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.
When the Parkland boys basketball team defeated its rival Emmaus 50-47, it had to come back from being down all game, including battling back from a 16-point third-quarter deficit.
After the emotional, hard-fought victory, the Trojans had to get back on the court two days later to face another rival in Whitehall.
The Trojans fell to Whitehall 62-49 in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference contest in their final game before the holiday break.
It was almost expected.
Senior Noah Meyers led the Northwestern boys soccer team in goals with 20. And on Tuesday night at Upper Perkiomen High School, Meyers recorded numbers 21 and 22 in leading the Tigers (25-0 overall) to a 3-1 victory over District 12 one-seed Archbishop Wood in the PIAA Class 3A semifinals.
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.