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.
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.