It’s the opportunity that only a small percentage of the population gets, but former Lehigh quarterback and Whitehall product Nick Shafnisky will get his shot at building his NFL resume when he arrives at the NovaCare Complex for a rookie minicamp with the Philadelphia Eagles this week.
Shafnisky will report on Thursday for a night meeting, before hitting the field on Friday through Sunday for a chance to impress and gain a contract to become apart of the Eagles 90-man offseason roster.
For the most part, Northampton has had the typical storybook season.
Since the start of the year, the Konkrete Kids quietly have gone about their business in the way of a cleverly disguised sniper, as they effectively and efficiently picked off opponents in their much-embattled Skyline Division of the East Penn Conference (EPC) as well as knocking off perennial powers, who have dominated them in the past.
As a result, the Kids continue to firmly establish their presence in the EPC and the District 11 Class 6A race, further solidifying an upper echelon berth.
Day 1 of the East Penn Conference meet is in the books and a few Northampton individuals stood out.
For the girls, Alexis Barrall took the pole vault competition by clearing 10-0. She finished ahead of Savannah Rivera of Whitehall who cleared 9-0 and finished in second place.
Aja Blount was fourth in the shot put throwing a 32-8.75. Jachebed Arthur took first place with a toss of 36-10.5.
Tatiana Lopez qualified for the 100 hurdle event with a time of 16.45. That was second best, only behind Kiaya Jones of Pocono East who had a 16.26.
The Northampton High School boys volleyball team hosted their first ever Volley for Valor night before facing off against rival Emmaus on Wednesday, May 3.
The Bob Nemeth Court inside Pete Schneider gym held a packed house to honor veterans of the past, present, and future.
The Northampton boys volleyball team defeated Pocono Mountain East on Wednesday, April 26, at home inside the Pete Schneider gymnasium.
The Konkrete Kids won the match 3-0 en route to their seventh win of the season, but it wasn’t an easy task.
“Some of our main guys were out in this one so we had members of our team really step up,” said head coach David Faust. “For a first-year team they were not bad by any stretch of the imagination. So coming in here, we couldn’t slack off. Our guys communicated well and it would have been easy to let our guard down but they didn’t.”
Last season as a freshman, Devon Britton had a feeling that his teammates could reach some new heights this year. It was just a matter of going out and doing his job.
That role wasn’t anything new for Britton. He embodies the motto, “Walk softly and carry a big stick.”
Over the past two years, Britton rapidly has made his mark with Northampton baseball as well as the wrestling and golf programs. In wrestling, Britton already is a two-time state qualifier.
Northampton Athletic Association’s opening day ceremony on Saturday was very special one.
Drawing a large crowd at the NAA complex, hundreds of girls and boys in uniform also paid tribute to a legendary NAA icon, Stephen “Deets” Guttman, whose more than 50 years of service in a myriad of volunteer positions is unprecedented.
The NAA named the baseball and softball complex the Stephen “Deets” Guttman Athletic Complex. The striking sign stands out in bold orange and black colors, below Northampton Athletic Association in small lettering.
The East Penn Conference (EPC) track and field postseason is just around the corner. Athletes are making one last push to qualify and earn a top seed in the upcoming league and district meets.
For Northampton, the team went against Nazareth on Monday on Senior Day. Both the boys and girls won, bringing their records to an impressive 9-2 on the year.
Next week the teams will be at East Stroudsburg South for the EPC Championships.
The following week districts take place Blue Mountain.
Several Northampton members again make the top performers list this week.
Lehigh Township Junior Legion tryout will be held Sunday, April 30, at 6 p.m. at Bryfogle Field in Berlinsville.
Cannot turn 16 before April 30. Contact Jeff Erschen for further information at: 484-347-7635.