Northwestern girls basketball coach Chris Deutsch is quick to give praise to his players, and he has a lot of good players to heap praise on. What he doesn’t do is offer up a lot of hyperbole or try to make his players into something that they’re not. So, when he turned very serious recently when he was asked about senior Jess Williamson and offered up a stirring assessment of her ability on a basketball court, it makes sense to listen.
With it’s current five-game win streak, the Northwestern Lehigh girls basketball team has clinched spots in both the Colonial League and District 11 playoffs.
The win that put the Tigers over the top was a 54-25 pounding of Palmerton, but the night before, they downed rival Northern Lehigh 57-29 to move closer to their goal of reaching the postseason.
When Northwestern Lehigh (8-7 Colonial, 11-8 overall) downed Palmerton last week, it was a bigger win than it may have appeared to be on the surface. It was the 11th win of the season for the Tigers, meaning that they clinched a spot in the District 11 Tournament for the first time in 10 years. The win, coupled with one the night before over rival Northern Lehigh meant that the team had met one of tits goals coming into the season.
After a loss to Southern Lehigh almost two weeks ago, Northwestern girls basketball head coach Chris Deutsch was sure that his players wouldn’t let the loss affect the rest of their season. Since that loss, the Lady Tigers have pulled out a 44-43 win at Notre Dame (Green Pond) and downed Bangor 58-41 Tuesday night to give them nine wins in their last 10 games.
The Sanctuary at Haafsville is in the midst of a campaign to raise funds to complete the new building at the facility along Nestle Way in Breinigsville.
The campaign got a shot in the arm recently when Rick Beuttel, the director of business development for Air Products, was on-hand to present Liz Jones, the Sanctuary’s executive director, with a check for $5,000.
The money came from an award given to Beuttel, for his work with the company, and was earmarked for a local charity, left to his discretion.
Coming into this past weekend, the Northwestern boys basketball team hadn’t dropped back-to-back games this season. But after Monday’s loss to Notre Dame (Green Pond), the Tigers (8-6 overall; 6-5 Colonial League) have lost three straight games and have some tough games down the road.
The three losses have come against Colonial League opponents with a combined league record of 21-12 and an overall mark of 25-18. The one that truly got away was Saturday’s 76-53 loss to Southern Lehigh (5-5, 5-9) when the Tigers simply came out slow against the Spartans.
The Phantoms reached the halfway point of their season with what Phil Varone called an “embarrassing” performance in a 6-2 loss to Springfield Saturday night. Lehigh Valley came out with a good first period, but that was about all it was able to put together as the Thunderbirds scored four unanswered goals to waltz out of the PPL Center with a win.
Varone scored his 100th career AHL goal in the game, but was more focused on the weak effort that the team put on the ice.
Southern Lehigh’s girls basketball team has developed a reputation for running over opponents this season. In their 10 wins, the Spartans’ margin of victory is just over 28 points per game, and Northwestern is the only Colonial League team to lose to the Spartans by less than 10 points when they dropped a 51-48 game three weeks ago.
In two nonleague losses against Archbishop Carroll and Easton, Southern Lehigh has lost by a combined eight points, and the Spartans currently have a six-game winning streak.
Many times, the second half of a basketball season finds teams wishing for an extra day off here or there. Winter weather sometimes backs games up to where teams are being stretched and coaches would like a day or two to work on some things, but they just don’t have the time.
That hasn’t been the case over the past couple of weeks as holidays slowed the Colonial League schedule and teams were just aching to play a serious game against someone other than players on their team.
When Noah Meyers first stepped on to the Northwestern High School soccer field, the first thing that Tiger coach Nate Hunsicker noticed was his quickness.
He sensed that everything else would fall into place for him as a player and that his quickness would eventually be something that the team could use in key spots later in his high school career.
Even as he was watching Meyers make key contributions to the team from his midfield position as an underclassman, Hunsicker was envisioning him filling an even more vital role in his senior season.
Hunsicker was right.