The Lehigh Valley Phantoms finished up their preseason schedule Monday night at the PPL Center, falling to the Hershey Bears 2-0. Both teams finished the preseason with identical 2-1-0-0 records and look to open the regular season this weekend. For Lehigh Valley, the opener comes at home against Providence Saturday night.
The Northampton girls volleyball team clinched their first ever District XI playoff berth with a straight-set win over Notre Dame of Green Pond on Monday. The 25-18, 25-18, 25-20 win over the Colonial League’s second-best team was the their 9th of the season and extended their match winning streak to three.
Head coach Jess Finlayson had challenged the team before the season started.
Through their first 13 games, Northampton’s field hockey team can enjoy the moment with an overall 10-3 mark.
“It is wonderful so far,” beamed Konkrete Kids’ head coach Carrie Saul. “Things have been good and we are doing all right.”
Saul noted the team’s recent 1-0 overtime win over previously unbeaten Pocono East courtesy of a penalty corner as time ran out. Lauren Schaller got the game winner with an assist from Laura Filchner.
The head coach has been pleased with her team’s offensive output, as three players have topped 30-points.
It was the kind of game Northampton head coach Kyle Haas has been expecting. And the timing of it couldn’t have been better.
Overall, it was one of those nights that Northampton people will talk about foe a long time. The Konkrete Kids celebrated the past, the present, and possibly some of the future.
Postseason action is in full swing for both golf and tennis, and the Kids are well represented.
In tennis, Liz Hozza was seeded eighth in the District 11 singles tournament and through Monday had advanced to the quarterfinals, setting up a match with the top seed, Paraskevi Briegel from Parkland on Tuesday.
Hozza won her first match 6-0, 6-0 over Dieruff’s Lorelai Stuff and then met Evelyn Wang of Southern Lehigh where Hozza came out on top 6-4, 7-5 to advance to the quarters.
In the highly competitive world of girls soccer in the Skyline Division of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference where teams play one another twice a year, sometimes adding a new wrinkle is a necessary gambit.
After losing to Emmaus earlier this season, Northampton head coach Michael Missmer said that they tried a couple of different formations since the Green Hornets’ staff were well aware of how they approached the match in their prior meeting.
Last week we saw Nazareth fall for the first time this season. Was it the eventual slip that most teams in the EPC face, or are there cracks in the foundation?
The lone EPC team to remain undefeated is Easton following its win over Central Catholic over the weekend, but the Rovers haven’t been truly tested yet.
That changes this week with Freedom coming to town.
Parkland’s win over the Blue Eagles could be a sign they’re gearing up at the right time, while the Colonial League battle between Southern Lehigh and Northwestern could decide the league crown.
After Kids loss to Parkland, Northampton’s Jared Russell expected his team to play better.
They all have.
The senior wide receiver/safety has played a pivotal part in the Kids’ success this season, as NHS will enter Friday night’s game at Stroudsburg at 5-1 as they continue on their path to an EPC North title.
“We have been able to put points on the board all season,” said Russell, who also has played a key role in the Kids’ revival the past two seasons. “Defensively, we have been able to cause some turnovers and keep teams from breaking out against us.
With Northampton fighting for a district playoff berth, boys soccer head coach Ryan Brazuk admitted that they needed to steal a game against one of the teams above them in the division.
Well, the Konkrete Kids broke into the vault last Friday afternoon and committed the perfect heist. They defeated previously unbeaten Emmaus, a nationally-ranked team that had spoiled the Kids opener with a 4-0 win. Moreover, they shutout the Green Hornets who had scored 51 goals prior to last week’s rematch.
Deer and bear hunters are in for some changes this season, with most offering additional hunting days afield.
Now that the statewide archery deer hunting season gets underway this Saturday (Oct. 5), it also spells the time junior license holders can hunt squirrels and rabbits until Oct. 19. Juniors can also hunt ring-necked pheasants from Oct. 12-19.