These days are the test of times for the Northampton ice hockey team.
Off to a rather unceremonious start this season in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League (LVSHL), the Kids arguably faced their biggest stretch of games before Christmas, and they began it with a pivotal 6-5 victory over Phillipsburg Monday night.
NHS ended the week with an overall 4-3-1 mark (nine points), one point ahead of Easton (4-2-0, eight points) for the top spot in the LVSHL Non-Pure Division.
Northampton wrestling may never change in it's pride and history and second-year head coach Seth Lisa hopes that mantra stays even more true this season.
The K-Kids are coming off a 9-8 season a year ago where they sent three wrestlers to states, two of which are gone to graduation.
This season, however, they return eight starters back into their lineup in a campaign that Lisa hopes can transcend the results the program witnessed in his first year at the helm.
Coy Stampone figured it would be a good time.
The veteran coach, who spent last season as the head boys' basketball coach at Pen Argyl after a seven-year stint in the Nazareth boys' varsity system, decided last spring to apply for the head boys' position at Northampton. After all, Stampone has been a teacher in the school district for the past six years.
After Monday's general deer season opener when 750,000 orange clad hunters took to Penn's Woods, there will have been some successful hunters and not so successful ones. If the former, hunter numbers will decline somewhat, however, so will buck numbers, which makes scoring on one a lot tougher.
Deer have a way to become scarce when hunters invade their home turf. They'll either go underground or move elsewhere when the going gets tough.
A loss to Catasauqua is never the way the Northampton football program wants to end their season on Thanksgiving. A 52-21 defeat littered with four turnovers might have made things even worse for the 2012 K-Kids campaign.
But after a 2-9 finish in first-year head coach Jeff Brosky's inaugural season, he hopes that the foundation for a future has been laid.
Northampton's entry in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League (LVSHL) began this week arguably sitting atop the LVSHL Non-Pure Division, but it hasn't felt like a seat in the penthouse all season long for the Konkrete Kids.
They began the week with a 3-3-1 record and seven total points in seven games, while Easton entered play with a 4-2-0 mark with eight points. However, the Kids had a 3-0 mark in divisional play while Easton posted a 4-1 slate in the same bracket.
After a possible team-shattering loss in the Class 2A district final a week earlier, Catasauqua's football team went back to business again.
Having a 10-point lead at halftime over archrival Northampton in their traditional Thanksgiving morning tilt, the Roughies exploded for 29 unanswered points in a 52-21 romp over the Konkrete Kids before a standing-room-only crowd at Alumni Field.
With the win, the Roughies finished with a 12-1 mark, tying the school record for victories set in 1991.
Northampton High School had its side of the bleachers completely full for football on Sunday night.
Of course, it was for the annual powder puff game against Catty High. The Konkrete Kids fell 21-18 to the Roughie girls.
The Konkrete Kids defense stood out at times with key flag pulls by Lauren Gabryluk, Monica Hanson, Erin Tiwold, Dakota Sarbough, Lindsay Sandlick, Lindsay Vaisconi and Hannah Boyanoski.
Most people in the Lehigh Valley thought Catasauqua would be preparing for two football games this week.
Their annual Thanksgiving Day contest with Northampton is always a given, but after an undefeated run up till November 17, the Rough Riders were expected to be preparing for the PIAA playoffs this weekend as well.
That's not the case anymore after they suffered the biggest upset of the year at the hands of Pen Argyl (10-2) last Saturday night, losing 26-20 to the Green Knights in the District 11 2A final.
Zack Bradley has some vivid memories about a Thanksgiving Day game against Northampton two year ago. More precisely, some cold ones that quickly conjured thoughts of a warm dinner ahead.
"It was the game that it snowed and we all expected rain," said the junior quarterback. "I remember having snow own the back of my neck the whole game and thinking about being at home soon.
"Basically, it is a game of pride, and mainly it is a good send off for our seniors."