Northampton’s field hockey season ended in a 6-1 loss to Emmaus in the PIAA District 11 Class 3A quarterfinals, but the Konkrete Kids know it is just another step along the way.
With seven seniors on their roster, the maturing Kids pushed their way through the always competitive East Penn Conference season and recorded 10 wins in the process.
They edged East Stroudsburg South, 2-1, in overtime in the opening round of the playoffs and also gained some introspective from it. The Kids dropped a 4-1 decision to them during the regular season.
Northampton’s field hockey team was able to exact some revenge on their opening round playoff game, but the Konkrete Kids knew a bigger task laid ahead.
The ninth-ranked Kids downed host eighth-ranked East Stroudsburg South, 2-1, in overtime in the opening round of the District 11 Class 3A playoffs Monday afternoon. In the regular season, the Kids dropped a 4-1 decision to them on their home turf.
In the latest game, Abby Piotrowski scored the game-winner with 12:29 left in overtime on a penalty corner. Brynn Ehrlacher assisted on both goals.
Northampton’s field hockey team admittedly had a good nearly two — week period. The Konkrete Kids had won their last five games, begin 4-0 last week.
However, the Kids’ has a temporary setback when they dropped a 7-1 decision to Easton Tuesday.
“We definitely hit a road bump,” said head coach Carrie Saul. “We were probably a little tired and it took a toll on our legs and chemistry. We had been playing well.
“Easton is a very good team. Give them a lot of credit. They play Emmaus this week and will give them a run for their money.”
Northampton head boys’ soccer coach Adam Bastidas knew this year likely wouldn’t be like the previous one.
Last year, the Konkrete Kids more than doubled their wins from the 2016 season, as they recorded 13 wins and a district playoff berth in the process. However, the Kids had a large senior class.
So, this year, Bastidas sees a retooling year, not necessarily rebuilding. It became evident to him in the Kids’ opening two games, a 4-2 loss to Whitehall and a 9-0 shutout to Parkland.
Northampton’s field hockey team was schedule to play two games on grass this year. Ironically, both of them were the first two games of the season.
Fortunately, the Konkrete Kids took care of both of them.
Northampton opened the season with two impressive shutout victories, throttling Catasauqua, 8-0, and blanking Bethlehem Catholic, 4-0.
“We got our grass games done,” said head coach Carrie Saul. “We had two nice wins. We had a balanced attack and that’s what we will be looking for. Now, we can get back to turf, but it was a good way to begin the season.”
The 28th version of Catasauqua’s Tournament of Champions proved to be an old-fashioned basketball barnburner.
Top-Cat, the champion of the nearby Stiles League, defended its title with a tight-knit, 62-59 win over Ohlson’s Landscaping to capture the crown.
Derek Hall hit John Amoroso for a layup with roughly 15 seconds remaining in the game to help Top-Cat to the title. It was a close contest throughout the night, as the tournament featured its share of interesting games.
Twenty-eight years ago, Eric Snyder had one of those night’s where he couldn’t sleep.
He remembered a passage from a book written by legendary college football coach Lou Holtz who stated that he would “get up and do something to make him tired.”
So Snyder decided to follow the initiative. He had his concept and groundwork for the then initial Tournament of Champions, but he wanted to add another twist. Snyder wanted it to be a rotating tournament in which a different league every year would be the host site.
For the Northampton’s basketball team, it was a busy and productive summer.
This week, the Konkrete Kids were in the final stages of the Allentown Summer League. They also participated in the Cedar Beach Bash and SportsFest’s “A-Town Thrown Down,” both of which had strong showings.
The Kids also had weekend shootout tournaments at East Stroudsburg University and Millersville University, as they were exposed to teams outside the general area.
In all, it proved to be an interesting summer.
Northampton’s Connie Mack team’s ride in the postseason didn’t end according to their script, but they did experience a ride that could leave lasting impressions.
The Konkrete Kids went on a late-season binge that saw them advance to the Lehigh Valley Connie Mack championship game, only to lose in an 8-7, eight-inning contest to Bethlehem Catholic.
With their late-season heroics, Northampton received a bye in the opening–round of the state Connie Mack tournament and began play two days later at Limeport Stadium.
Northampton Legion head coach Mike Bodnar likely will remember this past Father’s Day.
Aside from his family’s celebrations, Bodnar watched his Northampton Legion team take stock of itself and begin a rampage that has carried them to the top seed in the playoffs and Northampton County League finals.
“We lost to East Stroudsburg and we played badly” said Bodnar. “I benched four players and the coaches agreed with me that we had to send a message. Our play just wasn’t acceptable.
“That really sunk in because we haven’t lost since then.”