The Northampton swimming and diving teams ended their 2018-2019 season with a home meet vs. Easton High School on Thursday, Feb. 14. Though the meet ended in a loss for both the Northampton teams, the boys team came as close to a win as possible, losing by only one point by a score of 93-92. Despite the loss, the night had a tone of celebration as the team honored the seven senior swimmers and divers who will be graduating this June.
Northampton’s boys’ basketball district playoff game couldn’t have come any sooner.
The tenth-seeded Konkrete Kids (12-10) traveled to seventh-seeded Parkland (13-9) in the opening round of the PIAA District 11 Class 6A playoffs Tuesday. The winner will meet second–seeded Nazareth Saturday at Allen in the next round.
It proved to be an anxious two-week period since the Kids last saw action. They did manage a scrimmage against Palmerton in the process.
Imagine how frustrating this scenario would be to live through.
You’re a highly-regarded prospect in your sport and as you move closer to reaching a point where you’re truly getting an opportunity to show what you can do at the highest levels of that sport, you can’t stay healthy. It seems like every time you rehab from one injury, another one hits.
Northampton’s wrestling team is gearing up for one of their best potential individual postseason runs in recent memory when the District 11 tournament kicks off this Friday and Saturday at Liberty’s Memorial Gymnasium. The Kids return six wrestlers with previous district medals and are one of the top teams that can battle with Bethlehem Catholic in the team standings heading into the tournament.
After losing to Becahi in the state championship two weeks ago, Northampton will be on a collision course with the Hawks for the team race this weekend.
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.
In the end, Northampton wasn’t supposed to be there.
Yet, the Kids haven’t exactly followed the script.
Despite having a better overall record, the Konkrete Kids didn’t gain as much respect of the two-time East Penn Conference Bethlehem Catholic Golden Hawks.
They generally weren’t mentioned in the same breath as Becahi, Notre Dame, and Southern Lehigh when speaking about elite programs in the Lehigh Valley, or at least at the tail end of the reference.
However, the Kids are in the same 20-plus win (21-4) as their counterparts.
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).
Mother Nature has not been kind to ice fishermen this season. With up and down temperatures and weekly rain, ice thickness is dangerously thin in certain local waters.
According to local bait and tackle shops, the best bet is to head north to the Poconos.
Northampton head coach Seth Lisa summed it up perfectly.
“If you are happy about No. 2, you’ll never be No. 1.”
Northampton didn’t travel to Hershey to just participate in the state wrestling tournament. It didn’t come to win a match. Or two. It came to win the whole thing.
The Konkrete Kids put themselves in position to do just that on Saturday with a trip to the Class 3A finals. Another District 11 foe was waiting, however. District 11 champion Bethlehem Catholic edged Northampton, 31-19, at Hershey’s Giant Center over the weekend for its seventh state championship.