Zach Valley admitted that he had mental blocks about his potential on the wrestling mat when it came to reaching the top.
The Northampton junior never won a high school tournament, despite taking third at both districts and regionals last year and fifth at states, Valley never had even reached a finals mat in high school.
That all changed last weekend, when Valley defeated Micah Hight of Caesar Rodney (Del.) with a 3-2 decision in the 120-pound finals to knock off the two-time Delaware state champion at the Escape the Rock tournament at Council Rock South.
Northampton's boys' basketball team has experienced a myriad of positive and negative emotions and incidents through their first five weeks of the season under first-year head coach Coy Stampone.
Fortunately, the Kids' recent output has been titled toward the positive. In a recent 43-36 victory over Phillipsburg, defense became their calling card, and it also marked their second win (2-13) in their past three games.
The Northampton swim teams both lost to Liberty in a meet from last Thursday.
The girls fell 104-63 while the boys dropped a 111-58 contest.
Despite the loss, several swimmers had some big days for the Kids.
On the boys side, three won individual events. Cory Ninos was first in the 200 IM in 2:16.84, Joey Szerencsits was first in the 500 free in 5:33.63, and Kyle Iasiello was first in the 50 free in 24.81.
Ninos also collected a second place in the 100 backstroke, finishing behind Liberty's Seth Vanatta's time of 59.72.
It's the largest outdoor show in Pennsylvania, if not the entire East Coast.
The Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show (often referred to as the Harrisburg show) is set to open Feb. 2-10 at the State Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg.
Every year, Reed Expositions, the organizer of the show, attempts to bring in new exhibitors and seminar speakers to keep the long- running show fresh. And this year they've accomplished that by featuring over 200 exhibitors showcasing guns, archery, fishing, boating, ATVs and trucks.
"It's now or never," or "It's never too late."
Those should be the rallying cries for Northampton's girls' basketball team.
The Konkrete Kids, who lost three times last week, are in a "do or die," situation as their schedule heads into the home stretch.
Coach Jeff Jacksits' crew has a 4-11 record overall and a 2-6 Lehigh Valley Conference mark with only seven games remaining-six in the LVC.
And the Kids must win five of the LVC games or all seven if they intend to reach the District 11 playoff tournament for the seventh-straight year.
Three years ago, Gunnar Mishko was able to celebrate a championship with his older brother Austin as members of Northampton's entry in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League (LVSHL).
Now, three years later, the younger Mishko wants to leave the program with another championship in the LVSHL Non-Pure division as well as the league's overall crown. It would be the first title for the program since both brothers celebrated three years ago.
But all is not right in the Kids' kingdom.
Northampton's Dylan Cook admittedly has had his share of troubling and frustrating times with the basketball program this winter.
The junior swingman has experienced his share of highs and lows of the team's overall 2-10 mark entering this season. Cook, however, has understood the situation with a new coach and system being implemented in the process.
Derrick Wruble bagged a hat trick, but it was too little, too late as Northampton fell just short of a comeback against Whitehall/Salisbury, losing 6-5 on senior night last Monday at Lehigh Valley Ice Arena.
Despite the loss, Northampton (6-6-1) remains atop the non-pure division, two games ahead of Becahi/Central Catholic.
The Konkrete Kids opened the scoring a little over three minutes in. Senior Tyler Feist scored on a deflected slap shot. Later, fellow senior Gunnar Mishko took a pass from Daniel Farkas, and ripped one past Tristan Collins.
It was a roller-coaster week for the Konkrete Kids girls' basketball team.
After beating Dieruff 54-46 for their second straight Lehigh Valley Conference win, Northampton ran into a buzz saw in the form of preseason LVC favorite Bethlehem Catholic with the Golden Hawks racking up a 63-36 decision.
But, Coach Jeff Jacksits' Kids bounced back with a Saturday matinee victory over visiting Holy Redeemer 49-44 in a nonleague clash.
Dylan Brown gave Freedom their first lead of the night over Northampton with one bout to go, but the reality of the situation made it bitter sweet.
Brown's fall in 3:13 over Brandon Wallander at 106-pounds gave Freedom a temporary moment of accomplishment, as they held a 27-26 advantage, but it all ended Monday night when Northampton's Mike Scheetz packed away Tyler Trapani with a pin in the final bout of the night at 113-pounds to give the Kids a 32-27 victory.