Len Smith wrapped up his long run as the Northwestern baseball coach with the 2015 season. Duran Porrino coached the next season, Bob Fatzinger took over for a season before Porrino returned this season. While the coaching has changed over the past four years, one constant for the Tigers has been behind the plate where Tyler Wiik is now a senior. He has been camped out in that role for each of his four high school seasons.
Nic Henry has a way of making a good first impression on his coaches. For football coach Josh Snyder, Henry rushed for 100 yards against a good Southern Lehigh team in his first varsity start as a running back. On Saturday, Duran Porrino put him in the starting lineup against Northern Lehigh for his first varsity action with the baseball team and the freshman didn’t disappoint in Northwestern’s 13-0 win over the Bulldogs.
“I’m pretty good friends with coach Snyder and I know he had a big varsity debut for him, so I guess he likes making debuts,” said Porrino.
The season didn’t finish the way that the Northwestern girls had hoped that it might. While an 18-6 season, including a 16-2 finish in the Colonial League is impressive, this team had hoped for more. After breezing through much of the regular season, the Lady Tigers found just one obstacle in their way; Southern Lehigh.
The Spartans (24-2) simply weren’t going to be beaten, which is one reason why they’re still playing basketball in states. Southern Lehigh took gold in District 11 and easily won their first-round matchup in the PIAA tournament.
If you think your weekends are busy, consider the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
This past weekend, they wrapped up the middle portion of their third straight three-game weekend. While it’s almost a foregone conclusion that the Phantoms will be playing playoff hockey this spring, nothing is official just yet. With 13 games left in the regular season, the Phantoms have dropped their magic number down to 12 after a productive weekend.
There are bound to be some very bright days ahead for a young Northwestern Tigers basketball team that found their way to a 12-11 season. While the Tigers might have hoped for a little more success in the Colonial League where they finished 9-9, overall, the season exceeded some expectations for such a young team.
After being surprised by Wilson in the Colonial League quarterfinals, the Lady Tigers have had a longer layoff than planned before the start of districts.
Coach Chris Deutsch made the best of it by taking the time to give his players a bit of a break and then taking a fresh look at what they were doing. He also had some time to put in a few wrinkles that the team can use in districts.
In one of those quirks of high school sports, the Northwestern boys team didn’t qualify for the Colonial League playoffs, but it did qualify for the District 11 Tournament.
The result is that the Tigers haven’t played since their final regular season game against Catasauqua on February 6. That means that they will have had 16 days off between that game and their district opener against Lower Moreland. That’s a lot of time away from competitive basketball.
Everybody knows that the high-powered offense of the Northwestern girls basketball team can put points on the board and it used that power, combined with a strong defense, to work its way through the Colonial League season. In the opening round of the league playoffs, the Tigers scored 67 points, equaling their season-high, which they had done twice before. Unfortunately, they set a new season-high for points given up when Wilson nailed nine three-pointers and eliminated Northwestern with a 70-67 upset.
Northwestern girls basketball coach Chris Deutsch is quick to give praise to his players, and he has a lot of good players to heap praise on. What he doesn’t do is offer up a lot of hyperbole or try to make his players into something that they’re not. So, when he turned very serious recently when he was asked about senior Jess Williamson and offered up a stirring assessment of her ability on a basketball court, it makes sense to listen.
With it’s current five-game win streak, the Northwestern Lehigh girls basketball team has clinched spots in both the Colonial League and District 11 playoffs.
The win that put the Tigers over the top was a 54-25 pounding of Palmerton, but the night before, they downed rival Northern Lehigh 57-29 to move closer to their goal of reaching the postseason.