After two losses, the Konkrete Kids' field hockey team rebounded with a shutout victory and assured themselves of a spot in the District 11 and Eastern Pennsylvania Conference playoffs.
The 5-0 win over Allen Tuesday in a nonleague game boosted Northampton's record to 11-6 overall and clinched at least a fifth seed in the District 11 tourney.
A last-minute victory, a romp and another shutout and Northampton's field hockey team has earned another berth in the District 11 tourney.
Coach Kelly Backenstoe's Konkrete Kids are also alive for a spot in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference's championship tourney which begins next Saturday. This year's format has the Skyline, Steel and Mountain Division winners as well as five wild-card teams.
The K-Kids, now 10-4, still have four regular season games remaining and have been "sucking it up and playing big," according to Backenstoe.
Northampton and Megan Wiest are back on track in field hockey.
The Konkrete Kids shut out Lehighton and East Stroudsburg North with Wiest scoring a school record six goals against ESN.
Wiest, a senior already committed to play next year at Drexel, had one goal in the Kids' 3-0 win over Lehighton, then boosted her season output to 17 with six in Northampton's Eastern Pennsylvania Conference 11-0 whitewash of ESN.
Three straight losses have Kelly Backenstoe scratching her head.
After winning their first five games, Backenstoe's Northampton field hockey team dropped three Eastern Pennsylvania Conference games in a row and the coach is puzzled.
"We outshot and out-cornered Emmaus, Whitehall and Stroudsburg, but the ball just didn't go into the nets," said Backenstoe, now in her seventh season with the Konkrete Kids.
Northampton's field hockey team is off to a fast start.
Coach Kelly Backenstoe, "hopes we can maintain our high intensity."
The Konkrete Kids have shut out four of their five opponents thus far this season and are 4-0 in the new Eastern Pennsylvania Conference.
Northampton blanked Bethlehem Catholic 5-0 last Thursday as senior Megan Wiest scored four goals, then Monday the Kids shut out Suburban Division contender Parkland 1-0 with "an outstanding defense and opportunistic offense."
Kelly Backenstoe's Konkrete Kids are off to a "great start" in field hockey.
Northampton won its first three games - two in the new Eastern Pennsylvania Conference -- and Backenstoe says it is due to "great balance on offense and defense."
The K-Kids opened with a 6-1 nonleague win over neighboring Catasauqua, then shut out Liberty 1-0 and Allen 3-0 in EPC contests.
"That was two good league wins over quality teams," said Backenstoe Tuesday after Northampton's win over visiting Allen.
Northampton's softball season is over, and all-in-all, it was a pretty good season.
The Konkrete Kids defending District 11 4A champs fell 5-3 to Parkland in this year's semifinals and finished the season with a 17-7 record.
Coach Kevin Mann's Kids went 10-4 in the Lehigh Valley Conference and wound up losing to Parkland 10-0 in the league's semifinals.
Then after beating Easton and Liberty in district play, the Northampton girls lost to Parkland for the fourth time this year.
The Northampton-Parkland game, slated for 7 p.m. Tuesday at Allentown's Patriots Park was postponed until the same time Wednesday due to thunder, lightning, and pouring rain. The game now falls past Press deadlines.
The Kids-Trojan game will follow the other District 11 semifinal between Pleasant Valley and Bangor.
"I hope it was a good omen," said Kevin Mann late Tuesday afternoon after he got a phone call that Northampton's District 11 softball semifinal with Parkland was postponed.
"We started flat, but picked up the pace," said Kevin Mann after his Northampton softball team rallied for a 4-3 District 11 first-round playoff victory.
The Konkrete Kids trailed Easton 3-0 going into the bottom of the fifth inning before riding Leandra Sterner's three-run double to cap the Kids' four-run inning.
Freshman Gillian Muthard weathered three, tough innings at the start, but retired 13-straight Rovers from the third to the seventh inning.
Last year Northampton's softball team won the District 11 championship by doing it the hard way.
This year's Konkrete Kids have to do it the same way.
Last year's Northampton girls went 19-1 during the regular season, but lost to Emmaus in the Lehigh Valley Conference semifinals before rebounding to win the 4A District title.
This year's Kids, handled by first-year coach Kevin Mann, went 15-5 in the regular season, but lost to Parkland in the LVC semifinals.