These are the times for the Northampton boys’ basketball team.
The Konkrete Kids began the week with an eight-game winning streak and they clinched a district playoff berth in the process.
And they are enjoying the moment with an 11-3 overall record.
“We’re playing great right now,” said head coach Coy Stampone, whose teams never own eight straight games over his six seasons. “It is also big for us to clinch a district spot this early.
The Konkrete Kids continue to firmly cement their season.
Northampton recently won their sixth straight game -- a 75-64 victory over rival and streaking Catasauqua – to improve their record to 9-3 overall and 4-3 in the East Penn Conference.
The Kids shrugged off consecutive losses to Nazareth and Central Catholic and quickly established themselves as one of the power in the EPC, inching closer to clinching a district berth and keeping themselves in line for the EPC playoffs.
Like many boys growing up around Northampton, Austin Beers was involved in several sports.
He was heavily involved in baseball, basketball, football and wrestling in the Northampton Athletic Association (NAA).
In fact, Beers became infatuated with wrestling on the youth and professional level.
“I really liked wrestling and still do,” said Beers. “I liked wrestling and I liked watching it on TV, too. But then I started racing.”
Northampton took a major step with a recent win, but the Konkrete Kids know there are plenty of other hurdles ahead.
The Kids traveled to Parkland Jan. 3 and they knocked off the Trojans, 71-64, to raise their overall record to 6-3 and 2-3 in the East Penn Conference.
It not only was a timely win, but it also was an emotional one over a longtime staple of the league.
After they successfully defended their tournament title at Salisbury, Northampton’s boys’ basketball team is hoping history doesn’t repeat itself.
Off the tournament last season, the Konkrete Kids dropped games to Parkland, Allen, and Phillipsburg, dousing any momentum they incurred.
This time around, though, head coach Coy Stampone believes they use the tournament title as a springboard with Parkland and Allen looming this week.
Northampton’s boys’ basketball team is off to a good start, but the Konkrete Kids know their main goal is still some ways down the road.
The Kids already have been focusing on getting to districts, and they have begun to pave their way.
Northampton had a test of their mettle when they rallied to defeat Lehighton, 54-34, last Saturday afternoon after they dropped an emotional 53-47 loss to Emmaus less than 24 hours earlier.
Down 29-27 at the start of the final quarter, the Kids blitzed the Indians, 25-7, over the final eight minutes.
With leading scorer Aidan Elwood out of the lineup with an ankle injury, things were too good for Northampton’s basketball team in their season opener.
But head coach Coy Stampone received just what he had hoped in the Konkrete Kids 59-57 victory over Muhlenberg in their season opener Dec. 8.
The Kids were led by senior Cory Weisenberger’s game-high 28 and sophomore Zach Gula added 11 in a solid team effort.
Phil Dorn knew it was time for a change.
In his four years as head coach of the Roughies’ football program, Dorn was pleased with the progress of his players in the classroom and in their post high school lives. He believed that he did what he could to guide them down the right paths.
On the field, though, things didn’t work out as anticipated.
So far, Northampton’s hockey season has progressed as expected.
With a 4-1 loss to Freedom Monday night, the Konkrete Kids dropped to 4-6 on the season. Being in the finals of the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League (LVSHL) last season, the Kids are currently in third place.
“It was a pretty decent game,” said head coach Brian Ruff about the loss to Freedom. “But we just couldn’t get any offensive flow.”
For Miguel Hernandez, it is about playing on the big stage.
“You feel like you’re playing in a college game because of the crowd,” said Hernandez. “It is part of a great tradition every year and you have to feel proud to have the chance to be there.
“It will be very exciting because it is my last game, and I have a lot of mixed emotions about it.”