A year removed from finishing 7-9 in the Colonial League and falling in the first round of the District 11 Class AAA tournament, the Northwestern softball team is looking to take another step forward in 2015.
The Tigers hope that success comes under first-year head coach Josh Zimmerman, who spent five seasons as the Tigers' assistant coach behind Jen Horner. And despite graduating a number of vital members from last year's team, the Tigers do return a number of conference all-stars that will look to help lead Northwestern on another postseason run.
For someone that didn't begin swimming on the high school scene until his sophomore season, Northwestern senior Trey Shackleton has produced quite a successful career.
Shackleton, who swims on the Parkland Aquatic Team year round, missed the opportunity at competing at the PIAA swimming meet as a freshman due to a large number of club meets.
But last week, Shackleton made the most of his last state trip and closed the door on his high school swimming career in an emphatic way.
The 40th annual Via All-Star events will be held next week.
The annual Via All-Star banquet is set for Wednesday at the Sands Casino and Resort in Bethlehem. Doug Flutie will be the keynote speaker.
The Via All-Star banquet recognizes members of the Via All-Star teams, Players of the Year, Teams of the Year, awards scholarships for student athletes and inducts members into the Lehigh Valley High School Basketball Hall of Fame. The banquet will be held on March 25 at 6:30pm.
The spring sports season is already upon us.
The debut for two new Northwestern spring sports head coaches is on the horizon as well.
Joshua Zimmerman, who has been a part of either the Tigers' softball or baseball coaching staffs since 2005, now has his opportunity as the Northwestern softball head coach. Chuck Groller takes over as the Northwestern girls' track and field head coach, replacing Dave Kerschner.
Southern Lehigh's Travis Edmond and Whitehall's Jacob Buskirk were separated by one seat at Sunday's Lehigh Valley Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame banquet.
By the end of the 55th annual awards ceremony at Northampton Community Center, the two shared the evening's prestigious award.
Of the 34 high school football scholar-athlete nominees, Edmond and Buskirk were recognized as the award winners. It was the first time since 2011, when Bangor's Scott LaValva and Nazareth's Chuck Dibilio won the award, that two athletes shared the honor.
The day after calendars turned over to March, high school spring sports practices were scheduled to begin on March 2 in preparation for the upcoming season.
But like a number of years in the past, snowfall as the end of winter hits has put a damper on those practice plans in early March.
Two separate storms last week, including Thursday's winter blast that saw much of the Lehigh Valley receive over six inches of snow, covered playing surfaces across the region. That put to rest any idea of baseball, lacrosse, tennis or track and field teams from practicing outside.
HERSHEY Despite leaving Hershey without any hardware, the Northwestern wrestling team has firmly established itself as a program on the rise.
The fact that four Tigers, all underclassmen, qualified for the PIAA Championships only one year after the team had no representatives in the event speaks volumes about where Northwestern is headed in the years to come.
It wasn't the result he wanted, but it might have been the one he needed.
A week after winning a District 11 Class AA title, Northwestern's Caleb Clymer saw his bid for a Southeast Regional championship come up just short in the 138-pound when he ran into Boiling Springs' Kyle Shoop, who was a state runner-up last year.
Though he suffered an 8-0 loss, the match showed the freshman what he's capable of against the top ranked 138-pound wrestler in the state.
Trey Shackleton swims in meets all over the country. The club season is year-round for the Northwestern High School swimmer who doesn't have a high school team.
He often swims against some of the best competition in the country.
But one of the highlights of his year is always the District 11 Championship Meet.
It might not be the fastest meet or the most prestigious he swims in. Maybe not even in the top five. But it's by far the most fun for the four-time district champion and four-time state medalist.
Following a district quarterfinal win over the weekend, Northwestern took a look at the seemingly impossible task that lied ahead.
The only thing standing between the Tigers and a chance at playing for their first district title since 2006 was top-seeded Bethlehem Catholic.
Head coach Chris Deutsch and the Tigers knew how tough it would be to face the No. 3 ranked team in the state in Class AAA, along with all-state performer Kalista Walters.
When Wednesday's semifinals matchup got underway, teh Hawks dominated from the beginning.