When Chris Deutsch took over as the head coach of the girls basketball program at Northwestern Lehigh, he inherited a team that was pretty good and had reached districts in four straight seasons.
In each of his first two seasons, the team extended its streak of qualifying for districts, including losing in the finals in 2005.
The following season would give both Deutsch and the Northwestern program the memory of a lifetime.
The Lady Tigers fielded a young softball team last season, but they responded well and were the top seed in the Colonial League playoffs.
After getting a first-round bye, they faced Palmerton and lost to the Blue Bombers 3-0 to end their shot at a league title.
They went into districts as the top seed and worked their way to the finals where they faced Blue Mountain for a District 11 championship. The offense again came up short as the Tigers fell to Blue Mountain 5-1, ending the season for Northwestern Lehigh, which finished with an 18-5 overall record.
The high school baseball season was to have opened last Friday and Northwestern Lehigh was set for a busy week that was to feature five games in seven days, four of which would have been on the road. Instead, the players are home doing what workouts they can on their own and facing an uncertain future for the upcoming season.
Last year’s team used an 11-game winning streak to finish the regular season with an 18-2 record.
The 45th Annual Via All-Star Basketball Classic is set for Saturday, March 28 at Northampton Community College.
Super Saturday will include four all-star basketball games featuring the top senior players from the Lehigh Valley area. It begins at 10:30 a.m. with the North vs. South girls game, followed by their boys counterparts at noon.
Four Northwestern player were selected to participate in the event.
From the Tiger girls team, Gabriella Giese, Mackenzie Hess and Sydney Sevrain were named Via All-Stars, while Deven Bollinger got he nod for the boys game.
Two swimmers from Northwestern Lehigh competed in the District 11 Swimming and Diving Championship this past weekend at Parkland High School. Dillon Scott and Annikka Stangil each competed in two events.
Scott won a bronze medal in the 500-yard freestyle, finishing just .63 seconds behind silver medalist Ryan Evert of North Schuylkill. The Tiger senior missed the medal podium in Friday’s 200-yard individual medley, but he didn’t come away empty-handed.
If we learned anything about the Northwestern Lehigh basketball team this season it was that you can’t give up on the Tigers even when things don’t seem to be going in their favor.
Northwestern almost pulled off another come from behind win against Bethlehem Catholic Friday night, but in the end, the Golden Hawks were able to hang on and stretch out their lead late in the game for a 56-39 win in the District 11 4A quarterfinals.
After battling back, but coming up just short of advancing past the quarterfinals in the Colonial League tournament, the Northwestern Lehigh girls basketball team is looking forward to returning to the court in districts.
Once again, the Tigers have drawn Central Catholic (12-9) in the quarterfinals, with the Lady Tigers (18-4) being a four-seed and the Vikettes the fifth-seed.
A furious comeback highlighted by a parade of three-pointers nearly brought Northwestern Lehigh back from a 13-point deficit, but ultimately it was Moravian Academy that held on for a 49-45 win over the Lady Tigers in the Colonial League semifinal game played at Catasauqua High School last week.
When the Northwestern Lehigh boys take to the court Friday night at Whitehall High School, it will have been 17 days since they played their final regular season game.
At that point, the team was worn down physically and the flu was starting to take its toll on some of the players. Emotionally, the Tigers were worn down a little as well, having come up short on making the Colonial League playoffs.
The Tigers spent their time off getting healthy, with coach Billy Hallman scheduling a couple of days off from practice during that stretch.
It was a quick turn of events for the Northwestern Lehigh Tigers Friday night at Salisbury High School and they came out on the downside of the changes, dropping a 46-42 decision to the Falcons.
The loss knocked Northwestern out of the Colonial League playoff picture.
The two teams exchanged leads throughout the first quarter, but Salisbury started to hit some shots in the second quarter.
Trey Weber’s jumper with 4:25 left before halftime put the Falcons up by four and they stretched it to six when Patrick Foley drove the lane to put Salisbury up 17-11. C