Cory Weisenberger decided to take it upon himself.
When fellow senior Aidan Ellwood went down with an ankle injury before the first game of the season, Weisenberger knew he had to pick up his game. He also believed in the adage of “practice makes perfect.”
He did just that. Weisenberger scored 28 points in the Konkrete Kids’ hard-fought, 59-57, win over Muhlenberg and then followed with 12 in a balanced team effort win over East Stroudsburg North (48-28).
For Northampton’s basketball team, balanced scoring and defense has been the calling card throughout the season.
So it shouldn’t be a major surprise that the Konkrete Kids have taken the Lehigh Valley basketball scene by storm and also had won 12 consecutive games to begin the week.
“It’s been good,” offered head coach Coy Stampone about his team’s ride. “We just had four games in a week and it can be a bit much.
“Coming home on the bus from Blue Mountain (Saturday), we all felt tired.”
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.