The good news is that the Northwestern Lehigh boys basketball team reached the state playoffs for the first time since 1998.
The bad news is that in states there are no second chances. A team that battled back all season long when it had those chances fell to Lancaster Catholic 63-46, ending the Tigers’ season and the long run of the five seniors who played together on the team.
This season figured to be one of rebuilding for the Northwestern Lehigh Lady Tigers. The team lost four starters to graduation and had just two seniors – Sage Christopher and Maggie Motolese – on this year’s roster.
As head coach Chris Deutsch points out, at times, Northwestern had four sophomores and a junior on the court at key points in the game. If this was a rebuilding season, then the construction project is well ahead of schedule, because the Lady Tigers finished the regular season at 19-3 and finished overall at 21-6, coming up just short of reaching states.
The Tamaqua girls have new life again.
Emma Kucznyski was the star of Saturday’s District 11 4A consolation game, stealing an inbounds pass and hitting a shot with less than 20 seconds to go to give the Blue Raiders a one-point lead against Northwestern.
Kuczynski ended up scoring her team’s final 10 points en route to a 52-47 victory that gives Tamaqua a berth in the upcoming state playoffs.
Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States. And now Northwestern High School will have boys and girls teams suit up in the spring.
The sport had been introduced to the Northwestern Youth Athletic Association five years ago for the boys, and two years ago for the girls. After pitching the introduction of the sport at the high school level, the Northwestern Lehigh School Board approved the boys and girls teams back on January 18, 2017.
Two Northwestern Lehigh wrestlers competed in the PIAA Class 2A Southeast Regional Tournament last Friday and Saturday at Wilson-West Lawn.
Junior Jake Dellicker, who finished second in District 11 at 113 pounds, opened his regional tournament with an 18-5 loss to Camp Hill freshman Chrstian Dio, the seventh-place finisher out of District 1.
For three quarters Northwestern didn’t have much of a problem with Wilson’s full-court press. But after 24 minutes the relentless pressure started to wear on the Tigers.
The Warriors forced a flurry of Northwestern turnovers early in the fourth quarter to take control of the game and eventually pull away for a 72-59 win in the boys Class 4 District 11 consolation game at Freedom High School.
“I think the pressure at the end wore them down,” said Wilson head coach Mike Glovas. “The things we were doing in the first half, they were getting around it. They had the energy.
Northwestern’s Jake Dellicker pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the District 11 Class 2A Wrestling Tournament on Friday night when he took down top-seeded Mikey Myers of Williams Valley.
On Saturday night, he was standing on the podium with a silver medal around his neck and his ticket to regionals punched.
Dellicker, who placed second in the 113-pound weight class, is one of three Tigers to earn medals at Liberty High School. And his brother—Will Dellicker—will join Jake at regionals this week.
Northwestern isn’t the only team to find Central Catholic to be a nemesis in the district playoffs. The seven-time state champs have ended a lot of teams’ seasons over the years.
This year’s Lady Tiger basketball team didn’t want to be added to that long list.
Northwestern withstood a second-half Vikettes comeback before leaving Northern Lehigh High School with a 52-41 win Saturday in the District 11 girls Class 4A quarterfinals.
With the potential of having their high school basketball careers come to an end, the Northwestern Lehigh seniors banded together to lead their team to a 68-55 win over Tamaqua in the District 11 quarterfinals, which guaranteed the Tigers a spot in the PIAA tournament and the chance to play at least three more high school games.
Northwestern Lehigh had open looks and put up good shots early in its semifinal matchup with Allentown Central Catholic Tuesday night, but the shots just weren’t falling. That led to some frustration and before long, the Tigers were getting impatient and taking ill-advised shots. Add to that some early defensive struggles and it’s a recipe for disaster, which is exactly what happened in the 66-41 loss to the Vikings.