Northwestern High School saluted four student athletes last week who signed letters of intent to further both their academic and athletic careers at colleges and universities. The four – Jake Augustus (baseball), Quentin Bernhard (wrestling), Parker Jones (basketball) and Dylan Snyder (football) – all have different career aspirations and various reasons for attending the schools that they chose.
The Northwestern Lady Tigers used a strong pitching performance from Lydia Danner and some key defensive plays to battle defending state champion Bethlehem Catholic through six scoreless innings in the District 11 semifinals at Parkland High School last Thursday. Ironically, one defensive miscue led to the Tigers downfall as the Golden Hawks downed Northwestern 1-0 with a run in the bottom of the seventh to advance to the championship game, looking for a spot in the PIAA Playoffs.
After coming up just short of a Colonial League championship last season, the Northwestern baseball team will return to the championship game this season after a 5-3 win over Notre Dame (Green Pond) Tuesday night at Parkland High School.
Two local companies are teaming up in a partnership that will have implications for Major League Baseball.
The Lehigh Valley IronPigs announced an agreement with uniform maker Majestic that will give players the same materials and styles worn by players in the majors.
Majestic, the official supplier of uniforms for MLB, is known for its innovation in materials and research and development into uniform styles to make today’s players more comfortable on the field, while providing durable materials that can take the beating of a major league season.
Last season, the Northwestern Tigers were three outs away from capturing the Colonial League Baseball championship, but came up short in a 3-2 loss to Saucon Valley. This season isn’t just about avenging that loss, but it also opens a new era in the team’s history.
Anthony Stolarz continues to impress in goal for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. With his team fighting for their postseason lives, Stolarz made a franchise record 51 saves and then turned in a perfect performance in a shootout as Lehigh Valley downed Syracuse 3-2.
Stolarz’ night bested a performance by Carsen Chubak, who recorded 50 saves on April 6, 2014 against Albany when the team played in Adirondack, New York.
Danick Martel and Cole Bardreau each scored for the Phantoms in regulation. For Martel, it was his 20th goal of the season.
Cam Richardson leaves Northwestern Lehigh High School having left his mark on the sports program.
Richardson played a key role in turning around the football program that earned an Eastern Conference title in the 2013 season and a district championship this past season.
In track, Richardson collected two medals in this year's district events, finishing fourth in the 100-meter and second in the 200.
Northern Valley made a nice run in the Lehigh Valley Legion playoffs, but ultimately, the Chargers' season ended short of where they wanted to be. On Sunday, in the first game of two potential games that they would have had to play that day, Northern Valley was blanked by South Parkland, 7-0, ending their season.
You've heard the old Abbott and Costello "Who's on First?" routine. Well, the Northern Valley Chargers have played a version of that almost all season and Tuesday night, their pitcher was their catcher and it helped to produce a strong outing for the pitcher.
For the first time in about four months, Dante Salerno put on catching gear and went behind the plate. He's spent most of his time on the mound, but coach Brad Rauch needed him more behind the plate and that's where Salerno wound up.
The Lehigh Valley and Berks-Schuylkill Legion All-Star teams battled to a 5-5 tie in 10 innings of baseball at Reading's FirstEnergy Stadium Monday night. Both teams had opportunities to win the game, but just when one team would gain an advantage, the other would come fighting back.
Tamaqua's Matt Roberts started for Schuylkill-Berks and put down Lehigh Valley in order in the top of the first and North Parkland's Nate Kern did the same against Schuylkill-Berks in the bottom of the inning.