The final phase of Northwestern Lehigh’s stadium renovation project was completed recently when the finishing touches were put on a new synthetic track surrounding the football field. Previously, the natural grass playing field was converted to turf to allow for a better, more consistent field for football, field hockey, lacrosse and soccer. The previous field was known for being easily degraded by rain, which will not be a concern with the new turf.
When word spread that a baseball tournament was being planned to give Lehigh Valley high school varsity players a second chance to compete after the cancellation of the spring sports season, the softball community thought why not us too?
Eyes turned to Michele Laubach, who is also a high school softball coach, to get something going, and she has.
The IronPigs have the perfect gift for dad this Father’s Day.
Dads on the Diamond, hosted by IronPigs Catering, comes to Coca-Cola Park this Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21. It is outdoor dining on the field at Coca-Cola Park for dad and the family.
Zach Rosamalia played every sport he could growing up. He played several years of baseball, some basketball, soccer, flag football and wrestling. So when the Northwestern Youth Athletic Association started offering lacrosse when Rosamalia was in sixth grade, he gave it a try. He quickly fell in love with the game. For a couple years he played baseball and lacrosse during spring seasons, but always looked forward to lacrosse practice and games more than baseball.
The cancellation of the 2020 Northwestern Lehigh track and field season was a bitter pill for Northwestern head coach Charles Groller.
“After hearing that the governor closed all schools for the remainder of the academic year, I was crushed,” Groller said. “While the health and safety was of utmost importance, my heart still breaks for each and every one of our athletes and what could have been. Heartbreaking is an extremely underrated word to use.”
The cancellation of the season was particularly tough for Groller’s seniors.
Sydney Sevrain’s senior basketball season didn’t end well. After colliding with a Moravian Academy player in the Colonial League semifinals, Sevrain fell to the court and later limped off with an ankle injury that finished her season.
The Lady Tigers then lost to Central Catholic in the first round of districts to officially close Sevrain’s high school sports career.
Northwestern Lehigh High School 2016 graduate Vanessa Blose had a unique college experience. She was a student-athlete at Moravian College, competing in both the indoor and outdoor track and field teams, but she also was pursuing a passion as a firefighter. Moravian allowed her to do both.
Jerry Lloyd had a standout high school basketball career at Whitehall High School in the 1990s. He scored over 1,500 points and was an East Penn Conference Most Valuable Player on teams that won two conference championships and a District 11 championship.
In that district championship game, Lloyd hit a game-winning three-pointer with time running out to beat Parkland in five overtimes. After high school, Lloyd attended Mount St. Mary’s and is fifth all-time in three-pointers at the school.
Marcus Janda grew up playing lacrosse. So when the opportunity arose to become the first head coach of a brand new program, he accepted that challenge. Janda accepted the head coaching position of the Northwestern Lehigh High School boys lacrosse team last year, and enjoyed every minute of it.
The Northwestern Lehigh High School girls lacrosse program was looking to make history during the 2020 season, before the COVID-19 pandemic ended it before it started. Entering just the second year of the program’s existence, the Tigers were looking for their first win in program history after going without one in the first year in 2019.
Head coach Lissa Opolsky, who is also the school’s field hockey coach, was disappointed she did not get to work with her team this spring as she saw positive signs and potential for a breakout season.