The Northampton cross country teams wrapped up their regular season on Tuesday, Oct. 10, with meets against Becahi, Easton, Freedom, Liberty, and Nazareth.
The girls went 3-2 on the day with wins against Becahi (22-35), Freedom (25-31), and Nazareth (20-39).
Head coach Dan Benner was very pleased with the final win tally of the girls.
“They finished the season with an overall record of 11-6, which was a huge turnaround from last season,” Benner said.
The Northampton girls soccer team secured a district playoff appearance with two additional wins last week against Allentown Central Catholic and Southern Lehigh.
The later part of a division, heavy schedule presented a tough challenge for the girls.
Leading up to this week, head coach Chaz Saul explained, “We need a win or a tie to make it to districts but the rest of our games are all division games and it’s going to be extremely hard.”
As it turned out, the team made it look easy with 2-1 wins over both division opponents.
Turnovers and the inability to stop the running game became a recipe for disaster for Northampton during their 35-14 loss to Liberty last week.
Liberty running back Nasir Legree rushed for a career high 330 yards and five touchdowns en route to a pivotal win to keep Liberty (3-4) in playoff contention.
The loss puts Northampton at 2-5 on the year, making their battle to gain one of the top eight spots in the District 11 6A power rating even more difficult with their current eleventh place ranking.
For much of their game against Parkland (9-5-1 EPC, 9-7-1 overall), the Northampton field hockey team looked to have a pretty good grasp on how to control the game. Parkland’s stingy defense was playing to their usual high level, but Northampton was able to get some looks, just unable to finish and put the ball in the goal cage.
Northampton boys soccer coach Adam Bastidas looks nothing like actor Bill Murray.
He may feel a bit like him though, especially considering Murray’s role in the movie Groundhog Day, where Murray keeps waking up and repeating the same day over and over. For Bastidas, the day goes wrong when his team gives up a goal and then inevitably gives up another and sometimes, another in quick succession.
Well, so much for Parkland not being their consistent selves. The Trojans convincing 38-24 win over Bethlehem Catholic solidified that Parkland is the team to beat this year and the 6A bracket will go through them.
For the likes of Whitehall, Becahi and Palisades, they’ve clearly painted the picture for district title runs in their respective classes as well.
With teams heading down the home stretch of the season, district positioning is now at the forefront.
Only three more weeks of the regular season are upon us, so get your fill with this week’s picks.
Just one team remains unbeaten in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference after the seventh Friday night of the 2017 high school football season. Several games on this week’s card have District 11 Class 6A playoff implications. Here’s a look at some of Friday’s action.
The Trojans won a battle of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference’s last two unbeaten teams with a 38-24 win over the Hawks.
The statewide archery hunting season kicked off this past Saturday (Sept. 30) for antlered and antlerless deer for the season that continues until Nov. 11. Then there’s the late archery season that starts up again Dec. 26 and runs until Jan. 13.
For sportsmen who hunt in WMU’s 2B, 5C and 5D, they can hunt both buck and doe from Dec. 26 through Jan. 28.
Playoff implications will be on the line Saturday night when Northampton travels to Bethlehem Area School District Stadium to take on Liberty.
Both teams enter the contest at 2-4 and a win by the Kids would certainly boost their chances of moving up the District 11 power ratings, as Liberty currently sits in seventh place and Northampton is holed up in the 10th spot behind Pocono Mountain East (3-3) and Pocono Mountain West (2-4).
After getting knocked off by Nazareth last week 48-13, the Kids need to pick up the pieces after
District 11 held their annual media conference last Tuesday morning at St. Luke’s Sports Medicine and Rehab Center in Bethlehem.
The biggest take-away from the session included more news on the upcoming District 11 Hall of Fame, which is set to honor its first class in the fall of 2018.
Brad Pensyl, an administrator in the Pocono Mountain school district, outlined the guidelines for nominations, which has a deadline of June 1, 2018 for any nominee to have their paperwork submitted.