Kevin Kunkle loves to play golf, but he is happy he didn't have to play in last Monday's District 11 Qualifier as he played in the state tournament last season and was exempt straight in to the district tournament.
He is even happier now knowing that he will be playing in Tuesday's PIAA East Regional Tournament.
Consistent energy on the court and a strong defense have made the Northampton girls varsity volleyball team a force to be reckoned with this season.
Through two tough conference games and one non-division game last week, the Northampton girls stood strong and though they did not come away with the win each time, they fought hard against their competition.
"They are really starting to realize the potential they have," commented Northampton's proud coach, Morgan Litak. "Our defense is really strong and overall, they are just doing a really good job."
Perseverance pays off.
Just ask Kelly Backenstoe and her Northampton field hockey team.
After four-straight losses, Backenstoe told her team to "just persevere. We'll get back on track."
And that's what happened Tuesday night as the Konkrete Kids edged host Parkland 2-1 in overtime.
The win not only ended the Kids' skid, but sent them into a tie for first place with Parkland and Nazareth in the Lehigh Valley Conference's North Division with a 9-4 record.
The Northampton boys soccer team knew that Easton was beginning to show improvements from last year when they met up last Wednesday afternoon at Wolf Field.
Easton missed out on the LVC playoffs for the first time in a long time in 2012, and that surely left a bad taste in their mouths over the offseason.
Northampton qualified four golfers for the District 11 tournament next week. The golfers all shot under 86 at Monday's District 11 qualifier.
The qualifier took place at Mahoning Valley Country Club's par-73 course in Lehighton. The Kids Tyler Smith led the way with a 74, which was tied for the top score for the day with Emmaus' Carlos Fullerton.
The Northampton girls varsity soccer team is on a bit of a winning streak after claiming two divisional victories in their last two games.
A win versus Liberty on Sept. 27, and versus Emmaus on Oct, 1, give the team a 7-7 record overall as they move into the final two weeks of the season, looking to claim a District 11 playoff berth.
In a shocking revelation, Emmaus' football team actually showed they had guts and beat a rough and tumble Easton squad.
That's what we took away from week five, as the Rovers were brought back down to reality and Emmaus fans must be thinking 'what if' their first couple of games didn't start so poorly.
Like they say, every dog has its day, and the Hornets had theirs. Bethlehem Catholic is certainly having their time as well and Parkland appears to be the king again as week six picks are ripe for your reading.
1. Parkland (4-1)
Last week's rank: 3
The Northampton girls varsity volleyball team continued a positive season last week with two strong showings against Allentown Central Catholic and William Allen High School.
Though Northampton would end the week with one loss and one win, coach Morgan Litak and the varsity squad continue to be proud of what they have achieved on the court this season.
Change always comes with a breath of contention and wrestling coaches have their opinions on and off the record of the latest news regarding the newly formatted District 11 3A and 2A team tournaments.
With 12-teams qualifying in both brackets, nobody has an issue with a larger wrestling party to give more teams an opportunity to compete for postseason opportunities.
Where those teams get seeded and "the ultimate qualifier" bout is where there is room for debate.
During Monday's LVC girls tennis tournament at Parkland High, a number of Northampton players advanced to the quarterfinal rounds of their respective brackets.
Leah Hodge the No. 11 seed in the No. 1 singles bracket defeated Easton's Cynthia Blay, the No. 6 seed, 8-4, in the first round, and had a solid run in the tournament.
She was able to execute well-placed shots on the court in defeating Blay.