Parkland remained one of two undefeated teams in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference with a win over Whitehall Friday night. The other EPC unbeaten, Bethlehem Catholic, plays a Saturday evening game.
Palisades is still the only Colonial League team without a loss after rolling to a win over Salisbury.
Here’s a look at some of Friday night’s action. For more see this week’s Lehigh Valley Press newspapers.
The Trojans overcame an early deficit to beat Whitehall 31-21 and remain undefeated.
On Monday, the Northampton tennis team won 7-0 over Tamaqua.
At singles, Liz Hozza defeated Brooke Williams 6-1, 6-1 at one, while Rose Sharga topped Alexis Breiner 6-1, 6-0 at two. At three, Grace Tepes downed Molly Clemson 6-2 6-0.
Jess Grello and Sydney Schmall defeated Emily Fisher and Madison Wickersham 6-1, 6-2 at number-one doubles. Shannon Reinhard and Liz Moore (N) downed Sabrina Moyer and Julie Billig 6-1, 6-0 at two doubles while Alex Horvath and Naomi Rubi knocked off Jocelyn Rega and Annika Stahler 6-4, 6-0 at three-doubles.
The Northampton girls soccer team continues to play well this season, and is even starting to get recognized throughout the Lehigh Valley in various top-10 rankings as the squad sites at 6-3-1. That’s something that hasn’t happened in quite some time, according to head coach Chaz Saul.
Recently against the Freedom Patriots, Abigail Czarnecki factored in all three Northampton goals in a 3-0 victory. She scored twice and assisted on Alexandra Benedict’s goal. Benedict also picked up an assist in the game as did Autumn VanHorn.
It’s officially the second half of the season and the top five teams in the poll are littered with big matchups. The EPC race looks like it’s coming down to Parkland and Bethlehem Catholic, while Palisades keeps their grip on the Colonial league title.
Here’s a breakdown of this week’s bouts, along with some new friends from the North entering the poll.
1. Parkland (5-0)
Last week’s rank: #1
Trojans should have no problem running the ball this week.
The Pick: Parkland 35- Whitehall 28
2. Bethlehem Catholic (5-0)
Last week’s rank: #2
This past weekend provided perfect weather for the East Coast Steel Challenge Championship shootout held at Ontelaunee Fish & Game Association’s firearms ranges.
The four-day event in New Tripoli drew 310 shooters from 25 states with one coming as far as California. Shooters ranged in age from 7 to 70 and had pros like Smith & Wesson pro shooter and Hamburg resident Doug Koenig who was one of the competitors.
Northampton’s field hockey team admittedly had a good nearly two — week period. The Konkrete Kids had won their last five games, begin 4-0 last week.
However, the Kids’ has a temporary setback when they dropped a 7-1 decision to Easton Tuesday.
“We definitely hit a road bump,” said head coach Carrie Saul. “We were probably a little tired and it took a toll on our legs and chemistry. We had been playing well.
“Easton is a very good team. Give them a lot of credit. They play Emmaus this week and will give them a run for their money.”
Northampton golfer Andrew Hozza shot a 77 at Monday’s EPC Golf Tournament, and it ended up being good enough for third place.
The match took place at Woodstone Country Club, which happens to be the Kids’ home course this season. Having course knowledge certainly helped Hozza shoot a strong round, which was one shot off his personal best round of 76 at Woodstone.
“It made things more comfortable having a little bit of course knowledge,” said Hozza. “It made every shot a little easier knowing where you want it, where to put it.
Emmaus’ defense had its ups and downs over the first three weeks of the 2017 high school football season.
But last Friday against Northampton the Hornets posted their first shutout of the season. And it’s likely not a coincident that the shutout came just two games after nose guard Joe Barno was cleared to get back with the team after a preseason concussion.
Barno and the Hornets held the Konkrete Kids to negative-34 rushing yards in a 35-0 win. The senior had one sack and two tackles for loss in the win.
Northampton’s cross country teams had two meets in the past week.
On Saturday the team traveled to Hershey for the PIAA Foundation Invite, and then on Tuesday the squads went to Pleasant Valley for a meet against the Bears, Pocono Mountain East and Pocono Mountain West.
“The Hershey course is always challenging, but when you factor in that the weather was also unseasonably warm, it made for a tough day,” said head coach Dan Benner. “But, I was happy with the way the team competed and worked.
The high school football season has hit the halfway mark. Parkland and Bethlehem Catholic remained unbeaten in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference with wins Friday night.
In the Colonial League, Northwestern routed Pen Argyl for its second straight win this season.
The Hornets posted their first shut out of the season with a 35-0 win over Northampton.