There was no elaborate reveal or last-minute drama.
Deven Bollinger had made up his mind long ago. And the Northwestern senior was certain it was the right choice.
Bollinger made it official Wednesday, signing a national letter of Intent to continue his academic and football career at the University of Delaware. With only one school on his mind, Bollinger needed just one hat in front of him on the table.
Northwestern wrestling head coach Jim Moll found himself focusing on the unknown heading into his team’s Colonial League opener on Tuesday.
The Tigers provided their head coach with some clarity.
A convincing 47-21 victory over Palmerton gave Moll and Northwestern a glimpse into what the team is capable of.
Northwestern sent two cross country teams to states for the first time since 2013 after the boys and girls captured district titles two weeks ago.
The Tigers placed 14th in the boys Class 2A team standings Saturday at the PIAA Cross Country Championships, and were led by Matthew Santana’s 130th-place finish (18:09).
“It felt good to get this experience, and to know what it feels like to make it to states,” said Santana. “I thought it was good to experience it, and to be able to do it as a team.”
Chris Stitzel does his best to standout in Hershey.
When Northwestern makes its way to the PIAA Cross Country Championships, the Tigers’ head coach typically sports a new – often colorful – hairstyle, one that is chosen by his team.
Stitzel’s makeover might be even more drastic this season.
For the first time since 2013, Northwestern will send two teams to the state meet in Hershey after the Tigers captured the boys and girls Class 2A team titles at the District 11 meet last week.
“It’s up to both teams now,” Stitzel said of his look for this weekend.
Kylie Zentz’s execution was almost as effortless as her explanation.
The Northwestern junior found an opening. And she wasn’t about to miss. Simple as that.
Zentz’s overtime goal lifted the Tigers past Notre Dame Green Pond 2-1 on Tuesday in the District 11 Class 2A semifinals. It was the second straight playoff game in which Zentz came up goal for the Tigers.
“I thought the opportunity was there and the goal was wide open,” said Zentz. “All I needed to do was kick it in.”
That Southern Lehigh was pegged as the favorite at last week’s Colonial League Cross Country Championships didn’t bother Chris Stitzel.
The Northwestern head coach expected it. After all, the Spartans’ had gone undefeated in both boys and girls competition during the regular season.
But Stitzel knew the Tigers could compete.
They were the Carpenter Cup’s comeback kids.
Lehigh Valley’s late-game heroics had been commonplace at the prestigious tournament.
Down a run entering the final frames in each of their past two games, the squad had come up clutch to win both and reach title game.
And there was a belief the LV squad would do it again Tuesday at Citizen’s Bank Park.
But it was Burlington County (NJ) that broke open a tie game with two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to claim the Carpenter Cup Classic championship with a 4-2 win over Lehigh Valley.
No matter the outcome, Northwestern was always able to put the result in perspective.
The even-keel mentality stemmed, in large part, from the Tigers mix of youth and experience on their roster this season.
Ashley Sisco and Emily Akelaitis – the team’s only seniors – were key in helping Northwestern stay grounded after big wins, and vital to helping the team find its way through the down times.
Their leadership was on display again Friday after the Tigers’ season ended with a 5-1 loss to Blue Mountain in the District 11 Class 4A title game.
It was the same heart and hustle that propelled Northwestern to the doorstep of a district title.
It just wasn’t enough to push the Tigers past one more hurdle.
Blue Mountain took advantage of its opportunities in key moments Friday to capture its first District 11 title, topping Northwestern 5-1 in the Class 4A title game at Parkland High School.
The Eagles (17-6) took an early lead with two runs in the top of the third, and added three more in the top of the fifth, separating themselves in what was a one-run game.
Northwestern’s baseball season came to an end Monday in the first round of the PIAA Class 4A playoffs.
The Tigers fell 3-2 to District 3 champ East Pennsboro after winning a play-in game last Friday to get into the state tournament field.
Jake Madden’s late-inning heroics kick-started a rally that pushed East Pennsboro past Northwestern and into state quarterfinals Monday night at Wenger Field in Fredericksburg.