The Northampton girls tennis team began a tough 2018 schedule with determination and the drive to win.
Last Tuesday afternoon Northampton matched up against district champion Easton. While the Rovers brought back several of their strongest players from last year’s district tournament winning team, Northampton still played a tough game. In the end the Northampton girls lost to Easton, but put up a good fight, losing two matches in a tiebreaker.
Northampton head coach Kim Davis was proud of the team, regardless of the result.
An early EPC Skyline divisional soccer meeting on Sept. 5 saw local rivals Northampton travel to Whitehall.
Only separated by a couple of miles it makes this match extra special for both teams. The two teams were going into this game with different intentions. Northampton, coming off a loss to Emmaus (3-2), wanted to get their first win of the season. While Whitehall, coming off its win against Nazareth (5-1), wanted to keep its winning ways going.
The Northampton girls volleyball team dropped their match to Parkland Tuesday evening on Bob Nemeth Court with set scores of 8-25, 18-25, and 16-25.
Their record slipped to 1-2 on the season and in conference.
Parkland, the preseason #4 ranked team in PA class 4A, entered the game at 1-1 on the heels of a five-set loss to Emmaus. While beating a team as perennially strong as Parkland is always a tall task, head coach Jessica Finlayson was disappointed that the Kids did not play up to their potential.
On Friday Northampton hosted Pleasant Valley in an early Eastern Pennsylvania North Division clash.
The Konkrete Kids were hoping to continue their winnings ways after a big win against Dieruff (49-0) the week prior. Meanwhile the Bears came into this game looking for their first win of the season after losing to William Allen (14-33) last week.
This game was all Northampton from start to finish.
Both Lehigh Valley high school leagues featured battles of unbeaten teams this week.
In the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, Freedom earned a 21-20 win over Parkland. In the Colonial League, Notre Dame (Green Pond) outlasted Northwestern in overtime, 35-34.
Here are recaps of some of this week’s games. For more, see this week’s issues of the Lehigh Valley Press.
Two undefeated Eastern Pennsylvania Conference went head to head and the Patriots came out on top, handing the six-time defending district champs a 21-20 loss.
Starting off the season with a win is exactly what Northampton would’ve wanted on Friday against Emmaus. Unfortunately for the Konkrete Kids, the Hornets wanted to start their season just as strong.
The match was exciting and had plenty of goals in it, and was a great, early test for both teams.
This five-goal thriller saw action right from the start. Northampton’s Jacob Auger started the scoring within the first five minutes.
But Emmaus would answer back to tie the game at 1-1, until Auger scored his second of the game and give the Kids the lead again.
For Northampton, it wasn’t simply about a convincing 49-0 shutout over Dieruff, it was how the Konkrete Kids accomplished it.
“If we would have won 21-7, it would have been different,” said Kids’ head coach Kyle Haas. “We had an emphatic win. To hold their quarterback to minus-eight yards (rushing) really says something.
“It proved to our kids that they can play at a high caliber and take care of business.”
The Northampton Invitational was held on Sept. 1 featuring 37 different schools, an impressive event that continues to get bigger.
Northampton head coach Dan Benner said 1,057 total athletes competed in the varsity, JV and middle school races.
The Kids did well against some impressive competition as the boys took 10th out of 31 teams and the girls were ninth out of 25 teams.
If you’re an avid bird watcher, you may be seeing an influx of Ruby Throated hummingbirds at your feeders, provided you have an appropriate feeder or flowers for them to feed from.
This influx is because these tiny, colorful and quick birds have begun their fall migration back to southern Mexico and northern Panama.
As they migrate southward, they refuel their bodies in the early morning as they travel by midday and forage again in the late afternoon in an effort to maintain their body weight.
The Northampton tennis and golf teams each had recent victories.
The tennis team beat Dieruff 6-1.
Liz Hozza defeated Vivian Soto at one, 6-0, 6-0. At two, Rose Sharga also won 6-0, 6-0 over Ashley Balbuena while Grace Tepes was a 6-0, 6-0 winner over Destiny Gonzalez.
The girls won three of the four doubles matches with captains Kasey Zelienka and Kaylee Kauffman winning at number-two over Lyn Williams and Lorelei Stuff 6-1, 6-0.