For Will Stackhouse, it has been all about confidence.
The Northampton junior third baseman admittedly was a bit apprehensive when he was among a handful of sophomores who broke into the Konkrete Kids' starting lineup last season. Although he had a good season, Stackhouse knew he had to take a different mental approach for the next season.
This year, Stackhouse has shaken any anxiety and has been among the Kids' leading hitters and run producers all season. His contributions have been integral to the Kids' heightened presence in the East Penn Conference (EPC) this season.
Before the season began, Northampton head baseball coach Mick Sugra ordered t-shirts with the saying "Demand Excellence" on the front.
Over the past two weeks, it could not have been more fitting.
Entering this week, the Konkrete Kids began the week with an impressive seven-game winning streak in which Noah Durnin threw a no-hitter against nemesis and state power Parkland in a 5-1 victory and the Kids' staff allowed an average of one run a game during the stretch.
Welcome back to another installment of Running Rambles!
Throughout the year, we will be providing information on how to run your first 5K as well as training for a fall marathon during the summer months.
As always, we welcome your feedback on any topics dealing with running. With spring finally unraveling its wrappings, the running calendar in the Lehigh Valley and beyond will continue to provide a more complete schedule. We'll provide you with information about races in our greater distribution area.
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Playing on the junior varsity last season as a sophomore, Northampton's Ian Csencsits knew it was time to make his move.
It was a transition that has been at the core of his existence.
So far, the current junior has taken some giant steps. Over the last nine games, Csencsits has played a role in the Konkrete Kids' five-game winning streak and their move to the top of the Lehigh Valley baseball elite.
The second baseman/first baseman was ready to step into the limelight. He was among a group of underclassmen who were set to make their move onto the big stage.
With the constant, sweeping changes in technology, one can easily become frustrated or overwhelmed attempting to navigate through all the possible options. Senior citizens may be especially anxious about the changes.
The Northampton Area Public Library is offering an avenue to navigate through any obstacles along the way.
"Tech Talk" is a new program that began April 8 and will be held on the second Wednesday of every month, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., at the library, 1615 Laubach Ave. No registration is required, and the program is free.
Harley Davidson can reflect on his career, and sees it reaching its fruition.
The Northampton senior, who has been a mainstay on the team at shortstop the past three seasons, is ready to take the next step. Davidson has taken on a leadership role with the Kids this spring, and he has committed to continuing his career at Louisburg Junior College in North Carolina, the first step in an anticipated larger one to playing baseball on a bigger stage.
Until then, Davidson has his sights on a deep run into the postseason.
For him, however, it is all about baseball.
With each passing week, new Northampton boys' volleyball coach Dave Faust is watching his club mature.
Faust, the former head girls' coach at NHS, replaced Doug Fehnel who guided the team to a 19-4 record and a 10-2 league mark. He is also in the process of retooling the club following the loss of conference MVP Mike Holihan, who helped lead the team to a new seasonal mark in wins.
In the early going, the Kids beat Nazareth and lost matches to Whitehall and Parkland. The Kids also had a strong showing in the Penn Manor tournament, where they lost in the semifinals.
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.
Welcome to the inaugural column of Running Rambles!
Throughout the year, we will be discussing running techniques and training methods, races and feature stories about them, and entertaining questions, comments, and suggestions.
It is an outlet for one of the latest and fastest growing crazes and sports around the Lehigh Valley and beyond as the amount of runners continuing increases weekly. Whether you're a walker or a beginner or experienced runner, we welcome your comments.
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.