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.”
Heading into his ninth season at the helm of the Northwestern Lehigh golf team, Tim Miller is excited about this year’s group.
The 2019 Tigers might not have individual league or district title contenders at the top of the line up, but the team will have a solid top five and some depth behind that group.
“I think this year there are more skilled players from top to bottom,” said Miller. “This is my ninth season and I think this is the best team we’ve ever had. It’s a good group.”
The annual American Legion All-Star game pitting the best players in the Lehigh Valley League against their counterparts from the Berks-Schuylkill League was scheduled for Monday, July 8 at Reading’s First Energy Stadium, home of the Fightin’ Phils.
The game was postponed to Tuesday because of rain.
The following is a list of this year’s LVL All-Stars.
The Northwestern girls 4x800-meter relay team was looking for just the right balance of competition and enjoyment at the state championship meet last Friday.
All four members of the team were running in their first state meet and they knew the competition at the meet was going to be the fastest they had ever faced.
The Colonial League released it’s first list of top track and field performers for the 2019 season. Here’s a listing of the top five performers in each event through the first week of regular season meets.
4x100 relay: 1. Southern Lehigh (Amelia Cassaday, Madison Trout, Imani Hollie, Sierra Williams) 50.80, 2. Palisades 53.10, 3. Notre Dame (GP) 54.3, 4. Wilson 54.4, 5. Northwestern 54.7;
For three quarters Northwestern didn’t have much of a problem with Wilson’s full-court press. But after 24 minutes the relentless pressure started to wear on the Tigers.
The Warriors forced a flurry of Northwestern turnovers early in the fourth quarter to take control of the game and eventually pull away for a 72-59 win in the boys Class 4 District 11 consolation game at Freedom High School.
“I think the pressure at the end wore them down,” said Wilson head coach Mike Glovas. “The things we were doing in the first half, they were getting around it. They had the energy.
Northwestern isn’t the only team to find Central Catholic to be a nemesis in the district playoffs. The seven-time state champs have ended a lot of teams’ seasons over the years.
This year’s Lady Tiger basketball team didn’t want to be added to that long list.
Northwestern withstood a second-half Vikettes comeback before leaving Northern Lehigh High School with a 52-41 win Saturday in the District 11 girls Class 4A quarterfinals.
It wasn’t quick and it sure wasn’t easy.
But after over two years of discussions, debates, arguments and compromises, the Colonial League and Schuylkill League came up with a cooperative football scheduling agreement that allows 28 teams to play their 10 regular season games against more opponents from schools of a similar size.
Officials from both leagues announced the agreement Thursday at a press conference at Blue Mountain Resort. The agreement will take affect in 2020 and schedules for the first two seasons were handed out at the event.