Northwestern Press

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Wrestling team has four former state qualifers

Friday, December 8, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

Coming off an impressive individual postseason last year, the Northwestern wrestling team looks to build off the success it had last February and March when it sent four wrestlers to the state championships, including third-place finisher Caleb Clymer.

The Tigers return three of those state qualifiers from last year’s team. They will also welcome back a few grapplers who missed all or part of last season, including senior Matt Peters, a state qualifier as a freshman whose missed the...

Boys will rely on pressure defense

Friday, December 8, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

It’s been 10 years since the Northwestern boys basketball team has put together a winning season. The Tigers fell from a 10-win season two years ago to eight wins last season. To make matters worse, they lost two of last year’s top scorers to graduation.

But it’s not all doom and gloom heading into the 2017-18 season. While Trevor Cunningham and Rob Seyfried graduated, there were a number of younger players who stepped up last season and started to show strong promise.

One can...

Mertz, Lehigh reach Patriot League playoffs

Thursday, November 30, 2017 by TODD KRESS in Sports

Sabrina Mertz is the type of soccer player a coach can plug into multiple positions on the field. Whether it’s at forward or in the midfield area, Mertz doesn’t miss a beat.

This past season was a prime example of that. In her third year at Lehigh University, she played both positions for the womens soccer team and helped lead the Mountain Hawks to another successful season.

Her junior season at Lehigh was similar to her freshman campaign when she led the Mountain Hawks in...

Najarian contributes in senior year

Thursday, November 30, 2017 by TODD KRESS in Sports

Muhlenberg’s Jake Najarian has gone through plenty of changes during his collegiate days.

One his biggest adjustments came just a few months ago. It was an adjustment the entire football team had to deal with.

Longtime Muhlenberg football head coach Mike Donnelly passed away in early October due to complications of leukemia. He was the coach to dozens of players in 2017 and hundreds in his 21 years as coach, including Najarian for four seasons.

“Coach Donnelly left his...

Article By: Mike Haines mhaines@tnonline.com

Friday, November 24, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

Every high school sports program looks to improve each season. That’s not difficult for some downtrodden programs, but for the more successful teams, it can be nearly impossible.

After going 24-2 in 2015 and reaching the state semifinal game, Northwestern managed to get better in each of its next two seasons, including back-to-back trips to the state final.

“When they look back at their legacy that they’ve left here and the amount of games that they’ve won, not just this season...

Tigers earn state silver

Friday, November 24, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

For the second straight season, Jackson Becher and Lower Dauphin are all that separated Northwestern from a state championship.

The Tigers fell 4-1 to the District 3 champs Saturday at Hersheypark Stadium as Becher scored half of his team’s goals in the game. The Falcons’ earned their second straight state title game win over Northwestern.

“We knew if we made a mistake they were burying it in the back of the net and that’s what happened on those plays,” said Tiger head coach...

Big bucks are roaming Penns Woods

Friday, November 24, 2017 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

The traditional after Thanksgiving firearms deer hunting season opener (Monday, Nov. 27) has, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC), the largest turnout of hunters who harvest about a quarter of the season’s bucks. But the agency says this season has the potential of seeing a buck harvest increase for the third straight year.

The reasoning behind this, says PGC Executive Director Bryan Burhans, is due to last year’s massive acorn crop and mild winter that paved the way...

Tigers earn trip to Hershey

Thursday, November 16, 2017 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

It was almost expected.

Senior Noah Meyers led the Northwestern boys soccer team in goals with 20. And on Tuesday night at Upper Perkiomen High School, Meyers recorded numbers 21 and 22 in leading the Tigers (25-0 overall) to a 3-1 victory over District 12 one-seed Archbishop Wood in the PIAA Class 3A semifinals.

“I love the way we finished,” said Tiger head coach Nathan Hunsicker. “Noah’s goals and even Sam’s (Seyfried) goal was excellent. Unless you’re a soccer purist, you...

NW cheerleaders take first place at competition

Thursday, November 16, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Northwestern Lehigh cheerleaders were crowned the Colonial League’s Game Division champions at the annual Colonial League Cheerleading Competition last Wednesday at Catasauqua High School.

“It feels really great,” said Northwestern cheerleader Myah Sarwar. “It’s surreal.”

The Tigers took first place out of eight squads with a score of 244.5.

“I was definitely surprised because the past two years, we got second to Wilson,” Sarwar said.

This year, Wilson placed...

Annual elk hunt deemed a success

Thursday, November 16, 2017 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

With an 89 percent success rate during the latest Pennsylvania elk hunting season, and with bulls weighing over 800 pounds, there’s no reason for Pennsylvania hunters to spend hard-earned money on an expensive elk hunt out west.

Those are some of the numbers reported by the Pennsylvania Game Commission of hunter success during the latest elk season that ended Nov. 4. The PGC said that 104 elk were taken by hunters during the regular one-week season. And for those licensed to hunt...