Dylan Cozens is feeling it again.
After an abysmal 2017 campaign, the right-fielder is looking confident at the plate and making contact. Monday night’s three-run blast in the sixth inning proved to be the clinching runs to seal another IronPig victory.
It may be early, but the confidence is a refreshing presence at the plate and reminiscent of his 2016 season in Reading.
There are plenty of talented boys’ volleyball teams in the East Penn Conference, but few can match the senior-laden experience that Northampton boasts.
The K-Kids relied on that leadership to defeat a very resilient Dieruff team on Tuesday, April 17, by a score of 25-23, 25-23, 25-23.
In the first set, Northampton jumped out to a 13-6 lead, but a 12-5 Huskies’ run tied the game at 18-18. The two teams traded points up to 23-23, but Northampton was able to put the set away after an emphatic kill from Erik Fulks.
Northampton’s boys’ tennis team began the season on a winning streak with victories over Freedom, 4-3, Dieruff, 7-0, Jim Thorpe, (score unavailable), Easton, 6-1, and Pocono Mountain East, 6-1.
Midway through, the Konkrete Kids lost to Stroudsburg, 1-6, Emmaus, 0-7, and Liberty, 2-5, before defeating Allen, 7-0.
In the K Kids’ match against the Hurricanes, Jack Flood and Sam Hanley won in the only three-set match of the day.
“We knew we could beat them, so we just had to play smart,” said Hanley.
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.”
For properly licensed junior hunters, Saturday, April 21 marks the annual youth spring turkey hunt in Pennsylvania. It’s a special opportunity for youth to get a shot at a gobbler before the regular statewide season opens April 28.
And when junior and adult hunters go afield for the spring gobbler season that ends May 31, the prospects of connecting with a long-beard are good according to Mary Jo Casalena, PGC wild turkey biologist.
Northampton’s softball team won all three of its games last week and outscored its opponents 38-9.
In the K-Kids’ 16-4 win over Pleasant Valley, Heather Alich reached base four times and scored four runs. Hannah Boggs went 2-for-3 with three RBI and three runs scored. Northampton hosts Stroudsburg on Thursday, April 19 then travels to Nazareth on Saturday, April 21.
With their playoff spot and home ice advantage secured throughout the Atlantic Division, the Phantoms are going to have a couple extra players on hand for the final two games of the regular season this weekend. With junior leagues done, teams are bringing some of their young draft picks into the AHL for an abbreviated audition and the Phantoms will have two of those young players on their roster.
Forwards Pascal Laberge and Isaac Ratcliffe have joined the team from their respective Canadian Hockey League teams following the end of their seasons.
Temperatures are well below normal, winter winds are still blowing and sizable spring snowfalls continue to plague the Northampton High School spring sports schedules.
But the Northampton boys tennis team has not let an extended visit from Ol’ Man Winter slow them down.
The boys team is enjoying a 6-1 record to start the 2018 season with early victories over Pocono Mountain East, Easton, and Dieruff, among others.
Northampton’s boys’ volleyball team went 2-1 last week with victories over Liberty and Pocono Mountain West. The K-Kids dropped a five-set thriller to Parkland, 30-32, 25-15, 25-18, 21-25, 15-11. The volleyball team will travel to Bethlehem Catholic on Thursday, April 12 then host Dieruff on Tuesday, April 17.
When most Lehigh Valley boys’ volleyball teams face Parkland, their expectations tend to change.
They hope to compete. Maybe they can steal a set or two.
When Northampton welcomed the Trojans to Schneider Gymnasium on Tuesday, April 10, the K-Kids made it clear that they were there to win.
And they almost did.
Parkland defeated Northampton in a five-set thriller: 30-32, 25-15, 25-18, 21-25, 15-11. The loss dropped the K-Kids to 4-3 on the season and snapped their four-game winning streak.