Northampton head boys’ soccer coach Adam Bastidas knew this year likely wouldn’t be like the previous one.
Last year, the Konkrete Kids more than doubled their wins from the 2016 season, as they recorded 13 wins and a district playoff berth in the process. However, the Kids had a large senior class.
So, this year, Bastidas sees a retooling year, not necessarily rebuilding. It became evident to him in the Kids’ opening two games, a 4-2 loss to Whitehall and a 9-0 shutout to Parkland.
After a six-game winning streak put the Lehigh Valley IronPigs into the playoffs, a seventh straight win gave them a 1-0 lead in their best-of-five divisional series against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Unfortunately, that would be their last win of the season as the RailRiders went on to take the next three games to advance to the Governor’s Cup Finals in the International League.
Northampton weathered a very tough start to their schedule in decent shape, finishing 2-2 against Whitehall (1-2, 1-2), Notre Dame-Green Pond (1-1), Central Catholic (1-2, 1-2) and Parkland (4-0, 4-0). They also added a win against Nazareth this past Monday to put their record at 3-2 after coming into the season with a few question marks about their team.
First, the shutout streak was snapped. Twenty-five minutes later, the winning streak disappeared too.
Through the first 225 minutes of the season, the Northampton field hockey team did not allow a goal. After taking a 1-0 lead very early in the Sept. 12 contest against Stroudsburg, it looked like the K-Kids might cruise to another victory.
But then the momentum shifted.
The Northampton golf team improved to 11-1 this season and continued a stellar year with a win over Pocono Mountain East at Woodstone Country Club.
Andrew Hozza paved the way for the Kids with a 76, but it was West’s Brett Wagner who led all golfers with an impressive 71, one-under par effort.
It wasn’t enough in the end as the Kids won 407-461.
The Kids again got the consistent scoring as Nate Wheeler (80), Andrew Kovalchik (82), Jack Test (84) and Anthony Sawarysnki (85) all came in with scores in the 80s.
For most head coaches in the East Penn Conference, seeing a “2” in the completions column at the end of a game might cause a nightmare.
For Northampton’s Mark Scisly, it is a welcomed sight.
The K-Kids rushed the ball 52 times for 254 yards in a 24-7 victory over Pleasant Valley.
Junior Aiden Jones capped Northampton’s opening possession with a 12-yard touchdown run in a drive that saw zero pass attempts.
Expectations were high for a close Northampton versus Bethlehem Catholic tennis match on Monday, but things did not play out as anticipated when the Hawks won 6-1.
It was expected that the Hawks would win the singles matches, which they did, and that the K-Kids would win the doubles matches, but only Liz Moore and Shannon Reinhard were able to accomplish a victory at four doubles.
With all the recent rain, productive fishing came to a halt as fishermen had to wait for local streams to clear and recede. When that happens most die-hard anglers hit the lakes as they’re generally not as affected by rain.
But with cooling temperatures, fishing picked up over the weekend and may continue barring any hurricane remnants. Our fishing reporters have this to say:
We head into week four of the football season and the top four teams in the EPC have clearly been cemented, with each of the teams taking on formidable tests this week.
In Colonial League action, the battle between Palisades and Southern Lehigh will prove to be huge for the league title race.
How will it all shake down? Check out this week’s Top 10.
1. Parkland (3-0)
Last week’s rank: #1
Major test for two of the conferences best teams this week. Trojans get an edge.
The Pick: Parkland 24- Easton 17
2. Bethlehem Catholic (3-0)
Both Bethlehem Catholic remained undefeated with wins Friday night in the third week of the 2017 high school football season, while Northampton grabbed its second of the young season.
The Golden Hawks erased an early Emmaus lead with 21 straight points then held on for a 28-21 win.
Emmaus (1-2) went up 14-0 on two first quarter touchdowns, but the Hawks scored three unanswered touchdowns, capped by Shamus Williams’ interception return for a touchdown with 1:15 left in the first half that gave his team a 21-14 lead.