Northampton High School’s girls’ basketball team won the A-town Throwdown Divaz Varsity Tournament this past weekend after defeating Bethlehem Catholic in the final, 38-29.
The tournament included 16 girls’ varsity teams, some from the Lehigh Valley, others from the Poconos, New Jersey, and even Harrisburg.
Lehigh Valley’s run in the Carpenter Cup Softball Classic came to a surprising end last week when Lehigh Valley lost a three-run lead in the seventh inning and was eliminated by Tri Cape, 8-7, on Wednesday at FDR Park in Philadelphia.
“They were a good team. We only beat them 1-0 the game before,” said Lehigh Valley coach Blake Morgan. “They keep coming, and you have to stop them.”
Tri Cape scored first, but Lehigh Valley took a 3-1 lead. The two teams traded runs and were tied 4-4 after five innings.
In Lehigh Valley’s third game on its second day in the Carpenter Cup Softball Classic last Wednesday at FDR Park in Philadelphia, Lehigh Valley had its biggest victory with an 11-0 win over Inter-AC/Bal.
Perhaps it was the momentum Lehigh Valley was gaining after winning the first two games of the day, or the bonding that was solidifying by the time the third game rolled around that led to the shutout.
“It happened fast, probably between the first two games [on Monday],” said Lehigh Valley coach Blake Morgan. “They started to talk more and bond.”
The Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup team completed the first day of the Carpenter Cup Softball Classic with a 1-0 victory over Tri Cape and a 4-2 loss to Berks-Lancaster Lebanon on Monday at FDR Park in Philadelphia.
In the first game, Lehigh Valley and Tri Cape were scoreless until the sixth inning.
“It was nerve-wracking because we were all getting big hits but we weren’t scoring,” said Lehigh Valley first baseman Kylie Hlay (Parkland), who hit the game-winning double that scored Mya Zettlemoyer (Allentown Central Catholic) who had also hit a double.
With the Carpenter Cup Softball Classic right around the corner, the Lehigh Valley team played five innings of a tuneup game against the PA Threat on Monday night at Pates Park before lightning struck, literally.
“We looked good,” said second baseman Rachel Arner, who also plays for Whitehall High School. “There are a lot of different teammates, so we have to adjust to everyone, but it’s still fun, and we just need to work on the little things.”
The 2018 Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup softball team, coached by Blake Morgan, was announced last week and includes 16 sophomores and juniors from District XI.
“Try outs went well, and we’re always excited to have kids show up,” said Morgan, who is coaching his third Carpenter Cup team.
Returning from last year’s team are Whitehall’s Rachel Arner, Parkland’s Kelly Dulaney, Emmaus’s Hannah Palinkas, and Easton’s Courtney Grundhauser.
Emmaus senior and center defender James Haag was named the 2017 Lehigh Valley Boys Soccer Scholar Athlete during the annual soccer banquet held recently at the Northampton Memorial Community Center in Northampton.
“It’s such a great honor to be named the Frank J. Olszewski Boys Soccer Scholar Athlete for the Lehigh Valley,” Haag said. “I mean, it’s just amazing how there are so many great kids out here. I can’t believe that I got picked for it. There are so many other candidates that were absolutely amazing and I’m very happy to be named with any of those guys.”
Whitehall High School cross-country runners competed in the District XI Class 3A Cross Country Championships last Wednesday at Bethlehem Municipal Course.
The girls’ meet was won by Easton, and Whitehall placed eighth.
Juanita Flores placed 33rd overall and first for the Zephyr girls.
“I had a different mentality since the last race, stronger than last week. I knew I wanted to finish first for Whitehall in our last race,” said Flores.
Flores’s time was 21:45.
Whitehall cross country runners, Devon Roberts and Caleb Staub, placed 25th and 57th, respectively, for the Zephyrs at the East Penn Conference Cross Country Championships on Tuesday at Bethlehem Municipal Course at Illick’s Mill.
Roberts was the first Zephyr to finish for the girls with a time of 21:13.
Although Lehigh Valley’s Carpenter Cup softball team placed fourth in its tournament last week at FDR Park in Philadelphia, Whitehall High School second baseman Rachel Arner became an even better player as a result of playing on the Lehigh Valley team.
“I really don’t know how, but this past weekend on my tournament team, I was 5 for 5 with a walk, I beat out the throws, I bunted, and I was doing things on my own, and getting better at slapping,” Arner said.