A face very familiar to Northwestern Lehigh football head coach Josh Snyder took over the reins at Bangor this season and Snyder knows what to expect.
Paul Reduzzi, who spent 11 seasons as the head coach at Pen Argyl is now the headman at Bangor, a program that basically had to start from scratch, with just five starters returning from last season.
Derek Holmes, a 2019 graduate of Northwestern High School, had a memorable athletic career in a number of sports. During his senior football season, he was named a Colonial League First-Team all-star at defensive end and a Second-Team selection at tight end on offense. He scored six touchdowns and record four sacks a season ago.
His younger brother, Justin, is out to make a name for himself as well and add to the family tradition. Saturday’s game against Wilson was a big step in doing just that for the Tiger sophomore.
The Northwestern Lehigh cross country teams competed in their second invitational of the 2019 season last weekend.
The Tiger girls team took sixth place out of 26 teams Saturday at the DeSales University Centaur Invitational, while Northwestern’s boys team ran to 11th place out of 33 teams.
He might have missed the first two weeks of the football season, but Northwestern sophomore Justin Holmes has made his presence felt in the two games he’s played this season.
Saturday, in the Tigers’ fourth game this year and Holmes second, he caught eight passes for a school-record 215 yards. For his performance, Holmes was named Player of the Week by the Times News of Lehighton.
With big wins over Bangor (6-2-1 overall, 4-2-0 Colonial) and Saucon Valley (5-3-0, 5-1-0) this past week, the Northwestern girls soccer team pushed its season mark to 9-0-0 overall and 5-0-0 in the Colonial League.
Perhaps the wins were coming a little too easily, because in their 10th game this fall the Lady Tigers came out flat against Southern Lehigh and lost their first game of the season.
The plan was for Northwestern Lehigh to come out quick and look to put away Palisades early in the game. That changed when rain started to fall heavier and heavier as the game started then diminished later in the contest.
The outcome was still the same as the Tigers moved out to an eventual 35-0 lead and beat the Pirates 35-7 Friday night.
The Wilson football team is 1-2 on the season. But the Warriors have been in every game they’ve played, and have shown that they don’t quit. Their two losses are by a total of seven points, falling to Northern Lehigh 14-10 in the season opener and then to Salisbury in a 27-24 loss last week in overtime. In between was a come-from-behind win over Palisades that saw them score the winning touchdown with just 20-seconds left in the game.
The Northwestern girls cross country team opened the season with a successful showing at the Moravian Academy Lions Invitational.
The Tigers were the top-finishing Class 2A team at the event and earned third place overall behind Council Rock North (68 points) and Abington Heights (102). Northwestern finished well ahead of its two biggest District 11 Class 2A rivals in Blue Mountain (fourth place, 131) and Notre Dame of Green Pond (fifth, 163).
Tamaqua had the momentum.
But Northwestern quickly seized it back.
The result was a 25-17, 25-18, 19-25, 25-15 nonleague victory for the Tigers last Wednesday night.
Northwestern seemed on its way to a sweep before the Raiders dug in and won the third set.
But with all the momentum on the Raiders’ side, Northwestern came out on fire to start the fourth set, and Tamaqua never recovered.
Northwestern field hockey head coach Lissa Opolsky has been fortunate with the number of gifted goal scorers her team has this fall. There have been over 10 players to put the ball in the cage this year so far for the Lady Tigers.
That scoring distribution has been a key part in Northwestern’s fast start to the fall season. The Lady Tigers (2-1-1 overall) won two of their three games in the opening week of the season, which included dominant victories over Palisades and Catasauqua by scores of 8-3 and 7-1, respectively.