Like any team, Northampton head coach Mick Sugra has worked for the best possible outcome for his team this season.
With their 5-0 win over Whitehall Monday, the Konkrete Kids certainly have achieved and accented it.
The win total marks the most under Sugra’s nine-year reign, topping the previous mark of 15 wins in 2015.
“That’s what we have strived for all season,” noted Sugra about his team’s success. “We have seen it all come through.
Since the beginning of the season, Andrew Kovalchik and Cole Rufe believed their team would be in the hunt for the East Penn Conference (EPC) and District 11 6A titles.
So far, the senior duo has been right. And it has been all about the Kids’ bond.
“Since we came up short against Parkland and Emmaus in our first two games, our team chemistry has been stronger than ever and it shows,” said Kovalchik. “We have guys constantly picking each other up and encouraging one another.
“We’re playing great baseball and we continue to do so.”
For Northampton, their 13-game winning streak was a major accomplishment this season.
Beating Emmaus Monday was even bigger.
The Konkrete Kids took another giant step toward gaining more respectability when they edged Emmaus, 4-3, Monday afternoon. Two days prior, the Kids (14-3) had their winning streak snapped in a 5-4 loss to Parkland. They began the season with consecutive losses to Parkland and Emmaus.
A situation that once looked like a deprived season for the Northampton baseball team has developed one with a few whiskers around the edges.
With their 5-1 win over Easton Tuesday, the Konkrete Kids won 12 consecutive game after they dropped opening games to Parkland and Emmaus. The Kids and some of their coaches also made a vow nine games ago not to shave until they lose.
Needless to say, there are some beards coming into form.
They have won the most consecutive games since 1997, and the school record is 16 set in 1990.
As a sophomore, Evan Zwolenik threw 16.1 innings for Northampton in a limited role.
However, the lefthander picked up an important, late-season victory over Liberty, helping the Kids keep pace to qualify for districts.
This season, Zwolenik would be cast in a bigger role. And the junior certainly has been a headliner.
Zwolenik recently tossed a complete-game, eight-inning, six-hitter in the Kids’ 3-2 win over Nazareth, marking their seventh straight victory (7-2).
In the future, Gabby Demchak has aspirations about being a teacher and coach. She currently enjoys tutoring students in her spare time.
For Demchak, it is the perfect fit.
The senior has the ultimate player/coach for the Konkrete Kids’ basketball and softball programs.
Her teammates and coaches certainly can attest to it.
“She’s the glue that every team needs to be successful,” said Kids’ head coach Kristy Henritzy. “She has a connection with every player and coach.”
A few weeks ago, Northampton head baseball coach Mick Sugra likely wouldn’t had believed what his team recently accomplished due to their lack of hitting.
For the first time in three years, the Konkrete Kids had won five games in a row.
However, it truly wasn’t as easy as it sounds.
The Kids began the trek with a tight 6-4 win over North Pocono, a game in which they had a 6-0 lead going into the seventh.
Every year, Northampton head baseball coach Mick Sugra is faced with a series of questions and issues before the season.
For the Konkrete Kids, it usually has been about replacing and refilling in their lineup.
However, this year, the situation may be a little more challenging.
The Kids are looking to replace three starters in the infield, to fill a hole or two in the outfield, and to augment their pitching staff.
“We lost a lot of offense from last year,” said Sugra. “We have some big question marks right now.
“Our biggest question is can we score runs?”
Northampton head hockey coach Brian Ruff likes to refer to the process as “climbing the ladder.”
It is the process that has helped Ruff’s team continue to have success and also to be one of the top contenders in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League (LVSHL). This past season, Northampton lost to Parkland in the finals.
All season long, Northampton’s girls basketball team wore down opponents with their speed that fueled their transition game.
In a PIAA Class 6A quarterfinal game against Norwin, the Konkrete Kids met a team that arguably was a little bit faster.
The Kids answered some early Norwin runs, but it wasn’t enough down the stretch as they eventually dropped a 68-58 decision at Cumberland Valley High School March 12.