For the majority of its opening drive of the game, the Northampton football team knew it could move the ball and compete with the six-time defending District 11 champions Parkland.
Even after ending up scoreless after that drive, the Kids used enough plays offensively that gave them confidence in being able to put up points against a team known for always having a stingy defense.
Trailing 2-0 in a best-of-three series, the No. 2 seed Iron Financial Orioles faced a must-win situation last Sunday in game three of the Blue Mountain League semifinals against the third-seeded Limeport Bulls at Simmons Field in Egypt.
The Bulls were in the same round last year, and won the championship just two years ago. They were experienced in the postseason and seemed destined to finish off the sweep.
But that’s why they play the game.
The Balliet Vikings Connie Mack baseball team played near flawless ball Monday evening at Sammy Balliet Stadium in Coplay, and in doing so, shutout Salisbury 8-0 in the first round of the playoffs.
There was a five-way tie in the standings after the last game of the regular season, as five teams all had 12-6 records. Balliet was awarded the eighth seed and home game against the ninth seeded Falcons, who both had the same record.
Trading wins during their two regular season games, the rubber match between the Parkland and Northampton boys basketball teams had more on the line. With a spot in the District 11 6A final four and berth in the PIAA state tournament on the line, it was the hot outside shooting of the Konkrete Kids that proved too much for the Trojans to overcome last Saturday afternoon in the district quarterfinals at Allen High School’s Sewards gymnasium.
The 2016 season hasn’t gone the way that the Northampton football team had hoped entering fall camp back in August.
Injuries, some bad luck, and a balanced Eastern Pennsylvania Conference from top to bottom with good teams, all have played a part in an 0-10 season to this point. But there are a couple of games left to play, two non-conference games, to possibly gain some momentum heading into next season.
It all starts this week at practice after a loss to Whitehall last weekend.
There is just something about playing Parkland, and especially playing them on their field, that Northampton boys soccer head coach Adam Bastidas can’t figure out.
Yes, they are an East Penn Conference favorite year-in and year-out, but it is what they do on their field, and having to go out and outperform them that has gotten away from Bastidas.
Execution and focus were two words that assistant coach Chris D’Emilio used to describe how his Liberty boys basketball team’s second half surge came to fruition. The Hurricanes (6-1 overall) outscored Northampton (1-5 overall) 25-19 in the second half to take the game 54-46 in summer league action last Thursday night played at Allen High School’s Sewards gymnasium due to rain.
In its 35th year, the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame introduced five new members for its 2015 class at a dinner last Friday night at the Northampton Area Community College Center.
Among the five inductees were two local to the Lehigh Valley Press coverage area, Steve Pritko of Northampton High School Class of 1939, and Vincent Rogusky from Catasauqua High School Class of 1976.