Something had to give when pair of undefeated baseball teams met Tuesday at Coca-Cola Park.
Parkland got a stellar pitching performance from ace Michael Jenkins to keep its record unblemished and hand Northampton its first loss of the season.
Jenkins allowed just three hits in the complete-game shutout. He struck out two and didn’t allow a walk.
“Mike throws strikes and he’s got a couple different pitches, so he keeps people off stride,” said Parkland head coach Kurt Weber. “He’s a battler. He’s going to make you earn it.”
The Northampton softball team got off to a hot start despite some cool temperatures.
The won their first two games against Fleetwood and East Stroudsburg North, but recently fell to Emmaus to start off East Penn Conference play.
The girls will be led by four seniors this year in Taylor Keeney, Hallie Muffley, Anna Filchner and Jillian Muthard. Keeney will pitch for the kids while Huffley and Filchner make the Kids solid up the middle as Muffley plays short and Filchner second. Muthard is an outfielder. All four girls have been four-year starters.
Northampton’s baseball team got the start that it needed. And the Konkrete Kids did it in grand fashion.
Heading into this weeks’ play, the Kids began with a 2-0 record due to two lopsided wins. They opened with a convincing 9-3 win over perennial playoff power North Pocono and followed with a 12-1 rout of East Stroudsburg North.
More importantly, it gave the Kids a sturdy cushion to start their always ultracompetitive East Penn Conference play.
The Northampton track team got off to a great start to their season with two close wins over Bethlehem Catholic. The girls beat the Hawks 77.16-72.8 while the boys won 78-72.
Lyndsey Gallagher broke the Al Erdosy Stadium record in the 3200. She ran a 11:39 which broke the old stadium record of 11:46, held by Joelle Perelli and set in 2016.
Alexis Barrall was the only field event winner winning the pole vault, but clearing 10-0, a new school record.
The Northampton boys tennis team is off to a 4-2 start so far this season, looking to improve from a 6-10 mark from last season.
The Kids posted wins against Easton (4-3), Freedom (4-3) and Wilson (4-1) with losses coming against Pleasant Valley (5-2) and Stroudsburg (4-3).
The team is looking to get past the graduation of Tom Reinhard, a four-year starter, as well as Kevin Trinkle, who was a two-year starter.
The 42nd Annual Via All-Star Basketball Classic was played Saturday at Northampton Community College, pitting senior all-stars against one another in four separate games. The West squad featured seniors from Central Catholic, Northampton, Northwestern, Parkland and Whitehall among other Lehigh Valley teams.
The West came up on the short end of the score in both games, with the girls falling 56-49 and the boys suffering a 121-97 loss.
On April 4, Liberty defeated the Northampton boys volleyball team 3-1 inside Liberty High, leaving the Kids with a 2-2 record on the year.
The ’Canes won the first set by a score of 25-12 as NHS fell to an early 7-3 deficit. The Kids couldn’t muster the strength to get back into the fight during the first set, but it served as a wake up call.
The Via Basketball All-Star Classic announced their rosters recently, as they gear up for their 42nd annual year, which gets underway on March 29 at the Sands Event Center in Bethlehem for the Via All-Star Banquet.
Matt Millen will be the keynote speaker for the night, which will introduce a new class to the Lehigh Valley High School Basketball Hall of Fame.
This year’s inductees include Mimi Griffin (Broadcaster), Brian Hunter (Emmaus, Class of 2007), Jackie (Yandrisevits) Markle (Nazareth, Class of 2005) and the 1951 Allentown High School boys’ basketball team.
Despite the snow and cold weather recently, the Northampton track and field team looks to be in good shape as spring athletes are finally starting to take to the courts and fields.
The Kids return a host of track team members who competed at districts last year. The hope is to get those kids back, and more, and also advance some to states.
With a new cast ready to take the field, Northampton’s baseball team is optimistic they again can remain a headliner.
However, the Konkrete Kids likely will see their results surface later in the season.
Northampton will enter the 2017 campaign with the loss of 10 seniors to graduation in June, two of the more prominent being three-year infield starters Will Stackhouse and catcher Ian Luberti.