Northampton's girls won two-straight basketball games for the first time this season and it's just what the doctor ordered.
The Konkrete Kids, who dropped two-in-a-row last weekend, rebounded with Lehigh Valley Conference wins over Dieruff and Liberty Monday and Tuesday, and the Kids are still alive in their bid to qualify for the District 11 playoffs.
Coach Jeff Jacksits' squad is 4-6 in the LVC and 8-9 overall with five games remaining on the schedule.
There's no such thing as continuity in this year's basketball season.
Just ask the Northampton girls.
It seems they play one game or two, then wham, the next game or two are postponed by the weather.
It happened again this week.
After losing to Central Catholic and bouncing back to down Pocono Mountain West, weather postponed the Konkrete Kids home game with Allen on Tuesday.
Now the Kids, who have already made up games with Holy Redeemer, Emmaus, and Parkland, still have makeup games with Pleasant Valley, Dieruff and Allen.
Every time he steps on a high school basketball court this winter, Tyler Nicholas truly can appreciate the moment.
Last season, Nicholas spent the winter playing for the Bath CYO program. It was a result of being cut from a program for the second time in his playing career. He was one of the final cuts of the NHS program last winter and was also cut in eighth grade.
This time around -like the last Nicholas knew he would be back. Nicholas didn't play with the high school team during the summer, but he emerged this winter to share time at the point guard position.
Bobby Fehr may look back at his Escape the Rock tournament title from last weekend as a moment where things finally clicked.
After posting an impressive 10-3 victory over Zak DePasquale of J.W. Robinson in the 160-pound championship Sunday night, Fehr may be primed for even bigger things as the season progresses to the final third of the calendar.
It marked the first tournament title Fehr has won in his four years at Northampton and the senior hopes that better things are on the way in the coming weeks.
The Northampton swim teams swept Central and split with Nazareth in recent meets.
Against the Vikings on Jan. 14, Rachel Pursell and Paige Knouse led the way with double victories and all three relay teams posted wins as well, and the girls cruised 123-56.
Pursell won the 200 IM in 2:26.64 and the 500 free in 5:33.87 while Knouse took the 50 free in 26.06 and the 100 free in 57.30.
Northampton celebrated hall of fame night on Friday, Jan. 17. The following were part of this year's induction class:
1937-1938 Wonder Team
The school year 1937-38 was the greatest year for sports in Northampton High School history with teams capturing championships in all three major sports.
After losing three straight Lehigh Valley Conference games, the Konkrete Kids rebounded with 48-38 victory over visitor Freedom Tuesday.
"We needed this," said Northampton head coach Jeff Jacksits as his Northampton girls basketball team improved to 2-4 in the LVC and 5-6 overall. "It was like a football game, lots of bumping and rolling on the floor chasing loose balls.
Northampton senior Zach Valley recorded his 100th career win last week in fashion that produced a perfect exclamation to his centennial feat.
A first period pin over Emmaus' Jake Alcaro in 1:20 added Valley to the long list of Northampton wrestlers to top the century mark.
But it's victory 101 that Valley was looking forward to more than anything as the K-Kids took on Bethlehem Catholic last night.
At this point of the season, Northampton hockey coach Brian Ruff and his players will take what is given them in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League (LVSHL) this season.
It hasn't been a typical season for the defending Non-Pure division champions. With the LVSHL adopting a one-league format of eight teams, having the top four make the postseason, Northampton appeared to be a lock to make another title run, likely facing former perennial Pure Division champion Parkland for the new title.
Last season, Emmaus downed Northampton during the regular season only to have the Konkrete Kids come back and knock them out of the district tournament.
This season, it was Northampton picking up the regular season win by a 42-23 score last week. The night's highlight was senior Zach Valley picking up his 100th career win when he needed just 1:20 to pin Jake Alcaro at 126 pounds.