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Press photo by Linda RothrockJake Christman and the rest of the boys, shown here against Catty, are getting ready for the District 11 playoffs. Press photo by Linda RothrockJake Christman and the rest of the boys, shown here against Catty, are getting ready for the District 11 playoffs.

Christman, K-Kids prep for districts

Thursday, February 13, 2020 by Jeff Moeller Special to the Press in Sports

Growing up, Northampton’s Jake Christman recalled playing point guard.

“I was a guard when I was younger,” said the Konkrete Kids’ senior. “It was a good fit for the then because I wasn’t as tall as I am now.

“But once I got to middle school, I started to grow.”

Ironically, point guard is the lone position Christman hasn’t played for the Kids. He arguably has been the team’s most versatile player over the past few years, playing every other position on the floor and making plenty of contributions from all of them.

“Jake (Christman) is a great kid and good starter for us,” said Kids’ head coach Coy Stampone. “He works his tail off. He was a monster on the boards down the stretch.

“He’s a tri-captain and worthy of that honor. He’ll do anything for the team and we can literally put him anywhere on the floor.”

At 6-2, Christman usually isn’t the tallest player on the court. However, he enjoys playing down low.

“I like playing the post and in the paint,” said Christman. “I like the challenge and the physical play that comes with it. It certainly isn’t easy.

“I know I have to work on my footwork down there, but it has been fun.”

Christman has a deep foundation with the sport, as he began playing in kindergarten. He spent most of his youth playing football and baseball before the made the permanent move to basketball. He ended his football career in seventh grade and his baseball career in 11th grade.

He credits his parents, Rodney and Tina, for their support and guidance along the way. Christman has an older half-brother, Tyler, who was a three-sport athlete at Catasauqua, and another older brother, Brandon, who didn’t play sports in high school.

“I don’t know where the basketball came from,” said Christman. “Basketball wasn’t a big sport in my family.

“But I have been around sports all my life. That type of environment helped me to learn how to work hard and work on what I can control.”

Christman plans to attend Northampton Community College for two years and likely look to transfer to Lehigh or Lafayette.

He and his fellow seniors have fond memories of the team two years ago that went to a district final. Christman and most of the seniors were on the JV team then.

The Kids will begin the district playoffs next week as the seventh seed in the Class 6A bracket. Northampton likely could meet either Allen or Liberty in their opening round Saturday, Feb. 22.

“We have high expectations and we know we all have to play together,” said Christman. “We have a lot in front is us. We know we let some games slip away from us.

“Hopefully, it will all work out for us.”

Christman surely will do his part.