The Northampton and Whitehall boys basketball teams renewed their Cement Belt Challenge rivalry at Pete Schneider Gymnasium on Tuesday night. The K-Kids came away with a 55-38 win in the first EPC game of the season for both schools.
Both teams struggled offensively in the first quarter, Northampton with turnovers and the Zephyrs with getting the ball through the hoop. After a back-and-forth 8 minutes, Whitehall led 11-9.
Versatility and balance.
Those will be two philosophies that will either make or break Northampton’s basketball season this winter.
The Konkrete Kids have eight experienced seniors, all of whom can play more than one position on the floor. They don’t have a predominant player like they have had in the past, but they have a core that can score inside as well as hit their share of three-pointers.
They already responded with a 73-55 victory over Catasauqua in their opener in which Zac Gula had a team-high 22 points supported by Donte Rodriguez’s 15 and Issac Harris’s 10.
The Northampton wrestling team went on a magical ride last season, culminating in a runner-up finish in the state team duels and dominating team performance to capture the District XI team title at the AAA individual championships.
Five of the K-Kids six state qualifiers graduated, giving some new names a chance to make their marks in the Orange and Black.
Despite the losses, head coach Seth Lisa hasn’t changed his expectations for his wrestlers.
As many sportsmen and sportsgals are deer hunting right now, there are a number of avid anglers who don’t hunt (or have already filled their deer tags) who prefer to fish as local streams and lakes are virtually void of fishermen.
The Northampton boys’ basketball team entered Friday night’s matchup looking to start the season with a win over their smaller crosstown rivals, the Catasauqua Rough Riders and they did just that with a 73-55 victory.
Catasauqua’s boys’ team entered their first home game of the season hoping to right the wrongs of last year’s 1-21 squad.
In minor league sports, coaches and managers have different ways of telling a player that they’re getting that first call to the highest level of their sport. Former Lehigh Valley IronPigs manager Dave Brundage used to enjoy having a bit of fun at the player’s expense, sometimes letting them think they were being passed over or that the coaches were concerned about their play lately before he would let the cat out of the bag and give out the good news. For Phantoms coach Scott Gordon, the approach is a little more straight forward and businesslike.
For sportsmen clamoring for more weekend hunting time afield, Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law Senate Bill 147, which permits additional hunting on three Sundays per calendar year - one within the archery deer season, one within the firearms deer season and one selected by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
The law will take effect Feb. 25, 2020, and the first new Sunday hunting opportunities will be identified by the Game Commission thereafter.
Suburban Dart League
Standings Week 12
Star of Beth 21 9 .700
Dryland 23 10 .697
Salem UCC 15 12 .556
Light of Christ 18 15 .545
Bath Lutheran 17 16 .515
St. Paul’s 16 17 .485
Christ UCC 15 18 .455
Emmanuel 15 18 .455
St. Stephen’s 12 15 .444
Farmersville 12 21 .364
Ebenezer 10 23 .303
To say Tyrese Brandon has had a busy year might be an understatement.
The Northampton senior running back set numerous school football records helping the Kids to a 10-2 record.
The Konkrete Kids posted their second winning season since 2008 and are making their second appearance in the postseason since 2003. It was the best regular season record since the 1974 team achieved the same record.
Tyrese Brandon recently ended his career against Catasauqua on Thanksgiving morning with his share of contributions in the Northampton football record book as well as a feeling of earned respectability for the program.
The senior ran for two touchdowns and was the recipient of two others in the Konkrete Kids’ 63-0 whitewash of Catasauqua that gave them a 10-2 overall record and the best mark for the program. It was the most victories since the 2008 team posted a 10-3 mark.