As long as he can remember, James Snyder had been around the Tournament of Champions.
It has been a summer staple for him and his brother, Andrew, as their father, Eric, began the tournament 27 years ago. There has been a cavalcade of memories he and his family, from the choices of watching, working and playing.
This summer, though, Snyder can reach a new pinnacle with the tournament.
Northampton head boys basketball coach Coy Stampone believes a major part of his upcoming season might have been already implemented.
A short and busy stay at the Albright College team camp could have accomplished the goal.
“We’ve had a good summer,” said Stampone, who will enter his fourth season at the helm this winter. “We have been playing really well together. I really think we came together at Albright.
“We built some chemistry there and that was a key. All we did was eat, sleep, and play basketball.”
In the fall, Northampton’s Aja Blount plans to try out for the school’s volleyball team. Like she has with her other sports, Blount believes she can make a rather smooth transition to the sport.
If at first she doesn’t, Blount will make a strong effort to achieve her goal.
“I’d like to try and play volleyball,” said Blount, who will be an incoming senior at Northampton. Playing sports is a big part of me. I really enjoy being as competitive as I can be.”
After a productive summer season, Northampton’s girls’ basketball team is optimistic they can continue an upward spiral toward the winter season.
“We had a lot of kids who don’t normally get a lot of time see plenty of playing time,” said head coach Jeff Jacksits. “We had some girls who were involved with their AAU teams, but overall we had a good summer.
“It was a good experience for us.”
Kyle Serman knew he would have his chance this past varsity baseball season, and he made the most of it.
The Northampton right-hander spent last season on the JV squad, and he hoped to be a part of the Konkrete Kids’ varsity staff this spring.
The transition was a smooth one.
At one point in the season, Serman had a 3-1 overall record after six starts.
Northampton’s boys basketball team’s summer play has just begun, and the Konkrete Kids’ already have some promise for the winter.
The Kids will return three starters for the upcoming season after the loss of Mario Delker, Tyler Miller, Bryan Morris, James Frazier and Noah Rindock from last year’s squad that posted an overall 10-12 record and just missed out on the District 11 playoffs.
Delker will continue his career at Misericordia this winter.
When looking back at his team’s season, Northampton head baseball coach Mick Sugra saw the campaign as one with some unanswered questions.
The Konkrete Kids finished the regular season with a 10-10 record and then were eliminated in the opening round of districts, losing to Liberty 12-2.
It was a team returning veteran leadership that posted a 15-9 record and won two games in the district playoffs last season.
Hallie Muffley wouldn’t want to be doing anything else than play softball. Even at a relatively young age, she already appears to be a student of the game.
Muffley’s enthusiasm for the sport began when she was introduced to the sport by her father, John, at an early age. Since then, it has been a love affair for her and her father that has developed through the years.
Currently, the junior is the starting shortstop for Northampton’s softball team, and she has been an important main cog for the Konkrete Kids’ success over the past few years.
In the past six seasons, Northampton’s baseball team has qualified for the PIAA District 11 playoffs, a pure measuring stick for their success.
Throughout the process, one of the main reasons for their winning way has been a successful junior varsity program.
Once again this season, the Konkrete Kids’ JV team had another stellar season, as they posted an overall 17-3 season.
Beginning this week, the task for the Northampton baseball was simple – win one game to qualify for districts.
The K-Kids (10-8, 8-8)accomplished that with a 6-5 win over Nazareth Tuesday night. Nick DiMieri drove in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth in his first ever varsity at bat to push the Kids into euphoria and the postseason.
It may have sounded simple enough, but head coach Mick Sugra wasn’t taking anything for granted.