You’d be hard-pressed to find a team in the Colonial League that has gone through a tougher stretch than the one the Northwestern girls’ basketball team just did.
That difficult spurt came to an end on Monday night with a league game against Bangor, the Colonial League’s East Division leader. Northwestern battled until the final whistle and nearly pulled off the upset, but the Slaters kept their distance atop the division standings with a 45-42 victory.
A number of area teams have already qualified for the district playoffs even though that tournament is still a month down the road. The Allen and Emmaus boys basketball teams, both who are ranked in the state Class 6A rankings, have already cemented a spot.
But when those district tournaments tip off on Feb. 21, the scene will look slightly different than in years past. The biggest change fans will notice is the increase from four PIAA classifications to six based on student enrollment numbers.
Most of us know the movie “Forrest Gump.” At one part of the film, the character that Tom Hanks portrays is seen running across the country, simply for the enjoyment of it.
Rachele Cerrone, a 2015 graduate of Northwestern High School, is taking on her own version of that popular 1994 movie.
The Northwestern wrestling team got to experience a little bit of everything over the weekend at the Zephyr Duals. As one of 16 teams competing at Whitehall High School on Saturday, the Tigers faced competition that included a fellow Colonial League foe, a traditionally successful Eastern Pennsylvania Conference squad and a couple of teams from outside the Lehigh Valley area.
All in all, the Tigers put together a successful outing despite being given a tough road throughout the event.
Abby Chisdak and the Northwestern girls basketball team are ringing in the New Year with a tough three-game stretch in the first week of January. She also recently finished her third high school soccer season in the fall.
Whether Chisdak is running up and down the hardwood or across the soccer pitch, one thing remains consistent with the Tiger junior. No matter what sport it is, she’ll do whatever is necessary for the betterment of the team.
Depending how you look at it, six months is not particularly a long time. But in some situations, it can seem like forever. Just ask Sarah Segan.
As the former Northwestern 100-goal scorer was preparing for her freshman season at the College of William & Mary back in the summer of 2015, Segan suffered an injury. Then, a short time later, that injury resurfaced during the preseason of her inaugural college season.
“I’ve learned over my time in college to embrace these races and moments now because they don’t last forever,” said former Northwestern runner Haley Yost.
Now a junior at Eastern Kentucky University, the former Lady Tiger has lived that mantra to the fullest. Yost doesn’t take anything for granted when it comes to running.
In her last high school soccer game at Northwestern High School, a spot in the state championship was on the line for Sabrina Mertz, now a sophomore at Lehigh University. She and the Tigers couldn’t reach that stage back in 2014, but they were able to rewrite history for the Lady Tigers’ program.
Several Northwestern Lehigh graduates competed on college athletic teams during the fall season.
An unfortunate ACL injury forced Sarah Segan to miss her freshman season on William & Mary’s soccer team. But she has made the most of her return to the field. In a 10-8-2 season for The Tribe, Segan started all 20 games and led the team with 10 goals. Her 31 shots on goal and 22 total points also led the team. She was named to the Colonial Association Athletic Second-Team and also to the All- Rookie team.
The Northwestern varsity field hockey team certainly had a successful season at the high school level, going 8-6-2 in the Colonial League and advancing to the District 11 Class 2A semifinals.
A number of key graduates will leave that team, but the future is certainly bright for the Tiger field hockey program. And it begins at the middle school level where Northwestern had one of its best seasons ever.