If it wasn’t for a 99-cent slushie, Northwestern’s Alyssa Zack may have never had a running career.
“My dad used to take me out on runs when I was younger,” Zack said. “I would do the Lehigh Valley Little Road Runners kids races. It was kind of fun, but my dad afterwards would always take me to the gas station to get the 99-cent slushie.”
So, it wasn’t the running that kept Zack coming back. It was more the slushies.
The Northwestern boys soccer team finished with just two losses in summer league play, including the playoffs.
One team was responsible for both of those setbacks.
Freedom (Patriot FC) pulled away from Northwestern (New Tripoli Bank FC), the top team in the Lehigh Valley Summer Soccer League Group B, with three goals in the second half for a 4-2 victory in the quarterfinal round of the LVSSL playoffs on Tuesday night at Lehigh University’s Campus Fields.
With just two games left in the regular season, the Northern Valley Connie Mack baseball team is looking for a bit of consistency with the playoffs right around the corner.
The Chargers (8-8) entered the final week of the season a game below .500. But a convincing 7-2 win over Becahi on Tuesday put the Chargers back at the Mendoza Line, an area they have spent much of their season.
Northwestern head coach Billy Hallman was without three starters from the winter when the Tigers competed in last week’s Bash at the Beach basketball tournament at Cedar Beach. A fourth was even missing over the weekend for some of the tournament.
But that didn’t stop the Tigers from making some noise in the newly formatted event. Northwestern went 2-2 in the small school tournament, picking up wins over North Schuylkill and Panther Valley on Saturday, before its run came to an end.
Brad Rauch has seen this story before. It’s a common theme for the Northern Valley legion baseball team to get off to a bit of a slow start in the summer.
It seemed to have been somewhat of an issue once again for Rauch and the Chargers early this season. But Northern Valley has since righted the ship.
The Northwestern girls’ 4x800 relay team knows how much distance they separated themselves from the rest of the Colonial League with its seed time throughout the regular season.
During Day 1 of last week’s Colonial League Track and Field Championships at Whitehall High School, the Lady Tigers proved how superior of a group they are. Northwestern’s foursome of Madeline Consuelos, Allison Costa, Sarah Supplee and Alyssa Zack placed first in the 4x800 relay event in a time of 9:42.55, over 16 seconds faster than second-place finisher Saucon Valley.
Northwestern girls lacrosse head coach Lissa Opolsky has always remained optimistic during her field hockey coaching days. And that hasn’t change in her first season leading the Lady Tigers’ girls lacrosse program.
Opolsky and the Tigers expected the 2019 spring season to be a challenging one, considering the fact the sport has only been around at the youth level for a few years in New Tripoli. Despite the losses on the field, including a tough stretch as of late, Northwestern is improving in certain aspects.
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.