Northampton Press

Friday, January 18, 2019

Girls top Easton

Thursday, January 17, 2019 by TOM WENBORG in Sports

On Tuesday night in Easton, the Northampton girls basketball team weathered a poor-shooting first half to knock off the Red Rovers 55-41. The win is the Kids’ eighth in row, bringing their season record to 13-2.

While the team shot a respectable 9-of-20 from inside the arc in the first half, they were 0-of-10 from three-point range, leading to a 24-21 halftime deficit.

At halftime, head coach Jeff Jacksits made some adjustments.

Kids top Dieruff, Catty

Thursday, January 17, 2019 by TOM WENBORG in Sports

After getting an overtime scare from the two-win Dieruff Huskies the night before, the Konkrete Kids boys basketball team couldn’t afford to take anything for granted when Catasauqua came to town Saturday afternoon.

Northampton took care of business early, surging to a 38-19 halftime lead on the way to a stress-free, 71-53 win.

The MVPs from the Thanksgiving Day football game, Tyrese Brandon of Northampton and Andrew Martinez of Catasauqua, were representing their schools in competition again, albeit under less-hyped circumstances.

Boys beat PV on Saturday afternoon

Friday, January 11, 2019 by TOM WENBORG in Sports

The Konkrete Kids boys basketball team hosted a Saturday matinee when Pleasant Valley visited Northampton for an EPC interdivisional clash. The Bears were looking for their first win of the season, but they didn’t find it in Schneider Gymnasium as the Kids rolled to a 66-35 victory.

Donte Rodriguez keyed the Kids’ fast start with a couple of early steals and 8 of his game total 10 points in the first quarter. The Northampton defense gave up only one field goal as they stormed out to a 20-4 lead.

NHS ends skid vs. Nazareth with win

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 by TOM WENBORG in Sports

The Konkrete Kids wrestling team hadn’t defeated their rivals from Nazareth since the current crop of grapplers were in elementary school and Terry Daubert led the Orange and Black.

This year’s team ended that drought and gave Seth Lisa his first head coaching victory over the Blue Eagles with an emphatic 41-20 win on Thursday night.

Nazareth took a 4-0 lead with a major decision in the first bout, at 220.

Hunter Werkheiser got the Kids on the board with a solid 5-1 decision at 285.

NHS boys fall to Emmaus

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 by TOM WENBORG in Sports

There is an old coaching adage, “You can’t teach size.” The Emmaus Green Hornets took advantage of their superior height when they brought their boys varsity basketball team to Northampton on Friday night and left with a 60-48 win.

The Kids got off to a solid start using an active defense to combat Emmaus’ size advantage. Seven first quarter points by Isaac Harris had Northampton leading 12-10 as time ran down in the period. A late steal by Emmaus resulted in breakaway layup that tied the score just before the horn sounded.

NHS girls top Trojans Parkland

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 by TOM WENBORG in Sports

Northampton girls basketball head coach Jeff Jacksits characterized Tuesday’s matchup with undefeated Parkland as “their bigs versus our speed.”

The Kids took that speed on the road and came home with a 43-40 win over the Trojans.

Northampton got off to a fast start, building a 20-12 edge during the first period. Star senior guard Victoria Keenan continued to bounce back from an injury that caused her to miss the first few games of the season. Keenan scored 10 of her team-high 18 points in the quarter, including a rare 4-point play when she hit a three and was fouled.

Kids win three-OT thriller vs. Zephs

Thursday, December 13, 2018 by TOM WENBORG in Sports

The Northampton and Whitehall boys basketball teams kicked off their EPC schedules with a dramatic, three overtime contest that Northampton won by the score of 60-58.

The Kids took a 14-9 lead after the first quarter on the strength of four three-point shots.

The second period saw the offenses stall a bit as the teams could only muster a total of 12 points. Northampton had seven of them and took a seven-point lead into halftime at 21-14.