While the Northwestern defense was able to considerably slow down an impressive Salisbury offense, the Tigers’ own offense had its momentum interrupted throughout the game, resulting in a 7-3 loss to the Falcons last Friday night.
Salisbury, which scored 47 points in its season opener and compiled just over 500 yards of total offense, struggled for yardage in week two against the Tigers. It wasn’t until late in the third quarter that Salisbury got on the board, and that drive was aided by an untimely defensive penalty.
When Josh Snyder took over the Northwestern Tigers in 2012, he was quick to put young players in the lineup. He knew they were going to take some hits and go through rough times, but ultimately they would be better players down the road because of the experience that they gathered. This season, injuries hit the offensive and defensive lines leading up to the first week of the season, creating a familiar situation for Snyder.
Coming into the season, Tom Eshelman was a good pitching prospect for the Phillies, but he was overshadowed by pitchers like Ben Lively, Zach Eflin, Jake Thompson and Nick Pivetta.
For pitcher Jose Taveras, he was among the group of top pitching prospects, but he was in the lower levels of the minors and thought to be at least a couple, if not three years away from reaching the majors.
Things changed for both pitchers in 2017. Eshelman is now among the elite group of pitching prospects, while Taveras moved through the organization at a pace faster than anyone expected.
Every high school athlete dreams of having the type of senior season that Trevor Cunningham had at Northwestern. The three-sport star had big seasons in football, basketball and track.
“I really wanted to have a big year as a senior,” admits Cunningham. “I think every kid wants to do that and go out with a really strong performance. I’m proud of what I was able to accomplish and I got to be around some great guys and have a lot of fun along the way.”
The 42nd Annual Via All-Star Basketball Classic was played Saturday at Northampton Community College, pitting senior all-stars against one another in four separate games.
The West squad featured seniors from Central Catholic, Northampton, Northwestern, Parkland and Whitehall among other Lehigh Valley teams.
The West came up on the short end of the score in both games, with the girls falling 56-49 and the boys suffering a 121-97 loss.
The Lehigh Valley IronPigs unveiled an impressive array of new video boards around the stadium on Thursday, with Lehigh County Executive Tom Muller flipping the switch to turn on the new displays.
Every video board in the ballpark has been upgraded to HD technology, with many of the boards also being upgraded in size.
The main display board in left-center field is now over 3,000 square feet and is the largest video board in all of Minor League Baseball.
As the Lehigh Valley Phantoms prepared for a key home-and-home series against rival and division-leading Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, it was easy to spot the optimists from the pessimists.
The optimists looked back at last Wednesday’s 5-4 overtime loss to Syracuse and pointed to picking up a crucial point in the loss. The pessimists pointed to leaving a point on the table as the season starts to wind its way down toward what figures to be a pretty exciting conclusion.
The Sanctuary at Haafsville is in the midst of a campaign to raise funds for constructing a new building at the animal shelter along Nestle Way, Breinigsville.
The campaign received a shot in the arm recently when Rick Beuttel, director of business development for Air Products, presented a $5,000 check to Liz Jones, the Sanctuary’s executive director.
The money, from an award given to Beuttel for his work with Air Products, was earmarked for a local charity, left to the discretion of Beuttel.
It was just one of those days for Northwestern when it traveled to Salisbury (5-2, 7-3) to take on the Falcons Saturday. After trailing by just three at the half, the Tigers shooting went cold and they came out of Salisbury High School with a 54-38 loss to Salisbury.
Salisbury’s Jack Reichenbach led all scorers with 21 points, while Ryann Slutsky and Jaxon Costello chipped in with 11 points each. For Northwestern, Trevor Cunningham and Deven Bollinger each scored eight points to lead the Tigers, with Sam Yadush picking up seven points.
The Northwestern girls basketball team dropped its first two games of the season, falling to Whitehall 25-24 before getting drubbed by Allen 66-37. The two losses put the Tigers in a bad spot as they faced three more games in four days before they had a break in the schedule. Instead of hanging their collective heads and letting the season slip away, they went to work on the one thing that has led them to three straight wins: fundamentals.