Offensive pressure is key in most sports and field hockey is no exception. Whichever team can control the ball in the opposition’s defensive zone throughout that game usually comes away with the victory.
In the first half of opening round play of the PIAA Class A state tournament, New Hope-Solebury dominated in that aspect against Northwestern Lehigh, scoring two goals off that pressure. The two goals were all the Lions needed to advance as they defeated the Tigers 2-0n.
On Friday, in the quarterfinal round of the District 11/1 playoffs against No. 2 seed Lower Moreland, No. 7 seed Northwestern Lehigh knew the to key to a win was handling the Lions’ chaotic full-court pressure defense. Unfortunately, for the Tigers (12-11) in their first district berth since 2008, the Lions pressure was too much to handle.
From the onset, Lower Moreland (19-7) used its jump-and-run style to set the tone, forcing 24 turnovers en route to a 60-43 victory.
Those two words pretty much sum up what the Southern Lehigh girls basketball squad has been about this season.
The Spartans (22-1) offense was on full display Tuesday night against Northwestern Lehigh in the Colonial League postseason semifinal. Southern Lehigh’s up-tempo style paired with its ability to spread the ball around was too much for the Tigers (16-8) to handle.
Henry Paiste was just seven years old the first time he picked up a tennis racquet. The rest, as they say, is history.
Paiste is now headed to the University of Alabama Birmingham on a Division 1 tennis scholarship. Every athlete, especially the elite athletes, usually have interesting stories about how they got started playing their respective sport.
Paiste is certainly no exception to that.
The Lehighton baseball team had won four straight games heading into Monday's contest against Northwestern.
The Indians made it five straight as they turned in their best offensive performance of the season, coming up with 12 hits en route to an 8-2 win over the Tigers.
Lehighton senior Anthony Rossino. Rossino pitched five solid innings, giving up just one hit and one run. He also tallied two hits and three RBIs.
Great athletes don't often get to the top of their respective sports by being satisfied.
They always want more and expect more, catapulting them to the front of the line.
Northwestern junior swimmer Trey Shackleton has that type of attitude and that's why he was named the 2014 TIMES NEWS Swimmer of the year. It's the second consecutive year he has won the award.
Playing district championship golf can be taxing mentally and physically.
Add a 24-hour weather delay and a sudden-death playoff for the District 11 Class AA Championship.
Your palms might be starting to sweat just by reading the first that.
Well, that was exactly the case on Monday and Tuesday at the Blue Ridge Country Club for Northwestern senior Cole Miller and Tamaqua's Mike Weinert. Miller and Weinert both shot one-over-par 73, forcing a playoff at hole number 10 for the district crown.
Not many coaches, especially in the high school ranks can say they've been coaching at the same school for 31 years.
One man however that can say that is Northwestern baseball coach Len Smith.
Smith has been the head man for the Tigers for a remarkable 31 seasons and this season the coach is doing something he's never done before in his career. Smith is now coaching one of his former players sons.