Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States. And now Northwestern High School will have boys and girls teams suit up in the spring.
The sport had been introduced to the Northwestern Youth Athletic Association five years ago for the boys, and two years ago for the girls. After pitching the introduction of the sport at the high school level, the Northwestern Lehigh School Board approved the boys and girls teams back on January 18, 2017.
Northwestern’s Jake Dellicker pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the District 11 Class 2A Wrestling Tournament on Friday night when he took down top-seeded Mikey Myers of Williams Valley.
On Saturday night, he was standing on the podium with a silver medal around his neck and his ticket to regionals punched.
Dellicker, who placed second in the 113-pound weight class, is one of three Tigers to earn medals at Liberty High School. And his brother—Will Dellicker—will join Jake at regionals this week.
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.