Both the Northwestern football and boys soccer teams made it to their respective district championship games. The latter of the two won the Class 2A crown this past fall season.
A total of seven players from those two teams lead a list of eight male athletes that signed college letters of intent last Wednesday at Northwestern High School’s Gymnasium.
It’s been almost a year in the past, but Northwestern senior Jake Augustus can remember it clear as day.
Salisbury and Northwestern met three times on the baseball field last year. Both regular season meetings didn’t go the Tigers’ way, especially the first on the Falcons’ home grass.
“We came down here and they kicked our butt,” said Augustus, who pitched that game. “We were out of here in the fourth or fifth inning…We had them, and then Cooperman hit a homerun off of me.”
When a team’s bats are locked in and the lineup feeds off of one another, it can be tough for opposing pitchers to stop any offense.
Case in point was Northwestern’s offense in an early season Colonial League game last week. Just ask Northern Lehigh pitcher Chad Ceberberg. Northwestern (5-2 overall, 4-1 in Colonial League) exploded for 17 hits and put the 10-run rule in effect in the sixth inning with a 11-1 win over Northern Lehigh last Friday.
The Indiana University men’s swimming team is winding down one of its best seasons in program history. The Hoosiers recently placed second in the Big Ten Championships, their sixth consecutive top-three finish in a conference tournament.
The Hoosiers entered the NCAA Championships, which began on March 23, as the No. 8 ranked team in the nation.
Six different Northwestern wrestlers took the mat on Friday when the PIAA Class 2A SE Region Tournament got underway.
By the conclusion of the final bouts on Saturday night, two Tigers punched their tickets to states. And it was a familiar duo from last year.
Quentin Bernhard and Caleb Clymer both advanced to the medal-winning rounds on Saturday at Reading’s Wilson West Lawn High School with their place in states already clinched. The only thing to decide was their place when the finals, third- and fifth-place matches began.
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.