For the Northampton girls' tennis team, it can apparently be a tale of two seasons.
They finished their regular season Tuesday afternoon with a 5-0 win over Wilson that gave them an impressive 15-1 mark for the season.
Yet, the postseason has been a different story, according to head coach Eileen Carbone. Both in the singles' and doubles' postseason play, the Kids have fallen victim to some ill-willed fate.
It wasn't the best week for Northampton's Field Hockey team, but it finished well enough.
The Konkrete Kids lost twice, won once and tied once - but, all-in-all things wound up with the K-Kids clinching a berth in the Lehigh Valley Conference playoffs.
First, Northampton's 12-game win streak came to an end when perennial LVC and District 11 champion Emmaus took a 3-1 decision at the Kids' Joan Kremus Field.
Then the Kids dropped a 1-0 game at Whitehall to drop their LVC mark to 10-2.
Northampton tied Allen 0-0 in a game from last week played at J.Birney Crum Stadium Tuesday night.
The game featured lots of cross balls into the box, through balls and controlled play in the midfield. Allen's strength was playing the ball wide.
Northampton's defense shut down Allen's quick play attack, led by Julian Santos, Ian Miller, Sam Gaye and John Yeaw.
Northampton midfielders Marucs Morris, Nick Stewart, AJ Schroettner, and Josh Schoenberger did a great job sending balls to the flags and generating shots but the Kids couldnt put the ball into the net.
In one of the most important events of the high school golf season, the last thing a player wants to have are bad holes early in the round.
But that didn't bother Northampton's Kevin Kunkle. The junior took double bogeys on two of his first seven holes. But he didn't let those two holes ruin his round at Monday's District 11 Golf Championship Qualifier.
Kunkle carded a six-over par 78 Monday at Woodstone Golf Club in Danielsville after playing the final five holes at one-under par.
Northampton's Leanna Carvin isn't about to concede anything. Along with a determined will, Carvin is also a modern day high school Renaissance young woman.
The senior girls' volleyball player isn't about make any preconceived notions about her team's overall 2-9 mark and 0-7 slate in the Lehigh Valley Conference (LVC).
"We still can turn this around," said Carvin. "We all work hard and know in our hearts that we can do this. None of us have given up on the year and we want to finish the year strong."
The Konkrete Kids are ranked No. 1 in the District 11 field hockey ratings and Northampton solidified their standings with a 2-1 overtime victory over Liberty on Saturday.
The Konkrete Kids (12-0 overall and 10-0 in the Lehigh Valley Conference) faced some tough tests this week, however.
A lot of things went wrong for Northampton in last week's 42-12 home loss to Central Catholic and head coach Jeff Brosky hopes a lot of things go right for the K-Kids this week against Emmaus.
The Kids got themselves a wake-up call in the loss to Central, which saw them get man-handled up front, had them turn the ball over inside their own red zone and allow Central running back Colin McDermott to go off with a star-studded performance by scoring all six of the Vikings touchdowns during a 374-yard ground performance.
Entering this season, the Northampton girls' tennis team attempted to keep a low profile off their overall 16-3 season 12-2 Lehigh Valley Conference (LVC) in which they graduated five seniors including number one singles player Brittany Hodge.
So far, however, it has been hard to hide.
Beginning this week, the Kids had an overall 12-1 record that included an undefeated streak through their first eight matches. Their lone loss was to LVC perennial contender Parkland, who the Kids knew would be an uphill battle.
Evan Notaro owns two District 11 medals, earning one in each of his two appearances at the district championship.
The Northampton senior was hoping to add some Lehigh Valley Conference hardware to his trophy case Monday at the LVC Golf Championship.
Notaro earned a league medal Monday at Allentown Municipal Golf Course, but it wasn't the one he was hoping for. He shot a 4-over par 76 to tie for second place, earning the silver medal by a match of cards.
"I wasn't very happy with how I played," said Notaro. "I couldn't hit the shots I wanted and putts were not dropping.
Lehigh senior linebacker Billy Boyko earned league and national honors for his performance in Lehigh's 28-26 win over Liberty on Saturday. Boyko was named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week and the Sports Network National Defensive Player of the Week after recording a game and career-high 14 tackles, a sack and a game-changing interception that he returned 39 yards for a score.