It's been a long time since Northampton's football team experienced that winning feeling.
The hopes of a prosperous 2012 season appeared to be a reality after their week one upset over Stroudsburg, but that seems like an eternity ago for the Konrete Kids.
Northampton lost its sixth straight contest last Saturday night when they fell to Whitehall 45-3.
Friday may have been the end of the season for Northampton's field hockey team, but remember the Kids "have a lot to celebrate," according to Coach Kelly Backenstoe.
Northampton's season ended with a 3-1 loss to Stroudsburg in the District 11 3A semifinals at Whitehall and, although there were plenty of tears it was a great season overall.
Northampton cross country coach, Dan Benner, advised junior, Hayley Jackson, to get a good, fast start at the Class AAA PIAA State Cross Country Championships last weekend at Parkview Cross Country Course in Hershey, Pa.
Jackson followed his advice, and ultimately, completed the race in 21:03.
"I took it out pretty hard and wasn't terribly tired. I just wanted to stay up more, but I'm really happy with my time," Jackson said.
This was Jackson's second trip to Parkview, although her first race there was two years ago.
It was another somber night for the Northampton football team last Friday when they fell on the road against Liberty 21-14. The K-Kids fell behind 14-0 in the first half and 21-7 in the third quarter and could never level with the Hurricanes (2-7) en route to suffering their fifth straight defeat of the season.
"It's just inexperience," said head coach Jeff Brosky. "We're just too inexperienced on the offensive line and that's shown in every game this year. We didn't make plays when we had to and that showed throughout the game."
Northampton's field hockey team is in District 11's Class 3A "Final Four" and play today Thursday Stroudsburg.
The No. 3 seeded Konkrete Kids take on the No. 2 seeded Mountaineers at 3:20 at Whitehall High School with top-seeded Emmaus facing Bangor at 7:30 at Whitehall with the championship game slated for Saturday.
The semifinals were originally scheduled for Wednesday but Hurricane Sandy forced a change in the District 11 playoffs schedule with a 3A soccer game slated for 5 p.m. at Whitehall.
Northampton High School cross country runners, Alec Lederer and Hayley Jackson will be making the trip to the PIAA State Cross Country Championships on Nov. 3 after qualifying at the District XI Cross Country Championships last week at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course.
"It was a go-hard day," said Lederer, who won second place in 16:44. "This one mattered. I just went out and gave it 110-percent."
Easton's Colin Abert took first place in 16:21, and Parkland's Trevor Bergen was third in 16:54.
Finally, after nine weeks of the poll, we have a new king at the top and rightly so. Easton's slow demise, coupled with Parkland's rapid rise since week three of the season finally came to a head last week with the Rovers falling for the first time this season.
Whitehall makes a small jump as well, while Nazareth takes a nose dive in the poll.
With one week of action before districts, let's see who gears up for the postseason in the right way.
1. Parkland (7-2)
Last week's rank: #2
Trojans look to stay on top of their throne.
K.J. Williams of Liberty caught 13 passes against Easton to take the District 11 lead with 48. The 13 catches broke the school record of 10, held previously by Bob Mann (1983) and Robbie Opp (2001).
Colin McDermott of Central Catholic scored twice against Nazareth and now has 64 career TDs, tying Rashonn Drayton for the school record. McDermott moves by Tim Barlok (Beca), Scott Lavalva (Ban) and Woody Petchel (PA) on the all-area career rushing yardage list to 8th place with 4,659 yards.
The Northampton girls soccer team has had an up-and-down season. They have been through a coaching change midway through the season, and have struggled breaking in to a new system. But the Konkrete Kids have shown promise for the future.
Last week they recorded a 3-0 win at Liberty, and battled Emmaus to a two goal loss two days later.
Northampton met a hot team and just didn't have the firepower to hang with Parkland, suffering a 7-0 defeat last Tuesday night at Parkland High School.
Only six golfers from District 11's Class AAA field can move on to regionals. Half of them are from Northampton.
Evan Notaro, Kevin Kunkle and Carter Test all played well enough at Monday's District 11 Championship to earn a spot in next week's PIAA Eastern Regional field.
Notaro took second place at 107, three shots off the lead. Kunkle was fourth at 111 while Test placed fifth with a 114.