Northampton's boys' basketball team has experienced a myriad of positive and negative emotions and incidents through their first five weeks of the season under first-year head coach Coy Stampone.
Fortunately, the Kids' recent output has been titled toward the positive. In a recent 43-36 victory over Phillipsburg, defense became their calling card, and it also marked their second win (2-8) in their past three games.
On the eve of the National Hockey League finally ending the lockout, the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League returned to action after a long holiday break.
Bret McHale netted four goals to help propel Parkland (10-0-1) to a 7-0 win over Northampton last Monday night at Lehigh Valley Ice Arena.
Head coach Brian Ruff is not blaming the holiday layoff, he knows his team was ready, they just met a good team.
The Lehigh Valley Soccer Scholar Athlete Banquet will be held Sunday, Jan. 13, at 5:30 p.m. This year is the inaugural boys and girls joint banquet and it will take place at the Northampton Community Center.
Gregory M. Casee is a midfielder with two career goals. He ranks sixth in his class with a 3.86 GPA out of 4.0.
Other activities include: track, German Club, Math Club, German American Partnership Program, powder puff football and Science Olympiad. He's the president of the National Honor Society.
Perhaps a free week on the calendar isn't such a bad thing for Northampton's wrestling team.
Following a difficult 35-20 loss to Liberty last Saturday night, the K-Kids have some time to reflect on their current position of sitting at 3-4 overall and 2-3 in the LVC.
Teams like Liberty (5-0) and Emmaus (7-2) have enjoyed rare victories over the Kids this season, as last weekend's Hurricane win was the second in the last 20 years over Northampton.
"Finally we played as a team," said Jeff Jacksits after Northampton's girls basketball team racked up the Kids' first Lehigh Valley Conference win.
Northampton, which opened the season with a 1-7 record (including three LVC losses, trounced Emmaus 59-39 last Friday.
And Tuesday the Kids followed that with 54-46 decision over host Dieruff to move Northampton's record to a 2-3 in the LVC and 3-7 overall.
Jacksits, who said his girls were a "work in progress," saw his team struggle to find themselves in their first eight games before knocking off Emmaus.
With a win over the No. 2 seed earlier in the season, Bobby Fehr felt like he should have been higher than a No. 7 seed in the Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic.
Six wrestlers had first round byes, meaning Fehr had to start in the pigtail round. On the other hand, he fell on the opposite side of the 160-pound bracket from defending state champ Garrett Peppelman.
Three time Olympian and professional volleyball player Tayyiba Haneef-Park appeared in Catasauqua at a volleyball clinic hosted by Barry Lovelace, owner of the Barry Lovelace Athlete Training Academy at Lehigh Valley Christian High School in the former Lincoln Gym in Catasauqua.
Haneef-Park, a 6-7 outside hitter/ opposite who recently played in her third Olympics this past summer in London, used Lovelace's training as part of her workout program.
Shades of Jeff Jacksits' first season as head coach of Northampton's girls basketball team.
The Konkrete Kids of the 2012-2013 season are off to a 1-7 start and that record mimics the Kids' record of 4-17 in Jacksits' first season nine years ago.
"We're a work in progress," says Jacksits as his team has only two seniors and three letter winners from last year's 19-5 team.
Junior letter winner point guard Leandra Sterner, senior center Ashley Brink and senior guard Michele Dally are the only returnees and Jacksits is trying to find the right combinations.
Tyler Feist has been around the Northampton varsity program in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey (LVSHL) long enough to know something isn't quite right. In fact, his coach shares the same feeling.
Ironically, Northampton has occupied it usual spot in the LVSHL Non-Pure Division as they will begin the post-holiday season in first place, three points ahead of second-place Becca/Central.
Tim Kunkel of Northampton is fighting for Team Tiger Schulmann Bethlehem MMA. He recently took part entertaining Mixed Martial Arts fans, who filled the stands for the PA Cage Combat Valley VII Fight Series.
He took part in the eighth fight of the night, and the first one that was broadcast by Service Electric TV, before a full house at the Bethlehem Sands Event Center. The fight was promoted by former Liberty wrestler, football player and actor Duke Valenti.