead after the first two innings of play, but Lehigh Valley battled back in the third and fourth innings respectively to nod the game.