Northampton head baseball coach Mick Sugra knows his team must have the vital pieces in place for the Konkrete Kids to continue a memorable season.
For the Kids, it is about pitching, defense and timely hits a trifecta of elements that can produce a deep tournament run.
In their opening PIAA District 11 Class AAA game against Bangor, the Kids received what they needed in a 5-0 shutout over the Slaters Monday afternoon.
With the win, Northampton (14-8) moved on to face Liberty in the next round Wednesday afternoon, which came after Press deadlines.
After a recent successful season, Northampton head boys basketball coach Coy Stampone is looking to further develop his program's future.
Stampone will direct the annual Northampton Area High School boys' basketball youth camp from June 15-19, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The camp is open to boys entering 3rd grade through 9th grade for the 2015-2016 school year.
All season long, Northampton's baseball team has prided itself on its consistent pitching, timely hitting, and stellar defensive efforts.
It has been the effective trifecta that has lifted the Konkrete Kids from a pair of mediocre seasons into one this year that has transformed them into one of the Lehigh Valley's elite.
The Kids not only clinched a district berth early in the season due to an eight-game winning streak, but they also qualified for the East Penn Conference (EPC) playoffs.
However, the Kids' visit back to the vaunted EPC ground wasn't a memorable one.
Early in the season, Northampton boys volleyball coach Dave Faust had a feeling his club could peak at the right time.
That feeling still prevailed despite his club dropping their first two matches. Back then, his premonition also could have been easily deterred as he put a new system into place as his first year as the boys head coach.
A week later, the Konkrete Kids (8-3) were on a different path as they began an impressive seven-game winning streak that has resulted in a district playoff berth and also kept them in the hunt for the East Penn Conference playoffs.
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.