On the opening day of the District 11 Track and Field Championships, the quartet of Sabrina Mertz, Sarah Segan, Carly Pierce and Rachelle Cerrone gave a talented Easton team all it could handle in the Class AAA 3200-meter relay but came up just short, finishing with a time of 9:34.38 to the Red Rovers' 9:31.03.
On Wednesday, Northwestern made sure it didn't happen again.
Success came in many forms during last week's Colonial League Track and Field Championships.
For some, it was a place. For others, those triumphant moments presented themselves as a time, distance, height or simply the satisfaction from achieving a personal goal.
But one thing was clear: Northwestern was once again one of the league's top teams after the two days of competition at Whitehall High School.
With the District 11 Track and Field Championships a little over two weeks away, this past Friday's Allentown School District Invitational offered a glimpse of what the postseason might look like for many programs.
Northwestern competed at J. Birney Crum Stadium against a varied field that included schools from the Colonial and Schuylkill Leagues as well as the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and a few programs from outside of District 11.
On Friday, Northwestern head coach Len Smith watched his team suffer its first defeat of the year to Colonial League foe Southern Lehigh.
Monday, Smith witnessed the Tigers play arguably their best game of the season.
Led by pitcher Josh Williamson's no hitter, Northwestern dominated rival Northern Lehigh to earn a 12-0 win in a contest that lasted five innings.
"This was a big bounce back game for us," said Smith. "After losing on Friday, I wasn't sure how we were going to respond to that.
HERSHEY Despite leaving Hershey without any hardware, the Northwestern wrestling team has firmly established itself as a program on the rise.
The fact that four Tigers, all underclassmen, qualified for the PIAA Championships only one year after the team had no representatives in the event speaks volumes about where Northwestern is headed in the years to come.
It wasn't the result he wanted, but it might have been the one he needed.
A week after winning a District 11 Class AA title, Northwestern's Caleb Clymer saw his bid for a Southeast Regional championship come up just short in the 138-pound when he ran into Boiling Springs' Kyle Shoop, who was a state runner-up last year.
Though he suffered an 8-0 loss, the match showed the freshman what he's capable of against the top ranked 138-pound wrestler in the state.
If this past weekend's District 11 Class AA tournament proved one thing, it's that the Northwestern wrestling program is back.
The Tigers left Freedom High School with one champion, two silver medalists and a total of six wrestlers advancing to this weekend's Southeast Regional event.
One of the many highlights of the tournament for Northwestern was freshman Caleb Clymer's stunning performance to claim the 138-pound title.
Coming into the tournament as the fifth seed, Clymer's championship may have caught some off guard.
Northwestern competed in the District 11 team wrestling tournament last week.
The Tigers, which earned the fifth seed in Class AA, beat 12-seed Williams Valley, 40-30 in the opener before losing to Northern Lehigh last Thursday at Panther Valley High School in Lansford.
The Tigers returned to battle through the losers bracket Saturday at Freedom High School in Bethlehem. They survived two matches with wins over Panther Valley, 40-25, and North Schuylkill, 39-22, before falling to top-seeded Saucon Valley in the loser's bracket final.
The Tigers proved to be more than up to the challenge against the top-seeded Saucon Valley at Tuesday's Colonial League team wrestling championships.
Northwestern, the No. 4 seed in the four-team event, took an early 10-5 lead after a pin by Jarret White (126) and a major decision by Caleb Clymer (138).
But three straight bonus point wins by Dylan Yonney (145), Nate Harka (152) and Brett Suites (160) gave Saucon Valley a 19-10 lead, an advantage that it would never surrender en route to a 35-30 win.
HERSHEY - For the fourth straight year, the Northwestern Lehigh girls cross country team qualified for the PIAA Cross Country Championships.
And for the second consecutive season, the Lady Tigers came home with a fourth-place finish in the Class AA team standings.