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Press photo by Don HerbZac Gula and the Kids took part in the Bash at the Beach this past weekend. Copyright - DonHerb                                               Press photo by Don HerbZac Gula and the Kids took part in the Bash at the Beach this past weekend. Copyright - DonHerb

Boys basketball team getting in offseason work

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 by Jeff moeller Special to the Press in Sports

Last season, Northampton took the first step after making a historic run to the District 11 Class 6A championship game the previous campaign.

Now, it’s time for phase two with 14 returning players back.

The Konkrete Kids recently begun their new journey in the Cedar Beach Summer Basketball League.

“I am impressed on the effort they have given in these summer league games,” said Kids’ head coach Coy Stampone. “It’s early and it’s summer, but I do sense a lot of confidence in this team.

All games have been played inside because of weather. It’s hard to tell.

“Emmaus lost a lot form last year, and Whitehall is on the same situation as us trying to get a whole team together with spring sports, football workouts and AAU. Liberty is a good team, and we had a five-point lead in the second half.”

Stampone passes the coaching duties to assistant Matt Scholl during the summer, so he can get a different view of things. But, he’s already is optimistic about his team chances this winter in the always competitive East Penn Conference (EPC).

“The conference has a lot of teams with experience and talent returning like us,” Stampone said. “It should be a very competitive conference this winter. Our goal is to be in the mix. These kids are working like they want to be in the mix this winter.”

The Kids will have nine seniors in the mix with leading scorers Zac Gula (14 points per game, 55 threes) and Donte Rodriguez (10.5 ppg) setting the pace. Spencer Cole (38 threes) also was a major factor.

Along with the trio, depth will be provided from seniors Tyrese Brandon, Jake Christman, Zach Christman, Jared Saul, Isaiah Tyler, and James Robinson. Joe Kerbacher, a rising junior, also returns this summer.

But for the summer, the goal is to just try and get as many kids together as possible.

“We have not gotten the entire team together as a group for a workout. But that is probably every team too,” Stampone said. “We will continue lifting workouts throughout the summer until the start of school and our fall workouts ramping up for the season.”

The team is playing in two summer tournaments at Cedar Beach, one of which was last week, and is attending a one-day team camp at ESU and participate in several fall shootouts.

JVs are playing in a summer league also at Cedar Beach and also in two Cedar Beach tournaments.