A week before the high school football season hits the halfway mark, some playoff races are starting to take shape. Whitehall kept itself among the top of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference with a win Friday night, while Liberty also stayed in the hunt by beating Northampton.
The Zephyrs cruised to a 41-13 win over Liberty.
Ethan Parvel passed for 172 yards and rushed for 103 yards in the win. He threw two touchdown passes and ran for three scores to keep his team unbeaten at 4-0.
For the past couple weeks, Northwestern coach Josh Snyder has been coaching out of necessity rather than being able to run things the way he would like. Injuries and the loss of four other players had him handcuffed by a lack of depth and a remaining roster full of young players who were getting their first taste of varsity football.
Most high school runners only visit DeSales’ hilly course once a year, when the local area teams meet up for the annual DeSales Centaur Invitational. Northwestern’s Madelyn Consuelos is a bit more familiar with the course than most, and it showed on Saturday afternoon.
Consuelos, now entering her junior season for the Lady Tigers’ cross country team, was impressive over the weekend. She placed fourth in the 39th Annual DeSales Centaur Invitational, clocking a time of 20:46.94.
Friday night was somewhat of a David versus Goliath issue for Northwestern. The Tigers took the long trip to Kintnersville to put their young group of players up against Palisades, which has looked like a Colonial League title contender through it’s first two games of the season. The outcome was a 46-0 loss for Northwestern, dropping the Tigers to 0-3 on the season.
After a six-game winning streak put the Lehigh Valley IronPigs into the playoffs, a seventh straight win gave them a 1-0 lead in their best-of-five divisional series against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Unfortunately, that wase their last win of the season as the RailRiders went on to take the next three games to advance to the Governor’s Cup Finals in the International League.
The Pigs weren’t helped by what a video replay showed to be a bad call in game four of the series.
Tuesday undoubtedly would be the biggest test of the young season for the Northwestern volleyball team as it hit the road against Southern Lehigh.
The scoreboard may not have reflected a win for the Lady Tigers, but head coach Lexi Ashburne is aware that her team can compete with the area’s best.
Southern Lehigh used an 11-0 spurt to put away the first set en route to its 3-0 win over Northwestern. While the Lady Tigers (3-2) competed and hung with the Spartans late in the second set, Southern Lehigh (3-2) earned the victory in straight sets—25-10, 25-16, 25-14.
The Lehigh Valley Junior Bassmasters sent a large contingent of anglers to the recent four-state quad competition in Elk Neck State Park in Maryland.
The event features 48 two-man teams of anglers with over 35 of them from Pennsylvania, which traditionally features some of the most succefull fishermen in the field at this annual event, which also includes Maryland, New Jersey and Delaware anglers.
Several members of the Lehigh Junior Bassmasters had success at the annual event, which was held in early July.
The Lehigh Valley IronPigs made an improbable romp into the playoffs with a late-season stretch that saw them finish off the regular season with a six-game win streak, including sweeping a four-game series against rival Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to finish the season.
The IronPigs were four games behind Rochester for the final playoff spot in the International League with 12 games remaining, and went on a 9-3 run to catch the Red Wings on the second-to-last day of the season.
Coming off the two best seasons in the history of the program, the Northwestern boys soccer team opened 2017 with a 9-0 win over Wilkes-Barre Meyers Friday morning.
The Tigers went ahead 4-0 in the first half on a pair of early goals by Kenny Gawelko, one from Caleb Danner and another from Noah Meyers.
Meyers was just getting warmed up when he made it 4-0 with 5:17 left in the first half. The senior scored the first three goals of the second half to put his team in front 7-0 with 30:18 left in the game. Goals from Connor Winter and Luke Bryan capped the scoring.
While the Northwestern defense was able to considerably slow down an impressive Salisbury offense, the Tigers’ own offense had its momentum interrupted throughout the game, resulting in a 7-3 loss to the Falcons last Friday night.
Salisbury, which scored 47 points in its season opener and compiled just over 500 yards of total offense, struggled for yardage in week two against the Tigers. It wasn’t until late in the third quarter that Salisbury got on the board, and that drive was aided by an untimely defensive penalty.