Northwestern head coach Chris Deutsch didn't want to use the absence of one of his key players as an excuse during last week's Colonial League West Division tilt against Palmerton.
And despite missing Sarah Segan due to injury, the Tigers held their own for much of the game. They just weren't able to come up with that all-important basket when they needed it most.
It wasn't just another Northwestern pin. It was a statement. A statement to let the rest of the Colonial League know the Tigers a team to be taken seriously.
His teammates didn't give Jacob Murray much of a chance against Salisbury's Alex Nicholas, who clearly outweighed him at the 285-pound bout. But that didn't deter the junior's confidence one bit.
For much of Saturday's EPC Diving Championships, you had to think that Nicole Sagl wasn't going to get her fourth conference diving championship. Sagl, a Central Catholic senior who lives in the Northwestern School District, was mired in third place after five dives. From there though, she put together an impressive streak of dives, using a 46.20 on her ninth dive to move into second place and a 51.70 on her tenth dive to take over the lead.
For Northwestern graduate Scott Clymer, it's been bittersweet.
Moments before a Tiger wrestling match last week, Clymer, a 2007 graduate of Northwestern High School, stood just feet from the team's wrestling room. It was a sanctuary he grew accustomed to over his Tiger wrestling career. But on this night, he took a moment to watch as his brother Caleb, along with the rest of the Northwestern team, emerged from the doors to take the mat against Pen Argyl.
That's the tough part for Clymer. His days as a wrestler are behind him.
Sarah Segan drove to the basket a little more than a minute into the fourth quarter of Tuesday night's game against Salisbury. Her feet, unfortunately, got tangled up with a Falcon defender, sending Segan to the hardwood without a foul call.
But instead of harping on that no call, Segan stayed with the play to provide the Lady Tigers the spark they desperately needed.
This year's nominees for the annual Lehigh Valley Soccer Scholar Athlete Banquet were recently announced.
Northwestern's Brandon Herb and Alexis Gawelko will represent the Tigers at the banquet, which will be held on Sunday, Jan. 11 at 5:30 p.m. at the Northampton Memorial Community Center.
There will be 76 boys and girls senior soccer scholar athletes honored.
The guest speaker for the evening will be Ms. Amy Hough, assistant women's coach at Lehigh University.
The District 11 Class AA football champion Tigers' season ended over a month ago. But the awards and accolades are still rolling in.
Northwestern had two players selected to the Pennsylvania Football Writers' Class AA All-State last week.
Improvement is what Northwestern was looking for heading into the Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic and that's what head coach Jim Moll got.
The Tigers placed three wrestlers over the two-day tournament held Sunday and Monday at Liberty's Memorial Gymnasium, as Quentin Bernhard (120) and Jarrett White (126) took fifth, while Caleb Clymer (138) finished in seventh with a 5-3 win over Lehighton's Tegan Durishin.
Last season, the Northwestern Lehigh wrestling team earned just four victories. This year's Tigers already surpassed that total, and the season isn't quite one month old.
The team improved to 5-2 overall and 2-0 in the Colonial League after defeating Catasauqua, 51-24, last week in a battle of league unbeatens in New Tripoli.
Northwestern also surpassed last year's league win total as the squad earned only one victory in the Colonial League last season.
The Northwestern girls basketball team wasn't dealt any favors to open its season.
With games against three of the top Colonial League squads in Saucon Valley, Palmerton and Southern Lehigh, teams with a combined 13-3 record through Monday night, the Lady Tigers envisioned a tough stretch to open the year.
However, they did not expect an 0-3 start to open conference play. Despite those early struggles, there was no panic from head coach Chris Deutsch and his Lady Tigers.