Northwestern Lehigh High School 2016 graduate Vanessa Blose had a unique college experience. She was a student-athlete at Moravian College, competing in both the indoor and outdoor track and field teams, but she also was pursuing a passion as a firefighter. Moravian allowed her to do both.
Marcus Janda grew up playing lacrosse. So when the opportunity arose to become the first head coach of a brand new program, he accepted that challenge. Janda accepted the head coaching position of the Northwestern Lehigh High School boys lacrosse team last year, and enjoyed every minute of it.
The Northwestern Lehigh High School girls lacrosse program was looking to make history during the 2020 season, before the COVID-19 pandemic ended it before it started. Entering just the second year of the program’s existence, the Tigers were looking for their first win in program history after going without one in the first year in 2019.
Head coach Lissa Opolsky, who is also the school’s field hockey coach, was disappointed she did not get to work with her team this spring as she saw positive signs and potential for a breakout season.
Moravian College senior cross country and track and field athlete Rachel Mikols is a competitor.
In her three-and-a-half years in the program, she has helped the women’s track and field team capture three Landmark Conference Indoor Championships and three Landmark Conference Outdoor titles, as well as three runner-up finishes at the Landmark Conference Cross Country Championships.
It has been a tough week for the Northwestern Lehigh boys soccer team.
A potential game-winning shot hit off the crossbar Tuesday afternoon against Saucon Valley. The Panthers took possession, got the ball immediately down the field and put away a shot at the other end for a 1-0 overtime win on their home field.
It was the second consecutive league loss and the third defeat in the last four games for Northwestern (4-3 overall, 2-2 Colonial League). Following three straight wins to open the season, the Tigers dropped contests to Wilson, Hamburg and the Panthers (4-2, 4-0).
In its regular season summer league finale last week, the Northwestern boys soccer team gave up a goal late in the game and ended up settling for a tie with Upper Perkiomen. Exactly one week later the same two teams met, but this time there was a different result.
Once again the Tigers scored first. This time they were able to hold onto their lead in taking down the Indians 3-0 last Monday evening in the first round of the Lehigh Valley Summer Soccer League postseason tournament at Lehigh University’s Stabler campus.
Summer league soccer is about working in new players, schemes and just trying to get better overall for the upcoming fall season that is creeping up now just less than two months away.
The Northwestern boys soccer team needed a win. In the two games before the regular season summer league finale, the Tigers suffered a 1-0 loss to Freedom and a 2-2 tie with Emmaus.
Still with a top-two seed available from Group B, Northwestern was hoping to secure that, but also right the ship and gain some confidence and momentum heading into the postseason. Mission accomplished.
The 2018 softball season so far for the Northwestern Tigers has seen its ups and downs. The down has mostly been just one inning that tends to get away from them.
It happened again last Thursday.
With a tied game in the sixth inning, the Falcons scored five runs in the top-half of the inning, and then held on to take down the Tigers 8-3 in a Colonial League softball game at Northwestern High School.
Lehighton Area High School senior football player Nolan Ryan Wentz became the second Lehighton football player in the past 12 years to earn the Lehigh Valley Football Scholar-Athlete Award.
Wentz earned the honor on March 4 at the 58th annual National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Lehigh Valley Chapter banquet.
The annual banquet honors a high school football senior from one of 33 schools that best represents achievements both on and off the football field.