Coming out of Northwestern, Trista Cunningham had been recruited to play basketball at Moravian College. But the track and field standout had hopes of throwing for the Greyhound track and field team as well.
Rewind to the middle of her freshman basketball season. Cunningham spoke with her coaches about the possibility of competing in both sports. She ultimately decided to take on the challenge, and she called it one of the best decisions she’s ever made.
When Lydia Danner was at Northwestern, she spent much of her time on the mound for the Lady Tigers’ softball team. She also pitched during travel softball, as well as a good amount last season for Lehigh Carbon Community College.
But this year she was asked to step into a new role. She accepted without hesitation and it led to one of her biggest accomplishments of her career.
The Lehigh Carbon Community College softball team did something this season that no other Cougar team had accomplished in the program’s history.
Plenty of local softball players were at the center of the memorable campaign.
LCCC became the first team ever from Pennsylvania to win the Region XIX Championship. The Cougars also advanced to the Division III NJCAA National Championship Tournament for the first time and won a game before their season came to a close in mid-May.
The goal for many athletes competing at last week’s district track and field meet was to advance to states the following week.
A number of Northwestern athletes nearly qualified for that level. Unfortunately, the Tigers came up just short of the trip to Shippensburg. Their closest qualifier came in the 4x800 relay event where the foursome of Tigers medaled and placed fourth on Day 1 of the District 11 Class 3A Track and Field Championships last Wednesday at Whitehall High School.
Brooke Wehr has certainly put in the time and hard work. From high school softball at Northwestern, to tournament play in the offseason and plenty of training in between, Wehr had certainly prepared herself well for the collegiate ranks.
But even she couldn’t have expected to get off to as fast of a start as she has at Moravian.
Emily Bartlett wanted to stay active after her days playing college soccer at Millersville University.
She also wanted to pursue a career that was meaningful to her and one in which she could make a difference in the world.
So, the former Northwestern Tiger combined the two. After graduating from Millersville, Bartlett moved to California to take a full-time position with The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. There, she serves as a member of Team in Training, a sports endurance program that trains athletes for events and helps raise funds for cancer research.
It was no surprise to Northwestern boys basketball head coach Billy Hallman. Tuesday’s meeting with Bangor, the lone remaining unbeaten Colonial League team, was going be the Tigers’ toughest test to date.
Then the Slaters proved why they are so dangerous on the court.
Bangor built up an early lead in the first quarter and never looked back. The Slaters (15-1 overall; 12-0 in Colonial League) grew their lead to double digits in the second quarter, pushed it to over 20 in the fourth, and downed Northwestern on Tuesday night, 80-50.
Northwestern wrestling coach Jim Moll understood the uphill climb as his team entered Saucon Valley’s home gym.
After a fast start for unbeaten Saucon Valley, that challenge seemed even more daunting for the visiting Tigers.
The Panthers, which are on the verge of ending their sixth straight undefeated Colonial League season, won the first four bouts and cruised to a 47-22 victory on Monday night at Saucon Valley High School. The Panthers (6-0 in Colonial League) handed Northwestern its first league loss of the season and remain the lone unbeaten Colonial League squad.
As the Northwestern wrestling team prepares for postseason competition, it looks as if the Tigers will be the healthiest they’ve been in awhile.
And that health is translating to success up and down the lineup for head coach Jim Moll.
In a battle of two of the Colonial League’s top teams, Northwestern left little doubt as to who was the better team last Tuesday night. The Tigers (4-0 in Colonial League) earned six falls en route to a dominant 56-24 win over Southern Lehigh (2-2) at Northwestern High School.
Northwestern knew it had an advantage inside with senior Leighanna Lister when it traveled to Salisbury over the weekend.
Then the Tigers executed that mismatch to perfection early and often.
Lister, the Georgian Court University commit, scored a game-high 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as Northwestern raced out to a quick lead and dominated Salisbury (5-6 overall; 4-3 in Colonial League) 50-24. The Tigers (8-3, 6-1) have won four straight league games.