The Northwestern girls basketball team enjoyed a lot of success in 2012, but has no hardware to show from it.
Head coach Chris Deutsch is working to make sure that history doesn't repeat itself this winter.
"Our goal is to win the Colonial League championship," said Deutsch. "That is the top goal. We got to the finals last year so this year our goal is to get there and win it, definitely. We also want to make a better run in districts to hopefully qualify for states as well.
"Expectations are definitely high."
Leadership and experience are necessities for a successful athletic team. Especially for a squad that is trying to rebuild.
The Northwestern boys' basketball team will be going through 2013 with only one returning senior.
"We are really only returning three players from last year who saw significant time," said third-year head coach Dan Eddinger. "So in the beginning we are going to be a really young and inexperienced team. Obviously that creates question marks."
Northwestern was unable to capture the District 11 Class AA girls' soccer title last season, falling short in the championship game.
The Lady Tigers will get another chance at that coveted trophy.
Northwestern defeated Southern Lehigh by a final score of 3-1 in the District 11 Class AA girls soccer semifinal at Bulldog Community Stadium in Slatington Tuesday night to advance to the district championship and qualify for the PIAA AA tournament.
Head coach Kelly Bleam is not one to lose touch with reality. Even though her Northwestern Lady Tigers' soccer squad is 12-1-1 overall and 9-0-1 in the Colonial League as of Monday night, she realizes her team has room to improve before the postseason.
Haley Yost and the Northwestern girls cross country team like the DeSales Invitational because it helps them gauge where they stand early in the season.
After Saturday's 34th annual DeSales Invitational, the Lady Tigers stood atop of the field and the podium.
Led by Yost's third-place finish, the Northwestern girls won this year's meet title, beating Perkiomen Valley and Parkland.
The Northwestern girls' volleyball team is vying for a Colonial League championship this fall.
This season is the first year that someone could utter that statement.
As the Northwestern girls' volleyball program enters its second season of existence, the Colonial League is entering its first fall sports season where they have girls' volleyball as a league sport.
The middle school years are a lot of fun for students. They slowly begin to gain more freedom in school so that they can get a little taste of the high school life. Also, once they leave the elementary school, students can become student-athletes and play scholastically for their school.
At Northwestern Lehigh Middle School, there were a lot of young student-athletes growing and blossoming out on the hardwood this winter.
Northwestern Lehigh has an up and coming boys basketball program. And those up and comers can be found on the junior high team.
The junior high team, also callled the freshman team, is guided by first year head coach Randy Atiyeh.
His previous coaching experience includes one year as a volunteer assistant at Whitehall High School and one year as the head coach of the middle school squad at Northwestern.
The Northwestern Lehigh boys basketball program is building from the ground up. That growth starts at the lowest levels and works its way to the varsity team.
A big stepping stone for players is the junior varsity level.
With first year head coach, Pat Wanamaker, the Tiger junior varsity team fought hard all season long and finished with an 11-11 record.
Wanamaker, who was a volunteer assistant at Northern Lehigh the last five years, says his players exceeded his expectations.
From Schnecksville to West Long Beach, NJ. From the Colonial League to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. From Northwestern Lehigh High School to Monmouth University.
Lauren Horner went through a lot of changes after graduating high school.
Her biggest change during it all? The move from midfielder, where she played the majority of her high school field hockey career, to defender where she now plays for the Hawks.