Heading up to the Blue Mountain League championship series, the Northampton Giants had coasted throughout the playoffs. The Giants took Game 1 of the finals against the Limeport Bulls last week to continue that hot streak.
And while Game 2 wouldn’t decide the series, Limeport took it as a must-win situation. Then, the Bulls did what no other team could do in the postseason thus far: they beat the Giants.
Postseason play has become a norm for both the Northwestern girls soccer and basketball teams over the past few years. Last season was no different, with both qualifying for the league and district playoffs, and the Lady Tigers’ soccer team earning a spot in the state tournament.
Right at the center of both teams was senior leader Abby Chisdak. She played vital roles in both team’s success in the fall and winter seasons to continue the Lady Tigers’ rich tradition of playoff contention. For her efforts, Chisdak was named the Northwestern Press Female Athlete of the Year.
Caleb Clymer had one more goal to check off his list in his final high school wrestling season. It would be the toughest to ink a line through, however.
Following in the footsteps of his older brothers, Caleb sought that elusive PIAA gold medal that both Scott and Ben Clymer were able to hang around their necks. Like Ben did in 2008, Caleb accomplished that coveted feat in his final high school season.
The Northwestern girls basketball team has spent the summer at a team camp at Penn State, while also competing in summer league play. But the entire group of Lady Tigers had not taken the court together all summer.
That changed over this past weekend, as head coach Chris Deutsch got to see how his team would look at full strength at the A-Town Showdown Divaz basketball tournament.
Billy Hallman has high hopes for the 2018-19 varsity boys basketball season. He expects to have the most talented group of Tigers yet in his career as head coach at Northwestern.
The season is about five months away, but Hallman is got an early look at how special this group is during last weekend’s summer tournament.
Northwestern went 2-1 over the weekend at the A-Town Throwdown at Cedar Beach. The Tigers just missed out on an at-large bid for earning one of the final 16 spots in the single-elimination tournament that began on Sunday.
Coming out of Northwestern, Trista Cunningham had been recruited to play basketball at Moravian College. But the track and field standout had hopes of throwing for the Greyhound track and field team as well.
Rewind to the middle of her freshman basketball season. Cunningham spoke with her coaches about the possibility of competing in both sports. She ultimately decided to take on the challenge, and she called it one of the best decisions she’s ever made.
When Lydia Danner was at Northwestern, she spent much of her time on the mound for the Lady Tigers’ softball team. She also pitched during travel softball, as well as a good amount last season for Lehigh Carbon Community College.
But this year she was asked to step into a new role. She accepted without hesitation and it led to one of her biggest accomplishments of her career.
The Lehigh Carbon Community College softball team did something this season that no other Cougar team had accomplished in the program’s history.
Plenty of local softball players were at the center of the memorable campaign.
LCCC became the first team ever from Pennsylvania to win the Region XIX Championship. The Cougars also advanced to the Division III NJCAA National Championship Tournament for the first time and won a game before their season came to a close in mid-May.
The goal for many athletes competing at last week’s district track and field meet was to advance to states the following week.
A number of Northwestern athletes nearly qualified for that level. Unfortunately, the Tigers came up just short of the trip to Shippensburg. Their closest qualifier came in the 4x800 relay event where the foursome of Tigers medaled and placed fourth on Day 1 of the District 11 Class 3A Track and Field Championships last Wednesday at Whitehall High School.
Brooke Wehr has certainly put in the time and hard work. From high school softball at Northwestern, to tournament play in the offseason and plenty of training in between, Wehr had certainly prepared herself well for the collegiate ranks.
But even she couldn’t have expected to get off to as fast of a start as she has at Moravian.