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EPC tennis tourney halted, districts begin

Thursday, April 27, 2017 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

The District 11 singles tournament got under way on Monday at Lehigh University.

Andrew Hozza was the only K-Kid to advance to the second round, which will take place April 26, after Press deadlines.

Hozza was a 6-1, 6-2 winner over Josh Becker of Eastburg North. His next opponent is Parkland’s Aneesh Kapoor, who won 6-1, 6-0 over Najja Francis of Pleasant Valley.

Brandon Peters had to take on the top seed in Ben Tauber of Nazareth and he lost 6-0, 6-0. Dom Jackson fell to six-seed Leland Addison of Easton 6-2, 6-0.

Shander keeps it simple

Thursday, April 27, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Throughout his baseball career, Brittain Shander has managed to stay within the fundamentals.

The Northampton junior is witnessing how his approach is paying dividends for him and his team this season.

“I just try to keep it simple and keep my balance,” said Shander in reference to his batting stance. “I just go out there and try as hard as I can. I haven’t really tried anything new. I just try to hit the ball as square as I can.”

Girls track team picks up two victories

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

The Northampton track and field teams thought they suffered two very close losses to Pleasant Valley this week. The boys lost 78-72 while the girls fell 76-74.

Or so they thought.

However, after correcting a scoring error, it eventually gave the Kids a first place in the girls triple jump which tied the score at 75-75. However, the girls won on the first tiebreaker which is first place finishes, 10-8, according to an email correction the Press received about the meet on Tuesday.

Meant to Move aims to help reduce injuries

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Meant to Move is a studio in Bethlehem owned and operated by certified Pilates teacher and licensed Yamuna Body Rolling practitioner, Jeanne Reilly, who teaches techniques that lead to more flexibility, greater muscle tone, and better posture.

“Both are low impact and can enhance everything you do in life,” said Reilly, who has clients of all ages. “My push right now is to teach more of our youth, and my dream would be to educate gym teachers, health teachers, and educators in general, and coaches in the schools who work with kids every day.”

Girls aim for ‘statement’ year

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Northampton’s girls lacrosse team wants to make 2017 a landmark season.

The Kids want to put themselves on the map after last year’s 5-12 campaign and head coach Paige Hoffman believes this year’s team has the potential to make their mark.

“Our goal is to make a statement in the conference and walk away with experience that will make the team a stronger, more talented group than they already are,” said Hoffman. “This will involve playing at a higher level, striving to overcome losses and staying ready for the next challenge.”

Angerman, Kids ready for next level

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

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.”

Volleyball aims to get on track

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

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.

Local umps get the call

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

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.