Northwestern Press

Monday, September 23, 2019

Softball has youthful but talented roster

Thursday, March 21, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Each of the last two seasons, the Northwestern Lehigh varsity softball team reached the District 11 playoffs only to be eliminated by Tamaqua both years.

Last year’s team finished 11-7 and looking at this year’s roster, you might think the Lady Tigers may take some lumps this year because their roster features just two seniors and two juniors.

Having such a young roster could be a problem, but for head coach Josh Zimmerman, having young players is an exciting opportunity that could make this team better than it was a year ago.

Boys end season in state tourney

Thursday, March 14, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The good news is that the Northwestern Lehigh boys basketball team reached the state playoffs for the first time since 1998.

The bad news is that in states there are no second chances. A team that battled back all season long when it had those chances fell to Lancaster Catholic 63-46, ending the Tigers’ season and the long run of the five seniors who played together on the team.

Girls exceeded expectations in 2018-19

Thursday, March 14, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

This season figured to be one of rebuilding for the Northwestern Lehigh Lady Tigers. The team lost four starters to graduation and had just two seniors – Sage Christopher and Maggie Motolese – on this year’s roster.

As head coach Chris Deutsch points out, at times, Northwestern had four sophomores and a junior on the court at key points in the game. If this was a rebuilding season, then the construction project is well ahead of schedule, because the Lady Tigers finished the regular season at 19-3 and finished overall at 21-6, coming up just short of reaching states.

Tigers top Tamaqua, fall to Central Catholic

Thursday, February 28, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Northwestern Lehigh had open looks and put up good shots early in its semifinal matchup with Allentown Central Catholic Tuesday night, but the shots just weren’t falling. That led to some frustration and before long, the Tigers were getting impatient and taking ill-advised shots. Add to that some early defensive struggles and it’s a recipe for disaster, which is exactly what happened in the 66-41 loss to the Vikings.

Girls fall to SL in league semifinals

Thursday, February 21, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Things got off to a rough start for the Northwestern girls basketball team in its semifinal game against Southern Lehigh last week. Things only got worse as the game went on.

For the second game in a row, Northwestern (20-4) was in early foul trouble and turned the ball over at an unusually high rate. The result was a 55-18 loss to the Lady Spartans, who went on to play Notre Dame-Green Pond (21-2) in the Colonial League championship game.