Northwestern Press

Tuesday, August 21, 2018
PRESS PHOTO BY CHUCK HIXSONNine Lady Tiger athletes announced their college intentions at a recent letter of intent ceremony at Northwestern High School. They area (front row, left to right) Hanna Herzon, Gabrielle Sevrain, Shaelin de Wit and McKayla Wildrick; (back row) Molly Tarvin, Cassidy Lentz, Leighanna Lister, Abby Chisdak and Danielle Schmidt. PRESS PHOTO BY CHUCK HIXSONNine Lady Tiger athletes announced their college intentions at a recent letter of intent ceremony at Northwestern High School. They area (front row, left to right) Hanna Herzon, Gabrielle Sevrain, Shaelin de Wit and McKayla Wildrick; (back row) Molly Tarvin, Cassidy Lentz, Leighanna Lister, Abby Chisdak and Danielle Schmidt.

Nine Lady Tigers represent six different sports

Thursday, May 31, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press in Sports

Northwestern High School recently held a letter of intent signing ceremony at which it honored student athletes that are going on to compete in college sports.

Nine Lady Tiger athletes will join women’s’ programs in college next season. Three are headed to Division 2 schools and six will compete in NCAA’s Division 3.

For senior Shaelin de Wit, who will continue her education at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, New York, there were a lot of schools to choose from but she was able to narrow down her choice on where she would study business. For her, the school location could make sense even after college.

“For me there were a lot of schools to choose from,” said de Wit who will play field hockey at Molloy. “So I was looking at a lot of different places in the north, south and I even looked in California. New York has a lot of opportunity and since I’m majoring in business, there’s a lot of opportunity up there.”

Field hockey teammate Danielle Schmidt felt that Indiana University of Pennsylvania seemed to have everything that she wanted in a school. When visiting the campus, she felt comfortable and that she could fit in with the environment.

“I am so excited. Super excited,” said Schmidt. “I was actually out there two weeks ago for a field hockey clinic and loved it. I loved that it felt like home and all the girls were really nice and work together very well and I wanted to be a part of that.

“It’s only about four hours so I could still come home for some weekends if I want to.”

Basketball player Leighanna Lister didn’t see herself sitting behind a desk for the rest of her life and chose criminal justice as a major so she would have an opportunity for a more active lifestyle. Her choice of Georgian Court University in Lakewood, New Jersey, has a good criminal justice program and will provide her the opportunity to play a lot of basketball.

“First I wanted to be fairly close to home and a small school that would give me a chance to get to know everyone,” Lister said. “It was also a priority for me to have the chance to play all four years so I was looking for a D-2 school. The campus is awesome and it’s close to the beach, so that’s a plus, too.”

Runners Molly Tarvin (Allegheny College) and Hanna Herzon (Dickinson College) were four-year cross country varsity runners and part of three Colonial League championship cross country teams. They were part of three state-qualifying teams at Northwestern. They also both earned league medals in track.

Tarvin, an All-Colonial League First Team selection last fall, was one of the top two runners in the line up for all four years. She plans to major in environmental science.

Herzon was one of the team’s top five runners in all of her seasons. She earned Second Team All-Colonial League status in each of the past two seasons.

Basketball player Gabrielle Sevrain will go on to Dickinson College to play basketball and major in biology. She was a three-year starter for the Tigers and played both guard positions. She averaged 7.8 points per game as a senior. The three-sport athlete also competed in field hockey and track and field.

Mikayla Wildrick will continue her softball career and education at Penn State’s Hazleton campus. She second baseman was a three-year varsity player and two-year starter for the Tigers. She plans to major in secondary education — math.

Cassidy Lentz will continue her academic and athletic career at Penn State’s Hazleton campus. A two-year member of Northwestern’s varsity softball team, Lentz plays left field for the Tigers. She plans to major in sociology.

Abby Chisdak will continue her education and soccer career at DeSales University.

A four-year starter for Northwestern, Chisdak was the Times News Girls Soccer Player of the year in 2016. She also earned all-state honors during her career and was a three-time All-Colonial League selection. She also participated in track and basketball. She plans to major in sports and exercise science.