Throughout his years in school, Cole Miller used to have to worry about balancing his time between his academics and the game of golf.
Whether it was at Northwestern Lehigh High Schhol or while he was playing college golf and earning a marketing degree at Penn State University, Miller had to manage his free time between getting his schoolwork done and growing as a competitive golfer.
It’s every golfer’s dream. For Cole Miller, it became a reality.
The former Northwestern Lehigh High School student-athlete and three-time Times News Golfer of the Year, qualified for the U.S. Open on Monday. He earned his spot by taking third place at a 36-hole sectional qualifier at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, MD. He will now get to tee it up with the world’s best at this year’s U.S. Open, which will be held June 14-17 at Shinnecock Hills in Southampton, New York.
Zach Stanley couldn’t step on the diamond defensively against Emmaus because of some soreness in his throwing arm.
So Northern Valley’s third baseman has spent the last two games, including Tuesday night’s game, as the Chargers’ designated hitter.
The recent Northwestern Lehigh graduatedelivered with his bat against Emmaus. With bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, Stanley poked the game-winning hit with a two-run single to right field.
Emily Akelaitis found her comfort zone even before she stepped in the circle.
After Northwestern leadoff hitter Avery George scored the game’s first run in the top of the first inning, the Tigers’ right-handed hurler gained a lot of confidence before throwing her first pitch.
Given the lead, Akelaitis quickly gained control of the game. Her teammates continued to tack on runs, though, making her job a bit easier and the Tigers went on to secure a 12-1 Colonial League victory over rival Northern Lehigh.
Throughout Thursday night’s Colonial League championship game, the Northwestern boys’ soccer team took several shots at what seemed to be a brick wall in front of the Salisbury net.
The Tigers put a crack in it with a game-tying goal in the second half, but they couldn’t bring the wall completely down in 80 minutes of regulation.
In the second overtime period, it finally came crumbling down when Noah Meyers provided the game-winning shot as the Tigers defended last year’s league title with a 2-1 victory over the Falcons.
Ben Cordova had a choice to make. And he picked his team over his vacation.
The Northern Valley pitcher had a vacation scheduled during the final week of the Lehigh Valley Legion Baseball League season. But he cut the trip short, made the three-hour drive back from Ocean City, Maryland, and pitched an 11-0 complete-game shutout over Carbon County last Thursday at Northern Lehigh High School to help solidify the Chargers’ position for this week’s playoffs.
The Northwestern softball team has had a season so far where it has seen the brighter side of things and has bunched together a few victories in a row.
On the other hand, the Tigers also have had to experience a few setbacks on the diamond on their way to an 8-4 overall record and a 6-4 mark in the Colonial League through last weekend.
It may seem like a roller coaster year for his Tigers, but first-year head coach Josh Zimmerman believes his players are taking the entire experience in stride.
Kyle Willis admitted that people often told him he had a selfish mentality when it came to playing the sport he loved.
Instead of letting those negative gestures slow him down, the four-year Northwestern soccer player used it to fuel his love and passion for the game.
At first, it may have looked that way with Willis' ability to score goals. Looks can be undoubtedly be deceiving, especially since the two-time Colonial League First Team All-Star pointed out the fact that he had the full intent of playing his heart out for his team.
For the first 50 minutes of play, Northwestern just couldn't gain any momentum against Salisbury in Tuesday night's District 11 Class AA boys soccer semifinal game.
After the Tigers closed a two-goal deficit in the second half, the tide seemed to be turning their way.
But with time running out, Salisbury got the game-winning goal on Danny Walters' free kick to win 3-2 and advance to Thursday's title game against Blue Mountain.
The last three years Northwestern's Kyle Willis has been playing his heart out for the sake of the upperclassmen on his Northwestern boys' soccer team.
This year it is his turn. The Northwestern senior and fourth-year player fulfilled a career-long goal Monday night in Slatington.
Willis and the Tigers beat Southern Lehigh, 3-1, to advance to the Colonial League boys soccer championship game, which was played Wednesday night (after Press deadline).