The Northampton Connie Mack baseball team is off to a hot start, winning five of their first seven games in the highly-competitive Lehigh Valley League.
There are six returning players from last year’s team to help lead the way. They are: Zachary Angerman, Andrew Kovalchik, Zakary Schwartz, Jacob Struss, Kyle Wescoe and Daniel Yellen.
“We are excited for the 2017 season,” head coach Steve Kerbacher said. “We have six returning players, all part of last year’s nucleus which give us valuable experience.”
For this year’s McDonald’s Lehigh Valley All-Star Classic participants, Thursday’s outing is undoubtedly the last time all of them will suit up for one last high school football game.
For Gold head coach Kyle Haas, it’s also one last game to lead after serving as head coach of Bethlehem Catholic last season on an interim basis.
Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. Thursday night at Nazareth’s Andrew Leh, as the Gold team (Northampton County, Palisades and Phillipsburg) takes on the Red team (Lehigh, Carbon and Monroe Counties).
Through their first five games, Northampton’s Legion baseball team was off to a fast start. Yet, they are well aware that the intensity of the American Legion schedule is about to heat up in the next few weeks.
Due to a combination of rain and district and state playoff games, Northampton played only five games, but they posted an impressive 4-1 mark through the stint. In the process, they did average 10 hits and 9.5 runs per game.
The 2017 Carpenter Cup baseball rosters were announced last week, as the team opens up their 25th season in the event taking place at Philadelphia’s FDR and Citizen’s Bank Park.
The team’s opening round contest takes place on June 15 at 12:30 p.m. against Jersey Shore (NJ) at FDR Park.
The complete roster for the team is below.
Among the Kids who made the squad are Brittain Shander and Mike Ettl.
Brittain Shander (11) INF R-R Northampton
Michael Jenkins (12) P R-R Parkland
Matt Morrow (12) P R-R Becahi
Nate Kitchell (12) P/1B L-L Stroudsburg
Second only to trout, black bass is the most popular sport fish that Pennsylvania anglers fish for. And beginning June 17, the season for them opens with a creel limit of six and a size limit of at least 12 inches.
Despite this, most bass anglers wisely practice catch-and-release. It’s not because largemouth and smallmouth bass aren’t good eating, because they are. It’s because they’re more fun to catch-and-release as they can be caught again another day.
Northampton High School junior Heather Alich has been named to the 2017 Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup softball team, coached by Blake Morgan.
The Carpenter Cup is a Philadelphia Phillies sponsored tournament, which will be played the week of June 19 at FDR Field in Philadelphia, featuring teams comprised of high school sophomores and juniors from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.
On paper, this appeared to be a transition year for the Konkrete Kids.
They had lost 10 veteran senior players from a team that went 10-10 in the regular season and was eliminated in the opening round of the District 11 playoffs. Hope hung on a handful of returnees and others from a junior varsity team that posted a 17-3 record.
Area prognosticators saw the Kids struggling mightily and finishing last in the always competitive Skyline Division of the East Penn Conference (EPC).
However, the Kids never followed the plan.
Doug Koenig, former Alburtis now Hamburg resident and professional handgun shooting competitor who shoots for Team Smith & Wesson, has won another prestigious Bianchi Cup. This makes it 18 for Koenig, a title that is unprecedented in the Cup’s history that began back in 1979.
And it’s considered the first of the triple crown with the others being the IPSC U.S. Nationals and Steel Challenge.
The Northampton NORCO Legion baseball team defeated Palmer township and Easton to start off the 2017 season in dominate fashion, winning 8-4 against Palmer and 12-0 against Easton.
But on Friday June 2, the team was given their first loss in a 5-1 contest against Hellertown at Mike Lisetski Field.
Kyle Serman already had seen the scenario.
The senior right-hander has been part of the Northampton pitching staff the past few seasons, and he has faced the struggles against teams in their Skyline Division as well as the other teams in the East Penn Conference.
But this time around Serman realized the outcomes would be different. For Serman, his level of success has heightened in accordance with his team this season.