Several Northwestern Lehigh High School graduates are part of college athletic teams competing in the winter and spring seasons. Here’s a look at a few of them.
Junior shortstop/second baseman Brady Mengel has been a steady cog in the Mansfield baseball lineup since arriving on campus in 2017. Through 14 games this season, Mengel is batting .224 with four runs scored and two RBIs. He has a .982 fielding percentage; he tallied 17 RBIs as a sophomore and 14 as a freshman.
History has been made at Northwestern. The inaugural boys and girls lacrosse seasons are set to get underway for the Tigers, adding another Colonial League team that now offers the sport.
Marcus Janda was chosen as the first head coach to lead the boys program, and he’s been impressed with how his Tigers have progressed throughout practice.
Lissa Opolsky has coached the Northwestern field hockey team for five seasons. But she’ll take on a new challenge this spring with another Tiger program.
Opolsky was recently named the head coach of the Northwestern girls’ lacrosse team for its inaugural season. Through a number of weeks of practice, she is impressed with how the Lady Tigers’ season has started.
Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States. And now Northwestern High School will have boys and girls teams suit up in the spring.
The sport had been introduced to the Northwestern Youth Athletic Association five years ago for the boys, and two years ago for the girls. After pitching the introduction of the sport at the high school level, the Northwestern Lehigh School Board approved the boys and girls teams back on January 18, 2017.
Northwestern’s Jake Dellicker pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the District 11 Class 2A Wrestling Tournament on Friday night when he took down top-seeded Mikey Myers of Williams Valley.
On Saturday night, he was standing on the podium with a silver medal around his neck and his ticket to regionals punched.
Dellicker, who placed second in the 113-pound weight class, is one of three Tigers to earn medals at Liberty High School. And his brother—Will Dellicker—will join Jake at regionals this week.
While there was plenty at stake during last week’s match against Catasauqua, Northwestern’s senior night took center stage early on for seven Northwestern upperclassmen. It was the Tigers’ final home match of the regular season before.
A setback against those Rough Riders cost the Tigers a chance at a West Division crown and a spot in the league four-team tournament. Catasauqua (5-3 in Colonial League) picked up four forfeit victories that helped the Rough Riders pull out a 42-31 win over the Tigers last Wednesday night at Northwestern High School.
Senior Ryan Haas has been wrestling since the third grade, but he took a two-year break during his sophomore and junior seasons.
Two years removed from the sport and a jump in eight weight classes later, and Haas is in the midst of another successful season. Last week’s match against Salisbury was another indicator of that.
After a slow start in an overtime game against Bangor a day earlier, Northwestern senior Sage Christopher thought the Tigers might come out of the gate a bit slow against Salisbury last Friday.
The opposite turned out to be true, as Northwestern had one of its best starts to a game this season.
The Tigers raced out to a 19-3 lead in the first quarter and exploded for 28 points in the opening eight minutes. That is more than the Tigers would need as they disposed Salisbury Friday night, 63-22, at Northwestern High School.
Bernhard wins three matches at Bethlehem Holiday Classic
The 25th annual Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic was held last Friday and Saturday at Liberty High School. A number of Northwestern grapplers had successful outings at the highly competitive tournament that included some of the best Class 2A and 3A teams locally, as well as a number of other squads from across the country.
Northwestern head coach Jim Moll expected a tight match in the Tigers’ Colonial League opener at Palmerton last week. He even anticipated a much closer result than what transpired.
Nonetheless, it was a solid win for a Northwestern team that graduated six wrestlers and four state qualifiers a season ago.
Three Tigers picked up pins last Wednesday night, including Ryan Haverkamp’s fall at 182 pounds to close out Northwestern’s 40-30 win over Palmerton.