Imagine how frustrating this scenario would be to live through.
You’re a highly-regarded prospect in your sport and as you move closer to reaching a point where you’re truly getting an opportunity to show what you can do at the highest levels of that sport, you can’t stay healthy. It seems like every time you rehab from one injury, another one hits.
Northampton’s wrestling team is gearing up for one of their best potential individual postseason runs in recent memory when the District 11 tournament kicks off this Friday and Saturday at Liberty’s Memorial Gymnasium. The Kids return six wrestlers with previous district medals and are one of the top teams that can battle with Bethlehem Catholic in the team standings heading into the tournament.
After losing to Becahi in the state championship two weeks ago, Northampton will be on a collision course with the Hawks for the team race this weekend.
After a week off following their stirring run to a second-place finish in the AAA state dual meet tournament, the Northampton wrestling team is back in action this weekend.
The following are the Northampton wrestlers who are seeded in the top-8 of their respective weights: 106-Ryan Stilgenbauer 7th, 113-Alex Hanley 5th, 120-Sam Hanley 4th, 132-Julian Chlebove 1st, 138-Devon Britton 1st, 145-Jagger Condomitti 2nd, 152-Mikey Kistler 2nd, 182-Riley Gallagher 7th, 195-Jayden Bortz 2nd, 220-Blake Lambert 4th, 285-Bubba Werkheiser 4th.
There’s an old saying in sports, “It’s hard to beat a team three times in the same season.”
While the truth of the saying is statistically dubious, it did hold true for the Northampton boys basketball team as their season came to an end at the hands of Parkland in the opening round of districts, 56-43.
The Kids had swept the two regular season games from the Trojans, 47-44 and 58-53.
In the end, Northampton wasn’t supposed to be there.
Yet, the Kids haven’t exactly followed the script.
Despite having a better overall record, the Konkrete Kids didn’t gain as much respect of the two-time East Penn Conference Bethlehem Catholic Golden Hawks.
They generally weren’t mentioned in the same breath as Becahi, Notre Dame, and Southern Lehigh when speaking about elite programs in the Lehigh Valley, or at least at the tail end of the reference.
However, the Kids are in the same 20-plus win (21-4) as their counterparts.
Fresh off a runner-up finish to Bethlehem Catholic in the EPC tournament, the Northampton girls basketball team will look to capture their first District XI 6A title since 2008.
The Kids earned the top seed on the virtue of their 19-3 regular season record. Coach Jeff Jacksits has the best “Big 3” in the district tournament with his triumvirate of all-EPC performers: Victoria Keenan (1st team, EPC MVP), Jenna Rogers (1st team), and Morgan Sterner (3rd team).
Mother Nature has not been kind to ice fishermen this season. With up and down temperatures and weekly rain, ice thickness is dangerously thin in certain local waters.
According to local bait and tackle shops, the best bet is to head north to the Poconos.
Northampton head coach Seth Lisa summed it up perfectly.
“If you are happy about No. 2, you’ll never be No. 1.”
Northampton didn’t travel to Hershey to just participate in the state wrestling tournament. It didn’t come to win a match. Or two. It came to win the whole thing.
The Konkrete Kids put themselves in position to do just that on Saturday with a trip to the Class 3A finals. Another District 11 foe was waiting, however. District 11 champion Bethlehem Catholic edged Northampton, 31-19, at Hershey’s Giant Center over the weekend for its seventh state championship.
In the near future, Gabby Demchak has aspirations of being a math teacher and a basketball coach.
It is a part of her persona about educating and helping others along her way to playing a role for the common good.
In the present, Demchak is doing her part to make Northampton’s girls’ basketball season a memorable one.
The Konkrete Kids began the week in the middle of battling for an EPC title before districts start.
vision soccer course
Vision Training Soccer announces its first of the year VT Level II Coaching Certification Course in Hellertown, on March 16 from 1-4 p.m.
The course will be offered at 2674 Easton Road, Hellertown, and will include a classroom presentation as well as a two-hour field session.
T.J. Kostecky, Men’s Soccer Coach at LIU Brooklyn, NCAA Division I, along with Len Bilous, former player and pro coach (MISL) will be teaching the course.
Topics presented include: Dribbling for possession; passing and receiving with vision; group and team possession.