Northampton’s hockey entry in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League (LVSHL) recently reached a major goal, and it was well worth it.
The Konkrete Kids will enter the upcoming LVSHL playoffs after they missed last year’s round for the first time in 15 seasons. They are currently in a three-way, tie for second place with Central/Beca and Southern Lehigh with 17 points.
Regardless of where they finish – they have one game left against Central/Beca on Feb. 22, the Kids will be one of four teams in the mix.
It is a word that can easily summarize the Northampton boys’ basketball season this winter.
The Konkrete Kids have taken advantage of some opportunities, while they also have failed to reap some benefits.
With one week left in the regular season, Northampton’s basketball team has a clear-cut message ahead for them to achieve a district playoff berth.
“We’re at the point where every game is a must win,” said head coach Coy Stampone. “We had an inconsistent stretch last week, but we can control our own destiny. We have four games left and we really want to win all of them to feel good about ourselves. Overall, I think we have played well.”
For the Northampton boys basketball, their season basically comes down to this week.
The Konkrete Kids will begin their final two-week, seven-game trek to a postseason berth, needing a solid week’s performance plus some help from other teams.
Heading into this season, Morgan Heffelfinger knew he had to provide a different aspect to his game.
He returned as the leading scorer on Northampton’s boys’ basketball team and would be one of only two returning players with varsity experience. Playing in the post, the 6-foot-4 Heffelfinger is well aware of the battles ahead in the ultra-competitive Eastern Pennsylvania Conference (EPC) and looks to vary his game.
Northampton’s hockey team is in the midst of a two-week hiatus from play in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League (LVSHL), but the Kids will be faced with a stiff challenge when they return to play.
Head coach Brian Ruff knows his team will have a test ahead of them as they strive to be one of four teams in the LVSHL playoff picture. The Kids began their two-week break tied with Becca/Central for second overall (6-4-1, 13 points). They will have three games remaining when they return.
Northampton head coach Coy Stampone clearly understands the roller coaster ride of playing in the East Penn Conference.
Within two weeks, he watched his team gain momentum with three consecutive wins – including capturing the Salisbury tournament – to a quick descent with a pair of seemingly lopsided losses to Parkland, Allen, and Phillipsburg.
As a result, the Konkrete Kids began this week with an overall 3-6 mark, having a busy four-game slate. At the beginning of last week, the Kids were missing two starters from their lineup.
Over the past two years, Northampton’s boys’ basketball team had a first-game exit in the Salisbury Holiday Tournament.
However, the third time around truly proved to be the charm.
The Konkrete Kids had a solid all-around effort in downing Quakertown, 63-46, to capture the tournament title.
Aidan Elwood took home the tournament MVP award with 30 points in the finale and Morgan Heffelfinger was named to the All-Tournament team. He paced the Kids with 27 points in the 51-48 win over Saucon Valley in the opening game.
Through his team’s first two games, Northampton head boys’ basketball coach Coy Stampone certainly doesn’t want to readily accept any moral victories.
However, Stampone realizes his team will need to mature regardless of the outcome. The Konkrete Kids suffered a 71-44 defeat to East Stroudsburg North, and then they lost a tight-knit 54-48 decision to Emmaus.
Northampton hockey coach Brian Ruff believes his team is on target for the rest of the season.
In the end, though, the Konkrete Kids want to get back to a familiar setting.
One of the Kids’ main goals is to reach the postseason again in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League. Last season, they missed the playoffs for the first time in 15 years. This year, the Kids have a respectable 3-3-1 mark through their first seven games.