With a new coach and system in place, Northampton senior Kyle George knows time in on his and his teammates' side.
Consequently, he isn't overly concerned with his team's 0-5 start through Thursday the latest being a lopsided 63-25 defeat to Parkland Tuesday night.
Something happened on the way to Liberty's wrestling tournament at Penn Manor two weeks ago that prompted a slight change to this weekend's Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic plans. Following the tragic events that transpired at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Conn. on December 14, Liberty's wrestling team had other things on their mind as they geared up for a wrestling tournament.
Three Lehigh football players were named to the ECAC Football Championship Subdivision All-Star team announced. Offensive lineman Mike Vuono, nose guard Sajjad Chagani and linebacker Billy Boyko were namedon the heels of Lehigh's third-straight ten win year.
All three Lehigh honorees were first team All-Patriot League selections in 2012. Vuono is named an ECAC All-Star for the second-straight year as he was named to the second team in 2011. This year's ECAC FCS All-Stars consisted of one team with 30 student-athletes.
The Northampton swim teams were recently swept by Freedom.
The girls fell 111-65, while the boys lost 113-46.
For the girls, freshman Rachael Pursell came away with two victories. It was the only two wins the Kids managed. Pursell won the 200 free in 2:08.63 along with the 500 free in 5:36.40.
Juniors Emma Steirer and Madison Bernal took seconds in the meet. Steirer was second in the 200 IM behind Freedom's Brooke Munion and Bernal was second in the 100 butterfly behind Helen Hsu. Steirer was also third in the 100 backstroke behind Freedom's Rachael Giles.
There have been some good signs for Northampton's wrestling team, but there's also been signs of a growing curve for the K-Kids.
Following last week's 39-27 loss to Nazareth, head coach Seth Lisa knows there's one thing that his team has to get better at.
"Rule number one in wrestling is to not get pinned," said Lisa. "We've been giving up too many bonus points so far, but our guys are learning and getting better. That's the important thing."
Northampton head boys' basketball coach Coy Stampone knows his team will develop into his system and emerge as a competitive force in the Lehigh Valley Conference this season. However, they must initially place into place before they can take some steps.
Northampton's girls basketball team is playing with spurts and sputters - and the sputters are hurting.
"We're not all mentally there," says Coach Jeff Jacksits. "We play like we're unstoppable for several minutes, then we seem to downshift. We're still a work in progress."
The Konkrete Kids had dropped their Lehigh Valley Conference and home opener last Friday, falling 38-34 to Whitehall.
If you're like me and still have an unfilled buck tag, we'll get another shot at one during the late deer season that runs from Dec. 26 to Jan. 12. Of course you must use a bow or muzzleloader rifle in all parts of the state.
For those with unfilled antlerless tags, those may be used in the specific WMUs they were purchased for or, an antlerless deer may be taken anywhere with the general hunting license but that ends the deer hunting season for those who do.
The PIAA Football Championships didn't lack for storylines.
Without question, the most compelling was District 7 Class A champion Clairton (16-0), the three-time defending Class A state champion which was seeking to become the third school in state history to win a fourth consecutive football championship.
The Bears defeated District 2 champion Dunmore (14-2) Friday afternoon at Hersheypark Stadium to join Berwick and Southern Columbia in the Four-Straight Club.
Fielding a small team isn't anything new to the Northampton swimming program. Over the past few seasons the Kids haven't had large teams in overall numbers, but they certainly have produced their share of success stories over the years.
Last season, senior Cassandra Hanley capped a stellar but short career with a PIAA District 11 championship and a ninth-place finish at the state meet in diving. She began swimming after an injury cut short a stellar gymnastics career.
Hanley became the fifth swimmer from the Kids' program in recent years to gain notoriety.