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.
The Northwestern girls cross country team has been unbeatable for as long as most on the team can remember.
The Lady Tigers haven't lost a duel meet since 2010, and have won the last four Colonial League regular season and league meet championships in convincing fashion en route to three straight District 11 Class AA titles.
But a fourth district crown seemed unlikely last Thursday after Allentown Central Catholic took the top three spots in the race, with Colleen Dady finishing first in 19:17.
Runners are usually pretty durable athletes. When it comes to distance running, that resiliency tends to be even more crucial, especially throughout the long grind of a track or cross country season.
Most athletes are racing multiple times per week while logging additional miles training when they're not competing.
As with most anything else, it takes an appropriate balance of activity to make it through the year unscathed.
Regardless of one's skill or experience level, injuries happen, and are often unavoidable.
Close games and Northwestern softball have gone hand-in-hand this season.
Entering play Monday, the Lady Tigers had been in four extra-inning affairs, all of which were decided by two runs or less. The team also split two games that ended in regulation which were decided by the same margin.
Facing a Lehighton team that was coming off two dominant wins in which it averaged over 19 runs per game, it seemed unlikely that the Cardiac Cats could risk playing catch up once again.