It's coming down to crunch time in the Lehigh Valley Conference volleyball season and the wildcard spot for the LVC playoffs is a hot item.
Both Whitehall and Northampton are fighting for that final spot, as well as Bethlehem Catholic, as teams enter their final four games of league play into the next week.
Northampton (11-3, 6-3), Whitehall (6-5, 6-3) and Bethlehem Catholic (7-3, 6-3) all share identical league records at the moment, but their fates will come into focus as key matchups take place.
With league and district track meets coming up over the next two weeks, top teams from around the are met last Friday in one of the area's top invitational meets.
Three Northampton athletes earned medals for top three finishes at Friday's Allentown School District Invitational.
Allison Horn won two medals at the meet, held at J. Birney Crum Stadium. She took second place in the 100-meter hurdles, finishing in 16.04 seconds. She also placed third in triple jump at 36 feet and 2 1/4 inches.
Josh Schoenberger made two previous trips to the Lehigh Valley Conference Tennis Tournament and came away empty handed each time.
Monday, the Northampton senior had his best showing in his final appearance at the event, taking third place at No. 2 singles for his first career medal.
"I went further than I thought I would," he said. "I was hitting a better forehand. I wasn't hitting it out of bounds. I kept the ball in play and took care of key points."
For the past three seasons, District 11 has held their baseball championships at Coca-Cola Park, home of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. It's return for 2013 was in jeopardy after the district had to pick up the full $8,000.00 cost for the use of the stadium last season when their previous sponsorship from Coca-Cola ended following the 2011 tournament. Fortunately, two new sponsors have stepped up to pick up half of the tab for this year's cost, allowing District 11 to return to the premier facility.
The Lehigh Valley Conference released its first list of track and field top performances for the 2013 season as of Monday, April 22, and the Kids are well-represented.
For the boys, Kory DeCesaris has the top-four throws in the shot this year, his best being a 51-1.25. Jake Wygant of Whitehall is next with his best a 47-8. The Kids Jarrett Fenon is third with a 46-7.
Fenon is tops in the discus with a throw of 138-2 while teammate DeCesaris is third with a 132-2.
DeCesaris is second in the javelin with a 165-7, just off Nick Nejad's (Whitehall) top throw of 169-9.
Northampton head coach Mick Sugra has been waiting for his team to put together a sense of consistency, as his club has hovered around the .500 mark all season.
He also has been waiting for one of his pitcher to provide a complement to senior Garrett Kunkel, who has been a mainstay on the mound all season.
Kunkel provided another solid outing Monday afternoon when he scattered seven hits and struck out six in his team's 4-1 victory over Allentown Central Catholic that lifted the Kids back over the .500 mark with a 7-6 slate.
Four years ago, Jennifer Perry decided to decided to follow in the footsteps of her elder sister, Caitlyn, who graduated from the Northampton program two years ago.
Now, as a senior, the younger Perry has been blazing a trail of her own as she has best her personal best (PB) times in the 1,600 and 3,200 meter runs this season.
"I basically got involved because my sister was on the team," stated Jennifer. "But I have always enjoyed running. I figured I would try it. By the end of my freshman year, I was pretty comfortable with everything."
A runaway victory, a no-hitter, another shutout, and a solid win.
That tells the story of unbeaten Northampton's softball fortune this past week.
The Konkrete Kids, now 14-0 overall with eight Lehigh Valley Conference wins and six nonleague decisions, head into the homestretch with visions of an unbeaten season.
"The girls are kind of tired, but they're pushing harder to move forward," said Coach Sally Whittaker-Kahan. "We have six tough foes ahead of us and four of them are away games and hopefully we get into the conference playoffs with the top seed."
Northampton kept their hot streak going again on Tuesday night, sweeping Nazareth in three games by a 25-17, 25-19, 25-11 margin.
It was the fourth straight win for the K-Kids, who upped their season mark to 8-3 and positioned themselves in the fourth spot of the District 11 3A postseason standings.
Following last week's victory over Becahi, which may have been the biggest upset on paper ever in the Lehigh Valley Conference, the Kids mentality hasn't change.
That's because they were always confident.
The unbeaten list is down to one - and that one is Northampton.
The Konkrete Kids' softball team ended Bethlehem Catholic's unbeaten streak at 10 with the Kids' 1-0 victory Tuesday making Northampton unbeaten after 10 games.
Coach Sally Whittaker-Kahan's team is 6-0 in the Lehigh Valley Conference and 4-0 in nonleague competition and the Kids have already qualified for the District 11 playoffs with 10 games remaining.