Northwestern has enjoyed plenty of success to begin the season. A 6-1 mark in the Colonial League has the Tigers sitting atop the standings along with Notre Dame (Green Pond), who is also 6-1 in conference play.
After dropping their fourth game of the Colonial League season against Southern Lehigh (7-3), the final game in a stretch of four games in five days, the Tigers responded with three straight league wins. Most recently, the Tigers downed Bangor on Sunday and Palisades on Tuesday.
The Northwestern softball team has put together a surprising start to the season despite having just two seniors. But heading into last week's game against Salisbury, the Tigers still hadn't beaten a team with a winning record in 2015.
That all changed for Northwestern last Friday.
After watching Salisbury tie the game at 7-7 in the top half of the seventh, Northwestern's Kaitlyn Bowers lifted the Tigers with one swing of the bat.
It had been a while since Josh Williamson had pitched to anybody outdoors. With the harsh weather barely subsiding, the Northwestern Tigers were on a baseball field for just the second time on Wednesday and Williamson enjoyed the opportunity, even though the conditions weren't perfect.
With a brisk wind blowing throughout the game, Williamson and the Tigers picked up a 6-4 Colonial League win over Palmerton.
It's been a cold spring, but the Tigers' softball bats have been hot in three of their four games this season.
Northwestern is off to a 3-1 start and has scored 37 runs in four games this season.
"We had a hiccup against Palmerton," said first-year head coach Josh Zimmerman. "But [scoring runs] has been the rule rather than the exception."
The Tigers opened with a 13-run effort in a slugfest against Kutztown, winning 13-11. After committing six errors in a 6-2 loss to Palmerton, the Tigers beat Moravian Academy 11-0.
On Friday, Northwestern head coach Len Smith watched his team suffer its first defeat of the year to Colonial League foe Southern Lehigh.
Monday, Smith witnessed the Tigers play arguably their best game of the season.
Led by pitcher Josh Williamson's no hitter, Northwestern dominated rival Northern Lehigh to earn a 12-0 win in a contest that lasted five innings.
"This was a big bounce back game for us," said Smith. "After losing on Friday, I wasn't sure how we were going to respond to that.
When Alex Partington and Trista Cunningham graduated last year, the two also took a gold medal and two silvers with them in throwing events from the District 11 Track and Field Championships.
Not only did they have successful throwing careers at Northwestern and as members of District 11, but both had solid outings at states, too. Partington finished in the top five in the discus at the PIAA Track and Field Championships.
But those two, as well as throwers Hanna Masenheimer and Justin Betz, who also graduated, are no longer with the Tigers.
In a lot of ways, the Colonial League is like a big family.
When one member of that family senses that another could use help, they don't have to ask. Like a full-court press, help comes from all sides and it's not always easy to see it coming. It's happened many times in the past and it will no-doubt happen again in the future.
This year several members of the Colonial League got together to do whatever they could do help one of the league's longtime coaches.
Sabrina Mertz and Sarah Segan have been a part of a number of highly competitive games on the hardwood. They've both experienced the grit and grind of three straight Colonial League title games and a number of district playoff battles.
But over the weekend, the two got to take somewhat of a back seat and enjoy the moment in their final high school basketball game.
After what amounted to a rebuilding year last year, Northwestern's baseball team will be a veteran team this season.
The Tigers return all but two starters on a team that went 12-10 overall and 10-6 in the Colonial League. The team returns it's entire pitching staff, led by seniors Josh Williamson, Brandon Eden and Jordan Storm.
If the Northwestern boys and girls track and field teams are looking to replicate a similar performance to last season's unbeaten league schedule, they'll have to do so without some of the area's best performers.
But with the graduation of certain athletes, the opportunity arises for others to take their places throughout the spring months.
The Tigers get their first look at those athletes in an actual meet come Thursday when Northwestern travels to Wilson for a tri meet with Catasauqua.