It wasn't quite the start Northwestern got against Saucon Valley in the Colonial League quarterfinals, but when the two teams met in the first round of districts, the Tigers got off to a quick start once again.
The result was particularly similar to the Tigers' dominant 21-point victory against the Panthers in the league tournament.
Number 5 seed Northwestern, which built a quick 13-4 lead and led by 10 at halftime, led by as much as 18 in the fourth quarter over No. 4 Saucon Valley.
If this past weekend's District 11 Class AA tournament proved one thing, it's that the Northwestern wrestling program is back.
The Tigers left Freedom High School with one champion, two silver medalists and a total of six wrestlers advancing to this weekend's Southeast Regional event.
One of the many highlights of the tournament for Northwestern was freshman Caleb Clymer's stunning performance to claim the 138-pound title.
Coming into the tournament as the fifth seed, Clymer's championship may have caught some off guard.
There are a lot of local divers who will be glad to see Nicole Sagl head off to college next fall. For the fourth straight season, Sagl, who attends Central Catholic High School, captured the Class AA District 11 Diving Championship and did it in grand style, setting both an Emmaus High School pool record and a new Class AA district record with a final score of 511.10.
Sagl led the entire way and was well ahead of Southern Lehigh's Erin Donnelly, who finished with a score of 386.45, good enough for second place and a trip to the PIAA Championship next month at Bucknell University.
Sure, Northwestern seniors Sabrina Mertz and Sarah Segan, both Colonial League Second Team all-stars, are two of the main reasons in how the Northwestern girls basketball turned around its season.
But the Tigers realize that without each and every one of their players, from the JV squad all the way up, none of that success would have been possible.
Last Friday's Colonial League girls' championship against Notre Dame (Green Pond) wasn't the best time for Northwestern to have one of its more difficult shooting performances of the season.
But the No. 5 seeded Lady Tigers' shots weren't falling when they took the court in the season's biggest game to date at Freedom High School. That display of shooting and costly turnovers resulted in a 51-36 defeat to the top-seeded Crusaders.
After losing its first three games, Northwestern had a ton of ground to make up if it wanted to reach the Colonial League finals for the third consecutive year.
The winning tradition and postseason experience surely helped the Lady Tigers to seven straight wins en route to their championship match up against Notre Dame (Green Pond) last Friday at Freedom High School.
But Northwestern's late-season run finally came to an end.
For most of the area's soccer teams, the high school season ended roughly three months ago.
But while the 2014 season has come to a close, a number of local players have been busy with a club soccer season that has been memorable to say the least.
The Lehigh Valley United (LVU) 98 U-16 boys team, composed of players from 13 different high schools, has won three college showcase tournaments since November 21. The team has won seven of the 10 games it has played in those tournaments to go along with three ties.
Sabrina Mertz was pretty sure Lehigh University was going to be the place for her, and after visiting the campus, she was completely sold. The soccer, basketball and track standout officially became a Mountain Hawk Wednesday when she signed her Letter of Intent to play soccer in Bethlehem next season.
"There were a couple of others, including Marist in New York, but right when I walked on the campus, I knew. I never really thought that there was that thing that you'd get that feeling, but I definitely got it there and I knew that was where I wanted to go," she said.
Cam Richardson knows football. He also knows about the tradition of Lehigh University football and the famed rivalry with Lafayette. Richardson's success both on the football field and in the classroom have allowed him to now become part of that tradition.
After shattering most of the receiving records at Northwestern and helping drive his team to the District 11 Championship this past season, Richardson had plenty of opportunities ahead of him for college, but liked what he saw at Lehigh both athletically and academically.
The duo of Sabrina Mertz and Sarah Segan played vital roles in helping Northwestern win last year's Colonial League championship in their junior season.
This year, in their final season on the court, the two want to end their league slate with another league title.
The Tigers took another step toward achieving that goal on Tuesday night.