Northampton High School softball coach Kevin Mann is hoping his Konkrete Kids will be a competitive force this season in an already competitive East Penn Conference.
Returning seniors will include first team all-league third baseman, Auria Enright, who was also the team’s top hitter with a .484 average. First baseman Emily Schwartz is coming off a year where she had a 1.000 fielding percentage at her position. Senior outfielders Maura Moser, Diedre Person and Reily Piotrowski are also back for the Kids.
Northampton High School swimmer, Gavyn Frankenfield, won two medals, and teammate, Michael Bauer, won one medal at the District XI Class AAA Swimming Championships on Friday and Saturday at Parkland High School.
“No one medal feels better over the other,” Frankenfield said. “It was just a good night overall.”
The top four finishers in each event were honored with a medal and a stand on the podium.
Frankenfield placed fourth in the 200 free with a time of 1:47.66.
Reaching the semi-final rounds of the East Penn Conference and District 11 tournaments were accomplishments beyond what many people expected of Northampton High School this season.
“We reached the semifinals of both and were a couple plays away,” said Northampton coach Jeff Jacksits.
Last week, the Konkrete Kids’ season ended in the district consolation game, losing to Easton 56-47.
“Going 10 for 21 from the foul line didn’t help, and when we didn’t make them, we were unable to get a good box out,” Jacksits said.
Northampton High School’s girls’ basketball team scored a 55-27 victory over Stroudsburg in its first game of the District XI Class AAAA tournament last Wednesday.
“We just played a full four quarters,” said Northampton senior, Sophia Eckroth. “I think we ran the ball pretty well.”
For all intents and purposes, everything went as planned for the Konkrete Kids in their game against the Mountaineers.
If not for the first half, perhaps the outcome of Northampton’s 51-41 loss to Nazareth in the District XI Class AAAA semifinal would have been different.
“We just didn’t move the ball. We didn’t have the energy we had in the first half against Parkland,” said Northampton coach Jeff Jacksits.
In fact, the Konkrete Kids’ first basket, by Aja Blount, came with 3:38 left in the first quarter. Victoria Keenan sank two foul shots, but after eight minutes, it was the Blue Eagles who had a 15-4 lead.
Five quick points from Northampton guard, Victoria Keenan, set the Konkrete Kids on a roll, right past Liberty, in the opening round of the East Penn Conference Girls’ Basketball Tournament last Friday when Northampton beat the Hurricanes 66-52 at Liberty High School.
Northampton coach Jeff Jacksits said, “I told them we can’t let them get going, so with our defense, we played shut-them-down. [Kay] West and [Maddie] Capuano score in the upper teens, so we matched Capuano up right away, and Lauren Sterner did a great job containing her.”
Although it was expected that Northampton junior, Aja Blount, would score her 1,000th career point sometime in the very near future, that achievement came unexpectedly on Feb. 5 during the Konkrete Kids’ EPC playoff game against the Liberty Hurricanes at Liberty High School.
“I called my family, but I told them it would be [the next day],” Blount said.
Blount’s mother, Hyun, was present, however, Blount reached 1,000 points on a three-point shot with 3:51 left in the game.
“I’m very proud. She worked hard,” Hyun Blount said.
Northampton High School’s swim team split its meet against Freedom on Monday when the Northampton girls defeated the Patriots 109-70, and the Northampton boys fell to the Patriots 114-67.
Rachael Pursell, Brynne Rockovits, Alyssa Gerstenberg, and Kaitlin Nemes opened the meet with a victory in the 200 medley relay in 2:04.75.
Pursell, Annalise Christy, and Nicole Somers had a 2-3-4 finish in the 200 free, which scored more points than Freedom’s first-place finish in that event.
Northampton High School’s cheerleaders competed at the 2015-2016 PIAA District XI Competitive Spirit Cheerleading Championships on Jan. 9 at Easton Area Middle School.
“It was more pressure. We’re going against really good teams,” said Northampton senior, Megan Heffelfinger, prior to the awards presentations.
The Konkrete Kids competed against Pocono Mountain West and Nazareth in the large division.
“We just worked on perfecting details. A lot of our girls are sick, though. We’re pretty exhausted,” Heffelfinger said.
Northampton High School’s girls’ basketball team defeated Freedom by a score of 52-33 last Friday night at Freedom High School.
It was a new starting five, perhaps with the exception of Kaitlyn Swint, who took to the basketball court for the Patriots last week.
“Yeah, we noticed,” said Northampton forward, Jade Rindock.
With a 20-5 lead by the end of the first quarter, the Konkrete Kids still had enough to talk about prior to the start of the second.
“Yeah, we thought they would try to close out on V [Victoria Keenan] and Aja [Blount],” Rindock said.