Northwestern Press

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Stanley lifts NV over Emmaus

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 by TJ ENGLE in Sports

Zach Stanley couldn’t step on the diamond defensively against Emmaus because of some soreness in his throwing arm.

So Northern Valley’s third baseman has spent the last two games, including Tuesday night’s game, as the Chargers’ designated hitter.

The recent Northwestern Lehigh graduatedelivered with his bat against Emmaus. With bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, Stanley poked the game-winning hit with a two-run single to right field.

Tigers compete in summer tourney

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 by TODD KRESS in Sports

Head coach Billy Hallman lost both scoring and leadership from last year’s Northwestern boys basketball team that nearly made the district tournament. So, the summer has been a transition period for both those areas for the upcoming season.

Northwestern competed in the inaugural Cedar Beach Basketball Showcase last weekend, which essentially replaced the Stellar Construction tournament in recent years. His Tigers team may have had a quick exit with two losses, but he was pleased with the way they competed against two East Penn Conference teams.

LV falls in first round of Carpenter Cup

Monday, June 26, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

The Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup baseball team lost in the opening round of this year’s tournament, falling to Jersey Shore Thursday 4-2.

Lehigh Valley struck out 15 times in the nine-inning game and managed just three hits off Jersey Shore, which used five pitchers in the game.

“We expected more out of our bats,” said LV head coach Ted Plessl. “Other than one hanging curveball we were in the ballgame, but down here we know you have to score runs in order to compete. They’re all good hitters but we just didn’t get it done today at the plate.”

Junior high team goes undefeated

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 by TODD KRESS in Sports

The Northwestern Middle School softball team took the field for 12 games this season. And 12 times the Lady Tigers walked off as victors.

Led by a group of six returners, including four starters from a 2016 team that finished 14-2 a year ago, Northwestern went a perfect 13-0 under head coach Heather Hartman this past spring.

It continued a successful trend after the Lady Tigers’ accomplishments last year in their inaugural season playing at the junior high level.

Tide takes Tigers out of playoffs

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 by ROD HECKMAN in Sports

Northwestern and head coach Bob Fatzinger were looking for a shutdown inning.

Pottsville, however, had other ideas.

The Crimson Tide batted around during a four-run second inning to erase the Tigers’ early advantage during last week’s District 11 Class 4A semifinal game at Blue Mountain.

The big frame, which was aided by an error and a couple walks, led the way to a 6-1 Pottsville victory and an end to Northwestern’s season.

“Yeah, we wanted a shutdown inning there, but that didn’t happen,” said Fatzinger. “And then we didn’t bounce back after that either.

Tigers beat SV to reach district semifinal

Thursday, June 1, 2017 by ANDREW STEINMETZ in Sports

The Northwestern baseball team had a long weekend following its heartbreaking loss in the Colonial League championship game.

But Tiger head coach Bob Fatzinger felt a few extra days of recuperation helped heal the Tigers’ pride heading into their opening round District 11 Class 4A game against Saucon Valley last Wednesday.

Behind the arm of junior Drew White and the strong hitting of Trevor Schreiner and Niko Fager, the Tigers defeated Saucon Valley, 4-2.

Cunningham caps career at states

Thursday, June 1, 2017 by PATRICK MATSINKO in Sports

Trevor Cunningham couldn’t help but smile when he walked off the track Friday at Shippensburg University.

The Northwestern senior closed out his career with a third place finish in his Class 3A 300-meter hurdle preliminary heat at the PIAA Championships.

“It’s a great feeling to be here,” said Cunningham. “This was my goal from the beginning of the season. It’s a great way to end it, not only the track season, but high school athletics in general. I’m gonna miss it, but it’s a great way to go out.”

Cunningham is headed to Ship

Thursday, May 25, 2017 by PATRICK MATSINKO in Sports

Trevor Cunningham knew the moment he crossed the line that he had done it.

The Northwestern senior qualified for this week’s PIAA Championships with a second-place finish in the Class 3A 300-meter hurdles at last week’s District 11 meet at Blue Mountain High School.

“It’s awesome, I’m very excited for it,” said Cunningham. “As soon as I crossed the finish line, I knew I was going. I got second, but I also heard my coach scream excitedly because I got it. It’s a great feeling.”

Cunningham (39.51) was second to Wilson’s Job Goodman, who won the race with a time of 39.89.

Crusaders edge Tigers in title game

Thursday, May 25, 2017 by PATRICK MATSINKO in Sports

Bob Fatzinger couldn’t help but think another rally was coming.

Trailing by a run entering the seventh inning of Thursday’s Colonial League championship game against Notre Dame (Green Pond), the Northwestern baseball coach thought a comeback was looming.

And why wouldn’t he? Fatzinger watched the Tigers score seven runs in the seventh inning Tuesday to storm past top seed Southern Lehigh and advance to the final.

But there was no magic in the offing against the Crusaders.

Lady Tigers fall in district playoffs

Thursday, May 25, 2017 by EMMETT MCCALL in Sports

Cailyn Joseph didn’t want it to be her final high school softball game.

So when the lone senior on Tamaqua’s roster had a chance to make sure it wasn’t, she wasted no time.

Joseph lined a single up the middle on the first pitch she saw from Northwestern’s Emily Akelaitis in the bottom of the seventh inning to score Courtney Hoffman from third base and give the Raiders a dramatic 4-3 comeback victory in the District 11 Class 4A quarterfinals on Tuesday.