The Northwestern boys’ basketball team won its opening game of the SportsFest A-Town Throwdown tournament last week. And the team was on its way to a second win on Saturday, a victory that would have at least kept the Tigers’ hopes of a Sunday berth alive.
Instead, it was their kryptonite that not only cost the Tigers Saturday’s game against Morris Hills, but also ended any shot of an appearance on the final day.
Northwestern, which led 16-14 against Morris Hills in the first half, saw that lead shrink to a 24-16 deficit minutes later.
The goal for most teams is to make it to Sunday of the annual SportsFest A-Town Throwdown basketball tournament. More games means more of an opportunity for coaches to evaluate their team’s positive and negatives throughout the summer.
Head coach Chris Deutsch and the Northwestern girls hoops team didn’t get off on the best foot when it opened play on Thursday. However, it ended with an impressive showing from the Lady Tigers.
The Northwestern boys soccer team entered last fall’s season with a daunting task—replacing the program’s single-season goal-scoring leader in JD Haaf. All Northwestern did was follow up that departure with a 24-1-1 record, league and district titles and a return trip to the state tournament, where the Tigers advanced to the PIAA Class 3A title game.
Now, over eight months later, Northwestern suddenly finds itself in a similar setting during summer league play.
Some Northwestern Lehigh High School graduates contributed to college athletic teams in the past spring season.
Brady Mengel, a freshman at Mansfield University, started in 48 of the baseball team’s 49 games this past spring. He batted .206 for the Mounties, scoring 16 runs and knocking in 13 more. Playing second base, Mengel recorded a .967 fielding percentage and helped turn 25 double plays.
Head coach Billy Hallman lost both scoring and leadership from last year’s Northwestern boys basketball team that nearly made the district tournament. So, the summer has been a transition period for both those areas for the upcoming season.
Northwestern competed in the inaugural Cedar Beach Basketball Showcase last weekend, which essentially replaced the Stellar Construction tournament in recent years. His Tigers team may have had a quick exit with two losses, but he was pleased with the way they competed against two East Penn Conference teams.
The Northwestern Middle School softball team took the field for 12 games this season. And 12 times the Lady Tigers walked off as victors.
Led by a group of six returners, including four starters from a 2016 team that finished 14-2 a year ago, Northwestern went a perfect 13-0 under head coach Heather Hartman this past spring.
It continued a successful trend after the Lady Tigers’ accomplishments last year in their inaugural season playing at the junior high level.
Northwestern softball head coach Josh Zimmerman thought his Lady Tigers would need a near-perfect game to knock off top-seeded Bangor in the Colonial League semifinals.
And for six innings, the Lady Tigers played as close to perfect as he could have asked for But Bangor still had one last inning to work with.
First year Northwestern baseball head coach Bob Fatzinger believes he has yet to see his team play to its full potential.
That may be a good thing with Northwestern still above water in the middle of the Colonial League standings and the most important part of its schedule lying ahead.
Northwestern most recently defeated Moravian Academy in convincing fashion, a 13-1 victory to open the week. The win ended a brief two-game skid for the Tigers, but more importantly, Fatzinger is hoping that win can propel his team to bigger and better things.
Northwestern’s Rhys George suffered an unfortunate concussion in November that forced him to miss two months of gymnastics. It was a setback that wasn’t easy to deal with, but he’s now back to what he knows best.
George recently showed that he’s returned to his old form. In the annual Brian Babcock Memorial at Parkettes, he placed in the top 10 gymnasts out of 50 Level 9 males in the all around during the three-day event in early February.
With the way the fourth quarter had started, Northwestern was fortunate enough to get a potential game-tying three-pointer off in the final seconds. And a wide open one at that.
Pen Argyl led by 14 points on two separate occasions early in the fourth, but Northwestern was able to steadily chip away. That set up the possibility for overtime with the Tigers down by three points with 9.5 seconds to play.