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.
The Northampton girls and boys varsity swim team bested East Stroudsburg South in a home meet on Saturday, Feb. 1.
The Northampton team claimed their victories by scores of 136-39 in the girls meet and 120-58 in the boys.
When they were younger, Chris Tanczos and his twin brother, Eric used to play hockey on their backyard pond.
However, one day that drastically changed. Jerry, their father, had spoken to an old high school friend who was involved with the Northampton hockey program. As a result, Chris and Eric soon became part of the program.
"That was in third grade," recalled Chris. "We had always played hockey on the pond. But one day, my dad came home and told us we were joining the (Northampton) program. We stayed with it and so far, it looks like it is working out."
The recent Konkrete Duals saw the host team go 3-1 in competition with wins over W.C. Rustin (33-30), Pittston (66-6) and Wyoming Area (60-3) and the lone loss coming to Spring Ford in a 37-25 match.
Individually, Bobby Fehr, Todd Hetrick, Jason Kocher, Dan Moran and Zach Valley all went 4-0 on the day. Josh Coleman, Michael Scheetz and Devon Turner were 3-1 and George Stilgenbauer went 2-0 with Cade Moisey going 2-1.
The much anticipated and reformatted District 11 wrestling tournament gets set to kick off Thursday evening at four different locations.
Blue Mountain, Stroudsburg, Liberty and Catasauqua are the four sites that will host 24 teams in the opening and quarterfinal rounds before the event shifts over to Freedom for Saturday's final day of wrestling.
Bethlehem Catholic (8-0) will be the top seed in 2A action and search for their fourth straight district title, while Stroudsburg (12-0) earned the top seed in 3A through the point system under the new seeding format.
With another great showing at Parkland High School on Sunday for the 19th annual Lehigh Valley Hoop Group Showcase, three of the four games were decided by five points or less.
The one that was not that close included one of the area's local teams. In the opening game of the showcase, Bethlehem Catholic ran into a talented Abington Heights team out of District 2.
The Golden Hawks were making their first Hoop Group appearance since 2003, and the big stage may have gotten to the young team as it started off slow.