The bus ride home from regionals in Virginia was one with just a tad of uncertainty. History was in the Eastern Kentucky University women’s cross-country team’s grasp.
After placing third as a team in the Southeast Regionals, one place away from an automatic berth to NCAAs, the Colonels’ status was a bit unclear. While Eastern Kentucky certainly felt as if it did enough in the regular season to warrant one of the 13 at-large bids to nationals, it wasn’t a sure bet.
Sabrina Mertz is the type of soccer player a coach can plug into multiple positions on the field. Whether it’s at forward or in the midfield area, Mertz doesn’t miss a beat.
This past season was a prime example of that. In her third year at Lehigh University, she played both positions for the womens soccer team and helped lead the Mountain Hawks to another successful season.
Muhlenberg’s Jake Najarian has gone through plenty of changes during his collegiate days.
One his biggest adjustments came just a few months ago. It was an adjustment the entire football team had to deal with.
Longtime Muhlenberg football head coach Mike Donnelly passed away in early October due to complications of leukemia. He was the coach to dozens of players in 2017 and hundreds in his 21 years as coach, including Najarian for four seasons.
Every team sport has them. Dynasties develop over time and new ones are formed all the time.
The University of Alabama has dominated the collegiate football landscape over the last decade, winning four national championships since 2009. The New England Patriots have won three of the past six Super Bowls. And the Golden State Warriors, winning two of the last three NBA Finals, have become one the most popular and successful teams of all-time.
Four Northwestern players were honored as Colonial League First Team all-stars before Thursday’s championship game against Notre Dame (Green Pond).
Two of those all-stars helped the Tigers break through in a big way against the Crusaders.
Senior Noah Meyers set up fellow senior Kenny Gawelko for the game’s first and only goal midway through the second half to lift No. 1 seed Northwestern (20-0) over No. 2 Notre Dame, 1-0, at Northern Lehigh High School.
Northwestern has been atop the Colonial League boys’ soccer landscape for the past two years, winning the league titles in 2015 and 2016.
On Thursday, the Tigers will look to complete the coveted three-peat when they face Notre Dame (Green Pond) in the Colonial League championship game. Top-seeded Northwestern (19-0) disposed of No. 4 Saucon Valley (10-5-3) in Tuesday’s semifinal game, 4-0, at Northern Lehigh High School.
Northwestern’s district playoff hopes were still somewhat alive when the Lady Tigers took the court against Catasauqua earlier this week. But the number of games this squad has together, particularly the tight-knit group of five seniors, is dwindling down.
Tuesday was the perfect memento for that group of seniors and the special season it has had thus far.
Northwestern boys soccer head coach Nate Hunsicker doesn’t have much to complain about with this year’s squad. And after a bit of a slow start during last week’s game against Salisbury, much of the same could have been said the way the Tigers closed out the game.
After a scoreless first half between the two sides, Hunsicker and the Tigers tweaked a few things on Salisbury’s home turf. It resulted in three second-half goals, and Northwestern (12-0 overall, 7-0 in Colonial League) stayed unbeaten on the season with a 3-0 shutout over the Falcons (3-8, 2-4) last Wednesday.
Northwestern football head coach Josh Snyder called last Saturday’s game at Wilson the start of a new season. Not because it was the Tigers’ first game of 2017, but it’s the first time the squad has been near full strength for quite some time.
The Tigers welcomed back a number of players after early-season suspensions and injuries left the roster somewhat depleted.
Down five points in the fourth quarter, Northwestern took the lead with seven minutes to play, and then held off Wilson for a 29-26 win. It was the Tigers’ first win of the season.
Most high school runners only visit DeSales’ hilly course once a year, when the local area teams meet up for the annual DeSales Centaur Invitational. Northwestern’s Madelyn Consuelos is a bit more familiar with the course than most, and it showed on Saturday afternoon.
Consuelos, now entering her junior season for the Lady Tigers’ cross country team, was impressive over the weekend. She placed fourth in the 39th Annual DeSales Centaur Invitational, clocking a time of 20:46.94.