As high school football teams were just beginning their first week of preseason preparation last week, the National Football Foundation’s Lehigh Valley Chapter held its first ever Lehigh Valley Football Media Day.
Coaches from all 33 teams in the NFF-LV area were invited to come to Northampton High School’s Erdosy Stadium with their team captains to talk about the upcoming season.
Fans of all-star games expect a lot of offense. At last Thursday’s 48th Annual McDonald’s Lehigh Valley All-Star Football Game, there was a good bit of scoring, but most of it came from one side.
The Gold team, made up of players from Northampton County and Phillipsburg and Palisades High Schools, beat the Red Team (Lehigh, Carbon, Monroe counties) 35-7.
The Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup team went 1-1 in this year’s tournament.
The team won it’s opening game 10-7 over the Suburban One League National and Bicentennial Division All-Stars.
The LV franchise was ousted in the second round of the single-elimination tournament 26-9 by Delaware North’s team.
Pottsville tested Northwestern’s patience, but eventually the No. 2-seeded Tigers pulled through for a 9-2 District 11 Class 4A baseball quarterfinal win on Monday.
Northwestern got off to a rough start, allowing the Tide to load the bases with no outs in the first inning. The Tide turned that threat into one run and were leading 2-0 after two -and-a-half innings. But eventually the Tigers’ bats woke up and gave pitcher Mason Vogwill some room to work with.
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.