This year, Northwestern’s varsity boys basketball team has gained some attention as a potential contender in District 11. But meanwhile, away from the varsity spotlight, the Tigers’ freshman squad has also been quietly making a name for itself. Coming off a perfect 20-0 season, the cast of promising young athletes has established itself as a future powerhouse in Colonial League Basketball.
Seven games into the season, Northern Valley fell to Nazareth in a closely contested 6-5 loss, the first in a series of defeats that put the Chargers’ playoff hopes in question. But almost a month later, after earning the seventh seed in the league tournament and besting first round opponent Northeast Bethlehem 8-4, Northern Valley would get the rematch they deserved. Thirteen games after that bitter loss, they would face Nazareth once more on the road to the championship, this time in the league quarterfinals.
When Northern Valley stepped onto the field for its matchup against Northampton, the Chargers knew that the next seven innings carried heavy implications for the upcoming postseason.
The Chargers entered the contest with momentum on their side. With three consecutive wins under their belts, Northern Valley players felt confident they could continue their streak and climb a bit higher in the Lehigh Valley Connie Mack standings.
Despite the positive outlook, the Chargers fell to Northampton 5-3 in a well-fought defensive showing by both teams.