Pottsville tested Northwestern’s patience, but eventually the No. 2-seeded Tigers pulled through for a 9-2 District 11 Class 4A baseball quarterfinal win on Monday.
Northwestern got off to a rough start, allowing the Tide to load the bases with no outs in the first inning. The Tide turned that threat into one run and were leading 2-0 after two -and-a-half innings. But eventually the Tigers’ bats woke up and gave pitcher Mason Vogwill some room to work with.
As a sophomore, Caleb Clymer finished sixth in the state in wrestling and followed that up with a third-place finish in his junior season. He captured gold this season in Hershey, following his brothers Ben and Scott as PIAA gold medalists. Those credentials helped him earn a choice of scholarships from a number of schools and he recently made Lock Haven his choice.
The goal for many athletes competing at last week’s district track and field meet was to advance to states the following week.
A number of Northwestern athletes nearly qualified for that level. Unfortunately, the Tigers came up just short of the trip to Shippensburg. Their closest qualifier came in the 4x800 relay event where the foursome of Tigers medaled and placed fourth on Day 1 of the District 11 Class 3A Track and Field Championships last Wednesday at Whitehall High School.
Northwestern baseball had its streak of three straight appearances in the Colonial League finals snapped with a 4-0 loss to Southern Lehigh in the semifinals.
The game started last Tuesday at Parkland High School and was finished three days later at Hamburg Area High School because of rain. Hamburg was chosen because its turf field that would provide a drier, more stable playing field than natural grass that had been soaked by rains.
The second day of last week’s Colonial League track and field championships might not have been quite as successful as the first day, but the Tigers still had several big performances and came away with some hardware last Wednesday at Whitehall High School.
Alyssa Zack returned to the medal stand for the second day in a row to accept her fourth-place medal for the 800-meter run.
A bad concussion can never be good for an athlete.
Or can it?
For Northwestern multi-sport athlete Taylor Wanamaker, a knee and then a kick to his head that knocked him unconscious during a soccer game may be the best thing that has ever happened to him in his 16 years.
Wanamaker’s Level 3 concussion led doctors to coincidentally discover a more serious unrelated problem that could have eventually ended his life.
A family in fear
Weather continues to change schedules for league playoff games this week.
Here’s the latest as of Wednesday afternoon:
The District 11 track and field meet is still on for Wednesday, May 16, for day one with day two scheduled for Thursday, May 17. Both days take place at Whitehall High School with action beginning at 3 p.m.
Thursday will be a busy day for area baseball and softball teams:
Seeds for the Colonial League Track and Field Championships were released Thursday. The league meet will be held Tuesday, May 8 and Wednesday, May 9 at Whitehall High School.
The following list includes the top five seeds in each event. The complete list can be found on the track and field page of the Colonial League web site (http://www.colonialleague.org/).
100 - 1. Tyrek Scipio (B) 10.9, 2. Delano McKenzie (S) 10.9, 3. Jared Colletti (PS) 11.0, 4. Noah Schock (SL) 11.0, 5. Julius Ewunken (ND) 11.0;
Trust in family.
Catcher Anna Akelaitis gives the pitch sign to pitcher, Emily Akelaitis. More times than not, the pitch gets the batter to swing and miss or hit into an easy out.
“My sister is very demanding behind the plate,” said Emily. “I trust her 24 -7 because she’s not just my sister, she’s my best friend, too.”
Emily has been pitching softballs to Anna since she was in the fifth grade and Anna was in fourth.
Palmerton’s solid baseball team played it very clever for nearly six innings Monday afternoon in a showdown with Northwestern.
The Tigers blasted out to an early lead, but before things were finally settled, it was the visitors who rolled out the trump card.
Palmerton roared to a 14-5 victory by clubbing 13 hits, led by Jake Taschler and Zack Silfies with three hits apiece.
Palmerton rouged up starting pitcher Mason Vogwill. The way the right-handed hurler started, it looked like it was going to be a tough day at the plate for Palmerton.