Article By: CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press
After a successful 2017-2018 school year that saw one Tiger boys team reach the state title game (soccer), another win its first district title in several years (baseball) and every other boys team qualify for the postseason, several of the players from those teams had opportunities to play in college.
At a recent letter of intent signing ceremony, eleven athletes from Northwestern boys sports announced their college intentions. One is headed to the Division 1 level, while three are going to Division 2 programs and seven others will play in Division 3 or junior college.
A pair of baseball teammates who celebrated a district title over the weekend will play in Division 2 over the next four years. Tiger catcher Tyler Wiik (Bloomsburg) and outfielder Jacob Haas (Mansfield) announced their plans.
“I’m really excited to face new competition, better competition and have something new in my life,” said Wiik. “It’s going to be great to get started there.”
The four-year starter behind the plate had a good reason for staying somewhat close to home.
“It’s always good to know that I can come home on weekends if I want to do something; some wash or whatever,” he said
Haas will major in earth and space science at Mansfield where he joins former Tiger teammate Brady Mengel. Haas is tempering his excitement for college with his focus on working through playoffs and spending a chunk of his summer playing Legion ball.
“I’ll remember the relationships that I’ve had here,” said Haas. “We’ve really grown together and worked together well. Right now, I’m focusing on playoffs and Legion ball, but I’m excited to get to Mansfield, too.”
As for Hunter Miller, his love of math is leading him to his career choice which he will pursue at Seton Hill University in Greensburg. He’s got fond memories of his football career at Northwestern and is looking forward to what lies ahead in college.
“I love the coaches and met with the players and talked to them about the college and they all liked going there,” said Miller, who served as the Tigers place kicker. “I was fortunate because [Northwestern]coach [Josh] Snyder let me go in for some key field goals and try some long field goals. That was great and gave me a lot of great memories to look back on. I really enjoyed my time in high school and we had some great teams and a lot of great teammates.”
Phillip Castrine will attend Wilkes University and join the Colonels cross country team. Castrine was a four-year member of Northwestern’s track and cross country teams. He finished in the top 10 in districts (fifth) and leagues (ninth) as a junior and earned All-Colonial League honorable mention recognition as a senior last fall. He plans to major in pharmacy.
Dylan Frantz will continue his education and football career at Kings College. A three-year varsity player, Frantz also participated in track and field at Northwestern. His senior year was highlighted by a kick-off return touchdown. He played running back and defensive back, while also returning kicks and punts last fall. Frantz plans to major in athletic training.
Andrew Goodolf will move on to Moravian College to continue his soccer career. Goodolf and the Northwestern boys soccer team made two straight appearances in the PIAA title game, finishing as runner-up the past two seasons. The Tigers were semifinalists in Goodolf’s sophomore season. Goodolf Andrew was a four-year starter for the Tigers. He played every position but goal keeper and notched 39 goals and 39 assists in his career. He plans to major in public health.
Trevor Schreiner will continue his education and academic career at Lehigh Carbon Community College. A three-year varsity baseball player, Schreiner batted .435 as a sophomore, .445 as a junior and was hitting .500 through this year’s regular season. The first baseman and center fielder earned All-Colonial League recognition in each of the past two seasons. He plans to major in business management and forensic science.
Soccer goal keeper Taylor Wanamaker is headed to Rosemont College. Wanamaker was a four-year member of the Tigers’ varsity team and was the starting goalie last fall when Northwestern reached the state title game. He earned All-Colonial League honorable mention honors as a senior when he played in 26 games, allowed just 10 goals and posted 19 shut outs.
Mason Vogwill is headed to Penn State’s Harrisburg campus to play baseball. A three-year member of the baseball team, Vogwill earned All-Colonial League honorable mention recognition as a sophomore and junior. He also played golf for the Tigers and was the Times News Golfer of the Year last fall after reaching the district championship tournament. He plans to major in secondary education – history.
Robbie Leiser will go on to Stevens Institute of Technology where he plans to run on the cross country and track and field teams. A three-year varsity runner on both teams at Northwestern, Leiser has been the Tiger cross country team’s top runner in each of the past two seasons.
He qualified for states three times in cross country and earned league and district medals in each of the past two seasons. Leiser is president of his high school band and part of drama club, science club and debate team. He plans to major in quantitative finance.
Clymer, a state champion wrestler, will go on to Lock Haven University next year.