What if you were told that EPC MVP Victoria Keenan would score a single point in the first quarter of a state playoff game … and the Konkrete Kids would race out to a 21-3 lead?
It happened Friday day night at Freedom in Northampton’s first round PIAA 6A game against the Methacton Warriors.
Just as fans of the Orange and Black were Googling “Norwin” and starting to speculate on the site of the second round game against the team from the Pittsburgh area, the momentum shifted.
The best 6A girls basketball team in District XI is also its champion. The 2019 Northampton Konkrete Kids completed their journey with a 60-52 win over defending champion Freedom to claim the school’s first district title in girls basketball since 2011.
The first quarter started calmly enough as each team made short scoring runs. Freedom scored the final five points of the period to erase a Northampton lead and tie the score at 12-12.
Fresh off a dominating performance at the previous weekend’s District XI championships, the Konkrete Kids’ wrestlers took to the mats at the PIAA AAA NE Regional Championships looking to punch their tickets to the state championship in Hershey.
As a team, Northampton finished tied for second with Nazareth, two-and-half points behind Bethlehem Catholic.
The Kids will be sending six wrestlers to compete in the state finals.
Most Outstanding Wrestler, Coach of the Year, District XI Champions.
The District XI Wrestling Championship this past weekend added to the already stellar resume of the 2018-2019 Northampton Konkrete Kids wrestling team.
The path to Northampton’s first District XI wrestling team title since 2009 was testament to depth and balance of their lineup. Each wrestler contributed at least two wins and a pin to the cause.
Senior Ryan Stilgenbauer took fourth place at 106 pounds to qualify for his first appearance in the NE Regional Tournament. In addition to his placement, Stilgenbauer also scored two pins.
Last Thursday, the Northampton girls basketball team punched their tickets to the state playoffs with a 70-51 win over Easton in the District XI 6A quarterfinals.
On Monday, the Kids put themselves in position to claim their first district title since 2011 with a 60-47 win over Parkland at Catasauqua.
The Trojans led 16-12 after the first period on the strength of their three-point shooting and layup just before the horn sounded.
After a week off following their stirring run to a second-place finish in the AAA state dual meet tournament, the Northampton wrestling team is back in action this weekend.
The following are the Northampton wrestlers who are seeded in the top-8 of their respective weights: 106-Ryan Stilgenbauer 7th, 113-Alex Hanley 5th, 120-Sam Hanley 4th, 132-Julian Chlebove 1st, 138-Devon Britton 1st, 145-Jagger Condomitti 2nd, 152-Mikey Kistler 2nd, 182-Riley Gallagher 7th, 195-Jayden Bortz 2nd, 220-Blake Lambert 4th, 285-Bubba Werkheiser 4th.
There’s an old saying in sports, “It’s hard to beat a team three times in the same season.”
While the truth of the saying is statistically dubious, it did hold true for the Northampton boys basketball team as their season came to an end at the hands of Parkland in the opening round of districts, 56-43.
The Kids had swept the two regular season games from the Trojans, 47-44 and 58-53.
Fresh off a runner-up finish to Bethlehem Catholic in the EPC tournament, the Northampton girls basketball team will look to capture their first District XI 6A title since 2008.
The Kids earned the top seed on the virtue of their 19-3 regular season record. Coach Jeff Jacksits has the best “Big 3” in the district tournament with his triumvirate of all-EPC performers: Victoria Keenan (1st team, EPC MVP), Jenna Rogers (1st team), and Morgan Sterner (3rd team).
When Victoria Keenan’s crossover dribble left her hapless Central Catholic defender in a heap on the floor during Northampton’s first possession of the game, it foreshadowed the kind of dominant performance that would lead to the Kids’ 20th win of the season.
Friday night’s 53-36 EPC quarterfinal victory moved the Kids one step closer to the first girls basketball league title for Northampton since 1998.
Despite their broken ankles, the Vikettes were still in the game after the first quarter, trailing 12-9 after the eight minutes.