It's not often that athletes have the opportunity to continue their athletic careers into the collegiate ranks, let alone the Division I landscape.
Three Northwestern girls made those visions become a reality.
Angela Motolese (Fairleigh Dickinson University) and Rachele Cerrone (University of Pittsburgh) committed to Division I institutions, while Sunny Greenberg's decision to attend DeSales University rounded out the Lady Tigers' trio of future collegiate athletes who were recognized at a ceremony last week at Northwestern Lehigh High School.
The Northwestern football team put together one of its better seasons in recent memory. The Tigers went 9-1 in the Colonial League en route to being named tri-champions of the regular season, along with Saucon Valley and Southern Lehigh, while also winning the District 11 Class AA crown.
When next fall rolls around, a number of those football players will be suiting up at the collegiate level to continue their athletic careers.
Over the past few seasons, the Northwestern boys and girls track and field teams have been among the best squads in the Colonial League.
This season has been no different. The girls finished with a perfect 11-0 record in conference en route to another regular season crown, marking their third straight unbeaten campaign.
The boys went 7-4 in conference. Both had a number of medalists from last week's district meet, and plenty have the opportunity to compete in this week's PIAA Track and Field Championships at Shippensburg University.
Pitcher Brandon Eden and the Northwestern defense needed three outs to break a Colonial League championship drought that's spanned over a decade.
Through six innings, Eden managed the game perfectly, allowing just one Saucon Valley run on four hits. The run was unearned, the result of a Tiger infield error near the pitcher's mound on a pop-up that would have kept the Panthers scoreless. Instead the Panthers got on the scoreboard to tie the game 1-1.
Northwestern responded with a run in the top half of the seventh, giving Eden a 2-1 cushion for the final three outs.
Day 1 of the Colonial League Track and Field Championships is in the books, and it didn't take long for the Northwestern girls to make a big splash.
The Lady Tiger 4x800-meter relay team of Sabrina Mertz, Carly Pierce, Sarah Segan and Rachelle Cerrone took gold in the first finals event on the track on Tuesday afternoon at Whitehall High School. Their finish in 9:31.65 also set a new Colonial League meet record, one in which Northwestern set a year ago.
There was a point in time where the Northwestern baseball team was clicking on all cylinders.
Heading into last week's game against Salisbury, the Tigers were atop the Colonial League West Division at 9-1 and one of two teams with just one conference loss. Despite only being through the midway point of the season, a playoff spot seemed inevitable.
Instead, the past several of days have brought on a number of challenges for the boys in black and gold. Their playoff positioning isn't quite as clear as it was just a week ago.
Northwestern has enjoyed plenty of success to begin the season. A 6-1 mark in the Colonial League has the Tigers sitting atop the standings along with Notre Dame (Green Pond), who is also 6-1 in conference play.
After dropping their fourth game of the Colonial League season against Southern Lehigh (7-3), the final game in a stretch of four games in five days, the Tigers responded with three straight league wins. Most recently, the Tigers downed Bangor on Sunday and Palisades on Tuesday.
The Northwestern softball team has put together a surprising start to the season despite having just two seniors. But heading into last week's game against Salisbury, the Tigers still hadn't beaten a team with a winning record in 2015.
That all changed for Northwestern last Friday.
After watching Salisbury tie the game at 7-7 in the top half of the seventh, Northwestern's Kaitlyn Bowers lifted the Tigers with one swing of the bat.
When Alex Partington and Trista Cunningham graduated last year, the two also took a gold medal and two silvers with them in throwing events from the District 11 Track and Field Championships.
Not only did they have successful throwing careers at Northwestern and as members of District 11, but both had solid outings at states, too. Partington finished in the top five in the discus at the PIAA Track and Field Championships.
But those two, as well as throwers Hanna Masenheimer and Justin Betz, who also graduated, are no longer with the Tigers.
Sabrina Mertz and Sarah Segan have been a part of a number of highly competitive games on the hardwood. They've both experienced the grit and grind of three straight Colonial League title games and a number of district playoff battles.
But over the weekend, the two got to take somewhat of a back seat and enjoy the moment in their final high school basketball game.