As a sophomore, Evan Zwolenik threw 16.1 innings for Northampton in a limited role.
However, the lefthander picked up an important, late-season victory over Liberty, helping the Kids keep pace to qualify for districts.
This season, Zwolenik would be cast in a bigger role. And the junior certainly has been a headliner.
Zwolenik recently tossed a complete-game, eight-inning, six-hitter in the Kids’ 3-2 win over Nazareth, marking their seventh straight victory (7-2).
In the future, Gabby Demchak has aspirations about being a teacher and coach. She currently enjoys tutoring students in her spare time.
For Demchak, it is the perfect fit.
The senior has the ultimate player/coach for the Konkrete Kids’ basketball and softball programs.
Her teammates and coaches certainly can attest to it.
“She’s the glue that every team needs to be successful,” said Kids’ head coach Kristy Henritzy. “She has a connection with every player and coach.”
A few weeks ago, Northampton head baseball coach Mick Sugra likely wouldn’t had believed what his team recently accomplished due to their lack of hitting.
For the first time in three years, the Konkrete Kids had won five games in a row.
However, it truly wasn’t as easy as it sounds.
The Kids began the trek with a tight 6-4 win over North Pocono, a game in which they had a 6-0 lead going into the seventh.
Every year, Northampton head baseball coach Mick Sugra is faced with a series of questions and issues before the season.
For the Konkrete Kids, it usually has been about replacing and refilling in their lineup.
However, this year, the situation may be a little more challenging.
The Kids are looking to replace three starters in the infield, to fill a hole or two in the outfield, and to augment their pitching staff.
“We lost a lot of offense from last year,” said Sugra. “We have some big question marks right now.
“Our biggest question is can we score runs?”
Northampton head hockey coach Brian Ruff likes to refer to the process as “climbing the ladder.”
It is the process that has helped Ruff’s team continue to have success and also to be one of the top contenders in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League (LVSHL). This past season, Northampton lost to Parkland in the finals.
All season long, Northampton’s girls basketball team wore down opponents with their speed that fueled their transition game.
In a PIAA Class 6A quarterfinal game against Norwin, the Konkrete Kids met a team that arguably was a little bit faster.
The Kids answered some early Norwin runs, but it wasn’t enough down the stretch as they eventually dropped a 68-58 decision at Cumberland Valley High School March 12.
Potential will be a key word for the Northampton boys’ basketball program in the 2019-20 season.
Having 14 players returning and losing only two can generate plenty of optimism.
The Konkrete Kids got a good glimpse of their future this season with a maturing team that found its way back to the districts playoffs after they lost three players who accounted for 75-percent of their offense last year.
Northampton recently ended its season with a 56-43 loss to Parkland in the opening round of the Class 6A district playoffs, leaving them with an overall 12-10 record.
Northampton’s girls’ basketball team recently hit the state playoff behind a 24-4 record, one of the best in school history.
They employed their high-octane offense to gain control over Methacton and never relinquished in a 55-48 victory in the opening round of the state playoffs.
Whatever the final reason may be, Northampton peaked at the right time.
The Konkrete Kids has a postseason flurry that saw them beat undefeated Freedom in the opening round before they lost to nine-time defending champion Parkland in three games in the finals of the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League (LVSHL) playoffs.
Initially, it wasn’t that promising.
In regards to his team’s accomplishments in the postseason, Northampton head girls’ basketball coach Jeff Jacksits doesn’t get caught up in the numbers.
After 15 years, he knows it’s often difficult to compare one team against another.
But Jacksits realizes his current squad has the ability to make its mark in the upcoming PIAA state tournament that begins this weekend with the Konkrete Kids meeting Methacton, the 11th seed from District 1, Friday night at Freedom High School.