Spring sports have began in the Northampton area, but there was still a little basketball to be played this past weekend at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem Township.
All stars from the Lehigh Valley Conference East faced off with all stars from the Mountain Valley Conference on "Super Saturday" at the Via All Star Basketball Classic.
The day also featured two games between the Lehigh Valley West and the Colonial League all stars squads in the early afternoon along with a Special Olympics Shootout.
Northampton head baseball coach Mick Sugra is optimistic his team can have a reversal of fate this season.
Last year, the Konkrete Kids began with an impressive start and ended with an unceremonious finish. This season, the Kids are off to a 1-3 start in their first four games.
With an untested pitching staff and a cast of returning position players, Northampton has found itself in unchartered waters, plagued by errors, walks, and hit batsmen in the process.
In what seemed like the blink of an eye, momentum had suddenly shifted to Northampton's dugout.
After falling behind 3-0 after two innings of Tuesday's baseball game against Parkland, the Konkrete Kids used a four-run third inning to take a one-run lead.
Unfortunately for the Konkrete Kids (1-3), that momentum seemed to shift back to the Trojans just as quickly as it was gained. Parkland scored two runs in the bottom half of the inning to go back on top, and added two more in the sixth to secure a 7-4 victory and remain unbeaten on the season.
The Northampton tennis team won a match against Dieruff on March 28, 6-1.
At number-one singles Geoff Rybitski defeated Jeffrey Landis 6-2, 6-3. Josh Schoenberger won at number-two singles, knocking off Ryan Kopishke 6-0, 6-1 and Dave Wasilko defeated Eric Garcia at number-three singles 6-4, 6-3.
For the past three years, the Northampton Swim Booster Club (NSC) has provided a viable outlet for beginning swimmers and a springboard for those who advance to the high school program and beyond.
Recently, swimmers Brynn DelVecchio, Alyssa Gerstenberg, Matthew Greer, and Gregory Milnes qualified and participated in the United States Swimming (USS) Junior Olympics Meet that was held in Sewell, NJ. All of them swam in a 25-yard pool instead of the usual 50-yard pool.
The theme of one day at a time, one game at a time and one practice at a time is paying off for the Konkrete Kids softball team.
Coach Sally Whittaker-Kahan's softball team is off to a 4-0 start following Northampton's 8-0 whitewash of Parkland on Tuesday.
The Kids, who blanked Governor Mifflin Saturday by the same 8-0 score, are 2-0 in the Lehigh Valley Conference with wins over North Division foes Whitehall and the Trojans.
The Northampton tennis team started off its season 2-1 with wins over Jim Thorpe and Allen before falling to Pocono East.
Singles players Geoff Rybitsky and Josh Schoenberger are off to good starts winning all three of their matches.
Rybitsky won by injury default against Thorpe, but recorded a 6-0, 6-0 win over Allen's Ian Miller. He needed three sets to knock off Pocono's Zach van Zup 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.
Schoenberger didn't give up more than three points in any of his matches thus far, winning all of them in two sets.
This season, Northampton head boys' volleyball coach Doug Fehnel is ready for his team to begin an era in one phase and extend another one in a different phase.
When they began their play last Friday, the Kids marked their first-year without the services of Cody Chidsey, who had been a fixture in the program for the past four seasons. Chidsey, who annually was an LVC all-star, is currently playing in the Rutgers program.
Jimmy Sheptock ended an outstanding junior season with a 39-6 record, a sixth place in the NCAA D1 tournament in Des Moines, Iowa, and the status of All-American.
"Jimmy had a great season," said Maryland coach Kerry McCoy. "In the offseason we made the decision to move him up to 184 in order to have both him and Josh Asper in the lineup. He doesn't cut any weight and just finished sixth in the NCAA tourney. I am really proud of him.
"It's been difficult practicing indoors," said Northampton softball coach Sally Whittaker-Kahan on Tuesday.
"We've had only four days outside and Tuesday was the fourth. We had a very productive session and we'll be ready when we start playing."
Northampton, which had two games postponed by the weather over the weekend, officially began the season Wednesday, after Press deadlines, at home with a nonleague game against Pleasant Valley.