There's no question that a victory this week for Northampton's football team would lift a huge weight off the shoulders of the program.
Sitting at 0-4 following last week's 41-24 loss to Bethlehem Catholic, the continued struggles haven't evaporated, nor has it deteriorated the team's morale.
Not yet at least.
"I think a win would pick things up as far as morale and confidence," said head coach Jeff Brosky. "It would no doubt take pressure off and lift up our spirits and I think the kids understand that they have an opportunity to do that this week."
Monday's performance in the Lehigh Valley Conference Golf Championship is one that saw Northampton struggle often.
In a tournament that saw Parkland's Chad Hess capture gold with a 2-over par round of 73, the Konkrete Kids had some trouble in terms of keeping up with their season averages.
Kevin Kunkle - who averaged a 72 in the regular season-was the team's highest scorer on Monday, tallying a round of 82 for the day. He finished in 21st place.
"I was driving the ball well, but I was just off by a little bit," Kunkle said. "That kind of just messes you up here.
The Northampton Area Youth Lacrosse Club is proud to announce that it is a 2013 recipient of the US Lacrosse First Stick Program, for both future boys and girls programs.
The grant recognizes programs that possess a vision and plan for the long term development and provides them with the resources to insure long term success. The US Lacrosse First Stick Program will provide the club with free equipment, for the boys and girls program, reduced US Lacrosse membership fees and coaching education through US Lacrosse certified coaching clinics.
When asked to assess the boys soccer season as we sit at the halfway point Monday afternoon, coach Craig Carvin kept it simple.
"I want our team to make the LVC playoffs," he said. "I want our program to be top-four in the league.
"If we really want to make the leap and be an elite team in the district we have to get back to the league playoffs, and then do more in districts. I don't want to be one and done this year. We have to begin to do more work with the limited preparation time we have."
Just when Northampton thought they had one week on the schedule to lighten the load, Bethlehem Catholic comes rolling into town with momentum.
The K-Kids dropped to 0-3 on the season following a 48-7 loss to Parkland last week. The Kids have faced the toughest three week gauntlet to start the season and it will continue this week at home (Nazareth) against Becahi (2-1).
The Golden Hawks earned more respect in one loss than in two wins, clawing their way to a 49-35 defeat against locally top ranked Easton (3-0) last week as they head into this week's encounter.
The Northampton girls varsity volleyball team served up some exciting contests this week.
After one nonconference game and two conference matchups, the girls maintained a 3-4 record overall and eventually picked up their first league win to improve to 1-4.
In their first game of the week against Pocono Mountain East at home on Sept. 10, Northampton dominated the court and took the win in three matches with scores of 25-8, 25-9, 25-16.
In that contest Anona Bauman had six aces and Alex Beavan added five aces.
The Northampton varsity girls soccer team continued to work hard and battle on the field this week as they faced Dieruff and Bethlehem Catholic in two away contests that both ended in wins.
After a hard-fought battle against Nazareth on Sept. 9 that ended with a 4-0 loss, the Northampton girls looked forward to the first of two games on the road against Dieruff on Wednesday, Sept. 11.
Hayley Jackson set what she thought was a reasonable goal heading in to Saturday's DeSales Invitational at DeSales University.
"Finishing in the top 25 was my goal coming in," an exuberated Jackson admitted.
She exceeded that goal by finishing seventh with a time of 20:27:11. She talked about how her progress altered her goal during the race.
So what did we learn from week three? Whitehall can run with more than Saquon Barkley. Liberty can run the ball and Bethlehem Catholic can run with teams like Easton?
Becahi's 49-35 loss to Easton was probably the most surprising result from the weekend, as the Hawks continue to climb the poll. Nazareth fumbled and East Stroudsburg South clamped down the MVC title race.
What else can happen this week? Check out the poll below.
1. Easton (3-0)
Last week's rank: 1
Rovers should come out motivated after giving up 35 points last week.
"I think we are living up to our expectations" is how Kelly Backenstoe rates her Northampton field hockey team.
The Konkrete Kids racked up two Lehigh Valley Conference shutouts this past weekend-blanking Dieruff 3-0 last Thursday and stopping Bethlehem Catholic 6-0 Monday.
With the twin shutouts Northampton is 6-1 overall and 4-1 in the LVC and "we're starting to jell on defense," says Backenstoe.