Some teams shy away from physical play on the basketball court. All they want to do is run the court and avoid contact, much like a fighter who knows he’s in trouble.
The Northwestern Tigers can run the court with the best of them, but they can also stand their ground and battle. When their recent game against Hamburg took an extremely physical turn, the Tigers used it to their advantage and came away with a 69-51 win, turning what was once a close game into a blowout.
One of the perplexing things for Northwestern girls basketball head coach Chris Deutsch has been the fact that his team will sometimes come out and start slowly in a game. The Tigers might have done that Friday night against Northern Lehigh if not for sophomore center Emily Sekerak, who rattled off the team’s first 10 points of the game and helped lead Northwestern to a 45-38 win over the visiting Bulldogs.
It’s been a tough start to the season for the Northwestern Lehigh boys basketball team. The early schedule had the Tigers off for the opening weekend but then backed up a bunch of games, leaving them with little time to practice or rest up. Finally, they hit a point in the schedule where they had three days off last week and used them to work on some things in practice.
The result was one of their better performances of the season in a 56-43 win over Northern Lehigh in a key Colonial League matchup.
Northwestern and Southern Lehigh have had some pretty spirited battles over the past few seasons, but the Spartans have been ruling girls basketball in the Colonial League and they looked to flex their muscles against Northwestern in their first meeting of the season.
Unfortunately for the Tigers, Southern Lehigh was able to corral the high-scoring Northwestern offense and hang the first loss of the season onto Northwestern’s record with a 45-30 win over the Tigers.
Scoring 50 points in back-to-back games is nice, but it’s nothing new for the Northwestern girls basketball team.
The Tigers had a seven-game win streak last season where they scored at least 50 in every game.
They also went 7-2 in their last nine games last season and scored at least 50 points in each of those. It is impressive to start this season with back-to-back 50 point games though since they lost four of their top five scorers from last season to graduation.
If the Northwestern Lehigh football team had things go its way, the Tigers would be preparing to play for a state championship this weekend in Hershey. The football team’s run ended with a loss in the District 11 semifinal, which allowed a number of players to instantly hit the basketball court in time to get ready for the season.
Northwestern boys basketball head coach Billy Hallman knows that he could have been without key players, but he was also hoping for some of his players to have a shot at a state championship in football.
Northwestern Lehigh girls basketball coach Chris Deutsch believes in playing tougher teams to provide more of a challenge for his players. That’s the case both in the regular season and in scrimmages as the team prepares for the season. Northwestern had two scrimmages, both against perennially strong East Penn Conference teams in Easton and Nazareth.
Northwestern Lehigh goalie Taylor Page was recently named as an All Colonial League First Team All-Star in field hockey.
In addition to Page’s selection to the first team, senior forward Sydney Derr was named to the list of Second Team All-Stars, while linemate and fellow senior Rachel Koerner was one of three Lady Tigers named to the list of Honorable Mentions. Joining Koerner were sophomore midfielder Alexandra Lister and junior defender Allyson Myers.
The Northwestern Lady Tigers placed three players on the Colonial League First Team All-Stars for girls soccer. Defender Jaymi Smith, midfielder Maggie Motolese and forward Sara Hathaway were all named to the league’s first team list of all-stars. All three are seniors.
Junior midfielder Bailey Groff was named to the list of second team all-stars.
Northwestern went 10-2 in league play on the season and qualified for the postseason in both the Colonial League and District 11 playoffs. Overall, Northwestern Lehigh went 11-4 on the season.
The Colonial League recently announced its boys soccer all-star team for the 2018 season and Northwestern Lehigh had three players selected for first-team honors. Northwestern and Saucon Valley were the only teams to have multiple players on the first team as both teams placed three players on the list.
In all, Northwestern had seven players named as league all-stars, placing three players on the second team and one player among those on the honorable mention team.