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Lady Tigers rebound for first league win

Thursday, December 25, 2014 by TODD KRESS in HS Sports

The Northwestern girls basketball team wasn't dealt any favors to open its season.

With games against three of the top Colonial League squads in Saucon Valley, Palmerton and Southern Lehigh, teams with a combined 13-3 record through Monday night, the Lady Tigers envisioned a tough stretch to open the year.

However, they did not expect an 0-3 start to open conference play. Despite those early struggles, there was no panic from head coach Chris Deutsch and his Lady Tigers.

Tiger grapplers off to solid start

Thursday, December 18, 2014 by TODD KRESS in HS Sports

First, it was a fourth-place showing in the annual Nazareth Invitational that saw four Northwestern wrestlers finish as finalists.

Then it was a dominating Colonial League victory against Southern Lehigh, 60-18, last Wednesday at Northwestern High School in which seven Tigers gained pins.

The Tigers' success continued on Friday as Northwestern traveled to Blue Mountain to wrestle in the Gauntlet Tournament. When all was said and done, the Tigers won three matches to place third out of five competing teams.

Boys fall to Panthers in Colonial League opener

Thursday, December 11, 2014 by TODD KRESS in HS Sports

The Northwestern boys basketball team opened its season in a solid way at the end of last week.

Competing in the annual Wilson Tipoff Tournament last Friday and Saturday at Wilson High School, the Tigers came up short in the opener against the host Warriors in overtime, 70-67. The next day, the Tigers got 18 points from Parker Jones in a 44-33 victory over Moravian Academy.

Those contests, although against Colonial League foes, counted as nonleague contests for Northwestern.

Wrestling team could have full line up

Thursday, December 11, 2014 by TODD KRESS in HS Sports

In his first five years in charge of the Northwestern wrestling team, head coach Jim Moll has never been able to fill out an entire lineup. Even after a significant increase in the number of wrestlers between last year and 2013, the Tigers were forced to forfeit a number of weight classes last winter.

That will change this season as the Tigers suit up enough wrestlers to compete in each of the 14 weight classes.

With the full roster, the Tigers mental focus toward matches figures to improve.

10 seniors will lead boys hoops

Thursday, December 4, 2014 by TODD KRESS in HS Sports

Billy Hallman will finally get his chance.

Following a seven-year stint as an assistant coach on the Northwestern girls team behind Chris Deutsch, Hallman is days away from making his long-awaited debut on the boys' front.

With the amount of upperclassmen returning for Northwestern, Hallman and the Tigers will rely on eight returning seniors, 10 in all, to lead this pack in the upcoming months following last season's 2-14 mark in the Colonial League.

Two Tigers continuing volleyball careers

Thursday, December 4, 2014 by TODD KRESS in Sports

The NYAA program had been pushing to get a volleyball team at the high school level for six years before it finally happened in the fall of 2012.

When it finally did become a sport at Northwestern Lehigh High School three years ago, the interest grew so much that around 40 girls went out for roughly 20-25 varsity and junior varsity spots combined.

"Every year we would go to school board meetings and try to convince them," said Jenny Von Holt, who played two seasons for Northwestern. "And finally in my junior year there was enough interest."

Girls hoops returns four starters

Thursday, December 4, 2014 by TODD KRESS in HS Sports

Following a 15-1 record in the Colonial League in 2012-13, the Northwestern girls' basketball team finished its conference run last season with 15 more victories, including a 24-2 overall mark to end the year.

The biggest difference between the two seasons was the Lady Tigers' Colonial League championship in 2014, after downing Southern Lehigh in the championship game for their first league crown since 2007.

Tigers prepare for first season under Hallman

Thursday, December 4, 2014 by TODD KRESS in HS Sports

Billy Hallman will finally get his chance.

Following a seven-year stint as an assistant coach on the Northwestern girls team behind Chris Deutsch, Hallman is days away from making his long-awaited debut on the boys' front.

With the amount of upperclassmen returning for Northwestern, Hallman and the Tigers will rely on eight returning seniors, 10 in all, to lead this pack in the upcoming months following last season's 2-14 mark in the Colonial League.

Horner is having successful career at Monmouth

Thursday, November 6, 2014 by TODD KRESS in Sports

The jump from high school to college is a difficult one. The path is even more demanding when students choose to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level.

Lauren Horner, a 2012 graduate of Northwestern Lehigh High School, is no different. Following a remarkable field hockey career with the Lady Tigers, she used her first season at Monmouth University as one to acclimate herself with the change in scenery, like all collegiate athletes.

A year ago, Horner was polishing her skills to cement a position switch to left back on the Hawks' defensive line.

Girls soccer earns back-to-back D-11 gold

Thursday, November 6, 2014 by TODD KRESS in HS Sports

Northwestern had all of the shots in the world. But midway through the second half of Thursday's District 11 Class AA girls soccer championship game, the Tigers and Saucon Valley remained locked in a scoreless game.

But with 18:30 left on the clock, that all changed on the Tigers' 26th shot of the game.

Sabrina Mertz lined up a shot from 23 yards out, and her strike hit off the right post of the Panthers' goal to lift No. 1 seed Northwestern over No. 3 seed Saucon Valley, 1-0.