Northwestern sweeps Bombers
Palmerton and Northwestern have emerged as two of the Colonial League's strongest teams this season. They showed why with a back-and-forth battle on Tuesday afternoon.
The Northwestern boys edged Palmerton by a score of 80-70, while the Tiger girls picked up an 82-68 win over the Lady Bombers.
Northwestern's boys only won four events, but their depth proved to be the difference.
The Tigers (4-1) scored points in all events, placing multiple athletes in the top five on 12 occasions, which offset the seven event victories by the Bombers.
"Our biggest thing is our all balance," Northwestern boys coach Mike MacLaughlin said. "We consistently get points in each event...thirds and fourths.
"One of the kids said to me, 'Coach, I think we're losing really bad.' I said, 'No, because we keep getting second's and third's,' and that's huge. Then we sneak in that first and we get the five (points) and that's kinda how we've been picking at it."
Cam Richardson (200), Collin Furchner (3200) and Alex Partington (discus) all had strong performances and helped the Tigers get maximum points in their events. The Northwestern boys also took the 1600 relay.
Austin Shupp (110 H, 300 H) and Jarred Sacks (long jump, triple jump) had multiple event wins for the Bombers (3-2) in the loss.
In the girls meet, Northwestern (5-0) used key wins from Haley Yost (800, 1600) and Rachel Cerrone (3200) in the distance events and Katie Cappuccino (100 H, 300 H) in hurdles to overcome Palmerton's (4-1) dominance in the sprinting and jumping events.
"We knew they had (Jessica) Pereira and (Lauryn) Solt and they're phenomenal in their respective events; they're the two best in the league," Northwestern girls coach Dave Kerschner said. "But we also knew what we had people like Katie Cappuccino, Haley Yost, Rachele Cerrone and some of our other distance girls."
(Find meets results below in Week in Review)