It’s been a season of streaks for Northwestern Lehigh. After coming out of the gate with three straight losses, the Tigers won three straight and six of their next seven games.
Now though, the team has lost three of its last four after falling to Palmerton 63-51 Tuesday night at home.
Palmerton’s Kody Kratzer was the main reason for the loss as he had 14 points by halftime and then after being held scoreless in the third quarter, torched the Tigers for 13 fourth quarter points, including going seven-for-nine from the line.
The holiday break can disrupt the rhythm of even the best teams and that may have been the case for the Northwestern Lehigh girls basketball team, which ended an eight-game winning streak last week with a loss to Bangor, 48-44.
The Lady Tigers (9-3 overall, 6-1 Colonial) came out sluggish and uncharacteristically struggled with their ball control, giving the Slaters plenty of scoring opportunities that they used to build an 11-point lead by the end of the first quarter.
Last weekend was a time for reflection and relaxation during the holiday season. But Northwestern Lehigh’s Harrison Bernhard spent last weekend punching the clock, working to become an even better wrestler.
The senior took fifth place in the 152-pound weight class at the Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic, held at Liberty High School in Bethlehem. Bernhard earned the medal with a win over Northampton’s Colby Judd in the final round. The win improved his season’s record to 14-6.
The Northwestern Lehigh Tigers ask for no quarter and give none. That fighting spirit was on display Jan. 4 at the Zephyr Mat Club Invitational, held at Whitehall High School.
The Tigers finished with 105.5 points, good for fourth place in the eight-team field.
The Northwestern Lehigh Lady Tigers interrupted their Christmas break for a nonconference game against Hamburg Area High School and stretched their winning streak to eight games with a 59-23 win over the Hawks.
Paige Sevrain led all scorers with 17 points and led all rebounders with 10 rebounds, seven of which were offensive rebounds. Senior Sydney Sevrain finished with 16 points in the game.
If you spoke to Gabby Sevrain, Sydney Sevrain and Paige Sevrain separately and ignored their physical resemblances, you might think you were talking with kids from three different families. In many ways, the three are very different, which they readily admit.
In some ways though they are very similar. All three know their way around a basketball court and all three agree on some key family questions.
Gabby Sevrain is the oldest and most outgoing of the three, a sophomore at Dickinson College where she is playing college basketball.
There was no elaborate reveal or last-minute drama.
Deven Bollinger had made up his mind long ago. And the Northwestern senior was certain it was the right choice.
Bollinger made it official Wednesday, signing a national letter of Intent to continue his academic and football career at the University of Delaware. With only one school on his mind, Bollinger needed just one hat in front of him on the table.
It has been a season of turnarounds on the basketball court at Northwestern Lehigh. The girls team has won six straight after dropping its first two and the boys team dropped its first three games, but is now on a three-game winning streak to even its overall record at 3-3 and move to 2-3 in the Colonial League on the season.
The turnaround continued this week with Northwestern’s boys team downing Moravian Academy (3-3, 2-3) on Tuesday and Northern Lehigh (0-8, 0-5) by a 47-19 score Thursday night.
The Northwestern Lehigh girls basketball team (6-2 overall, 5-0 Colonial) gave themselves an early Christmas present with a tidy six-game winning streak as they downed rival Northern Lehigh (3-3, 2-3) for their sixth straight win.
In the 55-24 win, Ali Lister finished with a game-high 18 points, while Sydney Sevrain scored 11 and Paige Sevrain hit for 10 points in the win.
Northwestern Lehigh is back on track in boys basketball.
After an 0-3 start, the Tigers have picked up wins over Brandywine Heights (6-1 overall) and Moravian Academy (3-2 overall, 2-2 Colonial League). The wins came after a near-miss against Southern Lehigh last Friday night when the Spartans came from behind to down Northwestern 62-58.