The season is over, and all-in-all, it wasn't a bad year.
Although the Northampton Konkrete Kids' record was 11-13, Coach Jeff Jacksits' girls finished with a flurry for a respectful season.
"The girls didn't quit," Jacksits would say after Friday's 46-38 loss to District 11's top seed Pocono Mountain West in the Class 4A tourney.
'The girls didn't quit' could well be said for the whole season, which started with only four wins in the Kids' first 15 games.
They say if you build it, they will come.
In the case of this week's Goal In One Coaches Clinic and Expo, it's more like if you host it, they will come.
Dean Koski, the founder and president of G.I.O., as well as head coach of Lehigh's men's soccer program, spent eight months preparing for February 28th's opening night of the expo at Bethlehem Sands Event Center.
The event will run throughout the weekend with clinics, speakers and exhibitions running all day Friday and Saturday from 8am-6pm.
Brian Ruff finally believes he has it all figured out.
The veteran head coach of the Northampton hockey entry in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League has watched his club uncharacteristically not play up to their capability throughout most of the season.
Four Northampton student-athletes signed the dotted line last week to solidify their future college destinations.
And as much as moving away from home means for many prospective students, three out of the four K-Kids at last Wednesday's signing will be staying together in Philadelphia.
Softball star Tori Gollie, field hockey's tandem of Emily Nonnemacher and Megan Tiwold, along with state qualifying golfer Evan Notaro all made things official last week.
USA TODAY High School Sports is letting the fans choose the best high school sports mascot in the country, from the Auks in Delaware to the Zizzers in Missouri.
The contest begans at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 25, and will end at 3 p.m. March 25.
For the first time ever, seven Division I head football coaches will be guest speakers at the NIKE Eastern Pennsylvania Coach of the Year Clinic.
Scheduled from Thursday, Feb. 28 through Saturday, March 2 at the Holiday Inn in Fogelsville, the clinic will include not only the Division I head coaches, but other college coaches and assistants, as well as prominent high school coaches.
Coach Jeff Jacksits said earlier this year, "when our shots drop we can beat anybody."
And that's exactly what happened Tuesday night when his Konkrete Kids routed Stroudsburg 52-25 in a District 11 playoff opener.
His Kids hit on 11 field goals in the first period and three more in the second period as Northampton took a 34-11 halftime lead and coasted into District 11's next round, Friday night.
The Lehigh Valley Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame is having the Football Scholar Athlete Banquet on Sunday, March 3, at 4:30 p.m. at the Northampton Community Center.
The speaker this year is Penn State coach Bill O'Brien. Tickets are $30. Contact Herb Barrall at 484-515-6530.
The following are this year's nominees:
HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLAR-
ATHLETES OF LEHIGH VALLEY
Allen - Zakary Joseph Dakes
Northampton hopes it can keep cranking out district champions on these annual February Saturday nights, and the Kids will get that opportunity this weekend when the District 11 3A wrestling tournament kicks off at Liberty's Memorial Gymnasium.
Northampton advanced five wrestlers to regionals a year ago and head coach Seth Lisa is looking toward that same number this weekend as the postseason gets under way.
Adam Orsulak wasn't happy with the start or middle of his season, but he always has the conclusion. The latter, too, can have the biggest consequences.
Through his team's first 14 games in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League, the senior Northampton goaltender had a 7-5-1 mark with a 4.23 goals against average. Over this past two seasons, Orsulak had been stellar in the nets, playing a major role in the Kids' drive in the playoffs the past three seasons.