Facing Parkland in their opener, Northampton couldn’t have asked for a better situation despite being shutout, 41-0.
“This was the best first game we could have,” stated Kids’ head coach Kyle Haas earlier this week. “We knew right away what our strengths and weaknesses were.
“But it became more evident as the game went on that they (Parkland) were more physical than us. We put a lot of time in the weight room from January until now, but across the board we were not as strong as Parkland.”
In the 29th annual Tournament of Champions (TOC), the ending was ironic and also fitting.
Curmaci Dental and Blue Monkey – both who had the same players on both teams – met in the recent TOC final at the Catasauqua Middle School instead of the Catty Playground due to weather issues.
In the end, it was Derek Hall who led Curmaci to a 74-64 victory over Blue Monkey. It also was a test of attrition as Curmaci had five players and Blue Monkey had six.
It was a true Catty-Northampton flavor night, as all but one player was either a former Roughie or Konkrete Kid.
Northampton Legion head coach Mike Bodnar didn’t want to see history repeat itself.
Unfortunately, it did.
Nazareth shutout Northampton in consecutive games to capture the Northampton County Legion (NORCO) title in a best-of-three series. Northampton suffered the same fate to Hellertown last year in the championship round.
“The same thing happened again,” said Bodnar. “Maybe the pressure gets to them. They stop doing what they have been doing the whole year.”
Despite winning two of their three games, Northampton’s boys’ basketball team didn’t advance to the round of 16 in the recent A-town Throwdown at Allentown’s Cedar Beach. A point differential kept them out.
But the Konkrete Kids took another major step to establishing a new presence this winter with the loss of Aidan Ellwood and Cory Weisenberger.
“Overall, we played well,” said assistant coach Matt Scholl, who is in charge of the Kids summer program. “We’re working to establish our identity. We have had a number of guys who have scored for us.
All season long, Northampton was looking for the right combination of pitching and hitting.
For the most part, they have had it.
Their pitching, however, has been the most consistent component of the two. Yet in the first two games of the Northampton County (NORCO) Legion Playoffs, third-seeded Northampton had the perfect combination.
They had their way with East Stroudsburg in sweeping the best-of-three series. Northampton won the first, 13-4 Monday night, and followed with a 4-1 victory Tuesday night.
In a roller coaster type of a season, Moore Township is looking to get to the crest of the hill in the Lehigh Valley Connie Mack (LVCM) postseason.
Moore began the playoffs as the seventh seed in 12-team bracket. They knocked off 11th-seeded Northern Valley, 9-4 Monday night, in the opening round of the playoffs.
Tyler Antonis had a big night as he struck out seven over four innings and also had a pair of hits to go along with three RBIs. Austin Druckenmiller also had a pair of hits, as Moore blew the game open with a seven-run fourth.
In their final stretch of the season, Northampton seemingly can control its fate toward the postseason of the Lehigh Valley Connie Mack (LVCM) League.
Last week, Northampton further solidified its future when they posted two impressive wins and gained a forfeit to propel itself into a tie for second place in the league with an overall 13-4 record.
They rallied for a 13-8 win over Southern Lehigh and then posted a 10-3 rout of Catasauqua before they ended the week with a 7-0 forfeit over Wilson.
After a delayed start because of the weather, Northampton’s track teams managed respectable overall seasons with several notable individual performances.
The girls team finished with an overall 5-6 mark, while the boys ended the year with a 7-5 slate.
We had a tough beginning of the season concerning the weather,” said head coach Tim Caffrey. “Meets were canceled in the beginning of the season with school closings and snow.
Northampton Legion head coach Mike Bodnar expected to see the current state of his team at the beginning of the season.
Instead, he still remains optimistic they can turn the tide in their final three games.
They took the first step with an 8-3 victory over Birches Monday night. Tyler Illif pitched a solid five innings for the win. Patrick Bodnar had three RBIs, and Andrew Kovalchik, Zech Lambert, and Kyle Morin had two hits apiece.
So far, Northampton’s Legion season could not have had a better script.
The team recently had a nine-game winning streak snapped but is still sitting atop the Northampton County Legion North Division with a stellar 10-2 overall record.
It has been a season of some unexpected expectations. As a result, their team has experienced a perfect blend.
“I really didn’t know what to expect,” said head coach Mike Bodnar. “I honestly didn’t think we would be this good.