Adam Orsulak wasn't happy with the start or middle of his season, but he always has the conclusion. The latter, too, can have the biggest consequences.
Through his team's first 14 games in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League, the senior Northampton goaltender had a 7-5-1 mark with a 4.23 goals against average. Over this past two seasons, Orsulak had been stellar in the nets, playing a major role in the Kids' drive in the playoffs the past three seasons.
Bobby Fehr knows he's close. He was close in a 2-1 loss to Easton's Evan DiSora. He was close in a 3-2 overtime loss to Bethlehem Catholic's Connor Hedash.
And he was close in a 9-8 defeat to Whitehall's Matt Bonshak.
All three of the aforementioned opponents are considered to be the top dogs in a highly competitive 160-pound bracket heading into the postseason.
Only Hedash will be out of the equation, as Becahi competes in AA.
Nonetheless, Fehr knows he's right there with the elite.
Northampton's "second chance season" begins next week when the District 11 Class 4A girls' basketball playoffs begin.
The Konkrete Kids - in the districts for their eighth-straight year - must sit back and wait until league championships are decided in the Lehigh Valley Conference, Mountain Valley Conference, Colonial League and Schuylkill League.
League champions are awarded the top seeds and eight of the 10 district eligible teams are in league playoffs - only Liberty and Northampton are not.
With the Harrisburg outdoor sports show cancelled for this year, local sportsmen who don't relish driving to Oaks for the upcoming Philly Outdoor Sports Show can take in a more condensed version when the Lehigh Valley Sportsman's Show makes its debut on March 2.
The two-day show (Mar. 2-3) will open at Allentown's Agri-Plex Expo Center (Ag Hall) where it was last held back in 2001 when Dick Laros, former Allentown taxidermist, ran it for many years. Prior to that, the show was originally held at Castle Gardens in Dorney Park.
Daniel Farkas scored the first two goals, and Derrick Wruble netted a hat trick to propel Northampton (8-6-1) to a 7-3 win over Pleasant Valley/Quakertown last Monday night at Lehigh Valley Ice Arena.
The Konkrete Kids put a lot of pressure on net in the opening minutes. Six shots were put on net, all saved by Devon Supper. Finally Northampton got their well-deserved goal from Farkas at the 9:12 mark.
Connor Palush and Thomas Waidelich, however, pushed Pleasant Valley/Quakertown in front within the first three minutes of the second period.
The Northampton swim teams fell to Whitehall in a meet from last week.
The girls lost 123-45 while the boys were defeated 90-65.
The boys were led by Joey Szerencsits, Nick Pavlacka and Ben Longacre, who all came up with victories. Szerencsits won the 200 free in 2:07.06. Pavlacka captured the 100 back in 1:02.19 and Longacre touched first in the 100 breast in 1:20.75.
The 400 free relay team also won with a time of 3:53.49. The relay team was comprised of Szerencsits, Kyle Iasiello, Longacre and Pavlacka
The Northampton hockey team has stumbled a bit lately, losing two-straight, and the Kids haven't won since a 7-4 decision on Jan. 4, over Easton.
But, Daniel Farkas broke free from the pack and scored what proved to be the game-winner in a hard-ought, penalty-laden, 3-2 Northampton win Monday night at Lehigh Valley Ice Arena over Emmaus.
Northampton barely qualified for the District 11 team wrestling tournament last weekend at Freedom High School, but that didn't diminish their mindset.
The Kids got some revenge in their opening bout against Emmaus, but fell to eventual champion Easton in the quarterfinals to give head coach Seth Lisa a mixed bag of results during Friday's action.
However, it was an experience that this young Northampton team can build from as they move forward into the individual postseason, which started with a motivational 45-27 victory over eighth-seeded Emmaus in the preliminary round.
Jeff Jacksits said his team "got to believe in themselves" - and his girls sure do.
Northampton knocked off Parkland 42-35 Tuesday night and not only did the Kids win their sixth-straight game, but also clinched a berth in the District 11 Class 4A girls basketball tournament.
Northampton boosted its record to 7-6 in the Lehigh Valley Conference and 10-11 with one game remaining-Friday at Nazareth.
Northampton's Coy Stampone knew it would take time.
The first-year head coach hasn't been totally surprised with his team's season despite their 2-17 record beginning this week. The Konkrete Kids lost two leading seniors from last year's team, and then began with a number of first-year varsity players.
They also didn't have the services of senior center Derek Kulp until just after Christmas as the 6-foot-7 post player recovered from an ACL injury.