Haley Yost has done a lot of things right during her career at Northwestern Lehigh. She has correctly prepared for races and made the right decisions on the track.
Last week, after the District 11 Track and Field Championships at East Stroudsburg South High School, the senior had a tough decision to make.
Yost had qualified for states in the 1600-meter run and as a member of the 4x800-meter relay team. Should she drop out of the 1600?
She seemed to have the immediate answer.
Cole Miller loves when he gets a new golf club to add to his set. He can't wait to go out to the range and the golf course to test it out.
The Northwestern senior got a new pole to use heading in to last week's District 11 track and field meet at East Stroudsburg South High School and he was definitely excited to use it.
"I just really wanted to get work in with my new pole in competition," Miller admitted. "I just got this pole and I haven't quite figured it out. I just wanted to get my technique down with it."
Austin Weiss qualified for states in the 110-meter hurdles in 2013, even after false starting in the event in last year's Colonial League track and field meet.
Qualifying for the state tournament for the senior this year is still to be determined, but his postseason is already off to a clean start as the senior finished second in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.66 at last week's league meet held at the Zephyr Sports Complex at Whitehall High School.
Sarah Segan has been in a lot of pressure situations throughout her first few years at Northwestern Lehigh High School. The junior has made plays in league and district championship games as well as played state playoff games as a member of the girls soccer team. She even has medals to show how she succeeded in those situations.
Even with all of that experience, Segan admitted that she couldn't stop thinking about the Colonial League track and field meet last week at the Zephyr Sports Complex at Whitehall High School.
Track and field is usually an individual sport. Athletes are trying to achieve their personal records each time out and have goals for themselves before each event. This is especially true this time of year as the regular season winds down and the postseason gets underway.
While most track athletes look internally this time of year, Jay Hereba directed all the praise outward after earning bronze in the boys' 400-meter dash with a time of 51.03 at last Friday's Allen Invitational.
Morgan Cleary made some mistakes with her glove early on in Northwestern's battle with Salisbury last Friday afternoon at Salisbury Middle School. Those miscues were part of the reason the Lady Tigers faced a two-run deficit.
The senior made up for it with her bat in the late innings as she drove in two runs and crossed the plate once to help Northwestern (3-5 overall, 3-4 Colonial League) score four runs in the final two innings and notch a 4-2 softball victory over the Lady Falcons.
Northwestern head baseball coach Len Smith is in his 32nd season piloting the Tiger baseball program.
Even he is hard-pressed to find a year quite like this.
"I can't remember a season like this one," he said. "It may be the worst ever. If it isn't the worst, it'll end up being right with it."
Die-hard, lifer, enthusiast. There are many titles for an individual who devotes their existence to a specific sport.
Northwestern head softball coach, Jen Horner, is one of those people who are devoted to the game of softball. She loves it so much, she didn't realize how much she would miss it when it exited her life.
No matter the sport, coaches always tell players to never get complacent and to always strive for more.
That doesn't hold any truer than in track and field, which is why first-year head coach Tim Cunningham is preaching that to the Northwestern boys' track and field team.
"Athletes need to continue to work hard at their individual events and never become satisfied," he said. "Our goal is to have each athlete compete at their full potential and improve each meet."
Pitching is a big part of baseball. It is one of the three simplistic phases of our national pastime. One throws the ball, one hits the ball and one catches the ball.
The Northwestern baseball team, led by head coach Len Smith, is confident it can do the last two, there is just some questions about throwing it, from the mound.