It was just one of those nights Tuesday for Northampton's girls' basketball team.
The Konkrete Kids' season came to an end as North Penn trounced Northampton 73-45 in a PIAA Eastern quarterfinal at Souderton High School.
Coach Jeff Jacksits' squad finished the season with 15-13 record, while North Penn (the District 1 champion) continues play and will meet WC Rustin Friday in the East semifinals.
Northampton, District 11's No. 3 team, knocked off District 2 champion Wallenpaupack 52-46 last Friday to earn the right to meet North Penn.
For the first time in recent memory, Northampton picked up medals in the District 11 Swimming Championships when they grabbed fourth place in the 200 yard freestyle relay. The team of seniors Cory Ninos, Benjamin Longacre, Joey Szerencsits and Kyle Iasiello finished with a time of 1:31.70, finishing less than half-a-second ahead of Parkland and grabbing pewter medals for their efforts.
Northampton's weekend in Hershey may not have ended with any gold medals, but it did reestablish some of the K-Kids rich wrestling tradition.
Dan Moran (106) and Zach Valley (126) both reached the final round of wrestling Saturday night at the Giant Center, but both came away with silver medals, as Northampton medaled four of their five wrestlers to reinvigorate the program.
As I checked into the Giant Center Thursday afternoon for the PIAA wrestling championships, one of the ushers that provided me with a wrist bracelet said, "Everything is the same as last year."
I thought to myself, "that's just great."
Thankfully, I only have to deal with the PIAA once a year during their mecca sporting events in Hershey. And to be fair to them, I'm sure their team of people try really hard to do a good job and generate as much revenue as possible, but when it comes to the details at large events like this, let's just say they sweep that under the rug.
When all was said and done, Southern Lehigh's Jacob Del Priore's résumé stood above everyone else's.
During Sunday's National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame 54th Annual Awards Dinner at Northampton Community Center, Del Priore was named the scholar athlete among 34 high school student-athletes.
Del Priore, a wide receiver and safety on the Spartans' football team, put together a track record that was as impressive as any candidate. He ranked 12 out of 280 students in his class and accumulated a 4.2 grade point average at Southern Lehigh.
After a two-year hiatus, the Northampton girls basketball team is back in the PIAA Class 4A state playoffs.
Coach Jeff Jacksits' squad captured District 11's No. 3 spot last Friday with a 53-44 victory over Pleasant Valley at Stroudsburg. The Konkrete Kids, who own a 14-12 record, will take on District 2 champion Wallenpaupack at 7 p.m. Friday at North Pocono High School.
Northampton, playing in the state tournament for the fifth time in seven years, takes on a team which beat Wyoming Valley West for the District 2 title.
The dual meet season may have been tough on Northampton, but the K-Kids' individuals are shining at the right moment.
Northampton advanced five wrestlers to this week's PIAA wrestling championships in Hershey, giving head coach Seth Lisa his largest contingent in his three years at the helm of the program. The Kids brought back memories of Northampton's dominant years, as they finished third in the team standings, placed four in the finals and crowned three champions.
The Northampton girls and boys varsity swim team sent 14 swimmers to the PIAA District 11 AAA Championship meet which was held Feb. 28-March 2.
The Northampton teams had a strong showing including 17 individual events and 5 relays.
Zach Valley and Bobby Fehr both got the district gold medals they coveted over the weekend at Liberty's Memorial Gymnasium. Valley topped Easton's Evan Fidelibus 7-5 in the 126-pound champion ship, while Fehr (160) scored a convincing 8-2 decision over Nazareth's Ricky Fornaciari.
It was the first district championship for both seniors, as it helped Northampton grab a fourth-place finish with 127 points in the team standings.
It was a nail-biter at the end as Parkland edged Northampton 45-43 Tuesday night in a District 11 Class 4A semifinal game at Allen.
The Trojans' Nadine Ewald sank a layup on a backdoor screen to snap a 43-43 tie with six seconds remaining to wrap up the win.
But, all is not lost as the Konkrete Kids are still alive for a spot in the PIAA state tournament and will face Pleasant Valley Friday night at Stroudsburg at 6 p.m. Pleasant Valley lost to top-seeded Pocono Mountain West in the Tuesday's other semifinal.