The 30th Annual Howard E. Deppe Senior All-Star Baseball Classic was played Saturday at Limeport Stadium, with the Pink team, comprised primarily of players from the EPC downing the Blue team of all-stars, primarily from the Colonial League, 5-1. Dieruff's Shane Seibert got the win, while Northampton's Noah Durnin suffered the loss.
The game raises funds for the American Cancer Society while giving high school senior players the opportunity to get together for one, final game.
What a difference a couple days can make. On Tuesday, Northwestern got lead-off runners on base in five of the six innings that they came to bat. On Thursday, the Tigers were able to do that just once and that wasn't until the seventh inning. The result on Thursday was a 6-2 loss to Southern Lehigh in the semifinals of the District 11 Class AAA Playoffs.
While the Tigers weren't able to get lead-off runners on, they did get two-out baserunners in four innings. Unfortunately for the Tigers, they stranded 14 base runners in the game and they allowed four unearned runs.
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.