Kevin Mann, the first-year coach of Northampton's softball team, has nothing but praise about the Konkrete Kids' effort this season.
Northampton shutout Central Catholic 10-0 in five innings Tuesday and in doing so ran the Konkrete Kids' record to 10-2 overall and 6-2 in the Lehigh Valley Conference.
"We're the one team everyone else wants to knock off," said Mann, "but we're living up to my expectations."
The 10 wins clinch a District 11 playoff berth for the defending district champs, "but we can't sit back. We've got to make things happen," says the coach.
Despite the monsoon we had last week, local creeks have receded somewhat and are fishing fairly good for trout according to our local tackle shop reporters. If anything, the high water from the rains may have moved the trout around somewhat.
The following is the Lehigh Valley Conference track and field best performances as of last Wednesday. The girls relays are incomplete.
Several K-Kids made the list, including Erica Filipovits in the triple jump who leads the conference with a distance 35-9. Hanna Marth leads the javelin with a throw of 121-4.
Lyndsey Gallagher is third in the 3200 with a time of 11:50.6 and trails leader Katie Bacher of Emmaus who had an 11:20.0 this season.
Allison Horn is second in the triple jump behind teammate Filipovits. Horns distance is 35-7.
Greg Ramos had been applying since 2008 to get Lehigh Valley United acceptance into U.S. Soccer's development academy.
On April 1, the region's top youth soccer club finally became a member of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy for the U-14 age group of players born in 2000 and 2001.
For Ramos, the Executive Director of Soccer Operations at LVU, the news came on April Fools Day, but he was pretty sure it wasn't a joke when he got the call.
The Northampton boys volleyball team, led by senior Mike Holihan, has been racking up the wins across the conference this month.
Winners of five of their last six contests, and four straight league matches, Northampton is steadily working toward what head coach Doug Fehnel set as his expectations for the team this year: league and district playoffs.
While Fehnel has maintained a strong focus on building the defense of the team this season, Northampton's ability to put points on the board has been undeniable.
In like a Nittany Lion Former Northampton pitcher Marly Laubach now leading the Penn State softball team
ast year at this time, Northampton pitcher Marly Laubach was mowing down Lehigh Valley Conference batters on her way to helping the Kids to a District 11 title. She was also about to cement her name in the team record book in several categories.
Fast forward to this year, and Laubach is now the ace of the Penn State University softball team.
There were good things - and bad things - that happened to Northampton's softball team last week.
But, coach Kevin Mann says his girls are "resilient and ready to play every day."
The Konkrete Kids knocked off defending, Lehigh Valley Conference champion Bethlehem Catholic 3-1 last Thursday behind Gillian Muthard's four-hit pitching performance, and two hits and an RBI each from Bri Dalton and Hannah Peters.
Ian Luberti is living his dream.
A few years ago, Luberti began watching recent graduate Cody Kramer play with the varsity program. Last season, Luberti had the opportunity to serve as the K-Kids' backup catcher as a freshman behind Kramer.
This season, he has taken over the reins from his self-proclaimed hero.
"When I was younger, I never really tried to be like any professional player," noted Luberti. "Instead, I would always watch the high school teams play and I noticed (Kramer) playing a few years ago.
Before the season, Northampton head coach Mick Sugra liked the chances of his pitching staff. He knew his hitters eventually would round into shape.
With the obtuse offseason due to severe weather issues, Sugra also figured that schedule might differ. And, the overall picture still isn't a clear one.
But they may have kick-started their games with a convincing 10-2 victory over Dieruff Tuesday.
The Lehigh Valley Basketball League held its league-wide all-star game Saturday, March 8, at East Side Youth Center.
The top youth players from all parts of the area played in games at three levels - Knee-Hi, Cadet and Junior Cadet.
The following players were selected to play in the games.