When you lose arguably the league’s top player to graduation, a goal-scoring machine in JD Haaf that set Northwestern’s single-season record with 46 goals, how could a team possibly return to that level that won Colonial League and District 11 Class 2A titles?
Northwestern head coach Nate Hunsicker doesn’t expect his Tigers to reach those heights in 2016. He believes this team can be even better a year later.
Several former Northwestern Lehigh High School athletes will compete on college teams this fall.
Lehigh University’s leading goal-scorer, Northwestern grad Sabrina Mertz, returns for her sophomore season on the Mountain Hawks’ soccer team after posting seven goals in 2015. That tally didn’t just lead Lehigh, it also ranked fourth among all Patriot League competitors. Mertz, who played in all 18 games, also added three assists and totaled 17 points in her first college season while occupying the midfield position.
Injuries are a part of sports. They can’t prepared for or anticipated.
Unfortunately for the Northern Valley Connie Mack baseball team, it was a couple of injuries that played a big part in the squad not returning to the state tournament this summer, according to manager Dave Laudaslager.
Still, Northern Valley completed the summer season with a successful mark despite missing two of its top players in pitcher Mason Vogwill and infielder Trevor Schreiner. Northern Valley went 12-9 in the regular season and qualified for the Lehigh Valley playoffs just a couple of weeks ago.
Defense has been a staple for the Northwestern boys’ soccer team over the past couple of seasons. That defense helped anchor the Tigers to Colonial League and District 11 Class 2A championships last fall.
Despite graduating a number of key pieces from that unit, the success on defense has certainly translated into the summer.
August 23 marks an important date for recent Northwestern graduate Lydia Danner. It’ll be the first time that she ever steps foot in a classroom.
Being home schooled her entire life, Danner has never been in a public classroom. Learning from the confines of her home in New Tripoli has become the norm over the years. But in late August, she’ll begin her collegiate career at Lehigh Carbon Community College.
The Mengel family name has a rich tradition of athletics at Northwestern High School.
Brady Mengel is the latest name on that list to cap a successful athletic career at Northwestern, but the tradition started many decades earlier. His father, Jason, played baseball and basketball as a member of the Tigers. His grandfather, Rich Mengel, was a member of Northwestern’s first boys’ basketball district championship in 1964, while Brady’s great grandfather, Russell Stout, was the head coach. Rich also played hoops.
Next week will not only be a big week for the Keystone State Quarter Midget Club. It’ll be a historic week for the city of Schnecksville as well.
The Keystone State Quarter Midget Club track, located in Schnecksville, will host a dirt grand national race event in the upcoming week. The week-long event begins on Monday and concludes Saturday with the championship 40-lap race for each of the 12 classes. Participants range from age 5 to 16 and will compete on the club’s dirt oval track.
Almost two weeks ago, the Northwestern girls basketball team’s run to championship Sunday of Stellar Construction’s “Catch A Rising Star” Basketball Showcase included some of the best teams in the tournament.
Much was the same in the recent SportsFest “A-Town Throwdown” tournament that concluded on Sunday. Northwestern, which was paired with Nazareth, Jim Thorpe and Dunmore, went 1-2 in pool play over the first three days of the event. Nazareth was the lone girls team standing when all was said and done, capturing the championship over Northampton by a score of 57-48.
A goal for most teams playing at the Stellar “Catch A Rising Star” Basketball Showcase is to advance to Sunday, the final day of the four-day event. Another goal is for those teams to see improvement.
The Northwestern girls were fortunate enough to accomplish both goals. The Lady Tigers won three of their five games before their run came to an end on Sunday afternoon against eventual champion Allen, 43-23, at Cedar Beach Park.
When Heather Hartman started to coach softball at Northwestern, the Lady Tigers were still playing in the junior varsity ranks. In fact, Hartman coached Northwestern at the JV levels in her first three seasons.
This year it’s been another story for Hartman and the Lady Tigers. Northwestern switched to the junior high level. It’s where a number of the Colonial League softball teams are now playing instead of the JV.
And the switch has been a pleasant one in year No. 1. Northwestern exceeded many of its expectations and went 14-2.