TENNIS TEAM FALLS
Northampton tennis fell to Stroudsburg 6-1 on Tuesday afternoon.
The Mounties are 7-0 this season and have been playing well.
The Kids lone win came at number-four doubles where Abby Mirsza and Rachel Zeitner defeated Abby Puskar and Jaina Nortey 6-3, 6-2.
After winning the East Penn Conference (EPC) last year, Northampton’s golf team is in the middle of a transition year.
Through their first nine matches that took them through Aug. 27, the Konkrete Kids had an overall 4-5 record. They have recorded wins against East Stroudsburg North, Pocono Mountain West, Freedom and Allentown Central Catholic, while they have dropped matches to Stroudsburg, Nazareth, Emmaus, Liberty and East Stroudsburg South.
At Pleasant Valley Friday night, Northampton’s football team will encounter its second stage of its five-game East Penn Conference (EPC) North Division tour, one that can perhaps help them lock up the EPC North title.
But based on the unpredictability of the teams through the first two weeks of the season, it is hard for the K-Kids to get a good read.
“It’s is hard to tell what’s ahead of us,” said Kids’ head coach Kyle Haas of his team who has a 1-1 record after their 49-6 victory over Dieruff last week. “We just have to keep working to get better.
The Northampton cross country teams had their first meet of the season hosting the Northampton Invitational this past Saturday morning.
There were 36 different schools attending with over 1,000 athletes racing between the varsity, JV and middle school.
The boys team finished 8th out of 27 schools, while the girls were 10th out of 23 schools.
“Both teams ran great with so many of them running their best time ever,” said head coach Dan Benner. “So, it was a very encouraging day to start the season off.
The measuring stick that was Parkland is behind them, but it isn’t forgotten.
Northampton’s 49-14 loss gave them a different perspective from last year’s 41-0 defeat to the Trojans, and it also fueled them for the next step beginning with Dieruff at J. Birney Crum Stadium Friday night.
“It was 28-14 at the end at the end of third quarter, and we had the ball and the momentum,” recalled Northampton head coach Kyle Haas. “But we couldn’t convert a third-and-one, and they went on to score 21 points in the quarter.
The Northampton tennis team defeated Wilson 5-0 on Tuesday afternoon on the road.
At number-one singles, Liz Hozza won 6-4, 6-0 over Mollie Veres, while Rose Sharga at number-two defeated Nia Cain 6-2, 6-1. Caitlyn Stoudt won at number-three singles taking down Malia Bennett 7-6 (7-4), 6-0.
At number-one doubles, Kat Beenders and Talia Hemingway defeated Samantha Mutter and Ridhi Sharma 6-3, 6-1. At number-two doubles, Olivia Tepes and Caroline Gray won over Mary Elizabeth Soffera and Yolanda Sulliva 6-2, 6-2.
The word quit was not in any players head this year. After a shutout loss that got away from them last season in week one, the Northampton football team once again found themselves trailing at halftime with no points to the same team, Parkland, as last year. But this time around they fought back and made it close before falling 49-14 last Friday night at Northampton High School’s Al Erdosy Stadium in the 2019 season-opener for both teams.
Bethlehem Steel FC scored two goals while down a man against Birmingham Legion FC who hadn’t given up a goal since June 29, but still fell 3-2. It was a very physical Sunday night at Talen Energy Stadium that resulted in 10 total cards and four players sent off early.
With warm temperatures, it’s difficult to think about hunting. Even fishing isn’t that good during these times. But come Monday, September 2, the traditional dove and early goose season kicks off.
Since dove are somewhat easier to hunt this time of year, we’ll focus on them as corn and soybean crops are still standing, which makes those fields not conducive to goose hunting methods.
Another Cement Bowl Challenge is in the books with Northampton retaining the Cement Belt Championship for another year.
The rivalry series, which was conceived in the 2016-17 school year, has seen the Kids from Laubach Avenue win the first three installments of the challenge.