Despite a somewhat slow start, Northampton head field hockey coach Carrie Saul believes her team will be in the hunt over the next few weeks.
The Konkrete Kids began the season with a 1-2 mark through their first three games, dropping a close 3-2 opener to Liberty before they routed East Stroudsburg North, 12-0.
They then had trouble getting past Stroudsburg, losing a 4-0 decision.
Over the next three weeks, Northampton should have a definitive reading on its football program.
The Kids will host Pocono Mountain West Friday night at Al Erdosy Stadium riding a three-game winning streak in an impressive fashion. They have posted three consecutive shutouts for the first time since 1970 and have scored 50 more points in two consecutive games for the first time since 1961.
Their latest shutout was a 50-0 drubbing of East Stroudsburg North.
It is a changing time in the Konkrete Kids’ program.
With a successful summer program behind them, Northampton’s boys’ basketball program can look forward to the fall and winter ahead.
The Konkrete Kids once again had a busy summer as they went 4-2 in the Cedar Beach Basketball Showcase and posted a 2-1 record in the A-town Throwdown Tournament.
They went 8-4 overall in the Allentown Summer League and lost to eventual runner-up Easton in the playoffs.
Head coach Coy Stampone credited assistant coach Matt Scholl, who directed the summer program.
On paper, Northampton’s football team appears to be out to a strong start with a 2-1 record, posting consecutive shutouts in which they registered a total of 112 points.
Yet, head coach Kyle Haas knows the Konkrete Kids still need to fine tune some things even with a 63-0 trouncing of Pleasant Valley last Friday night.
The Kids had a 42-0 lead at halftime, and they scored on their first nine possessions.
“It was a big win and to win in that manner was good,” said Haas. “But you really don’t know until you look at the film if you did all the right things.
For Northampton, it wasn’t simply about a convincing 49-0 shutout over Dieruff, it was how the Konkrete Kids accomplished it.
“If we would have won 21-7, it would have been different,” said Kids’ head coach Kyle Haas. “We had an emphatic win. To hold their quarterback to minus-eight yards (rushing) really says something.
“It proved to our kids that they can play at a high caliber and take care of business.”
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.