This season Eileen Carbone watched her girls simply have fun.
The veteran head tennis coach at Northampton realized her team is in the initial stage of a rebuilding project after losing a core that produced consecutive successful 15-win seasons for the Kids the past two years
Instead, Carbone was left with a group of relatively inexperienced varsity players, all of whom have been working to establish themselves in the always competitive Lehigh Valley Conference.
The Kids recently defated Easton 5-2.
"We did have a nice win over Easton," said Carbone.
Northampton (12-4, 10-3) and Parkland (14-4, 12-2) will likely be tired of each other before the soccer postseason comes to an end.
A 1-0 Parkland win Monday night gave the two teams a split of their regular season games and it's very possible they'll meet again in the Lehigh Valley Conference playoffs next week and potentially again in the District 11 playoffs down the road.
After a disappointing loss, Northampton coach Craig Carvin is hoping that the two teams get at least one more crack at each other.
They say to be the best, you have to beat the best.
A solid defense seemed to be the theme of the week for the Northampton girls varsity soccer team as they near the end of their 2013 season.
Northampton goalkeeper Anna Keffer amassed 19 saves in the team's last three games and allowed only two goals against. Although Northampton would emerge victorious in just one of these battles, Keffer's strong tending skills would keep these contests close and keep a win within grasp for Northampton.
The Northampton cross country team hosted the Northampton Invitational on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 5, at Bicentennial Park in East Allen Township.
The NHS girls won the team portion and were helped to victory by Hayley Jackson, who took first place overall with a time of 19:52.
Head coach Dan Benner said her time was the 19th fastest time in the six-year history of the course.
Kevin Kunkle loves to play golf, but he is happy he didn't have to play in last Monday's District 11 Qualifier as he played in the state tournament last season and was exempt straight in to the district tournament.
He is even happier now knowing that he will be playing in Tuesday's PIAA East Regional Tournament.
Consistent energy on the court and a strong defense have made the Northampton girls varsity volleyball team a force to be reckoned with this season.
Through two tough conference games and one non-division game last week, the Northampton girls stood strong and though they did not come away with the win each time, they fought hard against their competition.
"They are really starting to realize the potential they have," commented Northampton's proud coach, Morgan Litak. "Our defense is really strong and overall, they are just doing a really good job."
Perseverance pays off.
Just ask Kelly Backenstoe and her Northampton field hockey team.
After four-straight losses, Backenstoe told her team to "just persevere. We'll get back on track."
And that's what happened Tuesday night as the Konkrete Kids edged host Parkland 2-1 in overtime.
The win not only ended the Kids' skid, but sent them into a tie for first place with Parkland and Nazareth in the Lehigh Valley Conference's North Division with a 9-4 record.
The Northampton boys soccer team knew that Easton was beginning to show improvements from last year when they met up last Wednesday afternoon at Wolf Field.
Easton missed out on the LVC playoffs for the first time in a long time in 2012, and that surely left a bad taste in their mouths over the offseason.
Northampton qualified four golfers for the District 11 tournament next week. The golfers all shot under 86 at Monday's District 11 qualifier.
The qualifier took place at Mahoning Valley Country Club's par-73 course in Lehighton. The Kids Tyler Smith led the way with a 74, which was tied for the top score for the day with Emmaus' Carlos Fullerton.