For Northampton head baseball coach Mick Sugra and his players, the message was simple this week; win two of their remaining three games to gain a District 11 Class 4A playoff berth.
While the message may be simple, the mission may be arduous.
The Konkrete Kids have struggled with consistent play on both side of the ball all season. They have endured their share of rashes of wildness on the mound, lack of timing hitting, and breakdowns on the field.
It was a dose of revenge on one end and a tough pill to swallow on the other side.
Northampton squeaked out a five-game, 19-25, 21-25, 25-13, 25-22, 15-10, victory over Whitehall Monday night to set themselves up closer to clinching a Lehigh Valley Conference playoff spot in volleyball.
Whitehall (6-5, 4-5) let a 2-0 lead slip out of its reach against the K-Kids, as Northampton (13-3, 9-2) won the final three games to pull out an important victory.
The Northampton track and field team took part in day one of the LVC meet at Whitehall on Tuesday, May 7. Day two was scheduled to take place Wednesday, May 8, after Press deadlines and weather permitting.
Serveral Kids stood out on day one, though. Kory DeCesaris was first in the shot put with a throw of 55-8. DeCesaris took third in the javelin (159-0) and teammate Brad Klucsarits was second (159-7).
Jarrett Fenon was third in the shot put with a 45-9.25 while Klucsarits was sixth with a 43-6.
Noah Rindock was sixth for the Kids in the triple jump with a 40-9.
With anglers casting for trout along grassy-banked streams and woodlots, and spring gobbler hunters sitting in front of tree's, this makes them all susceptible to the dreaded tick bite.
Since we had a mild winter snow wise, ticks are already active and abundant and will readily attach themselves to sportsmen and sports ladies traipsing these areas. While they are a threat, outdoors folks shouldn't refrain from going afield if they take measures to prevent a tick bite and possible Lyme disease.
Lehigh Valley Conference principals and athletic directors met Monday morning in an emergency meeting to discuss the future of the LVC as we know it, following last week's developments that the Mountain Valley Conference invited 10 of the league's schools to form a 'super conference,' while excluding Bethlehem Catholic and Central Catholic.
Bethlehem Catholic Principal John Petruzzelli spoke at length about Monday's meeting and thought there was good discussion among all the schools in the conference.
NAA Pixie Dolls win 16-3 over the NAA Blazers.
The Dolls bats remain strong as Marissa Holzer, Mia Davis-Luizer, Carrie Peifly, Bryanna Bogden, and Chloe Peifly hit 1-for-3 with two walks. Lauren Mantz went 3-for-3 along with Madison Eisenhart who went 3-for-3 with her second home run this season.
NAA PIxie Dolls win 10-0 in four innings against the NAA Cougars.
The Dolls had excellent fielding. Erin Dumbach made two defensive plays and assisted Mia Davis-Luizer on an out from right field.
Senior night provided the "extra adrenaline we needed" and the Konkrete Kids rode the arm of Marly Laubach to the Lehigh Valley Conference's North Division title and the No. 1 seed in the LVC playoffs.
Coach Sally Whittaker-Kahan's team bounced back from their first loss to trounce Parkland 7-0 Tuesday night as Laubach threw her third no hitter of the season.
Laubach, one of six seniors on the Kids' squad, struck out 13 and walked two as Northampton clinched the LVC North title, and only Thursday's game at Nazareth before the league playoffs open Monday.
It's almost summer and that means Carpenter Cup action is just around the corner. The Lehigh Valley team will hold their first of three tryouts on Sunday, May 5 at DeSales.
The other two tryouts will take place on Sunday's May 12 and May 19. All sessions are slated for 9 am.
The Carpenter Cup is one of the nation's premier scholastic tournaments that takes place at Ashburn Field at FDR Park and Citizens Bank Park.
Founder/General Manager of the Lehigh Valley team, J.F. Pirro, has been involved with the team for 21 years and shows no signs of slowing down.
Where there's smoke, there's fire and the news of a Lehigh Valley superconference finally came to fruition last week.
After months of rumors and speculation about the future of the Lehigh Valley Conference, the Mountain Valley Conference stepped in and sent out an invitation to 12 neighboring schools to ultimately form a "big school, super conference," according to Stroudsburg Principal and MVC President Jeff Sodl.
Congratulations to the NAA Pixie Dolls on their opening day win against MTAA Pixie Stix.
Special recognition to Olivia Vooz, Ryleigh Tillotson, Carrie Peifly and Mia Davis-Luizer for their strong defense in the outfield. They held runners to singles due to their quick feet and hitting their cutoff fielders.