Jagger and Dagen Condomitti stared across the mat at a pair of familiar foes during the Parade of Champions during last weekend’s PIAA AAA NE Regional wrestling tournament at Liberty High School.
Northampton’s two regional finalists had rematches from their previous week’s bouts in the District XI finals. Jagger once again got Bethlehem Catholic’s Cole Handlovic at 145 pounds, while Dagen saw Pottsville’s Wiley Kahler at 126.
This time the results were reversed as the younger brother brought home the gold medal while Jagger settled for silver.
Ten Northampton wrestlers entered last weekend’s PIAA AAA NE Regional wrestling tournament with ambitions of earning a trip to Hershey for the state finals. Besides the Condomittis, three other Konkrete Kids successfully climbed the mountain.
Not all the drama at the District XI individual wrestling championships took place after the Parade of Champions.
For a trio of Northampton senior wrestlers, the possibility of wrestling their last bouts for the Konkrete Kids loomed over their 5th place matches.
Win and move on to regionals. Lose and your time as a high school wrestler is over.
Gunnar Wagner hit a 4-point move with 15 seconds left in the first period in his 113-pound bout and never looked back. He closed out Connor Bevan of Freedom 11-2. Wagner explained his mindset going into the bout.
For the second year in row, Jagger Condomitti found himself in the featured bout of the District XI AAA individual wrestling championships against a higher-ranked 145-pound foe from Bethlehem Catholic.
This year, he staged a dramatic comeback to claim his first district title with a 7-3 win in sudden victory.
Jagger and Dagen Condomitti are continuing a long tradition of standout wrestling brothers for Northampton. They are both looking put their names on the wall of the Konkrete Kids’ wrestling room by becoming district champions this weekend.
Jagger, a junior and University of Nebraska commit, has already cemented his place in K-Kids’ lore by notching over 100 career match victories and scoring an unforgettable win over Beca’s Ryan Anderson, the nation’s #1 ranked 145-pound wrestler, in last year’s state team dual meet final.
The Northampton girls basketball team will kickoff the defense of their District XI 6A title on Friday, when they play Pocono Mountain West at Pleasant Valley High School at 7:30 p.m.
The K-Kids claimed the #3 seed on the virtue of their 18-4 regular season record. They beat the sixth-seeded Panthers 50-32 on January 14 at Pocono Summit.
PM West has had an emotionally difficult season. Their 14-year head coach, Stacy Perryman, passed away on Jan. 20 after a two-year battle with breast cancer.
The eight seniors on the Northampton boys basketball team will look to extend their high school careers when they take on Liberty in a District XI 6A quarterfinal game on Saturday at 6 p.m. at Easton.
The 14-8 K-Kids last played on Feb. 3 when they beat Central Catholic 71-45.
The #2 seeded Hurricanes boast an impressive resume, finishing the regular season at 18-4 with a 14-2 record in the EPC. They lost to Allen in the final of the EPC tournament.
The Northampton girls basketball team was able to erase an 8-point halftime deficit and force overtime against Freedom in their EPC quarterfinal game on Friday, but eventually fell 57-50 to the Patriots.
The K-Kids had trouble stopping the balanced Freedom offense in the first period as three different Pates scored at least five points in the quarter on the way building a 21-14 lead.
The cauldron of resentment over public, boundary schools competing in team competitions against non-boundary schools has been seething for generations. At the District XI wrestling team duals this past weekend, area coaches made clear that they were prepared to fight against an inequitable system.
As he had done against Notre Dame Green Pond in the Colonial League championship match, Saucon Valley head coach Chad Shirk sent out a female wrestler at 106 pounds to force a forfeit and gain 6 team points. Saucon Valley won the District XI 2A title by 3 points.
The Northampton boys basketball team closed out their regular season in style with a 71-45 win at Allentown Central Catholic. In the process, the K-Kids snapped the Vikings 16-game winning streak.
Northampton swept the season series with Central by a combined score of 132-95. The Vikings were 19-1 against the rest of their opponents with their other loss by 1 point to Parkland.
Spencer Cole was the star of the game as he scored 30 points by making 10 threes, including 4 in the first quarter. The numbers of points and threes were personal bests for the sharpshooting senior.