Northwestern Press

Monday, February 18, 2019

‘A blessing in disguise’

Thursday, May 17, 2018 by RICH STRACK in Sports

A bad concussion can never be good for an athlete.

Or can it?

For Northwestern multi-sport athlete Taylor Wanamaker, a knee and then a kick to his head that knocked him unconscious during a soccer game may be the best thing that has ever happened to him in his 16 years.

Wanamaker’s Level 3 concussion led doctors to coincidentally discover a more serious unrelated problem that could have eventually ended his life.

A family in fear

All in the family

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by RICH STRACK in Sports

The Northwestern softball team features three pairs of sisters, including the pitcher/catcher combination of Emily and Anna Akelaitis

Trust in family.

Catcher Anna Akelaitis gives the pitch sign to pitcher, Emily Akelaitis. More times than not, the pitch gets the batter to swing and miss or hit into an easy out.

“My sister is very demanding behind the plate,” said Emily. “I trust her 24 -7 because she’s not just my sister, she’s my best friend, too.”

Emily has been pitching softballs to Anna since she was in the fifth grade and Anna was in fourth.

Videos produce victories

Thursday, February 15, 2018 by RICH STRACK in Sports

You watch a high school basketball game, and you think the coaches of both teams are deciding their offensive and defensive strategies based upon what they see.

Think again.

More than likely, their game plans were put into place days before.

Both Marian Catholic’s boys coach John Patton and Northwestern girls coach Chris Deutsch agree that breaking down videos of their own teams, and of their opponents, is an essential tool to gaining an edge to a winning record.

Tiger golf team shows depth

Thursday, September 21, 2017 by RICH STRACK in Sports

Five percent.

According to the National Golf Foundation, that’s the amount of adult golfers who average under an 80 score on a par-72 course.

At present, the Northwestern High School golf teamis easily exceeding that percentage.

“This year we have four players who shoot in the seventies, and four others who can score in the eighties,” said Tiger golf coach Tim Miller, now in his seventh season with the program.