Success came in many forms during last week's Colonial League Track and Field Championships.
For some, it was a place. For others, those triumphant moments presented themselves as a time, distance, height or simply the satisfaction from achieving a personal goal.
But one thing was clear: Northwestern was once again one of the league's top teams after the two days of competition at Whitehall High School.
It wasn't long ago that Northwestern looked like a team that would get a bye right into the Colonial League baseball semifinals.
The Tigers had a two-game lead in the division with two weeks left in the season. That lead slipped away and they dropped to the No. 3 seed, which meant they would have to play a quartefinal game.
Day 1 of the Colonial League Track and Field Championships is in the books, and it didn't take long for the Northwestern girls to make a big splash.
The Lady Tiger 4x800-meter relay team of Sabrina Mertz, Carly Pierce, Sarah Segan and Rachelle Cerrone took gold in the first finals event on the track on Tuesday afternoon at Whitehall High School. Their finish in 9:31.65 also set a new Colonial League meet record, one in which Northwestern set a year ago.
There's an old baseball cliché baseball that says one swing of the bat can change the game.
Salisbury's Chad Cooperman did just that with his grand slam in Monday's 8-4 win over Northwestern. The victory put Salisbury in the driver's seat of the Colonial League West division with one game remaining.
The pivotal playoff-like game appeared to be a pitchers' duel. Northwestern had a 2-0 lead after three innings thanks to Brady Mengel's two-hit performance from the plate, with a triple and an RBI, along with Taylor Breininger knocking in a run an stealing a pair of bases.
The spring high school sports season went by quickly after cold and ice forced a late start. While the regular season went quickly, Northwetsern's girls softball team is hoping for a long run in the postseason.
The Lady Tigers won three games over four days from Friday to Monday, including Saturday's nonleague win over Lehighton that clinched a District 11 playoff berth.
"We're not done," said Northwestern head coach Josh Zimmerman. "We're keeping the pedal to the medal. You want to play you best softball at the end of the season and I think we're doing that right now."
With the District 11 Track and Field Championships a little over two weeks away, this past Friday's Allentown School District Invitational offered a glimpse of what the postseason might look like for many programs.
Northwestern competed at J. Birney Crum Stadium against a varied field that included schools from the Colonial and Schuylkill Leagues as well as the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and a few programs from outside of District 11.
There was a point in time where the Northwestern baseball team was clicking on all cylinders.
Heading into last week's game against Salisbury, the Tigers were atop the Colonial League West Division at 9-1 and one of two teams with just one conference loss. Despite only being through the midway point of the season, a playoff spot seemed inevitable.
Instead, the past several of days have brought on a number of challenges for the boys in black and gold. Their playoff positioning isn't quite as clear as it was just a week ago.
The Northwestern track and field team has picked up right where it left off last season as Colonial League champions. The program was a combined 13-1 (boys and girls) heading into its Colonial League showdown against Saucon Valley.
The Lady Tigers roared past the Panthers 112-38, but the boys came up just short to Saucon Valley, 78-72.
"We haven't peaked yet in my opinion," said Northwestern girls head coach Charles Groller. "The weather just finally broke and we're waiting for some better times.
Competitive swimming is all about dropping time. When swimmers are not getting faster, they feel like they're standing still.
Northwestern senior Trey Shackleton kept getting faster through three years of high school swimming, culminating this season when he finished his career with a second-place finish at states.
He might have been hoping to go a little bit faster in his final high school swim, but his second-place finish last month in the PIAA 500-yard freestyle championship was one place higher than he finished in his first two trips to states.
The Northwestern softball team has had a season so far where it has seen the brighter side of things and has bunched together a few victories in a row.
On the other hand, the Tigers also have had to experience a few setbacks on the diamond on their way to an 8-4 overall record and a 6-4 mark in the Colonial League through last weekend.
It may seem like a roller coaster year for his Tigers, but first-year head coach Josh Zimmerman believes his players are taking the entire experience in stride.