Northampton recently announced 30 student-athletes that are heading to the next level to further their academic and athletic careers.
All-star basketball player Aidan Ellwood is heading to Kutztown, while all-state honorable mention field hockey star Morgan Mullen continued a PSAC theme by going to East Stroudsburg.
Quarterback Josh Smith will attend Wagner College and wrestler Logan Ninos is heading to Ithaca.
Zach Liggitt will also suit up for West Chester this fall on the grid iron.
In their final stretch of the season, Northampton seemingly can control its fate toward the postseason of the Lehigh Valley Connie Mack (LVCM) League.
Last week, Northampton further solidified its future when they posted two impressive wins and gained a forfeit to propel itself into a tie for second place in the league with an overall 13-4 record.
They rallied for a 13-8 win over Southern Lehigh and then posted a 10-3 rout of Catasauqua before they ended the week with a 7-0 forfeit over Wilson.
The PIAA looks like they’re moving toward making competitive balance changes across the state, as momentum to curb balance of power in athletics is gaining momentum for change.
As the Pennsylvania Athletic Oversight Committee met last Monday in Harrisburg, a few items came to the forefront as the PIAA’s competition committee proposed changes in areas of competitive balance, recruiting and transfers.
Some of the key highlights from the meeting revolved around several topics including:
In Lehigh Valley’s third game on its second day in the Carpenter Cup Softball Classic last Wednesday at FDR Park in Philadelphia, Lehigh Valley had its biggest victory with an 11-0 win over Inter-AC/Bal.
Perhaps it was the momentum Lehigh Valley was gaining after winning the first two games of the day, or the bonding that was solidifying by the time the third game rolled around that led to the shutout.
“It happened fast, probably between the first two games [on Monday],” said Lehigh Valley coach Blake Morgan. “They started to talk more and bond.”
As this is the July Fourth holiday week, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) announced that their waterways conservation officers (WCO) will be focusing on keeping boaters safe by cracking down on boating under the influence (BUI).
The PFBC, in partnership with the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, is working to increase boater awareness of the hazards associated with boating under the influence, and to decrease the number of accidents and deaths attributed to impaired boating and other unsafe boating practices.
After a delayed start because of the weather, Northampton’s track teams managed respectable overall seasons with several notable individual performances.
The girls team finished with an overall 5-6 mark, while the boys ended the year with a 7-5 slate.
We had a tough beginning of the season concerning the weather,” said head coach Tim Caffrey. “Meets were canceled in the beginning of the season with school closings and snow.
Northampton Legion head coach Mike Bodnar expected to see the current state of his team at the beginning of the season.
Instead, he still remains optimistic they can turn the tide in their final three games.
They took the first step with an 8-3 victory over Birches Monday night. Tyler Illif pitched a solid five innings for the win. Patrick Bodnar had three RBIs, and Andrew Kovalchik, Zech Lambert, and Kyle Morin had two hits apiece.
Trailing by two goals in the waning moments of the match, Bethlehem Steel FC showed its ‘Never Say Die’ attitude once again as the club scored twice for a 2-2 draw against rival New York Red Bulls II.
New York jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals from their captain, Stefano Bonomo. After converting from the penalty spot in the first half, it seemed he had lifted Red Bulls II to its first road win of 2018 with a counterattack strike in the 84th minute.
The Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup team completed the first day of the Carpenter Cup Softball Classic with a 1-0 victory over Tri Cape and a 4-2 loss to Berks-Lancaster Lebanon on Monday at FDR Park in Philadelphia.
In the first game, Lehigh Valley and Tri Cape were scoreless until the sixth inning.
“It was nerve-wracking because we were all getting big hits but we weren’t scoring,” said Lehigh Valley first baseman Kylie Hlay (Parkland), who hit the game-winning double that scored Mya Zettlemoyer (Allentown Central Catholic) who had also hit a double.