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.
There’s been a common theme that’s popped up for the Northern Valley Legion baseball team the past two seasons. Slow starts have been customary under six-year manager Brad Rauch as of late.
The same has been evident early on in the 2016 legion season. But the Chargers, who entered the weekend 0-2, were able to get in the win column with an important stretch waiting in the wind.
Northern Valley’s offense exploded for 15 runs, and Josh Williamson pitched four solid innings in leading the Chargers to a 15-8 win over Salisbury on Sunday afternoon.
For the first time in quite a few years, Northwestern won’t be sending any of its track and field athletes to the state meet that begins on Friday at Shippensburg University.
But that isn’t to say a number of Tigers didn’t have successful seasons this spring.
A number of boys and girls sporting the black and gold ended their seasons on a positive note, despite bumping up to the Class 3A field in districts to compete against many schools that have much higher enrollments.
Molly Tarvin, Maddie Consuelos, Hannah Herzon and Alyssa Zack are all underclassmen. None of them ran on last year’s 3,200-meter relay team in the postseason.
The foursome, which came together this season to replace a group of four graduates from that relay, got its first crack at what it’s like to run in the postseason during last week’s Colonial League Championship Meet. Judging by the result, it was difficult to tell this was the group’s first postseason relay race.
Trevor Cunningham’s laid out a plan prior to the 300-meter hurdle event last week at Whitehall High School. For the most part, he was able to follow that plan and produce one of his best runs of the season.
Cunningham ran a 41.32 and secured a silver medal in the event, one of two medal-stand appearances for the Northwestern senior at last week’s Colonial League Track and Field Championship Meet at the Zephyrs Sports Complex. Cunningham also ran the 110-meter hurdles and placed third.
Northwestern’s Trevor Cunningham started off the season competing in two jumping events along with the 110-meter hurdles. After two meets competing in the triple jump, Cunningham ditched that for the other hurdle event, the 300-meter.
The decision has certainly panned out well.
Cunningham, who took bronze in the 300-meter hurdles, was one of two Tigers that medaled at last week’s Allentown School District Track and Field Invitational at J. Birney Crum Stadium. David VanBlargan also took third in the pole vault event.
It wasn’t too long ago that Haley Dietrich thought she would be attending college close to home. But nearly a month ago, her college plans changed drastically.
Dietrich signed a letter of intent to play field hockey at Division II Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina last Wednesday at a ceremony at Northwestern High School. She was one of three Division II signees and 11 Tigers overall that will continue their athletic careers at the next level.
Mikaela Koenig got accepted into the school and program of her choice when she joined Lebanon Valley College. Her basketball career, however, seemed to have come to the end of its road. And she was content with that.
Shortly after being accepted into Lebanon Valley College, that all changed.
“I applied early decision for their doctor of physical therapy program because they only accept about 50 kids and they get like 300 applicants,” Koenig said. “Once I applied there and that’s where I was going, if I played basketball or not, I knew that was the right choice.