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.
Returning all of its starters from last year, as well as welcoming back forward Luke Hallman after missing half of last year with a torn ACL, the expectations are high for head coach Billy Hallman’s Tigers. He believes this is his deepest team yet.
In Northwestern’s season opening victory, that was evident early an often against Saucon Valley. The Tigers led 15-10 after the first quarter, grew that to double digits in the second and held on for a 64-52 victory on Tuesday night at Northwestern High School.
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Northwestern outshot Saucon Valley 12-1. The Tigers also held a 12-1 advantage in corner kicks. And the top-seeded, three-time defending district champion Tigers dominated time of possession the entire second half.
But when all was said and done, the only stat that mattered was the 1-0 final score in favor of Saucon Valley.
The Northwestern field hockey may not have the easiest road remaining to qualify for one of the four Colonial League playoff spots. But at least the roadblock isn’t up quite yet.
Northwestern (7-6-1 in Colonial League) defeated Salisbury on Saturday afternoon, 4-1, in a league matchup delayed from earlier in the week. The Tigers faced a 1-0 deficit with just six minutes into last Tuesday’s contest, but scored four goals when the game resumed on Saturday afternoon to snap a two-game losing skid in league play and keep those league playoff aspirations alive.
The past two weeks have been rough for the Northwestern volleyball team. Head coach Lexi Ashburne lost two of her senior starters in the past 14 days, and it’s had a clear impact on the Tigers on the court.
Tuesday’s match against one of the Colonial League’s top teams was the first time Northwestern suited up without both of those starters. And their voids were felt against Notre Dame (Green Pond).
Notre Dame’s serving game was on point, and the Crusaders defeated Northwestern in straight sets (25-13, 25-5, 25-7) on Tuesday night at the Tigers’ home gymnasium.