It’s the one element that has plagued Northampton’s boys’ basketball team this winter.
The Konkrete Kids have a new identity this season, as they have had a number of players step into the spotlight every game.
They recently captured the Salisbury Holiday Tournament for the third consecutive season, a springboard for them the previous two seasons. Last year, the Kids embarked on a 11-game winning streak from the tournament, and it helped them get to a district final for the first time in 45 years.
Northampton’s wrestling team will have an opportunity to test their mettle in one last regular season tournament before they prep for the postseason stretch run when they head to Council Rock South this weekend for the Escape the Rock tournament.
The K-Kids finished 18th as a team last year and came away with four medalists, but should be able to improve upon that performance with the team they bring to the field this year.
Head coach Seth Lisa fully expects that to happen as well.
Consider that you lose your job and have to tell your wife. That’s not fun. Now, consider that you’re going to have to tell your wife that because you lost your job, you have to move from Idaho to Quad City, Illinois for another job.
Then after one day at work, you’re again let go and now have to move 978 miles to Manchester, New Hampshire. Then, just a few weeks later, good news; sort of. You weren’t fired, but you’ve been “transferred” to Reading, Pennsylvania. So, with three pretty substantial moves in three months, how happy is your wife?
The Konkrete Kids boys basketball team hosted a Saturday matinee when Pleasant Valley visited Northampton for an EPC interdivisional clash. The Bears were looking for their first win of the season, but they didn’t find it in Schneider Gymnasium as the Kids rolled to a 66-35 victory.
Donte Rodriguez keyed the Kids’ fast start with a couple of early steals and 8 of his game total 10 points in the first quarter. The Northampton defense gave up only one field goal as they stormed out to a 20-4 lead.
Within an hours drive of the Lehigh Valley, some of the best smallmouth bass fishing can be had in the Susquehanna River that runs past Harrisburg. And in a pair of recent reports, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) biologists concluded that the Susquehanna River is home to a healthy, abundant population of smallmouth bass and channel catfish.
Bethlehem Catholic’s cheerleaders won the Small Division and Liberty’s cheerleaders won the Medium Division at the District XI Competitive Spirit Championships on Jan. 5 at Easton Area Middle School.
The Hawks had the highest overall score with 85.400. They were also the only squad that received no deductions.
Stroudsburg placed second in the Small Division with a score of 79.600. Pocono Mountain East was third with 75.083, Wilson was fourth with 70.933, Southern Lehigh was fifth with 68.183, and Pen Argyl was sixth with 67.800.
Northampton’s wrestling team is coming off a dominating performance at the Parkland Duals over the weekend and the K-Kids now hope they can build off that heading into the second half of the season.
The Kids (8-2) went 5-0 in the event at Parkland pounding all of their opponents in the tournament with wins over Boyertown (64-9), Mariana Bracetti (75-6), Central High (73-3), Cumberland Valley (67-10) and Souderton (72-3).
Head coach Seth Lisa was happy to see his team dominate in the event, like they were expected to.
On Tuesday night at Pete Schneider Gymnasium, the Konkrete Kids girls basketball team looked to follow up their 92-67 thrashing of a previously undefeated Pleasant Valley squad with a win over a two-loss, defending District 11 champion Freedom team.
The Northampton fans held their collective breath as a last-second Freedom heave was off target, preserving a hard-fought, 58-57 win.
The Northampton boys and girls varsity swim team swam to another victory on Thursday night, Jan. 3, with dual victories over East Stroudsburg South.
This road contest was highlighted with accomplishments on both squads as the girls swept the meet with first place wins in every event while the boys squad claimed another ‘W,’ keeping their season undefeated so far.
Victoria Keenan is usually straight to the point.
When asked what she does to get away from basketball, the Northampton senior guard doesn’t mince her words.
“Nothing,” said Keenan. “I guess I am pretty boring.”
On the court, however, Keenan surely isn’t humdrum.