Emmaus volleyball trio named all-state
By PETER CAR
The Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association named their All-State teams last week with several members from District 11 named to the 3A team.
The Emmaus trio of James Haag, Cameron Parsons and Matt Swanson earned honors, while Whitehall’s Joseph Herman and Nazareth’s Michael Dougherty also made the squad.
The complete 3A list is below.
PIAA DISTRICT I
Nick Baniewicz Council Rock North S 6’-4” 12
2 Charlie Bluestein Pennsbury LIB 6’-1” 12
Aiden Jones knew last year wasn’t one of his better ones.
“I was playing both ones, but it wasn’t a good year,” said Jones. “I became a running back, but I was mainly playing defense (strong safety). But I wasn’t conditioned enough and it was a hard year.”
This year, Jones, a senior, has been a major part of a transformation with the football program.
Despite a somewhat slow start, Northampton head field hockey coach Carrie Saul believes her team will be in the hunt over the next few weeks.
The Konkrete Kids began the season with a 1-2 mark through their first three games, dropping a close 3-2 opener to Liberty before they routed East Stroudsburg North, 12-0.
They then had trouble getting past Stroudsburg, losing a 4-0 decision.
Whitehall athletic director Bob Hartman announced the inaugural class for the District 11 Hall of Fame recently.
The inaugural class includes 14 inductees selected from nominations made by member schools, officials’ chapters, and media membership.
All inductees were selected based on their high school accomplishments solely.
This year’s class will be celebrated on Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Holiday Inn Conference Center Lehigh Valley in Upper Macungie Township at 4 p.m.
Brian Davies saw it coming four years ago.
He had a class of talented freshman golfers and predicted that in a few years, his team would be in the mix for league and district titles.
Last season the Konkrete Kids went 18-3 overall and 13-2 in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference matches. They finished in second place in the league standings and were one of the four teams competing for the District 11 Class 3A team title, which was won by Liberty. Northampton finished as the runner-up in the district team tournament.
A sound of late summer customarily starts at dusk and continues through the night hours. And the sound emanates from a source not often seen unless flushed from a hiding place in flower beds, high grasses, under rocks or under trash cans.
What we speak of are crickets. The little black (or brown) crawlers that some anglers use as bait when fishing for bass. Others enjoy hearing their constant chirping when their home windows are open at night. Others wished they’d go away as their constant chirping irritates them and prevents them from sleeping.
Over the next three weeks, Northampton should have a definitive reading on its football program.
The Kids will host Pocono Mountain West Friday night at Al Erdosy Stadium riding a three-game winning streak in an impressive fashion. They have posted three consecutive shutouts for the first time since 1970 and have scored 50 more points in two consecutive games for the first time since 1961.
Their latest shutout was a 50-0 drubbing of East Stroudsburg North.
It is a changing time in the Konkrete Kids’ program.
The Northampton Konkrete Kids girls volleyball team evened their record on the season at 3-3 following a straight-set, 25-18, 25-14, 25-14 home win over Pocono Mountain East.
The Kids struggled to separate themselves early in the first set, allowing the Cardinals to hang around at 19-15 before Lindsey Nemeth finally closed it out with a service ace.
Northampton cross country had a meet at Parkland High School on Tuesday, Sept. 18, against Allen, Dieruff, and Parkland.
Both boys and girls teams went 2-1 on the day with wins over Allen and Dieruff, and a loss to Parkland. That brings the boys record to 4-2 on the season and the girls record to 3-3.
It wasn’t an ideal day for the runners given the weather and recent weather-related events of the last week.
On Sept. 15 Northampton played host to the Stroudsburg Mountaineers in boys soccer.
The Konkrete Kids were coming into this game on a four-game unbeaten streak having beaten Whitehall, Parkland and Pocono Mountain East all away from home. The Kids came into this game as second in the EPC Skyline division. Stroudsburg though, was putting together a respectable season themselves. The mountaineers won five out of their first six games of the season, helping them to top of the EPC Mountain Division.