NHS summer hoop team off to good start
Northampton’s magical ride from a year ago still hasn’t totally lost it luster.
The Konkrete Kids came off one of their finest basketball season in school history, posting an overall 18-9 record with an appearance in the District 11 final and a state playoff showing.
It’s true the Kids have lost 1,000-point plus scorer Aidan Elwood, along with other talented seniors, all of whom helped shape the program the past few years.
But, they got off to a 5-2 start in the Allentown Summer League this spring and can perhaps take some cues about the upcoming season.
Yet, head coach Coy Stampone has taken a cautious approach.
“During the summer, you just don’t know about the other teams,” said Stampone. “Spring sports, workouts, football, vacations, and AAU ball can change your roster, so you don’t know the talent of the competition.
“Our goal every summer, including this summer, is to worry about ourselves and to get better. We learn about our team over the summer and things we need to work on when we get back to our fall open gyms.”
During the summer, Stampone passes the torch to assistant Matt Scholl, who directs the team.
“I am at the games trying to stay quiet,” mused Stampone. “But I like to step back. It gives me a different view of our team and personnel. The players hear a different voice aside from me.
“Matt (Scholl) is a quality coach and it also gives them a different view of the team as the guy calling the offenses, defenses, and managing personnel. He also is handling the administrative stuff such as the postponements and moving guys around our varsity and JV teams.”
Tyler Gilliard is the lone senior on the roster and there is plenty of budding talent. Donte Rodriguez, Zach Gula, Spencer Cole, and Tyrese Brandon saw plenty of playing time last season.
Roy Ortega, a junior transfer from Allen, along with Issac Harris and Jared Saul has blended well.
“So far, I like the chemistry of the team and their confidence,” said Stampone. “Last year, Aidan Elwood and Jared Weisenberger were our leading scorers.
“This year, I have seen that several players can have a double-digit game and are capable of stepping up. They play hard and they are unselfish.”
Stampone expects his team to flourish as they head toward the Cedar Beach “Bash at the Beach” this weekend.
“We have some nice competition coming up such as Freedom, Emmaus, Easton and Central Catholic,” he said. “It will help us to get better.”
Wilson W. Lawn 7 - 0
Easton 7 - 1
Emmaus 7 - 1
Dieruff 5 - 2
Northampton 5 - 2
Pocono Mt. East 4 - 2
Becahi 5 - 3
Liberty 4 - 3
Parkland 4 - 4
Whitehall 2 - 5
Allen 2 - 6
Freedom 1 - 6
Quakertown 1 - 6
Central Catholic 1 - 7
Nazareth 0 - 7
Notre Dame GP 6 - 0
Northern Lehigh 6 - 2
Kutztown 5 - 2
Warren Hills 5 - 3
Southern Lehigh 4 - 4
Salisbury 3 - 4
Saucon Valley 3 - 4
Lehighton 3 - 5
Upper Perkiomen 2 - 5
Roberto Clemente 0 - 8