The 30th Annual Howard E. Deppe Senior All-Star Baseball Classic was played Saturday at Limeport Stadium, with the Pink team, comprised primarily of players from the EPC downing the Blue team of all-stars, primarily from the Colonial League, 5-1. Dieruff's Shane Seibert got the win, while Northampton's Noah Durnin suffered the loss.
The game raises funds for the American Cancer Society while giving high school senior players the opportunity to get together for one, final game.
It's not often that athletes have the opportunity to continue their athletic careers into the collegiate ranks, let alone the Division I landscape.
Three Northwestern girls made those visions become a reality.
Angela Motolese (Fairleigh Dickinson University) and Rachele Cerrone (University of Pittsburgh) committed to Division I institutions, while Sunny Greenberg's decision to attend DeSales University rounded out the Lady Tigers' trio of future collegiate athletes who were recognized at a ceremony last week at Northwestern Lehigh High School.
The Northwestern football team put together one of its better seasons in recent memory. The Tigers went 9-1 in the Colonial League en route to being named tri-champions of the regular season, along with Saucon Valley and Southern Lehigh, while also winning the District 11 Class AA crown.
When next fall rolls around, a number of those football players will be suiting up at the collegiate level to continue their athletic careers.
Len Smith was pretty sure his team would end the season with a loss.
He was hoping, though, that loss wouldn't come so soon.
After enjoying a solid regular season and a trip to the league finals, Smith's Northwestern baseball team ran into a talented pitcher in the quarterfinal round of the District 11 Class AAA playoffs.
That hurler, Tamaqua's Brett Kosciolek, threw a one-hit shutout at the Tigers on May 20 to bring the 2015 campaign to an abrupt halt.
What a difference a couple days can make. On Tuesday, Northwestern got lead-off runners on base in five of the six innings that they came to bat. On Thursday, the Tigers were able to do that just once and that wasn't until the seventh inning. The result on Thursday was a 6-2 loss to Southern Lehigh in the semifinals of the District 11 Class AAA Playoffs.
While the Tigers weren't able to get lead-off runners on, they did get two-out baserunners in four innings. Unfortunately for the Tigers, they stranded 14 base runners in the game and they allowed four unearned runs.
There were no medals for Northwestern at the end of the PIAA Track and Field Championships. But there was a sense of pride and satisfaction for a remarkable group of athletes that has achieved much success throughout their stellar careers.
The Lady Tigers were well represented in Shippensburg, led by the 1600- and 3200-meter relay teams. Individually, Northwestern had Alexis Gawelko in the 100 hurdles and Natcheli Gomes in the high jump.
On the opening day of the District 11 Track and Field Championships, the quartet of Sabrina Mertz, Sarah Segan, Carly Pierce and Rachelle Cerrone gave a talented Easton team all it could handle in the Class AAA 3200-meter relay but came up just short, finishing with a time of 9:34.38 to the Red Rovers' 9:31.03.
On Wednesday, Northwestern made sure it didn't happen again.
Over the past few seasons, the Northwestern boys and girls track and field teams have been among the best squads in the Colonial League.
This season has been no different. The girls finished with a perfect 11-0 record in conference en route to another regular season crown, marking their third straight unbeaten campaign.
The boys went 7-4 in conference. Both had a number of medalists from last week's district meet, and plenty have the opportunity to compete in this week's PIAA Track and Field Championships at Shippensburg University.
Pitcher Brandon Eden and the Northwestern defense needed three outs to break a Colonial League championship drought that's spanned over a decade.
Through six innings, Eden managed the game perfectly, allowing just one Saucon Valley run on four hits. The run was unearned, the result of a Tiger infield error near the pitcher's mound on a pop-up that would have kept the Panthers scoreless. Instead the Panthers got on the scoreboard to tie the game 1-1.
Northwestern responded with a run in the top half of the seventh, giving Eden a 2-1 cushion for the final three outs.
Northwestern Lehigh head coach Len Smith told his senior ace Josh Williamson before the Tigers' Colonial League semifinal contest against Salisbury that there is no tomorrow in single-elimination tournament games.
Williamson pitched five effective innings against Bangor during Saturday's quarterfinal victory and didn't expect to be used Monday against Salisbury.
However, Williamson earned the save during Northwestern's thrilling 5-4 10-inning semifinal victory against the Falcons.