"Finally we played as a team," said Jeff Jacksits after Northampton's girls basketball team racked up the Kids' first Lehigh Valley Conference win.
Northampton, which opened the season with a 1-7 record (including three LVC losses, trounced Emmaus 59-39 last Friday.
And Tuesday the Kids followed that with 54-46 decision over host Dieruff to move Northampton's record to a 2-3 in the LVC and 3-7 overall.
Jacksits, who said his girls were a "work in progress," saw his team struggle to find themselves in their first eight games before knocking off Emmaus.
With a win over the No. 2 seed earlier in the season, Bobby Fehr felt like he should have been higher than a No. 7 seed in the Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic.
Six wrestlers had first round byes, meaning Fehr had to start in the pigtail round. On the other hand, he fell on the opposite side of the 160-pound bracket from defending state champ Garrett Peppelman.
Three time Olympian and professional volleyball player Tayyiba Haneef-Park appeared in Catasauqua at a volleyball clinic hosted by Barry Lovelace, owner of the Barry Lovelace Athlete Training Academy at Lehigh Valley Christian High School in the former Lincoln Gym in Catasauqua.
Haneef-Park, a 6-7 outside hitter/ opposite who recently played in her third Olympics this past summer in London, used Lovelace's training as part of her workout program.
Shades of Jeff Jacksits' first season as head coach of Northampton's girls basketball team.
The Konkrete Kids of the 2012-2013 season are off to a 1-7 start and that record mimics the Kids' record of 4-17 in Jacksits' first season nine years ago.
"We're a work in progress," says Jacksits as his team has only two seniors and three letter winners from last year's 19-5 team.
Junior letter winner point guard Leandra Sterner, senior center Ashley Brink and senior guard Michele Dally are the only returnees and Jacksits is trying to find the right combinations.
Tyler Feist has been around the Northampton varsity program in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey (LVSHL) long enough to know something isn't quite right. In fact, his coach shares the same feeling.
Ironically, Northampton has occupied it usual spot in the LVSHL Non-Pure Division as they will begin the post-holiday season in first place, three points ahead of second-place Becca/Central.
Tim Kunkel of Northampton is fighting for Team Tiger Schulmann Bethlehem MMA. He recently took part entertaining Mixed Martial Arts fans, who filled the stands for the PA Cage Combat Valley VII Fight Series.
He took part in the eighth fight of the night, and the first one that was broadcast by Service Electric TV, before a full house at the Bethlehem Sands Event Center. The fight was promoted by former Liberty wrestler, football player and actor Duke Valenti.
With a new coach and system in place, Northampton senior Kyle George knows time in on his and his teammates' side.
Consequently, he isn't overly concerned with his team's 0-5 start through Thursday the latest being a lopsided 63-25 defeat to Parkland Tuesday night.
Something happened on the way to Liberty's wrestling tournament at Penn Manor two weeks ago that prompted a slight change to this weekend's Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic plans. Following the tragic events that transpired at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Conn. on December 14, Liberty's wrestling team had other things on their mind as they geared up for a wrestling tournament.
Three Lehigh football players were named to the ECAC Football Championship Subdivision All-Star team announced. Offensive lineman Mike Vuono, nose guard Sajjad Chagani and linebacker Billy Boyko were namedon the heels of Lehigh's third-straight ten win year.
All three Lehigh honorees were first team All-Patriot League selections in 2012. Vuono is named an ECAC All-Star for the second-straight year as he was named to the second team in 2011. This year's ECAC FCS All-Stars consisted of one team with 30 student-athletes.
The Northampton swim teams were recently swept by Freedom.
The girls fell 111-65, while the boys lost 113-46.
For the girls, freshman Rachael Pursell came away with two victories. It was the only two wins the Kids managed. Pursell won the 200 free in 2:08.63 along with the 500 free in 5:36.40.
Juniors Emma Steirer and Madison Bernal took seconds in the meet. Steirer was second in the 200 IM behind Freedom's Brooke Munion and Bernal was second in the 100 butterfly behind Helen Hsu. Steirer was also third in the 100 backstroke behind Freedom's Rachael Giles.