There’s a new summer basketball tournament in town and it hopes to fill some of the holes that high school coaches have talked about for years with the July tournament dates.
Glenn Klein, the veteran basketball tournament director for the Stellar Construction Catch A Rising Star showcase, is going solo and forming the Cedar Beach Basketball Showcase from June 22-25.
Klein has directed and organized summer tournaments over the past 37 years and feels the time is right now to branch off to put together a different tournament.
Northampton’s softball team held on to a 1-0 lead against Parkland for six innings before losing 3-1 in the District XI Class 6A softball quarterfinal at Parkland High School last Wednesday.
“We had them on the ropes,” said Northampton coach Kevin Mann. “I was hoping our season wouldn’t end this way. We were this close.”
Heather Alich had the RBI for the K-Kids in the first inning.
The Trojans threatened to score in the second inning with the bases loaded and one out.
The state track and field meet concluded this past Memorial Day weekend and unfortunately for two Northampton track members, things didn’t turn out as hoped.
Lyndsey Gallagher qualified after taking second in the 1600 at districts and Lexi Barrall advanced after capturing gold in the pole vault. However, Gallagher didn’t qualify for the finals and Barrall no-heighted on her first attempt as both saw their trips to Shippensburg quickly end.
Northampton developed patience and did everything they could to take the District 11 quarterfinal from Emmaus last week. Unfortunately, early in the game, Northampton struggled to find a comfort zone, committing six errors in four innings as Emmaus jumped out to an 8-1 lead and then held on to win 8-5, advancing to the semifinals and ending the season for the Konkrete Kids.
Lyndsey Gallagher took what she learned at the East Penn Conference meet and applied it to districts.
Gallagher hadn’t seen Stroudsburg’s strong contingent of distance runners during the regular season, but used the EPC meet as a learning experience and turned it into a silver medal in the 1600 at districts.
For Gallagher, though, it was all about getting back to states.
“I’m so excited,” Gallagher said after the event. “I just wanted to get back to Shippensburg. I got there my freshman year by chance, but this year I actually hit the qualifying time and earned it.”
Northampton will enter the PIAA District 11 Class 6A playoffs facing a familiar opponent, but the Kids know it is a different ballgame.
The Kids will begin district play for the seventh consecutive time under head coach Mick Sugra, hosting Emmaus Wednesday afternoon, after Press deadlines.
Northampton’s season came to an end on May 18, as the Konkrete Kids lost to the Whitehall 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the District 11 3A playoffs.
“It’s a shame we allowed the first game to go to four sets (against Wyoming Valley West),” said Northampton head coach David Faust. “We fought hard, it was a hot one in here and you could tell that our legs got weary. Whitehall is a tough opponent, they keep coming and it is hard to stop their momentum. I wish we had fresher legs but I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished this year.”
The seventh-seeded Northampton volleyball team defeated Wyoming Valley West 3-1 inside Whitehall High School on Thursday, May 18, to advance to the quarterfinals of the District 11 playoffs.
Coming into the match Northampton held a record of 9-7 on the year after having only three victories the year prior.
“We knew Wyoming Valley West, they have a couple of key hitters and we knew what to do to keep the ball away from them,” said Northampton head coach David Faust. “We’ve come a long way. We were hoping to finish this game 3-0 but Wyoming played well and earned a set.”
Any athlete or team always wants to be at their best when the postseason comes around.
For Northampton pole vaulter Lexi Barrall, her season started off strong, but entering the East Penn Conference meet was a bit of a different story.
Barrall said she PR’ed [Personal Record] clearing 10 feet in the first few meets of the regular season, but then got stuck at that mark for a while.
Northampton’s softball team drove the message home in the fourth inning by scoring five runs against Pocono Mountain East and won its first round District XI 6A playoff game, 11-1, on Tuesday.
“We were hoping to, and we’re always expecting to,” said Northampton coach Kevin Mann. “We handled them pretty easily last time, but they’re a young team.”
The Kids had a 3-0 lead after two innings, but the Cardinals had runners on first and second base on errors to start the third before Northampton pitcher Taylor Keeney had a strike out, forced a fly ball, and forced a pop up.