Hard work paying off Kids Cory Weisenberger seeing fruits of his labor
Cory Weisenberger decided to take it upon himself.
When fellow senior Aidan Ellwood went down with an ankle injury before the first game of the season, Weisenberger knew he had to pick up his game. He also believed in the adage of “practice makes perfect.”
He did just that. Weisenberger scored 28 points in the Konkrete Kids’ hard-fought, 59-57, win over Muhlenberg and then followed with 12 in a balanced team effort win over East Stroudsburg North (48-28).
Ellwood returned, and he and Weisenberger continue to form one of the more effective scoring duos in the Lehigh Valley, leading the Kids to one of the more successful season’s in years.
Weisenberger owes it to seemingly endless hours at the Northampton Rec Center, where he has worked on his shooting. He’ll enter this week averaging nearly 16 points per contest.
“I have been going down there for a couple of hours just to work on my shooting,” he said. “I keep getting better and it really has helped me.
“I have been down there every day even if we have practice. Sometimes in practice, we go over plays and drills. I know I want to work on my shooting. Since the first game of the season, I knew I had to step it up.”
Stampone has welcomed his player’s maturity on and off the court.
“Cory really stepped up his game at the beginning of the year,” said Stampone. “In fact, I could see that he was going to have a good year from his play during the summer. He works very hard and has really developed into one of the better players in the area.”
Weisenberger also saw his team jell during the summer.
“We really played well during the summer,” he said. “We had good chemistry and it was a good lead into the season. We didn’t have much height, but we made up for it.”
Weisenberger saw the team winning the Salisbury tournament as the turning point of the season. At the time, they were searching for their identity at 3-3. Ironically, they have won 12 straight since then.
“We told each other that if we could win the two games in the tournament, we wouldn’t lose the rest of the year,” he said. “We have really clicked as a team, and we feel like we are not going to lose.
“Those wins gave us the confidence to go out and do our thing.”
Weisenberger also noted the team’s win over Parkland as a huge hurdle on the season.
“That was big,” he stressed about the Parkland win. “They (Parkland) are such a well-coached team and we could never get over them. To finally beat them felt good, and it gave us a huge lift.”
Weisenberger would like to continue playing next season, and he has been speaking with the coaches at Northampton Community College to continue his career.
“I do want to keep on playing,” he said. “I thought about it during the summer and fall, and made my mind up. I think I might end up playing there (Northampton Community College).”
Until then, though, Weisenberger wants to enjoy the moment.
“We have a tough final two weeks ahead,” he said. “We have to play Emmaus and Nazareth again and we lost to both of them the first time around.
“We’re all having a good time. We love each other and know each other well. We know we’re still going to have a lot of fun.”