Bethlehem Inter-Church Dart Baseball league
Standings Week 2-4
*Holy Trinity 8 4 .667
Fritz Wesleyan 8 4 .667
East Hills 7 5 .583
Christ UCC 5 4 .556
Holy Cross 5 4 .556
First UCC 5 4 .556
Schoenersville 5 4 .556
College Hill 6 6 .500
St. Peters 6 6 .500
Trinity UCC 4 5 .444
Christ Lutheran 4 5 .444
WS/Edgeboro 3 9 .250
Bethany UCC 3 9 .250
Holy Trinity at
Christ UCC 4-3, 3-0, 10-1
Holy Trinity - Nate Reddell 6-13, Kevin Ashner 6-13 8 RBI
The East Penn Conference boys and girls basketball semifinals and championship games will take place at the PPL Center in Allentown this year.
The boys semifinals are slated for Monday, Feb. 10, at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. with the championship game on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 8 p.m.
The girls semifinals are set to for Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. with the final taking place at 6 p.m. on the 13th as well.
All quarterfinal rounds will take place at the site of the higher seed when the tournament gets underway this Friday.
The Phantoms went through the first three months of the season without shutting out an opponent. In that stretch, their opponents shut them out three times, including once in back-to-back games.
Lehigh Valley got its first shutout of the season on Jan. 11 with Alex Lyon in goal and the next night, Jean-Francois Berube shutout Charlotte to give them back-to-back shutout wins. A week later, Berube added another shutout against Rochester and he collected his third shutout of the season Saturday against Hershey.
Last year’s state wrestling dual meet finalists, Northampton and Bethlehem Catholic, squared off Saturday morning in this year’s District XI 3A semifinals. The Golden Hawks won the last five bouts, at 106 through 132, to erase a 24-17 K-Kids’ lead and advance to the final by the score of 37-24.
The match began at 138. In the first two bouts, CJ Fritz and Blaise Wagner performed admirably by holding their highly regarded opponents to a decision and tech fall and keep the early damage to 8-0.
On Friday night, the 18-2 Nazareth girls basketball team came to town to take on the 17-3 Konkrete Kids. The Blue Eagles came away with a 51-47 win that clinched the Skyline Division title.
Northampton fell behind 17-11 after the first quarter and it seemed like the game might become a replay of the teams’ earlier meeting where Nazareth won 51-30.
The Kids were struggling to score inside against Blue Eagles’ center Talya Brugler, but hit a trio of threes in the second quarter to keep the game within reach at halftime, 29-22.
With their dominant 71-45 victory at Allentown Central Catholic Monday night, Northampton still had a shot at playing in the upcoming East Penn Conference (EPC) playoffs beginning this weekend, although the Becahi Hawks recently slid into the eighth and final spot.
Despite missing out on leagues, the Konkrete Kids (14-8) will take some much-needed momentum, winning five of their last six games – two impressive consecutive wins over Nazareth and Central Catholic – to the next step.
Right now, it is simply about being able to play the game.
“You can say it, it was ugly,” admitted Northampton coach Jeff Jacksits when discussing his team’s 46-34 win over Parkland Tuesday night.
Both teams struggled to hit shots, especially early in the game, but Northampton found some semblance of offense in the second half to turn things around. The win clinched a spot in the EPC tournament for Northampton, upping its record to 17-3 overall and 11-3 in the EPC.
Northampton’s girls’ basketball team has been waiting for this week.
Beginning Tuesday, the Konkrete Kids were looking to avenge previous losses this season to both Parkland and Nazareth. They also will face Allentown Central Catholic Monday to conclude their regular season before the East Penn Conference (EPC) and district playoffs.
The two defeats are the lone blemishes on their league mark (5-2), as the Kids began the week behind Nazareth (7-0) and Parkland (6-1) in the EPC Skyline Division. They have an overall 16-3 record and a 10-3 EPC overall record.
The Northampton boys swimming and Diving team scored one point for Northampton in the Cement Belt Challenge this week with a narrow win over Whitehall while the girls were edged out, losing to the Zephs by just two points.
It was a hard-fought battle for both teams last Thursday night when Whitehall traveled to Northampton for a rival swim meet that both teams look forward to each year. Scores were very close all night but, in the end, the NHS boys won 92-91 and the girls lost 86-84.
The Northampton wrestling team claimed 3rd place at the EPC championships on Saturday with 42-26 win over Easton.
With both teams nursing some injuries and illnesses, there were a few matchup changes from the regular season dual meet with the Rovers just two weeks earlier.
Head coach Seth Lisa explained.
“We got two flus. We got two bum legs. We were banged up,” he said. “They’ve been banged up. It’s the end of the year. Right now it feels good to get done with the regular season and get ready for district duals.”