Northern Valley’s bid in the Connie Mack state playoffs did not get off to an auspicious start. In their opening matchup, the Chargers fell to a lower-seeded Nazareth team by a score of 11-2, placing them on the brink of elimination. With one loss already on its record, Northern Valley would have to remain undefeated if they were to keep its championship hopes alive.
Ultimately, the Chargers wouldn’t take home this summer’s state title, but they came closer than anyone could have predicted after the opening loss.
Out of the 24 teams playing the Lehigh Valley Summer Soccer League across both groups, Northwestern was one of the final two teams standing. And if not for a penalty-kick goal, the Tigers, known as New Triploli Bank FC in the summer league, might have been the squad that ended July hoisting the trophy.
Instead, Hornets Gold (Emmaus) defeated New Tripoli Bank on Wednesday, July 26, for the LVSSL championship. A penalty kick was the deciding factor for the Tigers, who lost just two games all summer.
LIMEPORT — Northern Valley looked to ride its wild wave of momentum into Friday’s loser’s bracket semifinals of the Connie Mack state playoffs against Doylestown at Limeport Stadium.
What did the Chargers have left in the tank? A lot. But Doylestown had just a little bit more.
The Chargers searched for more late-game heroics and tallied three runs in the top of the seventh to take an 8-5 lead. But Doylestown found some magic of its own with three runs in the bottom of the frame to send the contest to extras.
Every high school athlete dreams of having the type of senior season that Trevor Cunningham had at Northwestern. The three-sport star had big seasons in football, basketball and track.
“I really wanted to have a big year as a senior,” admits Cunningham. “I think every kid wants to do that and go out with a really strong performance. I’m proud of what I was able to accomplish and I got to be around some great guys and have a lot of fun along the way.”
Having a player you can plug into multiple spots in a lineup is a blessing most coaches aren’t fortunate enough to have. Northwestern incoming senior Abby Chisdak might be the prototypical athlete for that role.
During last school year, Chisdak’s coaches utilized her in a number of different positions. Soccer head coach Kelly Bleam shifted her between defense and the midfield/forward area. Chris Deutsch, the basketball head coach, was able to use her as a guard or forward depending on matchups.
Seven games into the season, Northern Valley fell to Nazareth in a closely contested 6-5 loss, the first in a series of defeats that put the Chargers’ playoff hopes in question. But almost a month later, after earning the seventh seed in the league tournament and besting first round opponent Northeast Bethlehem 8-4, Northern Valley would get the rematch they deserved. Thirteen games after that bitter loss, they would face Nazareth once more on the road to the championship, this time in the league quarterfinals.
The Northwestern boys’ basketball team won its opening game of the SportsFest A-Town Throwdown tournament last week. And the team was on its way to a second win on Saturday, a victory that would have at least kept the Tigers’ hopes of a Sunday berth alive.
Instead, it was their kryptonite that not only cost the Tigers Saturday’s game against Morris Hills, but also ended any shot of an appearance on the final day.
Northwestern, which led 16-14 against Morris Hills in the first half, saw that lead shrink to a 24-16 deficit minutes later.
The goal for most teams is to make it to Sunday of the annual SportsFest A-Town Throwdown basketball tournament. More games means more of an opportunity for coaches to evaluate their team’s positive and negatives throughout the summer.
Head coach Chris Deutsch and the Northwestern girls hoops team didn’t get off on the best foot when it opened play on Thursday. However, it ended with an impressive showing from the Lady Tigers.
The Northern Valley Connie Mack baseball team earned the No. 7 seed for the recent Lehigh Valley league tournament.
The Chargers finished the regular season at 14-7-1 and went on to beat No. 10 seed Northeast Bethlehem in a play-in game that put Northern Valley in the league’s eight-team tournament. The win also clinched one of eight state playoff berths for the team.
The Chargers upset Nazareth in their next game, taking down the No. 2 seed by a 12-3 score. They were ousted from the tournament by eventual champ Bethlehem Catholic on Saturday evening.
Northern Valley team ran into the hottest team in the league at the wrong time.
Last week in the first round of the Lehigh Valley Legion playoffs, No. 2 seed Northern Valley faced Carbon County, which had won a play-in game a day earlier to make the eight-team LVL tournament field.
The Monarchs stayed hot. Just a day after sending North Parkland home with a 4-1 win in the play-game, Carbon defeated last year’s league champ, Northern Valley, 9-3 to end the Chargers’ season.