The Northampton boys varsity swim team ended the 2013-2014 season on high note last Wednesday evening as they clinched their first winning season in seven years with a record of 8-5 overall and 5-5 in the Lehigh Valley conference.
Despite a loss to Easton at home on last week on senior night, this season marks the first winning record Northampton swimming has achieved since the girls team posted a winning season since the winter of 2007.
The Northampton varsity swim team hosted the Whitehall High School on Thursday, Feb. The boys team clinched a win over Whitehall with a final score of 125-42.
Although several of the girl swimmers delivered exceptional performances in their individual races, overall the girls fell short and lost to Whitehall 113-70.
The boys put up some tough competition in last Thursday's meet with strong performances from many of the team's swimmers.
It took 22 games, but Northampton's girls' basketball team made it to the District 11 Class 4A tournament again.
The Konkrete Kids routed Stroudsburg 48-37 Saturday and clinched a District 11 spot with an 11-11 overall record. It's the Kids eighth-straight berth in the district tournament.
Coach Jeff Jacksits' team, which won five of their last seven games, finished 6-8 in the Lehigh Valley Conference after tough losses to Parkland (40-38) and Nazareth (50-43).
The final bear harvest is in with a total of 3,510 bears being taken within the state. This marks the fifth highest bear harvest since the Pennsylvania Game Commission has been keeping harvest records.
Northampton's football program needs a fixer and they hope that Mark Scisly is the man for the job.
Scisly was unanimously approved by the school board Monday evening to become the head coach of the K-Kids, taking over the reigns of a program that was 2-21 in two seasons under former coachJeff Brosky.
Scisly, a three-time all-state selection at Southern Columbia during his playing days, has familiarity with ressurecting programs throughout his coaching career, as he's done it at Salisbury and Boyertown.
Now, he's been hired to do it at Northampton.
Dylan Cook didn't look at his team's overall record with the Northampton boys' basketball program this winter. Instead, the senior took a philosophical approach to the team's overall 3-19 mark.
"It was a good year for us," said Cook, a senior who was among the team's leading scorers this winter. "We really came together more than we did last season. We also had a number of young guys step up during the season and that will help for the future.
"We really couldn't judge our success strictly on wins and losses."
These days, Northampton's entry in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey league (LVSHL) is playing the waiting game, a scenario that will be worth it.
Due to the series of winter storms that have inflicted the area, the Kids were waiting to secure a date for their final regular season game. If the Kids win their final game against Liberty/Southern Lehigh and Emmaus defeats Beca/Central, the Kids will be the fourth seed in the upcoming LVSHL playoffs. If Emmaus and Beca/Central tie, the Kids would also get the bid. Should Beca/Central beat Emmaus, the Kids would be out.
Northampton head boys' basketball coach Coy Stampone realized his team might be in another transition year during his second year at the helm of the program.
The Kids had a modest two-game winning streak around Christmas and have since been encrusted in a 13-game losing streak, one that has involved its share of close and lopsided games.
Through it all, though, Stampone has cited one statistic that has been at the crux of the Kids' woes all season – turnovers. Northampton has averaged roughly 22 turnovers per game this winter.
Northampton's girls' basketball team ran their win streak to four with two wins and need one more win to clinch a spot in the District 11 4A tournament.
The Kids faced Parkland on Tuesday night, past Press deadlines due to weather, followed by Nazareth and Stroudsburg this week to close out regular season play and have a 10-9 record overall and 6-6 mark in the Lehigh Valley Conference heading into Tuesday night.
Coach Jeff Jacksits' Kids trounced Allen 54-35 and edged Whitehall 48-47 in LVC games last week.
It's fair to say that Seth Lisa wasn't happy with what transpired over the weekend for Northampton at the District 11 wrestling championships.
The fifth-seeded K-Kids fell on hard luck in both of their losses to Mountain Valley Conference opponents, losing one-point decisions to Pocono Mountain East and Stroudsburg to send them packing from the 3A contingent.
Losing is one thing when the opponent has the upper hand, but conceding defeat due to self-inflicted wounds is another.