This season, Northampton head boys’ soccer coach Adam Bastidas watched his team take the next step from a 6-12 campaign last year.
As a result, the Konkrete Kids will enter this week’s district playoffs with a respectable seeding, a home game, and a newfound sense of respect among themselves and their opponents. They recently dropped a 4-0 decision to Parkland in the East Penn Conference semifinals.
Since seventh grade, Ashley Kunsman knew she would be a field hockey goalie. Kunsman was encouraged to join the team by teammate Emily Henry, and she has never looked back.
“I wanted to try on the goalie equipment and give it a try,” recalled Kunsman from her freshman days at practice. “I didn’t know what to expect at first, and I really didn’t want to be a goalie at first. But I really began to love what I was doing.”
This season, Northampton’s Emily Henry hasn’t approached her senior year unlike any other one.
Henry understands the significance of the year, but a staunch work ethic and dedication has her sights on helping her team achieve a strong finish. It has been a consistent mantra for her over the past four years.
The Konkrete Kids began the week with an overall 7-3-1 mark and in the thick of the East Penn Conference playoffs.
Northampton head boys’ soccer coach Adam Bastidas believes his team can achieve its long-range goal of making the league and district playoffs. It is just a matter of how they get there.
Through their first four games, the Konkrete Kids are 2-2 and all appears to be on an upward spiral. The Kids already have passed the quarter pole from last year’s 6-12 campaign.
Northampton’s field hockey team is in a year of transition and it apparently hasn’t lost a step.
The Konkrete Kids lost a number of seniors from last year’s squad and new head coach and alum Carrie Saul has made a smooth adjustment. Through their first five games, the Kids had a 2-2-1 record and were in the pack for the East Penn Conference race.
“Right now, we have been making a push and really working together,” said Saul, who spent the previous four years at the helm of the Catasauqua program. “We have been working on our shots and moving the ball well.
For the Hall brothers, winning a tournament in their literal backyard was something special.
Phil and Derek Hall, both former standouts at Northampton High, paced a Tony’s Top Cat bar and Grill, a locally-based team to the title with a 54-51 win over defending champion Nites recently in the final of the 27th version of the Tournament of Champions at the Catty playground.
As long as he can remember, James Snyder had been around the Tournament of Champions.
It has been a summer staple for him and his brother, Andrew, as their father, Eric, began the tournament 27 years ago. There has been a cavalcade of memories he and his family, from the choices of watching, working and playing.
This summer, though, Snyder can reach a new pinnacle with the tournament.
Northampton head boys basketball coach Coy Stampone believes a major part of his upcoming season might have been already implemented.
A short and busy stay at the Albright College team camp could have accomplished the goal.
“We’ve had a good summer,” said Stampone, who will enter his fourth season at the helm this winter. “We have been playing really well together. I really think we came together at Albright.
“We built some chemistry there and that was a key. All we did was eat, sleep, and play basketball.”
In the fall, Northampton’s Aja Blount plans to try out for the school’s volleyball team. Like she has with her other sports, Blount believes she can make a rather smooth transition to the sport.
If at first she doesn’t, Blount will make a strong effort to achieve her goal.
“I’d like to try and play volleyball,” said Blount, who will be an incoming senior at Northampton. Playing sports is a big part of me. I really enjoy being as competitive as I can be.”
After a productive summer season, Northampton’s girls’ basketball team is optimistic they can continue an upward spiral toward the winter season.
“We had a lot of kids who don’t normally get a lot of time see plenty of playing time,” said head coach Jeff Jacksits. “We had some girls who were involved with their AAU teams, but overall we had a good summer.
“It was a good experience for us.”