After losing to South Parkland for the third straight time last Friday, the Northern Valley Chargers weren’t a very happy bunch. The loss was worse than each of the first two, because it came in the playoffs and left the team one loss away from being eliminated and having their season end.
That 7-6 loss ultimately served as a driving factor for the Chargers to bounce back and pull off a bit of a surprise in the Lehigh Valley Legion, when they beat South Parkland not once, but twice to finish as LVL champions and earn a spot in the Regionals.
Northern Valley and North Parkland played Sunday’s Lehigh Valley Legion game in a wind that helped to turn the game into a wild affair, with the Chargers beating the Buffaloes 9-8 in extra innings.
The winning run scored in the bottom of the ninth when Isaac Fatzinger lifted a fly ball to center field to score John Taylor from third with the winning run. Taylor led off the inning with a base-hit, stole second and then moved to third on a wild pitch by Evan McAndrew.
The 31st Annual Deppe All-Star Classic was played Saturday at Fegely Stadium in Limeport, pitting high school seniors from the Colonial League against seniors from the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference to benefit the American Cancer Society.
After the EPC battled from behind to take a lead, the Colonial League stars battled back, only to have the game end in a 5-5 tie after nine innings.
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.