Northwestern boys soccer head coach Nathan Hunsicker was glad that his team’s nonconference matchup against District 3’s Fleetwood High School out was rescheduled from the beginning of the regular season to the final week of the schedule.
He just might not have been as happy battling to the final whistle with the Tigers.
Northwestern scored two goals in the first half, and after giving one back in the second half, held on for a 2-1 victory Monday afternoon at Tiger Stadium in Fleetwood.
The Northern Valley legion baseball team finished off the regular season with a win over Southern Lehigh Sunday.
Trailing 4-3 and down to their final two outs, the Tigers rallied for two runs on a sacrifice fly to left field in the top of the seventh inning, and held the Spartans scoreless in the bottom half of the frame to complete the comeback 5-4 victory last Sunday night against Southern Lehigh at Limeport Stadium in both teams’ Lehigh Valley Legion regular season finale.
It did not take much time for Northwestern to get on top of Salisbury yesterday afternoon. A three-run first inning put the Tigers out in front where they would stay for good. That quick burst proved to be crucial, as only one other run would be scored during the remaining six innings (one in third by Northwestern) as they defeated the Falcons 4-0 at Northwestern Lehigh High School.
The Salisbury and Northwestern girls basketball teams had polar opposite games offensively and defensively.
The Falcons were unable to score double digits until the third quarter, but the Tigers reached the 30-point mark before then.
Northwestern (12-5 overall, 8-3 Colonial League) used its size and defense to stifle Salisbury (10-7, 6-5) into its second lowest scoring effort on the season as the Tigers won 50-25 last Thursday night at Salisbury High School.
At the start of this 2016-17 basketball season, junior Trista Cunningham became an upperclassman, and with that had to take on a leadership role on the Moravian College women’s basketball team.
The 2014 Northwestern Lehigh High School graduate has seen a change in her mindset around the game and in the classroom, and it has benefited her and her program this year.
Despite a late comeback, the Lady Tigers came up just short of beating Notre Dame (Green Pond) Tuesday in New Tripoli, falling 45-44 to the Crusaders.
“We waited until the very end to have urgency,” said assistant coach Craig Mogel, coaching for Chris Deutsch who was out with an illness. “We preach all the time that you need to be ready from the beginning and play like you really want to win.
The motto in sport is that defense wins championships. The Northwestern boys soccer program proved that slogan through its recent postseason run.
The Tigers had not allowed a goal during the district and state postseason tournaments, which included a run to Colonial League and District 11 Class 3A championships, and four games in the PIAA state tournament, which culminated in an appearance in the state final.
After dismantling Allen in the season opener last Friday night 56-6, the Parkland football team has its eyes set on their first Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South Division opponent in Nazareth. It will be the first road test for the young Trojans.
“I was really happy with the effort and the performance of our guys Friday night,” said head coach Tim Moncman. “With the shortening of the preseason and having one less week to prepare, I thought that we would be a little behind the eight ball, but that wasn’t the case.”
The 2016 Blue Mountain League championship series had a lot of familiar faces for Lehigh Valley baseball fans. Former local high school players ranging in age from 17-40 laced up their cleats in what proved to be what former Parkland baseball standout Nick Rabasco called “déjà vu.”
The Limeport Bulls came back from a 2-1 series deficit and took the final two games to win the BML title in a dramatic 1-0 game 5 last Saturday night at Limeport Stadium. It was the second year in a row these two teams met for all of the marbles, and the second consecutive league trophy for the Bulls.
Northern Valley head coach Brad Rauch explained how his team got out of a 2-5 hole to start the year, to being tied for third place entering Tuesday night’s game against second place South Parkland.
“After we started 2-5, our coaches sat down with the players and just preached focus,” Rauch said. “Our pitching really stepped up over the last eight games (6-2) and our hitting picked up. But we had some trouble holding leads, and made too many mistakes on the field.”