With the fall harvest ready to blossom into full bloom, Northampton head girls' volleyball coach David Faust is optimistic his team can take a cue from the season and follow suit.
Dealing with a 1-6 record heading into play this week, Faust knows his team can still reap some benefits over the next few weeks of the season. He believes one notable victory can provide the necessary spark his team needs to ignite them for the remainder of the season.
"Solid" is the word that fits when talking about Northampton's field hockey team.
Coach Kelly Backenstoe uses that word often when speaking about her unbeaten Konkrete Kids.
Northampton scored two more wins this past week - starting out with Nazareth 2-0 and trouncing Dieruff 7-1 - to raise the Kids' record to 6-0 overall and 4-0 in the Lehigh Valley Conference.
The Northampton girls soccer team picked up its first win of the season last week.
The girls blanked Dieruff 2-0 on Sept. 13.
NHS scored a goal in the first and second half to secure the win. Leandra Sterner scored in the first half off an assist from Krista Schroettner. In the second half, Sarah Fribanck found the back of the net on a pass from Lauren Sterner.
Northampton would fall to Bethlehem Catholic on Sept. 15, 5-1.
The girls held the Hawks to just one first half goal, but the floodgates opened in the second half and Becahi outscored NHS 4-1 that half.
Northampton's tennis team stayed unbeaten with wins over Central and Becahi.
The Kids beat Central 4-3 and Becahi 5-2.
The McCall sisters again won all over their matches over the span of both games. Darby, at number-one, beat Central's Linda Nguyen 6-0, 6-1 and Becahi Mara Blachard 6-3, 7-5. At two, Madison beat Central's Josie Airoldi 7-5, 6-1 and Becahi's Nina Kopy 6-2, 6-3. Avery knocked off Central's Jen Hildbrant 6-3, 6-3 and Becahi's Allison Barcznski 6-0, 7-5 at number-three.
The Northampton golf team played well this year, and only a key early season loss has them wondering what could have been as far as winning the LVC.
Northampton hosted its only home cross country meet last week.
Senior Alec Lederer won the meet in 16:23. He set a Northampton course record and missed the overall course record by just one second.
Chris Traugher won a medal in finishing 10th in 17:30. Ian Wright had the 9th fastest time on the course in Northampton history in 18:21. Lucas Yost had the 10th fastest time on the course in Northampton history in 19:14
The Northampton boys soccer team picked up a couple of recent wins, beating Dieruff 7-0 and Nazareth 3-1.
Seven different Kids scored in the victory over the Huskies at Irving Street Park.
John Yeaw's game-winning goal came a mere 1:55 into the match. He took a Josh Schoenberger pass and sent a ball that hooked into the net. Tyler Davis and Romeo Gaye got first half goals.
The Northampton golf team picked up three recent victories and improved to 9-1 on the year.
On Monday, Sept. 10, the Kids beat Palmerton 376-491. Evan Notaro led the way for the Kids with a 72 at Blue Ridge Country Club. Kevin Kunkle had a 74 and Tyler Smith a 75. Anthony Cavallo was right behind with a 76 and Carter Test had a 79.
The Kids defeated Becahi and Central last week. Northampton shot 383 and was led by Notaro's 68. Becahi had just one loss coming into the match and was led by Nick Maff's 78.
A week after football euphoria, Northampton's football team was grounded at Nazareth.
The Konrete Kids (1-1, 0-1) fell to the Blue Eagles 63-28 last week in a scoreline that can be deceiving to the average box score reader.
Nazareth (2-0, 1-0) exploded in the second quarter with 49 points, two of which were interception returns for scores to provide daggers in Northampton hearts.
Alec Lederer has lofty goals for his senior year. Through the season's first big race, he feels on pace to achieve them.
Lederer took fifth place Saturday at the 34th annual DeSales Invitational Cross Country Meet, beating all District 11 Class AAA runners in his first race of the season.
It was a good start to a season that the Northampton senior hopes ends with a District 11 title and a trip to the state championships.