Mariana Valencia and the rest of her Northwestern girls' volleyball team went into Monday's match with Jim Thorpe not really knowing how important thematch really was.
With two matches left on their regular season schedule, including one against Colonial League front-runner Southern Lehigh, the Tigers didn't realize they needed to win one of the two to qualify for the District 11 Class AA Girls' Volleyball Tournament until they were made aware of the matter.
There's no better time to be playing well than at the end of the season. With the postseason right around the corner The Tigers are firing on all cylinders, getting a 6-5 win over rival Northern Lehigh on Friday and coming away with a 6-5 win against Bangor on Monday.
It's not often when a defensive play saves the day in a baseball game.
More often, the game-winning moment happens in the batter's box.
ALLENTOWN - The entire Northwestern girls' soccer team stood in disbelief with what had just happened in the District 11 Class AA championship game against Saucon Valley.
It was just days before that the same pack of Tigers watched the Panthers raise the Colonial League championship trophy in front of them.
For two and a half quarters, Palmerton made it look as if Mason Schuler wasn't going to have a big game last Friday night.
Late in the third quarter however, Schuler had enough.
With his team trailing by a touchdown, Schuler went on a tear. He scored the game-tying touchdown, scored the go-ahead touchdown and added an insurance touchdown.
Schuler's first touchdown of the season sparked the Tigers' offense, which scored 31 unanswered points in a 38-21 win over the Blue Bombers.