The PIAA Football Championships didn't lack for storylines.
Without question, the most compelling was District 7 Class A champion Clairton (16-0), the three-time defending Class A state champion which was seeking to become the third school in state history to win a fourth consecutive football championship.
The Bears defeated District 2 champion Dunmore (14-2) Friday afternoon at Hersheypark Stadium to join Berwick and Southern Columbia in the Four-Straight Club.
Fielding a small team isn't anything new to the Northampton swimming program. Over the past few seasons the Kids haven't had large teams in overall numbers, but they certainly have produced their share of success stories over the years.
Last season, senior Cassandra Hanley capped a stellar but short career with a PIAA District 11 championship and a ninth-place finish at the state meet in diving. She began swimming after an injury cut short a stellar gymnastics career.
Hanley became the fifth swimmer from the Kids' program in recent years to gain notoriety.
Northampton's girls basketball didn't get any wins during the opening weekend of the season, but they did get a lot of respect.
With only one starter back from last year's 19-5 team, the Konkrete Kids were expected to be competitive - and they were just that.
The Kids lost to Pleasant Valley 47-45 at the buzzer in their opener, then dropped a 39-38 decision to Central Catholic in a Yasso-Rothrock Classic contest.
Northampton, coached by Jeff Jacksits, showed that the Kids possibly could have won both games and that's "a positive" for a team that is rebuilding.
In his first two games at the helm of the Konkrete Kids' program, first-year head coach Coy Stampone figured his club might have experienced a case of some anxiety and jitters. Instead, Stampone watched a club that may be along further than he expected.
Unfortunately for him and his team, they dropped their first two games of the season to Pleasant Valley and Central Catholic to open the 2012-13 campaign.
Ashley Yanek, a former Konkrete Kid, was a defensive back who just completed her senior season at Rutgers University where she was co-captain of the field hockey team.
She earned playing time throughout her career, despite a few injuries. This past year, she started in every game except one, which she sat out due to a concussion.
With nearly half of Northampton's wrestling roster fresh of varsity faces, it's fair to say that head coach Seth Lisa is certainly looking forward to witnessing what his wrestlers can do.
The K-Kids opened up the season last night, past Press deadlines, against Dieruff in what Lisa expected to be a closer bout than some would suggest when you see the two teams in the box score.
In one word: Competitive.
That's Jeff Jacksits' assessment of his Northampton girls' basketball team as the season opens Friday.
Jacksits, starting his ninth season with the Konkrete Kids, has three letter winners - but only one starter - back from last year's 19-5 team.
After winning the District 11 Class 4A Championship two years in a row, last year's team was eliminated in the quarterfinal round by eventual champion Bangor.
But Jacksits, who had losing seasons only in his first two years, is optimistic.
These days are the test of times for the Northampton ice hockey team.
Off to a rather unceremonious start this season in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League (LVSHL), the Kids arguably faced their biggest stretch of games before Christmas, and they began it with a pivotal 6-5 victory over Phillipsburg Monday night.
NHS ended the week with an overall 4-3-1 mark (nine points), one point ahead of Easton (4-2-0, eight points) for the top spot in the LVSHL Non-Pure Division.
Northampton wrestling may never change in it's pride and history and second-year head coach Seth Lisa hopes that mantra stays even more true this season.
The K-Kids are coming off a 9-8 season a year ago where they sent three wrestlers to states, two of which are gone to graduation.
This season, however, they return eight starters back into their lineup in a campaign that Lisa hopes can transcend the results the program witnessed in his first year at the helm.
Coy Stampone figured it would be a good time.
The veteran coach, who spent last season as the head boys' basketball coach at Pen Argyl after a seven-year stint in the Nazareth boys' varsity system, decided last spring to apply for the head boys' position at Northampton. After all, Stampone has been a teacher in the school district for the past six years.