LIMEPORT — Northern Valley looked to ride its wild wave of momentum into Friday’s loser’s bracket semifinals of the Connie Mack state playoffs against Doylestown at Limeport Stadium.
What did the Chargers have left in the tank? A lot. But Doylestown had just a little bit more.
The Chargers searched for more late-game heroics and tallied three runs in the top of the seventh to take an 8-5 lead. But Doylestown found some magic of its own with three runs in the bottom of the frame to send the contest to extras.
Northern Valley team ran into the hottest team in the league at the wrong time.
Last week in the first round of the Lehigh Valley Legion playoffs, No. 2 seed Northern Valley faced Carbon County, which had won a play-in game a day earlier to make the eight-team LVL tournament field.
The Monarchs stayed hot. Just a day after sending North Parkland home with a 4-1 win in the play-game, Carbon defeated last year’s league champ, Northern Valley, 9-3 to end the Chargers’ season.
The Schreiner brothers play a huge part in the Northwestern baseball team’s success, and they have the right attitudes to bring the best out of each other.
Tyler Schreiner recorded his 100th career hit on May 2, an accomplishment that only one other player in Northwestern history (assistant coach Josh Perich) has reached.
But out of all of those career hits, Tyler might have found a favorite after an 11-10 Colonial League semifinal win against Southern Lehigh at Parkland on Tuesday.
This year’s Northwestern softball team will have a couple key players to replace, but with a core of senior leadership and new starters at a few positions, the team will look to build on last year’s winning season.
The Tigers had two super players graduate last spring. All-league pitcher Lydia Danner has departed. Danner was the team’s ace and was its leadoff hitter. Northwestern will also miss the presence and leadership of Claire O’Dea up the middle at shortstop. Both were integral parts in leading the Tigers to a 13-10 overall record and a District 11 semifinal appearance.
Like father, like sons.
The Lehigh Valley Chapter of the National Football Foundation held its 56th annual Scholar Athlete Banquet on Sunday.
Hundreds of athletes, families, friends, and coaches packed the Northampton Community Center to officially culminate the 2016-17 season and find out which high school student would be awarded one of the season’s highest individual accolades.
One scholar athlete was chosen from 33 area high schools to become the 2017 scholar athlete award winner.
The Northwestern boys soccer team beat Gettysburg Tuesday to advance to Saturday’s state title game in Chocolatetown
Northwestern head coach Nathan Hunsicker mentioned that his team had nothing to lose.
His Tigers clearly possessed that attitude during the PIAA 3A state semifinals against Gettysburg on Tuesday.
The physical game featured injuries, yellow cards, and a ton of chances. Fittingly enough, just one goal separated the Warriors and Tigers at the end of the night.
Gettysburg controlled the game over the first couple of minutes.
But when time inched closer to intermission, the Tigers started to apply pressure of their own.
The stage was set for the Colonial League Cross Country Championship Meet on Wednesday at DeSales University.
In addition to running a notoriously difficult course, the runners were faced with an 80-degree day, which didn’t make things any easier.
But the show went on.
In the girls race, Wilson’s Jillian Pote placed first with a time of 20:31.4. The heat was hard on Northwestern’s Madeline Consuelos. She finished second and collapsed after crossing the finish line. The Tigers’ sophomore gave everything she had and appeared to be OK after the race.
Momentum is a mysterious creature. Anything can happen when it’s on your side.
Lehighton grabbed the early momentum and held onto it during the District 11 quarterfinals against Northwestern. The Tribe scored three runs in both the first and third frames en route to an 8-3 upset victory over the first-seeded Tigers.
“The most important thing to pulling an 8-1 upset is throwing the first punch,” said Lehighton head coach Brian Polaha. “Throwing up three initially was huge for us. That’s what’s great. It’s like the NCAA tournament.
Senior leadership can be a luxury to lean on in a big game.
And it’s a bonus to have more than one veteran who can get the job done.
Northwestern received strong play from a pair of seniors during a Colonial League clash with Northern Lehigh on Monday.
Lydia Danner and Ellen Smith both made key contributions during the Lady Tigers’ 4-2 victory over the Lady Bulldogs.
Northwestern was fired up prior to its Colonial League senior night contest with Northern Lehigh on Friday.
The energy during the pregame activities to honor the Tigers’ seven seniors immediately carried over to the hardwood.
Appropriately enough, a pair of seniors were lights-out on their big night in front of family and friends. Brady Mengel and Parker Jones were terrific for the home team, en route to a 61-47 league victory over the Bulldogs.