You can say the Northwestern wrestling team was behind the eight ball as soon as the season started.
Two state-qualifiers from 2014, Matt Peters and Caleb Clymer, have been out of action for much of the season. Peters has wrestled four matches, according to head coach Tom Moll; Clymber hasn’t taken the mat yet this winter. Both are expected back in January after recovering from growth plate issues.
It all came to an end just over a month ago. At least for her collegiate playing days, that is.
Lauren Horner, a 2012 graduate of Northwestern High School, capped her four-year field hockey career at Monmouth University in early November in the Hawks’ MAAC (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) Tournament semifinal loss to Fairfield. That November 6 defeat was Horner’s final start on the Hawks’ defensive front.
Lehigh University freshman Sabrina Mertz has already made a name for herself on the women’s soccer team and in the entire Patriot League. In starting all 18 game this season, Mertz scored a team-high seven goals and added three assists for the Mountain Hawks. Those seven goals were fourth in the entire conference, and she more than doubled the next Mountain Hawk in terms of points on the season with 17.
Besides parents, coaches and friends gathered together for yet another trip to Hershey, there was another presence occupying Northwestern’s tent. A group of alumni runners, which included Lindsay Kerr and Rachele Cerrone, among others, was also in attendance to cheer on their successors at Saturday’s PIAA Cross Country Championships.
There’s no question the current group of Tigers put together a performance even those graduates were impressed with, led by freshman Maddie Consuelos.
Coming into Salisbury’s home turf, Northwestern certainly wanted to start off fast.
No one could have anticipated just how quickly things began to unfold during Tuesday night’s Colonial League boys soccer tilt.
It’s roughly 2,400 miles across the country from the Lehigh Valley to Phoenix, Arizona.
But for Northwestern High School senior Jacob Stevens, it was The Grand Canyon State that introduced him to his passion at an early age.
Stevens, who is originally from Chandler (a suburb of Phoenix), moved to Pennsylvania early in his childhood. He moved back to the southwest state back in 2011, and it was a visit he had with some family members that changed his life forever. After seeing his uncle and cousin race in a motocross race, he was hooked.
It may have just been another early-season league game on the schedule, but don’t tell the Northwestern girls soccer team that. Tuesday’s Colonial League battle against Salisbury had more on the line.
With both teams among the top of the standings with just one loss, although early, Tuesday’s game figured to be a solid measuring stick for both sides.
After Freedom dropped Northwestern from its schedule prior to the start of the season, head coach Lissa Opolsky and the Lady Tigers needed to fill that void. Enter Holy Reedemer from the Wyoming Valley Conference.
While Northwestern came up on the short end of the stick against Holy Reedemer, a 1-0 loss on Friday, the Lady Tigers took a number of positives away from that game. It showed in their Colonial League opener on Tuesday.