Suburban Dart League
Star of Beth 35 16 .686
St. Paul’s 29 16 .644
Bath Luth 29 19 .604
Christ UCC 25 23 .521
Dryland 26 25 .510
Emmanuel 24 24 .500
Ebenezer 23 28 .451
Farmersville 20 28 .417
St. Stephen’s 20 28 .417
Light of Christ 19 29 .396
Salem UCC 17 31 .354
Christ UCC (4-3 10in, 4-0) at Dryland (5-2)
C - Eric Yocum 6-14, Joe Hunsicker 5-13 HR, Dave Shaver 4-12, Ed Yost 4-13.
While the Northampton wrestling team’s 81-0 dual meet win over a three-win Pocono Mountain West squad the previous night wasn’t much of a surprise, Emmaus figured to provide a tougher test when they rolled into Pete Schneider Gymnasium on Thursday.
The 7-4 Green Hornets were coming off a win over PMW the previous week by a score of 66-12.
The Kids rolled to a 74-0 triumph that featured eight falls and two tech falls. Emmaus managed a total of two takedowns during the meet.
For Morgan Sterner, basketball has been a constant.
She began playing in kindergarten and was on her first AAU team in third grade. Since then, her love for the game hasn’t dwindled.
“I think I can say that basketball is a 24/7 thing for me,” said Sterner, a sophomore on the Konkrete Kids’ team. “If I am not playing it, I usually am working out to try and get better.
“When I was younger, my coaches told me that I had a gift for it and I should keep playing.”
That talent lately has been on display.
“That was the best game we played all year,” said a Central Catholic player talking to his father as they walked to their car in the Northampton High School parking lot on Tuesday night.
The Kids’ and the Vikings’ boys teams entered the game with identical 9-6 records, but Central dominated both ends of the floor on the way to a 61-46 win.
The Vikings scored off the opening tip, six seconds into game. They eventually built a 21-8 first quarter lead before a Zach Gula buzzer-beating three cut the margin to 10 as the period ended.
For Northampton’s boys’ basketball team, it is the first of a possible few late-season gut checks.
The Konkrete Kids (9-6) need two more wins to return to the district playoffs, and they have a huge gut check this week.
They met Allentown Central Catholic Tuesday, have a return date with Emmaus Friday, and then host Blue Mountain Saturday afternoon. The three teams have a combined record of 36-10.
In fifth grade, Donte Rodriguez decided to go out for the basketball team. The hunch eventually blossomed into a start reality.
Overall, it has been about reaching his potential.
“I figured I would give it a try,” said Rodriguez, a junior. “At that age, I was looking for help to keep it going. I had some pretty good kids playing around me.
“One of the coaches told me to use my left hand. That was a big help.”
Two years later, Rodriguez knew basketball was going to be a constant.
The Northampton varsity swimming and diving team claimed another victory on Tuesday evening against East Stroudsburg North. With both the boys and girls teams winning by significant margins (116-59 for the boys and 143-36 for the girls), Northampton took the majority of first place finishes and all the points in the diving events.
Northampton’s Julian Chlebove came home from the Escape the Rock tournament with a gold medal, while the K-Kids medaled four wrestlers in the tournament for a fifth place finish last weekend.
Chlebove handled Bethlehem Catholic’s Kenny Herrmann 7-2 in the 132-pound championship to lead the way for Northampton, who finished fifth in the tournament overall with 117.5 points.
Simply put, Northampton’s hockey team can control its own destiny toward the postseason in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League (LVSHL).
The Konkrete Kids (6-4-3) began this week’s play tied with Allentown Central Catholic (15 points) in fourth place and also for the final playoff spot.
However, Central Catholic has one game left on it schedule, while the Kids have three.
“It is there for us,” said Kids’ veteran head coach Brian Ruff. “We play three teams that are below us in the standings. We have to pick up points.”
If sports teams made trades based on the popularity of their players with the fans, Taylor Leier would still be a member of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Instead, as the old saying goes, sports are a business and Taylor Leier is now a member of the Rochester Americans. The 24-year old left winger was dealt to Buffalo for right winger Justin Bailey.