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.
It's not the end of the world, but...
The softball season did not end Monday for the Northampton softball team, but it must have felt like it did.
After jumping in front 2-0 after one inning, the Konkrete Kids seeded No. 1 in the Lehigh Valley Conference playoffs let one get away as Emmaus rallied for a 6-2 win in 10 innings.
Played at Allentown's Patriot's Park, the Konkrete Kids fell to 19-2 overall, but still have the District 11 playoffs to look forward to.
If young women were looking for a place to play local soccer professionally, they've finally found a permanent home.
FC Lehigh Valley United Lady Sonic will join their male counterparts (FC LVU Sonic) this summer as a professional local club.
Men's team head coach Dave Weitzman conducted an open tryout for prospective players on March 10, evaluating 40 women and 40 men during the first off-season session at finding new talent.
If you're an avid bass fisherman, did you know there's a new species of black bass swimming in southeast waters according to the Outdoor Pressroom.
Scientists from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have discovered these new species while DNA testing a species found in Florida's Chipola River in 2007. The accompanying photo of the bass, that is destined to be called the "Choctaw bass" (more on that later), was collected from Florida's Holmes Creek in February 2012.