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Walakovits, boys fall to PMW; District 11 playoffs up next

Noah Walakovits admits his transition with the Northampton boys’ basketball team has been a smooth one.

The sophomore made the move from Brandywine to Northampton over the summer, and he has become an integral part of the Konkrete Kids’ rotation.

Seventh-seeded Northampton recently dropped a 52-31 decision to second-seeded Pocono Mountain West in an East Penn Conference (EPC) quarterfinal game.

As for Walakovits, life has been good.

“Our season has been good so far,” said Walakovits. “We had a tough loss to Pocono Mountain West, but we are shaking it off. We’re looking forward to our district game in a few weeks.”

Walakovits has been impressed with his team’s camaraderie.

“The state of the team is great,” he beamed. “We all have positive attitudes and are working together on the court.

“My role on the court usually changes. Sometimes, I need to score, and sometimes I need to step up on defense. Whatever the team needs, I am willing to do.”

Head coach Matt Scholl quickly realized Walakovits would be a regular contributor.

“He has been a huge addition to our team,” stressed Scholl. “He shoots the ball well, and plays with a high basketball IQ. Most importantly, he has embraced our team culture and fits right in with everyone. We are glad to have him.”

Against Pocono Mountain West, the Kids struggled with their shooting. They shot three-for-24 from the three -point line.

“We couldn’t get anything going offensively,” said School about his opponent. “That’s a credit to them because they played very physical defense and forced us to put in extra work.

“I thought we did a good job of being patient offensively, but we did not shoot well. You can’t win games shooting like we did form the three-point line.”

Scholl is confident the team’s stern work ethic can help extend their season. The Kids (14-9) are the fourth seed in the District 11 Class 6A bracket.

“The work these guys put in during the offseason will determine our future success,” stated Scholl. “Our hope is to keep the season going as long as possible.

“Our current seniors really grew during our state run two years ago, so hopefully we can have that happen again. Our seniors have worked so hard, and they deserve to play as long as possible this season.”

Press photo by Linda Rothrock Noah Walakovits and the boys basketball team, shown here in a game from earlier this season, fell to Pocono Mountain West in the opening round of the EPC playoffs.