The Colonial League recently announced its annual football team for the 2014 season. Five members of the District 11 Class AA champion Tigers earned first-team selections on both sides of the ball, while 12 spots on the first-team went to Northwetsern players.
2014 All-Colonial League Football Team
Center - Jason Pechacek (Northwestern)
Guard – Chet Karpyn (Northwestern), Jericho Berger (Palmerton)
Tackle – George Haddad (Northwestern), Chris Trumbauer (Northwestern)
Tight End – Mike Kane (Saucon Valley)
They were the team that just wouldn't go away. The North Schuylkill Spartans were trailing Northwestern throughout their District 11 Championship game, but always found a way to stay in the game. In the end, the Tigers came up with enough big plays to salvage a 28-26 win, gaining their first District 11 Championship since 2002.
The Northwestern Tigers are entering into uncharted territory as they prepare for their first state playoff game since 2002. With that challenge comes facing new teams that they're not familiar with and having to take long bus rides to get to where you need to be. That's the case this week as Northwestern travels to Peckville Friday night to face the Dunmore Bucks (11-1) out of District 2.
The Colonial League recently released it's cross country all-star team for the 2014 season.
Several Salisbury runner were recognized as being among the league's elite, including two-time league champ Kyle Gonoude, who was named boys MVP.
The following is a list of this year's league all-star teams.
MVP - Kyle Gonoude (Salisbury)
Joe Espinal (Wilson), Brandon Tocket (Bangor), Brayden Heller (Northwestern), Samuel Li (Moravian Academy), Gavin Kemery (Northern Lehigh), Charlie Sell (Bangor)
FOUNTAIN SPRINGS Momentum was slipping.
And so was the lead.
After having its 21-7 halftime advantage whittled to just two points midway through the fourth quarter of Friday's District 11 Class AA championship game, Northwestern knew it was in dire need of a big drive.
Fortunately for the Tigers, they got it. And because they did, the program was able to celebrate its fourth district title.
There's no denying that when Josh Snyder took over the Northwestern football program, he had a definite plan for the team. Right from the beginning, he was confident that his approach and the changes that he would bring to the program would work.
Lauren Horner and the Monmouth University field hockey team earned a trip to the NCAA playoffs after beating Rider, 6-1, for the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title.
The Hawks (13-7) have won six straight games to reach their first NCAA tournament. Monmouth faced 2012 national champ Princeton on Wednesday (after Press deadline) in a play in game.
Horner, a 2012 Northwestern Lehigh graduate and a junior defender at Monmouth, has started all 20 games this year and has one goal and two assists. She also earned a spot on this year's MAAC All-Academic Team.
A year ago, Northwestern and North Schuylkill played for the Eastern Conference Championship, with the Tigers picking up the trophy by virtue of a 19-18 win. This season, the two teams meet again, but this time the trophy up for grabs is the District 11 Championship, something that both teams have had their eye since the end of last year's meeting between the two teams.
Taylor Breininger is having one of those years that a senior football player dreams of having. Recently, in the Tigers rivalry game against Northern Lehigh, Breininger recovered a fumble and returned it 74 yards for a touchdown, took a kick-off return back 90 yards for another touchdown, and just for good measure, caught a two-yard touchdown pass from Frank Dangello. It was just another night on the field for Breininger, who is following in his family's football tradition at Northwestern.
The Northwestern girls soccer team will hold its end-of-the-season banquet on Sunday.
And despite watching their season come to an end in Tuesday's PIAA semifinals against District 1's Villa Joseph Marie, head coach Kelly Bleam and the Lady Tigers will reminisce about the program's best season ever.