Northampton head coach Coy Stampone clearly understands the roller coaster ride of playing in the East Penn Conference.
Within two weeks, he watched his team gain momentum with three consecutive wins – including capturing the Salisbury tournament – to a quick descent with a pair of seemingly lopsided losses to Parkland, Allen, and Phillipsburg.
As a result, the Konkrete Kids began this week with an overall 3-6 mark, having a busy four-game slate. At the beginning of last week, the Kids were missing two starters from their lineup.
Over the past two years, Northampton’s boys’ basketball team had a first-game exit in the Salisbury Holiday Tournament.
However, the third time around truly proved to be the charm.
The Konkrete Kids had a solid all-around effort in downing Quakertown, 63-46, to capture the tournament title.
Aidan Elwood took home the tournament MVP award with 30 points in the finale and Morgan Heffelfinger was named to the All-Tournament team. He paced the Kids with 27 points in the 51-48 win over Saucon Valley in the opening game.
Through his team’s first two games, Northampton head boys’ basketball coach Coy Stampone certainly doesn’t want to readily accept any moral victories.
However, Stampone realizes his team will need to mature regardless of the outcome. The Konkrete Kids suffered a 71-44 defeat to East Stroudsburg North, and then they lost a tight-knit 54-48 decision to Emmaus.
Northampton hockey coach Brian Ruff believes his team is on target for the rest of the season.
In the end, though, the Konkrete Kids want to get back to a familiar setting.
One of the Kids’ main goals is to reach the postseason again in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League. Last season, they missed the playoffs for the first time in 15 years. This year, the Kids have a respectable 3-3-1 mark through their first seven games.
Northampton’s boys’ soccer team didn’t end the season the way they wanted, but the Konkrete Kids can truly use the campaign as a measuring stick for the future.
The K-Kids ended their year in the opening round of the district playoffs in a 4-0 loss to Emmaus. That was preceded by a 4-0 loss to Parkland in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference (EPC) playoffs.
However, the Kids’ 13-7 campaign was a complete reversal of a 6-12 trek last year and also can prove to be a catalyst for them to stay in the deep end of the soccer pool in the future.
This winter, Northampton will be looking to redeem itself from a late-season tumble, and the Kids will have plenty of reasons to be optimistic.
Northampton looked to be in line to make a return trip to districts late last year, but they dropped seven of their last eight games, falling out of contention for an East Penn Conference (EPC) playoff spot and a district berth. Their slide left them with an overall 10-12 mark.
Still, head coach Coy Stampone is very optimistic about his team possibilities.
During the summer, Morgan Heffelfinger decided to take the advice of his friends and give soccer a try.
Granted, Heffelfinger is a senior basketball player at Northampton and has never played any organized soccer in his way. It would be a venture with plenty of mental and physical challenges ahead.
To heighten the situation, Heffelfinger would stake over in the nets for the Konkrete Kids on a team that likely would make a strong run at districts this year.
In a few ways, Anna Filchner knew this could be a big year.
She was among 11 seniors on Northampton’s field hockey team this fall. More importantly, Filchner felt comfortable with herself in the program.
“Last year, we had nine seniors and we had a good year,” she said. “But we had our coach leave us and we all knew we had to pick up the pace.
“This year, we have a new coach and the transition has been really smooth. We have really come together as a team and we have a great chemistry. We have really connected with our juniors.
This season, Northampton head boys’ soccer coach Adam Bastidas watched his team take the next step from a 6-12 campaign last year.
As a result, the Konkrete Kids will enter this week’s district playoffs with a respectable seeding, a home game, and a newfound sense of respect among themselves and their opponents. They recently dropped a 4-0 decision to Parkland in the East Penn Conference semifinals.
Since seventh grade, Ashley Kunsman knew she would be a field hockey goalie. Kunsman was encouraged to join the team by teammate Emily Henry, and she has never looked back.
“I wanted to try on the goalie equipment and give it a try,” recalled Kunsman from her freshman days at practice. “I didn’t know what to expect at first, and I really didn’t want to be a goalie at first. But I really began to love what I was doing.”