Northampton’s Konkrete Kids put together the longest winning streak for the school since 1990 when they rattled off 13-straight wins after opening the season with two-straight losses, including being no-hit in the season opener against Parkland.
Unfortunately, it was Parkland (13-3 overall, 12-1 EPC) that ended their run when they downed Northampton 5-4, recently.
For Northampton, their 13-game winning streak was a major accomplishment this season.
Beating Emmaus Monday was even bigger.
The Konkrete Kids took another giant step toward gaining more respectability when they edged Emmaus, 4-3, Monday afternoon. Two days prior, the Kids (14-3) had their winning streak snapped in a 5-4 loss to Parkland. They began the season with consecutive losses to Parkland and Emmaus.
Northampton’s track team split with Pocono Mountain East April 25 with the girls winning 94-56 and the boys falling 90-60.
For the girls, Raine Korpic took the 100 and 200 events while Amber Poniktera won the 800, Georgia Wiswesser the 1600 and Magen Perelli won the 3200.
Northampton’s 400 relay team took first and is made up of Victoria Keenan, Kelly Tita, Cassandra and Korpics.
Brooke Rockovits was another double winner, taking the long jump and triple jump.
Mikayla Davidson took first in the pole vault and Olivia Vajda won the javelin.
For Northampton’s lacrosse teams, putting wins together has been a struggle this season, but staying competitive is what they can hope for as the 2019 season rapidly approaches its conclusion.
The girls team is 2-13 coming into the week, with their lone victories coming against Northwestern, but head coach Paige Hoffman is still pleased with the progress.
Following mercy rule wins over Dieruff (12-2) and East Stroudsburg North (22-1), the 12-1 Konkrete Kids softball team took on the 7-5 Easton Red Rovers on Tuesday afternoon in Northampton.
After scoring 15 runs in the first inning the day before, the Kids’ bats went silent as they only managed 3 hits, all singles. Easton went home a 6-0 winner.
“We just didn’t hit the ball today and I don’t feel they were focused,” said head coach Kristy Henritzy. “That happens to good teams and it happens to bad teams. I hope this one stings just enough to wake them up.”
Bethlehem Steel FC played its eighth match of the 2019 USL Championship regular season against Indy Eleven. The Steel fell 0-3 in this one, after a back and forth battle at Talen Energy Stadium.
The match started slowly as neither team was able to establish an offensive presence. Steel FC pushed forward through left back Matt Real, on loan from Philadelphia Union, who whipped in multiple crosses that tested the Indy backline.
Last Thursday night, the Konkrete Kids’ boys lacrosse team bounced back from a tough 7-6 loss to Pleasant Valley the night before to beat Liberty 11-8 to claim their second win of the season.
Zakary Schwartz got Northampton off to a fast start by finding the back of the net just 18 seconds into the game. Aiden Jones tallied four times for the Kids before Liberty was finally able to break through at the 3:46 mark when Northampton was playing two men down. Jones and Kyle Wescoe each scored before the end of the first period to stake the Kids to a 7-1 lead.
A situation that once looked like a deprived season for the Northampton baseball team has developed one with a few whiskers around the edges.
With their 5-1 win over Easton Tuesday, the Konkrete Kids won 12 consecutive game after they dropped opening games to Parkland and Emmaus. The Kids and some of their coaches also made a vow nine games ago not to shave until they lose.
Needless to say, there are some beards coming into form.
They have won the most consecutive games since 1997, and the school record is 16 set in 1990.
There will be lots of clucks and gobbles emanating from Penn’s Woods on Saturday, April 27, when the spring turkey season opens statewide.
According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC), there is a turkey population of about 215,000-225,000 turkeys in the state. Last year, an estimated 174,500 hunters pursued them and took 40,303 of them. This was up from 38,101 in 2017. The PGC claims it set the highest hunter success rate in years. And this year’s forecast looks promising, despite a low fall turkey harvest and a rainy spring season in 2018.
The East Penn Conference released its second top track and field performance list for the 2019 season.
Northampton is well-represented on the list with five different K-Kids appearing in the top-five.
The girls have four, including Georgia Wiswesser with the fourth-best time in the 3200, Brooke Rockovits, who is fifth in the high jump, Mikayla Davidson, who is tied for third in the pole vault, and Reia Sanchez who is fifth in the javelin.
On the boys side, Dalton Domchek has the third best time in the 800.