March Madness might be several months away, but the Northwestern boys soccer team just made another successful journey down the road to high school’s soccer state final four.
The Tigers pulled out a 2-1 win over Hershey Saturday at Hamburg High School to advance to Tuesday’s PIAA Class 3A semifinal game for the third straight season.
Northwestern girls soccer head coach Kelly Bleam couldn’t have been prouder of her Northwestern girls soccer team.
She offered a heartfelt sentiment after the Tigers fell 1-0 to St. Basil in the PIAA Class 2A semifinals Tuesday at Upper Perkiomen High School.
“I certainly can’t say enough about the girls’ effort. I’m really proud of them,” Bleam said. “They certainly didn’t walk away saying I didn’t give it my best.
With an 89 percent success rate during the latest Pennsylvania elk hunting season, and with bulls weighing over 800 pounds, there’s no reason for Pennsylvania hunters to spend hard-earned money on an expensive elk hunt out west.
Those are some of the numbers reported by the Pennsylvania Game Commission of hunter success during the latest elk season that ended Nov. 4. The PGC said that 104 elk were taken by hunters during the regular one-week season. And for those licensed to hunt antlered elk, also known as bulls, the success rate was 100 percent.
Northwestern Lehigh cheerleaders were crowned the Colonial League’s Game Division champions at the annual Colonial League Cheerleading Competition last Wednesday at Catasauqua High School.
“It feels really great,” said Northwestern cheerleader Myah Sarwar. “It’s surreal.”
The Tigers took first place out of eight squads with a score of 244.5.
“I was definitely surprised because the past two years, we got second to Wilson,” Sarwar said.
It was almost expected.
Senior Noah Meyers led the Northwestern boys soccer team in goals with 20. And on Tuesday night at Upper Perkiomen High School, Meyers recorded numbers 21 and 22 in leading the Tigers (25-0 overall) to a 3-1 victory over District 12 one-seed Archbishop Wood in the PIAA Class 3A semifinals.
It was so cold on Tuesday night during the PIAA Class 2A first round boys soccer game between Northwestern and Mifflinburg, that players couldn’t even feel their feet.
But at the 23-minute mark of the second half, things heated up in a hurry for the Tigers.
Kevin Slack threw wood on the fire and found the back of the net thanks to a perfect feed from Zach Creighton, during Northwestern’s 1-0 victory over Mifflinburg at Danville High School in Columbia County.
The Bangor Slaters looked to cap what they hope will be a turnaround season with an Eastern Conference championship. To do it, they had to beat Northwestern, which had shutout the Slaters 14-0 in the regular season.
This time around, points weren’t nearly as tough to come by, but the Tigers would have liked to have just a few more as they fell to Bangor 22-20.
Down eight points in the fourth quarter, the Tigers looked put together an 11-play drive that took just over six minutes off the clock and saw them convert two fourth-down plays late in the fourth quarter.
The Northwestern girls have been a staple at the state championship cross country meet in recent years.
But 2016 saw the Tigers fail to send a team to Hershey for the first time since 2010.
After winning the Colonial League title and placing second at the District 11 meet, Northwestern returned to Hershey on Saturday and finished sixth out of 19 Class 2A teams with 212 points.
“That was overall our main goal, was just to get those kids here,” said Northwestern head coach Chris Stitzel. “Today was just a bonus for them to top off a great season that we had.
Northwestern goalie Taylor Wanamaker has been sensational this season.
He just hasn’t always been very busy.
Despite allowing just three goals in his team’s first 21 games this season, Wanamaker’s contribution to Northwestern’s perfect season has often been overlooked.
Thursday night wasn’t one of those occasions, however.
With the Tigers’ season on the line in the District 11 Class 3A championship game against Allentown Central Catholic, Wanamaker needed to be at his best.
He didn’t disappoint.
Last season, Zach Creighton’s name was on the Northwestern varsity roster, but he didn’t see a whole lot of time on the field.
This year, the Northwestern junior was an everyday starter for the Tigers at center midfielder. But never did he play a more important role for the team than in Thursday’s district title game.
Creighton’s goal with a minute left in the second overtime gave the Tigers a 2-1 win over Allentown Central Catholic and their third straight District 11 Class 3A title.