The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association held a board of directors meeting this week via teleconference. The meeting was a regularly-scheduled board meeting and was not held in response to the coronavirus school closure.
Last week, on March 23, after Governor Tom Wolf extended the school closure to a third week, the PIAA announced that there was no date set to resume the spring sports season and remainder of the winter postseason.
Monday Wolf announced that schools across the state will remain closed indefinitely.
When Chris Deutsch took over as the head coach of the girls basketball program at Northwestern Lehigh, he inherited a team that was pretty good and had reached districts in four straight seasons.
In each of his first two seasons, the team extended its streak of qualifying for districts, including losing in the finals in 2005.
The following season would give both Deutsch and the Northwestern program the memory of a lifetime.
The Lady Tigers fielded a young softball team last season, but they responded well and were the top seed in the Colonial League playoffs.
After getting a first-round bye, they faced Palmerton and lost to the Blue Bombers 3-0 to end their shot at a league title.
They went into districts as the top seed and worked their way to the finals where they faced Blue Mountain for a District 11 championship. The offense again came up short as the Tigers fell to Blue Mountain 5-1, ending the season for Northwestern Lehigh, which finished with an 18-5 overall record.
The high school baseball season was to have opened last Friday and Northwestern Lehigh was set for a busy week that was to feature five games in seven days, four of which would have been on the road. Instead, the players are home doing what workouts they can on their own and facing an uncertain future for the upcoming season.
Last year’s team used an 11-game winning streak to finish the regular season with an 18-2 record.
During the inaugural season for the Northwestern girls lacrosse program in 2019, head coach Lissa Opolsky had just three seniors and three juniors on the roster. While that meant the Tigers suited up very few upperclassmen last spring, the good news is that much of that squad is returning in 2020.
Assuming the spring sports season gets underway eventually amid the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, there is optimism surrounding Northwestern, despite going winless a season ago at 0-12.
Last year, the Northwestern boys track and field team mustered a 5-6 overall record in the Colonial League.
While that record, and last season, are a glimpse of the past, there’s also question as to whether the upcoming season will happen at all.
It’s not a situation that Northwestern track and field coach Chuck Groller wants to be in, or any other varsity coach for that matter, but it’s one that all deal with now.
Head coach Chuck Groller enters his sixth season with the Northwestern girls track and field team.
Each year, the seasoned Tigers’ mentor has dealt with replacing graduates from the previous season.
Possibly the biggest hit the team took to graduation were three members of the state qualifying 3200-meter relay team in Maddie Consuelos, Sarah Supplee and Alyssa Zack. Only Allie Costa returns from that relay team.
The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association has postponed winter sports playoffs for a minimum of two weeks, according to a statement it released today.
The PIAA basketball playoffs were heading into the quarterfinals this weekeend.
The PIAA Swimming Diving Championships, held at Bucknell University, started Wednesday with Class 3A events. Half of the 3A events were completed Wednesday, including boys diving, which was won by two-time state champ Brendan McCourt of Emmaus.
The 45th Annual Via All-Star Basketball Classic is set for Saturday, March 28 at Northampton Community College.
Super Saturday will include four all-star basketball games featuring the top senior players from the Lehigh Valley area. It begins at 10:30 a.m. with the North vs. South girls game, followed by their boys counterparts at noon.
Four Northwestern player were selected to participate in the event.
From the Tiger girls team, Gabriella Giese, Mackenzie Hess and Sydney Sevrain were named Via All-Stars, while Deven Bollinger got he nod for the boys game.
The Northwestern boys lacrosse team certainly opened eyes around the Lehigh Valley during its first season at the high school varsity level. The Tigers finished 6-10 and just a few games shy of a district playoff spot.
With the Tigers’ second year underway, head coach Marcus Janda is hoping postseason aspirations are obtainable this spring.
More than anything, he’s hoping to continue this upward trend of improvement and success.