Fresh off a dominating performance at the previous weekend’s District XI championships, the Konkrete Kids’ wrestlers took to the mats at the PIAA AAA NE Regional Championships looking to punch their tickets to the state championship in Hershey.
As a team, Northampton finished tied for second with Nazareth, two-and-half points behind Bethlehem Catholic.
The Kids will be sending six wrestlers to compete in the state finals.
Twelve swimmers from Northampton competed in the PIAA District 11 AAA Championship meet held at Parkland High School this past weekend. The squad came away with three individual medals, two relay team medals, two state championship meet qualifications and multiple personal best times.
On their driveway on any typical summer night, Tyler and Kylie Gilliard have played plenty of basketball together.
This season, the family members got to share a successful season on the court on the varsity level, too.
Tyler, a senior, recently finished a four-year career with the boys basketball team, while Kylie, a freshman, continues to keep a memorable season alive. Both have been starters for the Kids’ respective teams this winter.
Through it all, though, the bond between doesn’t figure to be broke anytime soon.
Most Outstanding Wrestler, Coach of the Year, District XI Champions.
The District XI Wrestling Championship this past weekend added to the already stellar resume of the 2018-2019 Northampton Konkrete Kids wrestling team.
Pennsylvania’s final bear harvest figures are in and the take was down for the 2018 seasons. This pales in comparison to the state’s top harvest of 4,350 recorded for the 2011 season.
The 2018 season breakdown shows 2,017 were shot during the general firearms season; 699 in the extended season; and 424 during the archery season and 12 in the early season.
The Phantoms had two chances to take a big step up in the Atlantic Division this past weekend and they whiffed on both chances.
The schedule had Lehigh Valley at Charlotte on back-to-back nights this past Friday and Saturday and the Checkers took both games, leaving the Phantoms in fifth place in the Atlantic Division, 19 points behind Charlotte. More importantly, Lehigh Valley is now 10th in the conference standings, which would leave them on the outside looking in at the playoffs.
The path to Northampton’s first District XI wrestling team title since 2009 was testament to depth and balance of their lineup. Each wrestler contributed at least two wins and a pin to the cause.
Senior Ryan Stilgenbauer took fourth place at 106 pounds to qualify for his first appearance in the NE Regional Tournament. In addition to his placement, Stilgenbauer also scored two pins.
Last Thursday, the Northampton girls basketball team punched their tickets to the state playoffs with a 70-51 win over Easton in the District XI 6A quarterfinals.
On Monday, the Kids put themselves in position to claim their first district title since 2011 with a 60-47 win over Parkland at Catasauqua.
The Trojans led 16-12 after the first period on the strength of their three-point shooting and layup just before the horn sounded.
The Northampton swimming and diving teams ended their 2018-2019 season with a home meet vs. Easton High School on Thursday, Feb. 14. Though the meet ended in a loss for both the Northampton teams, the boys team came as close to a win as possible, losing by only one point by a score of 93-92. Despite the loss, the night had a tone of celebration as the team honored the seven senior swimmers and divers who will be graduating this June.
Northampton’s boys’ basketball district playoff game couldn’t have come any sooner.
The tenth-seeded Konkrete Kids (12-10) traveled to seventh-seeded Parkland (13-9) in the opening round of the PIAA District 11 Class 6A playoffs Tuesday. The winner will meet second–seeded Nazareth Saturday at Allen in the next round.
It proved to be an anxious two-week period since the Kids last saw action. They did manage a scrimmage against Palmerton in the process.