Take Me Out to the Ballgames

by Myra Saturen
April 10, 2013

Sunday, April 7 proved a sunny, breezy, spring-like day--a perfect afternoon for Northampton Community College's (NCC) Second Annual Tailgate Party at the Spartan Complex.  Parents and alumni gathered to enjoy the party and watch NCC's baseball and softball teams play double-headers, the first at-home games for the season. 

The softball team played Middlesex County College, and the baseball team faced off against Salem Community College. 

Sam Canone '73 staffed the raffle table, where prizes of t-shirts and sweatshirts waited for the winning.  Canone played baseball with NCC's first baseball team and is honored in NCC's Athletic Hall of Fame.  He also served on the College's first alumni council.  "NCC has an excellent educational and athletic program," he said.  "The tailgate party is an great way to bring people out so that they can see what the College has to offer."

Many of the guests were parents of incoming students and their sons and daughters--some from considerable distances.  Debbie Bertasavage of Pottsville has a daughter who plans to play volleyball at NCC.  After exploring several other schools, she decided enthusiastically on NCC. A campus tour impressed her because of the friendliness of everyone she met. 

Robert Solano's son looks forward to playing baseball in the fall.  He loved the athletic facilities and that he can study psychology at the College. 

Ben Hauser of Piperville enjoyed watching the student athletes warm up.  As he sat on a bench with his parents, he seemed very pleased with his choice of college.  "I was looking for a good, small community college," he says.  He is eager to play baseball here. 

Guests enjoyed hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and other picnic food.  Smiles, excitement and happy anticipation brightened an already cheerful day.    

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