It continues to be a season of accomplishments for the Northampton baseball team.
With their East Penn Conference (EPC) semifinal playoff appearance against Emmaus Tuesday, the Konkrete Kids made their first appearance under current head coach Mick Sugra. A win would send them into the finals Thursday against either Liberty or Easton.
Previously, the Kids under Sugra made it to the EPC quarterfinals and lost both times (Parkland in 2017 and Stroudsburg in 2015).
Mike Kuzio will always remember winning the Biddy Championship with the Northampton AA, as most of his current teammates were with him.
He also sees a parallel between the makeup of that team with his current one.
“We played pretty loose as kids then,” said Kuzio, who is a junior on the Konkrete Kids’ squad. “There are more than a few guys who are still with me now.
“We have kept that going in our high school careers. We’re playing like we have nothing to lose. We’re just taking one game at a time.”
Northampton High School’s track and field team won first through fourth place medals in four events at the East Penn Conference Championships last Tuesday and Wednesday at Whitehall High School.
Senior distance runner Dalton Domchek was awarded the gold medal in the 800 meter run.
“It felt really good,” Domchek said. “I was coming down the 100 meter mark and then I had a good kick and finished first. I started to speed up because we were going really fast.”
Domchek, who passed Liberty’s Ryan Wycherley near the finish had a time of 1:58.79. Wycherley’s was 1:59.11.
Rain is once again altering league playoff schedules in the area. This time, Colonial League and EPC softball playoff games have been pushed back from Tuesday to Wednesday.
In the Colonial League, Notre Dame will take on Bangor at Pates Park at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, followed by the Northwestern-Palmerton game at 7 p.m. League finals are still scheduled for Thursday, May 16, at 7 p.m. at Pates Park.
Heavy rains are forcing the East Penn Conference and Colonial League to alter their league playoffs, and there was also a change to the District 11 track and field meet scheduled for this week.
The District 11 track and field meet scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday of this week has been pushed back a day. The meet will now take place Wednesday and Thursday, May 15 and 16, at Whitehall High School. Event schedules will remain the same with Tuesday’s events moving to Wednesday and Wednesday’s events moving to Thursday.
The East Penn Conference announced baseball pairings for the playoffs.
Action gets underway on Saturday, May 11, with four games.
Liberty earned the top seed and will take on 8-seed Whitehall at 12 p.m. at Liberty High School.
Parkland takes the second seed and will host rival Emmaus, which ended as the 7-seed. That game is at 11 a.m. at Parkland.
Northampton earned the third seed and will host Pleasant Valley, the 6-seed, at 12 p.m.
The 4-seed went to Stroudsburg, which will host Easton, the 5-seed at 11 a.m.
The EPC announced pairings for the softball playoff tournament.
Play begins Thursday, May 9, moving up a day from Friday because of the threat of storms.
Parkland earned the top seed and will host 8-seed Whitehall.
Emmaus is the second seed and will host 7-seed Easton. Northampton took the third seed and will host 6-seed Nazareth.
Freedom, the 4-seed, hosts Stroudsburg which is the 5-seed.
Day one of the EPC track and field meet took place on Tuesday, May 7 at Whitehall, with day two set for Wednesday, May 8, after Press deadlines.
On day one, Northampton’s Mikayla Davidson took second place in the pole vault, clearing 10-6. Parkland’s Jada Mangahas won the event clearing 11-0.
Look for more on the meet in next week’s edition.
EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA CONFERENCE TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
DAY ONE RESULTS
At Whitehall High School Sporting Complex
(Top four finishers overall; other local finishers)
Like any team, Northampton head coach Mick Sugra has worked for the best possible outcome for his team this season.
With their 5-0 win over Whitehall Monday, the Konkrete Kids certainly have achieved and accented it.
The win total marks the most under Sugra’s nine-year reign, topping the previous mark of 15 wins in 2015.
“That’s what we have strived for all season,” noted Sugra about his team’s success. “We have seen it all come through.
The Northampton boys volleyball team’s senior night was supposed to be a celebration of the careers of captains Luis Roman and Dominic Frey and manager Emily Gehris as well as the moment the team would clinch a district playoff berth with their ninth win of the season.
The feting of the seniors took place as planned in a nicely decorated Pete Schneider Gymnasium. But the visiting 5-12 Dieruff Huskies were uncooperative as they spoiled the night by winning the match in four sets.