Two Northwestern senior wrestlers competed in the PIAA Southeast Regional Tournament last weekend at Freedom High School in Bethlehem.
Wrestling at 145 pounds, the Tigers’ Harrison Bernhard dropped his opening bout 12-4 to Michael Duggan of Boiling Springs.
Bernhard bounced back to beat Nick Bratspis (Lower Moreland) 4-3 in his first consolation match. He stayed alive with a win over Northern Lehigh’s Trevor Amorim in the next round of consolations, earning the 100th win of his career.
Before his senior season Ryan Haverkamp always wrestled one or two weight classes from where he wanted to. But in 2019-20, the line up opened up and he was able to find just the right spot.
He entered last weekend’s District 11 Championships as the No. 6 seed at 182 after posting a 20-12 record in the regular season.
A loss in the quartefinal round sent Haverkamp to the consolation bracket. But he won three straight bouts to reach the third-place match while securing a place in this weekend’s Southeast Regional.
Four top-seeded teams earned league basketball championships this week as tournaments were completed in both the East Penn Conference and Colonial League.
In the EPC title games, Allen boys beat Liberty and Bethlehem Catholic girls held off Nazareth Thursday night at the PPL Center. In the Colonial League, Southern Lehigh upended Bangor for the boys title and Notre Dame (Green Pond) took down Moravian Academy for the girls championship Friday at Freedom High School.
Harrison Bernard knows what it’s like to stand on the medal stand at the District 11 tournament. He also knows what it’s like to come up short.
The Tiger senior placed fourth at districts two years ago, but last year he came up short in a highly competitive 138-pound weight class, going 2-2 at districts.
“It was kind of a wake-up call that I have to put in more work if I want to do better this year,” Bernhard said. “I have to not use it as an excuse that there were good kids in my weight. I should have done better.”
After a double-bogey and two bogeys in his first five holes at Monday’s District 11 golf championships, Northwestern’s Luke Hallman realized he chances of advancing to regionals probably slipped away over that stretch.
The Tiger senior kept plugging along and trying to play his best golf. He completed the round of 88 (16-over par) to finish in a tie for 24th at the event, held at The Steel Club in Hellertown.
Northwestern seniors Luke Hallman and Gabby Smalley will represent the Tigers at Monday’s District 11 Golf Championship Tournament.
Both earned exemptions by placing high enough in last week’s Colonial League tournament.
Their teammate, Will Dellicker had a chance to make districts if he posted a low round at Monday’s district qualifier, which was held at Olde Homestead. The senior shot 95 to finish 31st in the Class 3A qualifying field. The top half of the field of 37 players, plus ties, advanced to districts.
Two Northwestern Lehigh golfers earned league medals Monday at the Colonial League golf championships, held at Bethlehem Municipal.
Luke Hallman shot 79 for fifth place overall, while Gabby Smalley carded a 90 for second place in the girls tournament.
Both Tigers are now exempt from the district qualifying tournament and earned places in the October 7 District Championship Tournament.
Ben Ortwein (Notre Dame GP) won the tournament in a playoff with Palmerton’s Tyler Hager after both shot 78.
The Northwestern Lehigh cross country teams competed in their second invitational of the 2019 season last weekend.
The Tiger girls team took sixth place out of 26 teams Saturday at the DeSales University Centaur Invitational, while Northwestern’s boys team ran to 11th place out of 33 teams.
For many high school cross country teams, it would be a daunting task to replace three of the top five runners from a team that finished third in the state a year ago.
For the Northwestern Lehigh girls team, it’s business as usual. The Tigers have won six of the last seven Colonial League titles and have only lost a few dual meets during that stretch. Over that period they’ve graduated some great runners and have always found ways to reload for the next season.
This year is another case of the team reloading rather than rebuilding.
The Northwestern boys cross country team finished fourth in the Colonial League last season without a senior in its top 10.
With all of the key runners from that team returning this year, and some young talent added to the lineup, the Tigers are planning to pick up where they left off last season.
“They’re hungry,” said Northwestern head coach Chris Stitzel, who is entering his 21st season as head coach. “I think we can make some noise in leagues and districts.”