In the near future, Gabby Demchak has aspirations of being a math teacher and a basketball coach.
It is a part of her persona about educating and helping others along her way to playing a role for the common good.
In the present, Demchak is doing her part to make Northampton’s girls’ basketball season a memorable one.
The Konkrete Kids began the week in the middle of battling for an EPC title before districts start.
vision soccer course
Vision Training Soccer announces its first of the year VT Level II Coaching Certification Course in Hellertown, on March 16 from 1-4 p.m.
The course will be offered at 2674 Easton Road, Hellertown, and will include a classroom presentation as well as a two-hour field session.
T.J. Kostecky, Men’s Soccer Coach at LIU Brooklyn, NCAA Division I, along with Len Bilous, former player and pro coach (MISL) will be teaching the course.
Topics presented include: Dribbling for possession; passing and receiving with vision; group and team possession.
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.
The Colonial League and East Penn Conference playoff schedules for basketball were pushed back due to weather and school closings this week.
Tonight’s games (Thursday, Feb. 14) are as follows for the Colonial League:
Catasauqua High School
5:45 p.m.- Girls #1 Notre Dame-Green Pond vs. #4 Bangor
7:30 p.m. - Boys #1 Moravian Academy vs. #4 Bangor
Whitehall High School
6 p.m. - Girls #2 Southern Lehigh vs. #3 Northwestern Lehigh
7:45 p.m. - Boys #2 Southern Lehigh vs. #3 Notre Dame-Green Pond
If you’re a bird watcher and maintain feeders at your residence, it’s likely your major complaint are feeder robbers.
Yes, those gray, furry, bushy-tailed thieves can, in jiffy, wipe out your feeders stocked with sunflower seeds, peanut hearts, corn or bird seed. But oftentimes squirrels can provide hilarious moments as they attempt to figure out how to rob so-called squirrel-proof feeders, and when they perform other antics. And sometimes they even lose their grip and fall.
For the Northampton girls’ basketball team, these are the days of the battle of attrition.
All season long, the Konkrete Kids have played like a team on a mission, hitting only a few potholes along the way.
However, head coach Jeff Jacksits knows all too well how playing East Penn Conference (EPC) rivals late in the season and also playing in the EPC tournament easily can derail momentum.
On Saturday, Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher pulled off his third trade since taking over for Ron Hextall earlier this season.
The trade sent Dale Weise and Christian Folin to the Montreal Canadiens for defenseman David Schlemko and forward Byron Froese.
Fletcher, had been trying to trade Weise – one of the bigger blunders made by Hextall, when he signed him to a four-year, $9.4-million free agent deal in July of 2016 – but until this past weekend, didn’t find any takers.
The East Penn Conference and Colonial League announced matchups for their respective league tournaments, which start Friday.
In the EPC, the Bethlehem Catholic boys get the top seed and will host eight-seed Easton at 7:30 p.m. Emmaus earns the second seed and will host Central at 6 p.m.
Freedom takes the fifth seed and will travel to Nazareth for a 7:30 p.m. game while Allen sneaked in on the final night of play to earn the sixth seed and a date at Pocono Mountain East for a 7 p.m. game.
The District 11 dual tournament kicks off this Thursday night to officially begin the postseason run for area teams with opening round 3A action taking place at Liberty and Northampton.
Freedom (eighth seed) will open with Emmaus (ninth seed) at 6 p.m. for the right to the on top-seeded Liberty at 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Gymnasium.
The other opening round bout at Liberty features Nazareth (fifth seed) taking on Whitehall (12th seed), with the winner moving on to take on Stroudsburg (fourth seed).
The opening rounds of the District 11 team championships took place on Thursday without a lot of surprises.
In the 3A competition, the biggest “upset” was 5-seed Nazareth making it through to the semifinals. Along the way they beat 12-seed Whitehall 65-6 and then knocked off 4-seed Stroudsburg 57-12.
That sets up the Eagles third meeting with Liberty in just two weeks. The Hurricanes are the top seed after beating Nazareth in the EPC finals last week. Liberty handled Emmaus 64-7 to advance after the Hornets beat 8-seed Freedom 31-25 in the pigtail round.