The East Penn Conference announced seedings for the league softball tournament on Thursday morning.
Play begins on Friday afternoon with the following games scheduled:
#1 Nazareth vs. #8 Liberty
#2 Parkland vs. #7 Stroudsburg
#3 Easton vs. #6 Freedom
# 4 Northampton vs. #5 Becahi
Playoffs begin on Friday, May 11, at 4 p.m. All games will be played at the venue of the higher seeded team. Teams who are impacted by proms may arrange an alternate playing date and time, either Saturday, May 12, or Sunday, May 13, according to the release.
What a difference a month makes.
In the beginning of April, the Northampton softball team allowed 17 runs in losses to Emmaus, Central Catholic and Parkland.
Four weeks later, the K-Kids held all three teams scoreless.
Northampton improved to 15-4 on the season with a thrilling, 1-0 victory over the Trojans on senior night. Emily Stuhldreher knocked in Madison Biechy with a fifth inning RBI single for the game’s only run.
Erik Kratz is a guy who has come to accept his baseball life for what it is. In each of the last eight seasons, the Telford, Pennsylvania product has played at least a couple of games in the majors and has done so with six different major league teams, including the Phillies. He continued the streak last season when he played in four games with the Yankees and he’s returned to the organization this season and is playing for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
With the weather finally warming up to normal temperatures for this time of year, folks will be out and about after suffering from cabin fever.
While the much needed warming trend is upon us, so are ticks. Both wood ticks and deer ticks, the latter being more difficult to spot because of their tiny size. Experts are expecting a potential tick explosion with the warm weather and the bloodthirsty critters will be in abundance this summer. The exports say ticks will be looking for a host that walks by so they can latch themselves onto them and your pets.
The Northampton boys’ volleyball team dropped two contests last week, but picked up an important victory off the court.
Before the K-Kids’ match against Emmaus on Wednesday, May 2, the team participated in its Volley for Valor ceremony with members of local military offices and representatives from Tails of Valor, Paws of Honor.
On April 11, the team began a 22-push-up challenge for 22 days. On the final day, the K-Kids invited the Green Hornets, members of the girls’ volleyball team, military recruiters and enlisted students to finish the challenge with them.
For the Northampton baseball team, it certainly was gut-check time.
Head coach Mick Sugra envisioned his team getting into the play-in game of the District 11 Class 6A tournament.
But the Konkrete Kids entered Wednesday night’s season finale at home needing a win over Nazareth on their senior night to grab a spot. That result was past Press deadlines.
They had a 9-10 record and were in the midst of a roller-coaster two weeks that saw them potentially peaking at the right time to treading water near the bottom.
The K-Kids’ lacrosse team finished its second year under Head Coach Jace Shively on a high note. Northampton picked up a 12-10 victory over Liberty to sweep the season series with the Hurricanes.
Northampton overcame a three-goal deficit in the fourth quarter to steal the win. Junior midfielder Kyle Wescoe led the team with six goals, and junior midfielder Aiden Jones added a hat trick. Junior Garrett Transue finished with two goals and senior Greg Milnes contributed with a goal and an assist.
The K-Kids finished the season with a record of 5-13, the best in program history.
Kyle Morin knew this could be a special year for him. So far, the senior is doing his part to help his teammates make a district run.
Through Northampton’s first 14 games of the season, Morin was among the team leaders in batting average (. 469) and hits (23).
But for Morin, it runs deeper.
Over the past four years, Morin has watched how the Konkrete Kids’ program has operated, and he has realized it was time to become totally immersed.
Generally, you think of rivalries as being between teams in close proximity to each other.
Sometimes though, rivalries can develop because of circumstances, including a big playoff series. Such is the case for the budding rivalry between the Phantoms and Charlotte Checkers. The two teams played each other very evenly during the regular season and are matched up in the Atlantic Division finals on their quest for an AHL Calder Cup trophy.
Day one of the Colonial League and East Penn Conference championship track meet took place on Tuesday at Whitehall with day two scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.
Four K-Kids earned medals on day one, including two golds.
Zachery Liggitt and Lexi Barrall each took first place. Liggitt won the shot put and Barrall was tops in the pole vault.
Jared Sebesta was fourth in the shot put and Nick Bodnar was fourth in the 300 hurdles.
We’ll have a recap and more photos in next week’s edition of the Northampton Press.
Colonial League Championships