Northampton's baseball team gained a big win Tuesday afternoon, but they still haven't solved one of their lingering problems.
The Konkrete Kids defeated Whitehall 2-1 to even their season record at 2-2 and boosted their conference mark to 2-1 in the ever-competitive East Penn Conference Skyline Division.
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With two seasons behind him, Ian Luberti wants to make his third one different.
The junior Northampton catcher has decided to adopt more of a leadership role with the Konkrete Kids this spring. It likely will loom as another positive transformation for Luberti, who continues to become more of an effective force in the program.
"I have been working to become more of a leader with this team," said Luberti. "I have been in the program all three years now, and I feel I have a better grasp on how to call games and communicate with the pitching staff.
This season, Northampton's boys' tennis team simply won't be evaluated on the amount of wins and losses.
Instead, the Konkrete Kids will hope their club can be fully ripened by the end of the season. Until then, the Kids will weather any of the elements in their way.
"We're young," offered head coach Kim Davis, who is in his 15th season. "We really don't have a lot of experience right now. Our kids are playing really hard and they are hustling.
Northampton head track coach Tim Caffrey expects to see some definitive results from his squad later in the season.
The Konkrete Kids will begin this year's campaign with a handful of returnees and several newcomers as they lost a significant amount of seniors from last year's program.
"We have a number of new athletes out this season," said Caffrey, who will begin his 10th season at the helm and 37th overall in the program. "We did lose a good amount of seniors. Our results may not be promising and it could be a difficult season.
"We're still in the building process."
Last season, Northampton's baseball team expected to endure some bumps and bruises, both mentally and physically. It was a team comprised of a handful of seniors and a crop of budding sophomores.
In the end, the Konkrete Kids had a respectable 10-10 record and had a valuable year of experience under the belts with their younger players.
Now, the K-Kids have an array of juniors as well as mixing of seniors who all should figure in helping them again be contenders in the ultra-competitive East Penn Conference.
Northampton head boys' basketball coach Coy Stampone plans to take a month away from basketball before he coaches one of the squads in the VIA Classic at the end of March.
He believes his team has earned some time away from the hardwood, but the Kids will soon begin their spring workouts that will lead them back to their summer program, one that bore much fruit during this past season.
Northampton's Aidan Ellwood previously has been on the big stage.
The talented freshman guard has taken the Lehigh Valley basketball scene by storm as one of the area's top scorers as well as helping his club gain respectability in a transformation from a pretender to a contender this winter.
But Ellwood experienced notoriety before as he was a key scorer on his AAU Wire-to-Wire team that went 34-0 when he was in sixth grade.
As they began this week, Northampton's hockey team found itself in sixth place in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League (LVSHL) standings.
And with the regular season ending in two weeks, the Konkrete Kids needed to leapfrog both Diocese and Southern Lehigh to gain the final and fourth-place spot for the league playoffs, a haven that has been home for the past 14 years.
Still, the situation looked bleak as the Kids were riding a five-game losing streak.
Northampton's task to gain a ticket to the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference playoffs this week was a simple one - win.
The Konkrete Kids needed to record wins over Allentown Central Catholic and Nazareth in its final two games of the season, and they could have received a berth as either a seventh- or eighth-seed to the playoffs.
However, the Kids dropped both hard-fought games and found themselves waiting for a PIAA District 11 Class 4A postseason invite to their dance that will begin Feb. 18.