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.
So far, Northampton’s hockey season has progressed as expected.
With a 4-1 loss to Freedom Monday night, the Konkrete Kids dropped to 4-6 on the season. Being in the finals of the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League (LVSHL) last season, the Kids are currently in third place.
“It was a pretty decent game,” said head coach Brian Ruff about the loss to Freedom. “But we just couldn’t get any offensive flow.”
For Miguel Hernandez, it is about playing on the big stage.
“You feel like you’re playing in a college game because of the crowd,” said Hernandez. “It is part of a great tradition every year and you have to feel proud to have the chance to be there.
“It will be very exciting because it is my last game, and I have a lot of mixed emotions about it.”
Four years ago, Drew Filchner and Kenzie Bradley first met each other playing on the same traveling basketball team.
Sunday night in Catasauqua, they both moved a step closer to the final chapters in their high school careers, a fare that was mostly light hearted, yet some pretty intense.
Bradley, a Catasauqua senior, led the Roughies to a 27-0 win over Northampton in their annual Powder Puff clash at Alumni Field. The event is the first step in a series of events toward the Thanksgiving Day football battle between the two schools.
Northampton’s field hockey season ended in a 6-1 loss to Emmaus in the PIAA District 11 Class 3A quarterfinals, but the Konkrete Kids know it is just another step along the way.
With seven seniors on their roster, the maturing Kids pushed their way through the always competitive East Penn Conference season and recorded 10 wins in the process.
They edged East Stroudsburg South, 2-1, in overtime in the opening round of the playoffs and also gained some introspective from it. The Kids dropped a 4-1 decision to them during the regular season.
Northampton’s field hockey team was able to exact some revenge on their opening round playoff game, but the Konkrete Kids knew a bigger task laid ahead.
The ninth-ranked Kids downed host eighth-ranked East Stroudsburg South, 2-1, in overtime in the opening round of the District 11 Class 3A playoffs Monday afternoon. In the regular season, the Kids dropped a 4-1 decision to them on their home turf.
In the latest game, Abby Piotrowski scored the game-winner with 12:29 left in overtime on a penalty corner. Brynn Ehrlacher assisted on both goals.
Northampton’s field hockey team admittedly had a good nearly two — week period. The Konkrete Kids had won their last five games, begin 4-0 last week.
However, the Kids’ has a temporary setback when they dropped a 7-1 decision to Easton Tuesday.
“We definitely hit a road bump,” said head coach Carrie Saul. “We were probably a little tired and it took a toll on our legs and chemistry. We had been playing well.
“Easton is a very good team. Give them a lot of credit. They play Emmaus this week and will give them a run for their money.”
Northampton head boys’ soccer coach Adam Bastidas knew this year likely wouldn’t be like the previous one.
Last year, the Konkrete Kids more than doubled their wins from the 2016 season, as they recorded 13 wins and a district playoff berth in the process. However, the Kids had a large senior class.
So, this year, Bastidas sees a retooling year, not necessarily rebuilding. It became evident to him in the Kids’ opening two games, a 4-2 loss to Whitehall and a 9-0 shutout to Parkland.