If you were asked to picture in your mind someone with brain cancer, you might think of John McCain or perhaps a small child in a pediatric cancer unit.
It is be unlikely that you would picture a 26-year-old former college athlete. And yet Northampton eighth grade math teacher and girls varsity head volleyball coach Jess Finlayson found out this summer that she has Grade III anaplastic astrocytoma.
SUBURBAN DART LEAGUE
Star of Beth 7 2 .778
St. Stephen’s 6 3 .667
St. Paul’s 2 1 .667
Bath Luth 3 3 .500
Salem UCC 3 3 .500
Emmanuel 4 5 .444
Light of Christ 4 5 .444
Ebenezer 4 5 .444
Christ UCC 4 5 .444
Dryland 3 6 .333
Farmersville 2 4 .333
St. Stephen’s (7-1, 3-2) at Farmersville (3-1)
SS - Gary Buczynski 7-13, Dave Blaukovitch 5-12, Jim Blaukovitch 5-13.
F - Gene Grim 4-10, HRs - Ben Kerbaugh, Wade Chilmonik.
Light of Christ (4-0) at Emmanuel (1-0, 5-0)
Northampton tennis continues to fight through a tough schedule with strength and determination as their 6-6 record overall lends little insight into the level of play the team rises to with each challenge.
There is one thing head coach Kim Davis will tell you about his team: “We play hard.”
“That is one things the girls know I expect and we always do,” he said.
Through five weeks of the season, I’m not sure we’ve had many more clear cut number one team in the area than Freedom this year. In a year of parody in the EPC, the top three teams in the poll have solidified their footing, but only Freedom has asserted themselves as the top dog.
That all could certainly change in the second half of the season, but Freedom and Saucon Valley are looking like league champs in their respective conferences.
Here’s a breakdown of this week’s poll.
1. Freedom (5-0)
Last week’s rank: #1
Northampton traveled to Salisbury on Saturday for a nonconference game and came away with a 3-0 win thanks to a dominating first half of play. Northampton (4-1-3 EPC, 5-1-3 overall) scored all three goals in the first half for the win.
For the Northampton football team, the beat goes on.
The Konkrete Kids have been one of the surprises of the East Penn Conference (EPC) as well as football in the Lehigh Valley. A doormat for the better part of the last century, the Kids (4-1) will enter this week’s clash against East Stroudsburg South riding a four-game winning streak.
And they have done it in grand style.
With their latest 48-6 victory over Pocono Mountain West, the Kids have outscored their opponents, 211-6.
However, the Kids aren’t taking anything for granted.
The Northampton Konkrete Kids girls soccer team didn’t let the conditions on a rainy Tuesday night dampen their spirits as they scored a season-high 8 goals in a shutout win over Bethlehem Catholic on Joan Kremus field.
The win lifted the Kids’ season record to 4-6.
Miranda Heffelfinger netted the first goal of the game six minutes in with an assist by Isabella Nota. After that, Abby Czarnecki and Alexandra Benedict took over the scoring.
The Northampton Konkrete Kids field hockey team took down Pleasant Valley 7-0 in a home match on Saturday.
The win brought the Kids’ record at the halfway mark of the season to 7-2.
The Northampton cross country teams celebrated their senior night on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at Bicentennial Park. The team honored four seniors: Lauren Pague, Valencia Mercadante, Magen Perelli, and Evan Gillette.
“It was a successful day as well with both boys and girls teams going 3-0 on the day,” said head coach Dan Benner.
Both teams defeated Pleasant Valley, Pocono Mountain East and Pocono Mountain West, which brings the boys team’s mark up to 7-2 and the girls to 6-3 on the season.
Over the past month, Northampton’s football team has been on a momentous ride. However, the Konkrete Kids may experience some bumps along the way in the next three weeks.
The Kids (4-1) will bring their four-game winning streak to East Stroudsburg South Friday night to meet the Cavaliers (4-1) in a contest that could decide the East Penn Conference (EPC) North Division.