Northampton head hockey coach Brian Ruff likes to refer to the process as “climbing the ladder.”
It is the process that has helped Ruff’s team continue to have success and also to be one of the top contenders in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League (LVSHL). This past season, Northampton lost to Parkland in the finals.
The Northampton boys varsity tennis team began their 2019 season with a marked difference this year as long time girls and boys tennis coach Kim Davis was not there to lead the charge.
Davis officially resigned from his post with the boys team this past February. With big shoes to fill, the team will be led this year by new head coach Daniele Bowman.
All season long, Northampton’s girls basketball team wore down opponents with their speed that fueled their transition game.
In a PIAA Class 6A quarterfinal game against Norwin, the Konkrete Kids met a team that arguably was a little bit faster.
The Kids answered some early Norwin runs, but it wasn’t enough down the stretch as they eventually dropped a 68-58 decision at Cumberland Valley High School March 12.
In what may be the wildest game of the season, Lehigh Valley pulled off a stunning, 4-3 win over the defending AHL champion Toronto Marlies Saturday night at the PPL Center. The win gave Lehigh Valley a season sweep of their two games with Toronto and three wins in their last four games against the Marlies. Going back five years, the Phantoms have played Toronto well, going 6-2-1-1.
The reality of the PIAA basketball playoffs is that of the qualifiers, only the six state champions will end their seasons with a win. The Northampton girls basketball team saw their season come to an end at Cumberland Valley HS against District 7’s Norwin Lady Knights, 68-58.
Norwin jumped out to an early 5-0 lead, but an 8-point run fueled by 2 Victoria Keenan threes put the Kids ahead at the 4:36 mark of the first period. The Knights scored the last 5 points of the quarter to take a 13-10 lead after one.
The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commissions fleet of white stocking trucks are on the roll, stocking trout for the March 23 Youth Fishing Day and regional trout opener on March 30 in 18 southeast region waters.
If you’d like to introduce your youngster to the sport of fishing, the Youth Fishing Day is an opportune time for them to experience catching their first trout. It’s also an opportune time since there’s no fishing pressure from adults, and there will be loads of freshly stocked trout to be caught.
Potential will be a key word for the Northampton boys’ basketball program in the 2019-20 season.
Having 14 players returning and losing only two can generate plenty of optimism.
The Konkrete Kids got a good glimpse of their future this season with a maturing team that found its way back to the districts playoffs after they lost three players who accounted for 75-percent of their offense last year.
Northampton recently ended its season with a 56-43 loss to Parkland in the opening round of the Class 6A district playoffs, leaving them with an overall 12-10 record.
What if you were told that EPC MVP Victoria Keenan would score a single point in the first quarter of a state playoff game … and the Konkrete Kids would race out to a 21-3 lead?
It happened Friday day night at Freedom in Northampton’s first round PIAA 6A game against the Methacton Warriors.
Just as fans of the Orange and Black were Googling “Norwin” and starting to speculate on the site of the second round game against the team from the Pittsburgh area, the momentum shifted.
They needed these!
After a Sunday loss in Bridgeport last week, the Phantoms were looking ahead at a road game in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and two home games against the Charlotte Checkers. At that point, the Phantoms were 4-9-1 in their last 14 games and starting to sink quickly in the Atlantic Division and in the Eastern Conference standings. They traveled north to meet the Penguins and came away with a nice, tidy 3-1 win with Alex Lyon saving 27 of the 28 shots that he faced.