The second day of last week’s Colonial League track and field championships might not have been quite as successful as the first day, but the Tigers still had several big performances and came away with some hardware last Wednesday at Whitehall High School.
Alyssa Zack returned to the medal stand for the second day in a row to accept her fourth-place medal for the 800-meter run.
The annual Allentown School District Track and Field Invitational is looked at as a prelude to the postseason. Athletes from school and leagues in all parts of District 11 attend the meet, and some from beyond.
The top competitors use it as a gauge of where they stand with just a few weeks left before league and district meets.
The Northwestern girls 4x800 meter relay teams surely looks at the event that way. Senior Molly Tarvin remember taking gold in the event as a freshman then going on to district gold weeks later.
Nate Goodolf knew he could hit better than he had over the first eight games of the season. It was not a matter of if his bat would get hot, it was just a matter of when.
That day came Saturday in Hellertown when the sophomore got moved into the leadoff spot in the lineup and took advantage. Goodolf went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBIs in the Tigers’ 14-0 win over Saucon Valley Saturday.
In all three of its losses this season, the Northwestern softball team had runners on base. But in all of those setbacks the Tigers failed to get enough of those baserunners across the plate.
Monday against Wilson, the Tigers focused on getting runs in and they achieved that goal. They beat the Warriors 10-0 in six innings with their runs coming on 11 hits in the game.
“It was something that was missing the past three games,” said Northwestern head coach Josh Zimmerman. “We were getting hits but we were scattering them a lot.
Northwestern has now faced the reigning Class 2A wrestling powerhouse twice this season. Both times the Tigers came up short. But both times there were signs that it wouldn’t be impossible to knock off Saucon Valley, which has now won six straight Colonial League titles and will begin competing for it’s third straight district title on Thursday.
Northwestern gave Saucon Valley a battle Monday in the Colonial League championship match, but a couple key bouts swung the match in the Panther’s favor.
Like many golfers, Mason Vogwill learned the game from his father, getting his start when he was still not much taller than a standard driver.
Jerry Vogwill took his 6-year-old son to the par-3 course at Olde Homestead and taught him the game. While baseball was his favorite sport growing up and still is, Mason Vogwill also loved golf and eventually joined his high school golf team as a freshman.
Northwestern opened the girls basketball season with a split in a pair of games against Eastern Pennsylvania Conference opponents.
The Tigers beat Whitehall in Friday night’s season opener, then fell to Allen in a Saturday afternoon game.
“I think we’re encouraged,” said Northwestern head coach Chris Deutsch. “You don’t know what to expect. You practice 15 days. You get two scrimmages. Last year at this point we were 0-2.
Coming off an impressive individual postseason last year, the Northwestern wrestling team looks to build off the success it had last February and March when it sent four wrestlers to the state championships, including third-place finisher Caleb Clymer.
The Tigers return three of those state qualifiers from last year’s team. They will also welcome back a few grapplers who missed all or part of last season, including senior Matt Peters, a state qualifier as a freshman whose missed the last two postseasons due to injury.
For the second straight season, Jackson Becher and Lower Dauphin are all that separated Northwestern from a state championship.
The Tigers fell 4-1 to the District 3 champs Saturday at Hersheypark Stadium as Becher scored half of his team’s goals in the game. The Falcons’ earned their second straight state title game win over Northwestern.
Every high school sports program looks to improve each season. That’s not difficult for some downtrodden programs, but for the more successful teams, it can be nearly impossible.
After going 24-2 in 2015 and reaching the state semifinal game, Northwestern managed to get better in each of its next two seasons, including back-to-back trips to the state final.