It had been a while since Josh Williamson had pitched to anybody outdoors. With the harsh weather barely subsiding, the Northwestern Tigers were on a baseball field for just the second time on Wednesday and Williamson enjoyed the opportunity, even though the conditions weren't perfect.
With a brisk wind blowing throughout the game, Williamson and the Tigers picked up a 6-4 Colonial League win over Palmerton.
There are a lot of local divers who will be glad to see Nicole Sagl head off to college next fall. For the fourth straight season, Sagl, who attends Central Catholic High School, captured the Class AA District 11 Diving Championship and did it in grand style, setting both an Emmaus High School pool record and a new Class AA district record with a final score of 511.10.
Sagl led the entire way and was well ahead of Southern Lehigh's Erin Donnelly, who finished with a score of 386.45, good enough for second place and a trip to the PIAA Championship next month at Bucknell University.
Sabrina Mertz was pretty sure Lehigh University was going to be the place for her, and after visiting the campus, she was completely sold. The soccer, basketball and track standout officially became a Mountain Hawk Wednesday when she signed her Letter of Intent to play soccer in Bethlehem next season.
"There were a couple of others, including Marist in New York, but right when I walked on the campus, I knew. I never really thought that there was that thing that you'd get that feeling, but I definitely got it there and I knew that was where I wanted to go," she said.
Cam Richardson knows football. He also knows about the tradition of Lehigh University football and the famed rivalry with Lafayette. Richardson's success both on the football field and in the classroom have allowed him to now become part of that tradition.
After shattering most of the receiving records at Northwestern and helping drive his team to the District 11 Championship this past season, Richardson had plenty of opportunities ahead of him for college, but liked what he saw at Lehigh both athletically and academically.
After a record-setting high school soccer career at Northwestern, Sarah Segan will head for the College of William and Mary to continue her career at the Division I level. Segan signed her letter of intent at a ceremony on Wednesday and is looking forward to the next part of both her academic and athletic life.
For much of Saturday's EPC Diving Championships, you had to think that Nicole Sagl wasn't going to get her fourth conference diving championship. Sagl, a Central Catholic senior who lives in the Northwestern School District, was mired in third place after five dives. From there though, she put together an impressive streak of dives, using a 46.20 on her ninth dive to move into second place and a 51.70 on her tenth dive to take over the lead.
They were the team that just wouldn't go away. The North Schuylkill Spartans were trailing Northwestern throughout their District 11 Championship game, but always found a way to stay in the game. In the end, the Tigers came up with enough big plays to salvage a 28-26 win, gaining their first District 11 Championship since 2002.
The Northwestern Tigers are entering into uncharted territory as they prepare for their first state playoff game since 2002. With that challenge comes facing new teams that they're not familiar with and having to take long bus rides to get to where you need to be. That's the case this week as Northwestern travels to Peckville Friday night to face the Dunmore Bucks (11-1) out of District 2.
There's no denying that when Josh Snyder took over the Northwestern football program, he had a definite plan for the team. Right from the beginning, he was confident that his approach and the changes that he would bring to the program would work.
A year ago, Northwestern and North Schuylkill played for the Eastern Conference Championship, with the Tigers picking up the trophy by virtue of a 19-18 win. This season, the two teams meet again, but this time the trophy up for grabs is the District 11 Championship, something that both teams have had their eye since the end of last year's meeting between the two teams.