When looking at the rosters of conference unbeatens Northampton and Parkland, head coach Gus Belaires saw that there was a discrepancy in numbers.
Trojans coach Al Haddad used about 20 of his 24 rostered players, but Belaires just did not have the numbers to do so.
While the Parkland players were able to stay fresh, the Konkrete Kids core was forced to play the majority of the game.
That may have caught up to them, as Parkland (5-0 overall, 4-0 East Penn Conference) edged Northampton (3-2 overall, 3-1 EPC) 1-0 on a second half goal from Rachel Medlar.
The high school basketball season concluded last Saturday in the annual Via All-Star Classic held at Northampton Area Community College.
With the first two games between the Lehigh Valley West and Colonial League boys and girls each being decided by two points, it was up to the Lehigh Valley East and Mountain Valley Conference boys and girls in the afternoon portion to keep the exciting games going. And they did not disappoint the fans.
The Parkland ice hockey team has seen a lot of success over the past two years.
But the Trojans saw a first last Monday night at the Lehigh Valley Ice Center. Junior goal keeper Anthony Sorrentino recorded his first shutout in a 7-0 win over Northampton to keep the Trojans undefeated on the young season.
"It was a good team effort tonight," Sorrentino said. "In a game where there weren't too many shots on goal, I had to just stay focused and awake."
Sorrentino did not see many shots on goal, as Parkland held the advantage 43-12.
With both the boys and girls soccer seasons in the fall for the first time this year, the 32nd Annual Lions All-Star Soccer Classic was played nearly six months after the final kick for many of these local high school area players.
The Mountain Valley Conference/Colonial League boys gave up three goals in losing 3-0 to the Lehigh Valley Conference all-stars. The girls teams tied 2-2 in a rain shortened game. Both games were played last Sunday afternoon at Whitehall High School.
Daniel Farkas scored the first two goals, and Derrick Wruble netted a hat trick to propel Northampton (8-6-1) to a 7-3 win over Pleasant Valley/Quakertown last Monday night at Lehigh Valley Ice Arena.
The Konkrete Kids put a lot of pressure on net in the opening minutes. Six shots were put on net, all saved by Devon Supper. Finally Northampton got their well-deserved goal from Farkas at the 9:12 mark.
Connor Palush and Thomas Waidelich, however, pushed Pleasant Valley/Quakertown in front within the first three minutes of the second period.
The Northampton hockey team has stumbled a bit lately, losing two-straight, and the Kids haven't won since a 7-4 decision on Jan. 4, over Easton.
But, Daniel Farkas broke free from the pack and scored what proved to be the game-winner in a hard-ought, penalty-laden, 3-2 Northampton win Monday night at Lehigh Valley Ice Arena over Emmaus.
Derrick Wruble bagged a hat trick, but it was too little, too late as Northampton fell just short of a comeback against Whitehall/Salisbury, losing 6-5 on senior night last Monday at Lehigh Valley Ice Arena.
Despite the loss, Northampton (6-6-1) remains atop the non-pure division, two games ahead of Becahi/Central Catholic.
The Konkrete Kids opened the scoring a little over three minutes in. Senior Tyler Feist scored on a deflected slap shot. Later, fellow senior Gunnar Mishko took a pass from Daniel Farkas, and ripped one past Tristan Collins.
On the eve of the National Hockey League finally ending the lockout, the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League returned to action after a long holiday break.
Bret McHale netted four goals to help propel Parkland (10-0-1) to a 7-0 win over Northampton last Monday night at Lehigh Valley Ice Arena.
Head coach Brian Ruff is not blaming the holiday layoff, he knows his team was ready, they just met a good team.
The Northampton girls soccer team has had an up-and-down season. They have been through a coaching change midway through the season, and have struggled breaking in to a new system. But the Konkrete Kids have shown promise for the future.
Last week they recorded a 3-0 win at Liberty, and battled Emmaus to a two goal loss two days later.
Northampton met a hot team and just didn't have the firepower to hang with Parkland, suffering a 7-0 defeat last Tuesday night at Parkland High School.