Senior night games are always special.
But when a seldom-used varsity player gets a chance to not only start for the first time in his career, but also makes a huge impact on the game, it can make for a memorable time for everyone in the gym.
Last week Northwestern senior Jonathan Maurer got his first start of the season. Just a minute and 15 seconds into the game, he drained the first three-pointer of his varsity career.
The improvement the Northwestern basketball has shown this year is evident in the team's record.
At 8-12 overall and 5-10 in the Colonial League, this year's team has more wins than any Tiger team since the 2009-10 team went 7-9.
Northwestern has been learning how to win games all season long, and it showed Saturday when the Tigers pulled out their first close game of the season, beating Pen Argyl , 54-50 on a late Parker Jones three-pointer and a Taylor Breininger steal that sealed the win.
To reach its goal of a .500 record and postseason qualification, Northwetsern has to pull out games like last Friday's loss to Palmerton.
The Tigers, which led most of the game, allowed the Bombers to come back in the second half and pull out their first Colonial League win in over a year.
Trailing by one with the final nine seconds winding down, Palmerton went inside to the players that had led its second-half comeback.
CATASAUQUA - Northwetsern finished off its first Colonial League championship season since 1995 with a 43-7 over Catasauqua Friday night at Alumni Field.
The Tigers (9-1) took advantage of four Rough Rider turnovers to win a share of this year's title along with Southern Lehigh and Saucon Valley. They received their medals on the same field as the 1995 team.
During his sophomore and junior seasons, Zack Caruso liked his spot on the Northwestern golf team. As the Tigers' No. 3 player, Caruso played behind two of the best players in the Colonial League.
For two years he was the best golfer on the team after Cole Miller and Nick Vecellio.
This year, with that pair graduated, Caruso knew he would need to be the best player on the team if it was to have any success.
Lissa Munley knows the history of Northwestern Lehigh's field hockey program.
The first-year coach sees the sign for the 1990 state title every day at the far end of her team's practice field. And she's confident the Tigers can return to the elite and become a perennial league and district title contender like they were in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
While her players are too young to remember Northwestern's last championship teams, they, too, see the sign. They know what the program once was.
Cole Miller has been Northwestern High School's best golfer since he joined the team as a freshman.
But over the past two school years, Miller proved he is more than just a great golfer. His success on the Tiger track and field team prove that Miller is one of the school's top all-around athletes. He is also this year's Northwestern Press Male Athlete of the Year.
Months after capping another great golf season and signing his letter of intent to play at Penn State, Miller signed up for the Northwestern track and field team for his second season in a row.
After Northwestern's season-ending loss to Palmerton Saturday, head coach Jen Horner expressed the different
A loss is never the way a team wants to end the season. However, all but a few must end that way. Only a few teams can make the postseason and end with a win in a state championship. All of the others are eliminated somewhere along the way.
While Northwestern's season-ending loss to Palmerton wasn't anything the team was happy about, the game also served as a sign that the program is still in good shape.
Since Haley Yost took over as Northwestern's No. 1 runner three years ago, the Tigers have won three straight league titles and made three straigh trip to the state meet.
Yost shared the top spot on the Tiger cross country as a freshman, and has led the team ever since.
She earned individual and team accolades while helping to make Northwestern a perennial cross country powerhouse.
Over the next four years, she will attempt to do it all over again at the next level.
Cole Miller's earliest golf memory is from when he was 5 years old.
He was in his yard playing with a club his father Carl had designed when he surprised himself, as well as his parents, and caught one on the sweet spot.
"I wasn't paying attention to where I was aiming," said Miller. "I hit it right into my mom's Durango. I hit it just perfect. I thought my parents were going to yell and scream at me. My dad came out. He had seen the shot and he actually gave me a high five."