This time of year for high school seniors gets emotional.
With finals, graduation, and college decisions, there are a lot of doors opening and closing for the budding youth of America. For two Konkrete Kids in particular they saw one more thing end last week and that was their high school track and field careers.
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On Sunday, April 28, the Lehigh Township Athletic Association (LTAA) wrestling banquet took place in Danielsville.
The banquet was sponsored by the Talon Wrestling Club and was free of charge to all in attendance.
"This was the most successful year in my eight years of coaching here," said Joe Tocci, head coach and wrestling coordinator for LTAA. "We have a wonderful parents and a dedicated group of kids who have worked very hard to become the best wrestlers possible."
Unfortunately for the Kids, Northampton's baseball season may have come to a fitting end.
All season long, the Konkrete Kids had trouble finding a bit hit in a big spot and leaving more than their share of runners in scoring position, and they were also victimized by big plays against them. In their game against Freedom in the opening round of the PIAA District 11 Class 4A playoffs, the script appeared to surface again.
Freedom's Jarrett Clymer led off the bottom of the eighth inning with a walk-off homer to help the Patriots to a 4-3 win, thus ending the Kids' season.
Sprinting down the red, rubber track, breathing heavily as he pumps his arms trying to propel himself forward, Alec Lederer sees no one ahead of him. As he heads into the final straightaway toward the coveted destination of the finish line, the senior realizes no one is around him. With each stride closer to the finish line, the crowd at Blue Mountain High School cheered louder and louder until he embarked on a golden opportunity.
"We have the right attitude and I know we have the ability," Sally Whittaker-Kahan said Tuesday.
The "we" is her Northampton softball team, which has been idle since losing to Emmaus in the Lehigh Valley Conference semifinals on Monday a week ago.
Now the Konkrete Kids, who are seeded second in the District 11 4A playoffs, are getting ready for Pottsville.
Lehigh Valley Conference officials had a chance to meet last week to discuss the future of the league and some clarity is now coming into focus. The league met on Monday in an emergency meeting to discuss the Mountain Valley Conference invitation of 10 of the league's schools, while excluding Bethlehem Catholic and Central Catholic.
Principal's and athletic directors met last Wednesday as well in a regularly scheduled meeting and all indicators point to the LVC staying intact with all of its members.
Northampton's baseball team needed a huge outing in its game against Pocono Mountain west Monday afternoon, and they fortunately received one in a few ways.
The Konkrete Kids entered the game in a must-win situation in order to gain entry in the upcoming District 11 Class 4A playoffs. With the win, Northampton finished the regular season with an overall 10-10 record and made it to the postseason for the third consecutive year under head coach Mick Sugra, who has guided the team for the same time period.
The District 11 3A volleyball tournament is set to kick off Thursday and Friday with first round action with Whitehall and Delaware Valley playing in Thursday's only opening match of the tournament.
The Zephyrs grabbed the sixth-seed and will have to travel to third-seeded Delaware Valley.
Head coach George Cowitch has to be happy with where his team is seeded in the tournament, despite having to travel for Thursday's tilt, as Parkland (1), Emmaus (4) and Northampton (5) are all the hottest teams in the district, as well as being on the opposite side of the bracket.
With the gluttony of football camps available to high school players and the growing importance of position specific drills to football coaches at the higher levels, Jason Brader thinks he's filled a need.
Brader, the owner FASST Performance in Quakertown, is holding a camp on May 18 from 10am-3pm at the Bethlehem Steelers Youth Field off Schoenersville Rd. in Bethlehem.