As a team, the Northwestern wrestling squad had a successful winter season, finishing as the runner-up in the Colonial League tournament and making an appearance in the District 11 Class 2A semifinals.
The Tigers, however, may have had an even more impressive run on the individual level.
Northwestern guard Erika Thomas generally spends time after practices working on her free throws. So, it only seemed right that she would make history at the foul line.
Late in the game of last week’s Colonial League semifinal loss to Southern Lehigh, Thomas went to the foul line just like she has plenty of times in her career. She sunk both shots and eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for her career in the process, making her the first Lady Tiger to accomplish the feat since Sara Jones did it in 2013.
A few weeks ago when the Northwestern girls basketball team took on Salisbury in a key Colonial League clash with postseason seeding and a first-round home game on the line, the Lady Tigers trailed 21-16 at intermission.
Heading into the locker room head coach Chris Deutsch sought some advice from his assistant coaches shortly after the whistle sounded.
The first two meetings were close endings coming down the stretch, with the home team coming away with the win in both regular season contests. The latest was a 51-46 win in overtime for Northwestern over Salisbury exactly a week ago.
The third meeting, one that would have more on the line than the previous two, had a different script to be played out. And it went in favor of Northwestern.
Head coach Billy Hallman knew it would be a test early on in the Colonial League hoops landscape. And for the first quarter, Northwestern seemed up for the challenge.
But when all was said and done, Southern Lehigh and its experience proved to be too much over the final three quarters.
The accolades continue to pile up. And history continues to be made for the Northwestern girls’ cross country team.
The Lady Tiger harriers added another chapter to that ever-growing book last week. Led by top-three finishes by sophomore Molly Tarvin and freshman Maddie Consuelos, the Northwestern girls secured their fifth straight league cross country championship last Thursday at DeSales University.
It’s a bit ironic.
The last time the Northwestern girls cross country team lost in a regular season league meet was on October 13, 2010. Exactly five years ago to the day, the Lady Tiger harriers were on the verge of keeping their unbeaten league streak alive well into the 100s.
On Tuesday evening, the Lady Tigers did just that. Northwestern defeated all four teams (Moravian Academy, Notre Dame-Green Pond, Palisades and Saucon Valley) in their regular season finale at Palmerton High School that pushed their winning streak to 129 contests.
Northwestern had only been shut out twice prior to Thursday’s Colonial League matchup against Palisades. The only time that happened in Colonial League play was in the second week of the season against unbeaten Saucon Valley, 2-0.
Unfortunately for the Tigers (11-3 overall, 8-2 in Colonial League), that happened once again on Thursday night when the Pirates (11-3-2, 8-2) used two goals just over four minutes apart in the second half to secure a much-needed win at Palisades High School.
Sabrina Mertz may just be a freshman at Lehigh, but she’s already making plenty of noise for the Mountain Hawks’ soccer team.
Just last week, two news stories on the womens soccer team’s homepage featured photos of Mertz in Lehigh’s famous brown and white jerseys. She has six goals (team-high) and two assists in the first eight games for 14 points. And it was exactly 10 days ago that she was named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week.
Even with the Bulls just coming off a five-run inning in the top of the third, Limeport co-manager Mike Cudwadie had a few words for his teammates and players going into the fourth: "We're not done yet."
The Bulls' offense certainly wasn't finished, but that would have been more than enough with pitcher Jared Schaffer dealing on the mound.