Northampton Press

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Kids turn eyes to district playoffs

Thursday, February 15, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Northampton’s run in the East Penn Conference (EPC) ended quickly, but the Konkrete Kids are confident in their district hopes ahead.

The seventh-seeded Kids dropped a 64-48 contest to second-seeded Allentown Central Catholic in an opening–round game Monday night at Rockne Hall.

It was the rubber match between the two teams as Central won the opening match, 66-36, Dec. 19, and Northampton returned the favor, 60-45, Jan. 18.

Aidan Ellwood paced the Kids with 20 points, and Central had four players in double figures led by Dat Lambert’s 18 and Jordan McChristian’s 13.

Mike Torres electric both on and off the court

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

When he was younger, Mike Torres admired his father, Michael Sr., who was a handyman around the house.

The experience eventually would lead the younger Torres to seek to explore a possible career in electrical engineering next fall.

“My father could fix anything and he would show me how to do things,” said Torres. “He never had me around anything electrical because he was worried about me getting hurt. But I always wanted to do something electrical.

“Seeing my dad do what he did inspired me to try and fix things and get into an electrical field someday.”

Win streak comes to end

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

For the Northampton Konkrete Kids, the winning streak is over at 13 games.

However, it was just one component of a multifaceted season that has elevated the Kids’ status among their peers and the area basketball community.

The Kids dropped a 71-53 decision at Nazareth Feb. 2 that ended their streak. They edged Emmaus, 55-54, three days earlier.

“Winning 13 in a row isn’t too shabby,” said head coach Coy Stampone. “We have played well and have felt pretty good about ourselves.

Hard work paying off Kids Cory Weisenberger seeing fruits of his labor

Thursday, February 1, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

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).

Boys hoop team feels good about spot they’re in

Thursday, February 1, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

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.”

Boys clinch D-11 berth

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

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.

Boys looking to secure D-11, EPC playoff spots

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

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.

Beers following family footsteps

Friday, January 12, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

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.”

K-Kids looking to keep up momentum

Thursday, January 11, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

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.

Boys win Salisbury tourney

Thursday, January 4, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

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.