The Northampton girls volleyball team ended their 2013 season with a tough division game versus Nazareth on Friday, Oct. 11.
While a strong defense and consistent energy on the court kept the Northampton girls in the game, ultimately the season would end with a loss. Nazareth took three matches in a row with scores of 25-11, 25-21 and 25-21.
Northampton ended the season with an 8-12-0 record.
Looking back over the past two months and 20 games, Kids coach Morgan Litak believes the team has everything to be proud of.
Leah Hodge knew it would be a different season for her and her team this past fall.
The senior, who recently ended her season with the Northampton girls' tennis program, vaulted into the team's number one singles position this past fall after playing doubles and singles last season. Her team took on a different look than the one it had posted as a Lehigh Valley Conference contender the past two seasons.
The K-Kids' squad was severely depleted due to graduation losses, and a transition year was truly in the offing this fall.
The Cardinals, who play their Lehigh Valley Men's Senior Baseball League games at Lehigh Township, completed a successful season by winning the league tournament back on Sunday, Sept. 15, defeating the Wind Gap A's, 10-2. The tournament was played at Egypt Memorial Park. The Cardinals played in the 45-plus age division. The team had 16 wins and two losses in the league and had 4 wins with no defeats in the playoffs. Pictured are: front row (from left) - Matt Smull, Larry Sabino, John Edwards, Mike Orban, Bob Bartoli and Steve Smull.
"You can't have 'what if's' in sports," said coach Kelly Backenstoe.
The Northampton field hockey coach had plenty of chances to say what if this season, but, she does not believe in that expression.
Her Konkrete Kids had just lost 2-1 to Pleasant Valley in the District 11 Class 3A semifinal last Wednesday at Whitehall when she could have used that what if expression.
Just when you thought Northampton's final crack at gaining its first victory of the season was going to come on Thanksgiving against Catasauqua, that sneaky contingency game appears on the calendar.
The K-Kids hit the road this Friday night to Boyertown to have one final task on their season before their big contest against the Rough Riders in a few weeks.
Sitting at 0-10 on the season following last week's 41-20 defeat to Whitehall, Northampton still is upbeat about this week's opportunity.
The NAA 100-pound Pee Wee team came up with a 6-0 win over Nazareth to advance in the playoffs.
Caden Reph had the game's only TD in the NAA victory.
On the opening drive, Northampton was faced with a 4th-and-11 at the 41. But, QB Cooper King rolled right and completed a pass down the right sideline to running back Caden Reph as he spun out and broke from several Nazareth defenders and sprinted down the sideline for a 41-yard TD reception.
The PIAA State Cross Country Championships were the end for Northampton High School seniors, Hayley Jackson and Chris Traugher, and the beginning for freshman, Jessica Hendricks, but all accomplished a level of success on Saturday at the Parkview Golf Course in Hershey, Pa.
Jackson reached her goals of finishing in the top 100 with a time around 20 minutes, by placing 94th in 20:31.
"I was really happy with that," Jackson said.
Weather conditions could not have been more ideal for the 11:00 a.m. Class AAA girls race.
For some on Northampton High School's cross country team, there were big surprises, and for others, there was genuine relief at the District XI Cross Country Championships last week at the Bethlehem Municipal Field.
Perhaps the biggest surprise came to Jessica Hendricks, a freshman, who qualified for the PIAA State meet by placing 11th at districts in 20:10. The week before, Hendricks placed 25th at conference championships.
It's District 11 playoffs time and that means expect the unexpected.
For Northampton's field hockey that's exactly what is happening.
The Konkrete Kids, seeded third in the Class 3A playoffs, drew a first-round bye and expected to face Liberty first.
But, that didn't happen as 11th seeded Easton knocked off Liberty 1-0 in the first round and became Northampton's opponent last Saturday.
Coach Kelly Backenstoe's Kids then did the expected with a 2-1 victory over the Red Rovers and earned a spot in the District semifinals.
Northampton's hopes of a District 11 boys soccer title came to an end with a 5-0 loss to Emmaus. The loss gives Northampton an overall season record of 14-7.
"We're not that bad and it certainly wasn't as bad as the 5-0 score. We practiced well, we were organized going in and it's my job to have them ready and we obviously weren't ready," explained coach Craig Carvin.