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.”
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.