Jared Angerman knew something wasn’t quite right with the team last year.
The current Northampton senior believed last year’s senior players weren’t all that comfortable with their roles on the team.
“The seniors were really nervous for whatever reason about last year,” Angerman said. “They just didn’t seem comfortable. I don’t know how much it affected the team. But the seniors this year are ready to take this team to the next level.”
After finishing with three wins a year ago, Northampton looks to make amends on the volleyball court this season.
The Kids (3-2) appeared to be refreshed and primed to learn from last year’s mistakes and turn that into progress this spring under head coach Dave Faust.
With last year’s team going through the growing pains of being a young group, a year of maturity and experience should do the Kids well.
Every year, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Reading Fightin’ Phils play an exhibition game for charity. Among all of the planning that goes into putting the game together is finding umpires to work the game. Minor League umpires aren’t allowed to work the game, so the teams generally turn to PIAA umpires. This year’s game was played at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, and when there is anything to do with umpiring, the IronPigs turn to Marty Ondrovic for help.
Something had to give when pair of undefeated baseball teams met Tuesday at Coca-Cola Park.
Parkland got a stellar pitching performance from ace Michael Jenkins to keep its record unblemished and hand Northampton its first loss of the season.
Jenkins allowed just three hits in the complete-game shutout. He struck out two and didn’t allow a walk.
“Mike throws strikes and he’s got a couple different pitches, so he keeps people off stride,” said Parkland head coach Kurt Weber. “He’s a battler. He’s going to make you earn it.”
The Northampton softball team got off to a hot start despite some cool temperatures.
The won their first two games against Fleetwood and East Stroudsburg North, but recently fell to Emmaus to start off East Penn Conference play.
The girls will be led by four seniors this year in Taylor Keeney, Hallie Muffley, Anna Filchner and Jillian Muthard. Keeney will pitch for the kids while Huffley and Filchner make the Kids solid up the middle as Muffley plays short and Filchner second. Muthard is an outfielder. All four girls have been four-year starters.
Northampton’s baseball team got the start that it needed. And the Konkrete Kids did it in grand fashion.
Heading into this weeks’ play, the Kids began with a 2-0 record due to two lopsided wins. They opened with a convincing 9-3 win over perennial playoff power North Pocono and followed with a 12-1 rout of East Stroudsburg North.
More importantly, it gave the Kids a sturdy cushion to start their always ultracompetitive East Penn Conference play.
The Northampton track team got off to a great start to their season with two close wins over Bethlehem Catholic. The girls beat the Hawks 77.16-72.8 while the boys won 78-72.
Lyndsey Gallagher broke the Al Erdosy Stadium record in the 3200. She ran a 11:39 which broke the old stadium record of 11:46, held by Joelle Perelli and set in 2016.
Alexis Barrall was the only field event winner winning the pole vault, but clearing 10-0, a new school record.
The Northampton boys tennis team is off to a 4-2 start so far this season, looking to improve from a 6-10 mark from last season.
The Kids posted wins against Easton (4-3), Freedom (4-3) and Wilson (4-1) with losses coming against Pleasant Valley (5-2) and Stroudsburg (4-3).
The team is looking to get past the graduation of Tom Reinhard, a four-year starter, as well as Kevin Trinkle, who was a two-year starter.
The 42nd Annual Via All-Star Basketball Classic was played Saturday at Northampton Community College, pitting senior all-stars against one another in four separate games. The West squad featured seniors from Central Catholic, Northampton, Northwestern, Parkland and Whitehall among other Lehigh Valley teams.
The West came up on the short end of the score in both games, with the girls falling 56-49 and the boys suffering a 121-97 loss.
On April 4, Liberty defeated the Northampton boys volleyball team 3-1 inside Liberty High, leaving the Kids with a 2-2 record on the year.
The ’Canes won the first set by a score of 25-12 as NHS fell to an early 7-3 deficit. The Kids couldn’t muster the strength to get back into the fight during the first set, but it served as a wake up call.