With an overall 10-10 record, Northampton head baseball coach Mick Sugra easily can look back at his season at being either half-empty or half-full.
It can also be equivalent to a sophomore year in high school, one that was prominent for the K-Kids this season.
NHS began the season with an overall 2-5 mark before the team had a run, winning seven of their next eight contests. From there, the K-Kids spun their wheels down the stretch, dropping four of their last five games.
Allison Horn and Erica Filipovits are best friends, teammates and training partners.
Last week they were also travel buddies as the two made the trip to the PIAA track and field meet, along with Hannah Marth, to Shippensburg University to compete in the two-day meet.
Horn, who qualified for the meet in both the 100 meter hurdles and the triple jump failed to make the finals in the hurdles, but finished ninth in the triple jump with a jump of 37-03.75.
The senior came in to the event as the 18th seed and made it to the finals, which is only the top-10 competitors.
The Northampton-Parkland game, slated for 7 p.m. Tuesday at Allentown's Patriots Park was postponed until the same time Wednesday due to thunder, lightning, and pouring rain. The game now falls past Press deadlines.
The Kids-Trojan game will follow the other District 11 semifinal between Pleasant Valley and Bangor.
"I hope it was a good omen," said Kevin Mann late Tuesday afternoon after he got a phone call that Northampton's District 11 softball semifinal with Parkland was postponed.
Northampton head coach Mick Sugra knew his team likely would be embroiled in a pitchers' duel Monday afternoon that wouldn't involve many runs, and he wasn't disappointed.
Unfortunately, his team wasn't on the winning side.
Stroudsburg pitcher Dillon Dunne limited the Konkrete Kids to three hits and helped his team to a 2-0 victory in the opening-round of the PIAA District 11 Class AAAA playoffs. With the defeat, Northampton ended its season with an overall 10-11 record.
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An old quote from Robert Burns goes, "The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry."
For Hannah Marth, it was actually quite the opposite as the junior wanted to achieve the state qualifying distance in the AAA girls' javelin - and she did just that.
Marth threw 129-10, earned silver, and qualified for states at last week's District 11 track and field meet at East Stroudsburg South High School.
Allison Horn and Erica Filipovits will also be joining Marth at the PIAA meet on May 22 and 23 at Shippensburg University.
"We started flat, but picked up the pace," said Kevin Mann after his Northampton softball team rallied for a 4-3 District 11 first-round playoff victory.
The Konkrete Kids trailed Easton 3-0 going into the bottom of the fifth inning before riding Leandra Sterner's three-run double to cap the Kids' four-run inning.
Freshman Gillian Muthard weathered three, tough innings at the start, but retired 13-straight Rovers from the third to the seventh inning.
Northampton's volleyball season ended without any hardware, as the K-Kids lost in last week's Lehigh Valley Conference championship to Parkland and failed to get a second chance at the Trojans in Thursday's District 11 3A title game, following an epic collapse during Tuesday's semifinals against Emmaus.
The Kids appeared ready to qualify for their first district final and state berth, winning the first two games 25-13 and 25-16, but Emmaus turned the heat up and rattled NHS, taking the next three games 25-14, 25-21 and 15-13 to send Emmaus players into a frenzy.
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Northampton clipped one of the Lehigh Valley Conference kingpins Monday night in the LVC volleyball semifinals, but they hoped to slay the ultimate dragon during last night's championship at Liberty's Memorial Gymnasium.
The K-Kids swept Emmaus 26-24, 25-13, 25-19 on Monday and took on Parkland in last night's finals, which were past Press deadlines.
It marks the first time Northampton has ever reached the LVC finals and head coach Doug Fehnel hoped that his team could equal their dominating performance on Monday against the Trojans last night.