Northwestern Press

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Lehighton’s Wentz named LV scholar-athlete

Saturday, March 17, 2018 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

Lehighton Area High School senior football player Nolan Ryan Wentz became the second Lehighton football player in the past 12 years to earn the Lehigh Valley Football Scholar-Athlete Award.

Wentz earned the honor on March 4 at the 58th annual National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Lehigh Valley Chapter banquet.

The annual banquet honors a high school football senior from one of 33 schools that best represents achievements both on and off the football field.


Clymer grabs state gold

Saturday, March 17, 2018 by PATRICK MATSINKO in Sports

Caleb Clymer saved his best for last.

A dominant force throughout this season and his career, the Northwestern senior turned in a virtuoso performance Saturday at the PIAA Championships.

Clymer was masterful in his 160-pound final against Port Allegany’s Jacob Kallenborn, rolling to an 8-0 major decision victory and his first state title.

“Maybe it was a little bit of the adrenaline kind of going on, but I was able to just focus on my match,” said Clymer, who was third...

Young boys team finishes 12-11

Saturday, March 17, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

There are bound to be some very bright days ahead for a young Northwestern Tigers basketball team that found their way to a 12-11 season. While the Tigers might have hoped for a little more success in the Colonial League where they finished 9-9, overall, the season exceeded some expectations for such a young team.

The team put out a good effort right from opening night through the rest of the season. The season opened with the Wilson Tip-Off Tournament where Northwestern beat the...

LV wraps up third busy weekend in a row

Saturday, March 17, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

If you think your weekends are busy, consider the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

This past weekend, they wrapped up the middle portion of their third straight three-game weekend. While it’s almost a foregone conclusion that the Phantoms will be playing playoff hockey this spring, nothing is official just yet. With 13 games left in the regular season, the Phantoms have dropped their magic number down to 12 after a productive weekend.

With a win over Bridgeport on Saturday, and another...

Senior class led girls team

Saturday, March 17, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The season didn’t finish the way that the Northwestern girls had hoped that it might. While an 18-6 season, including a 16-2 finish in the Colonial League is impressive, this team had hoped for more. After breezing through much of the regular season, the Lady Tigers found just one obstacle in their way; Southern Lehigh.

The Spartans (24-2) simply weren’t going to be beaten, which is one reason why they’re still playing basketball in states. Southern Lehigh took gold in District 11 and...

Clymer earns regional gold

Thursday, March 8, 2018 by PATRICK MATSINKO in Sports

Caleb Clymer might not have liked his start. But the Northwestern senior loved the finish.

Clymer shook off a sluggish start to power past Northern Lebanon’s Blaise Bressler 9-7 in the 160-pound final Saturday at the PIAA Class 2A Southeast Regional wrestling tournament. The win gave Clymer his first regional title after runner-up finishes last year and as a freshman.

“I’ve never gotten one yet until now,” said Clymer, who won his third District 11 title last week. “Both my...

BREAKING - Weather forces cancelations of hoops, wrestling and swimming

Friday, March 2, 2018 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

Whitehall AD Bob Hartman annouced that due to road conditions from Winter Storm Riley, Friday’s Northeast Regional Wrestling Tournament will be moved to all day Saturdary at Liberty High School.

Below is an updated schedule for Saturday’s action:

Revised Northeast AAA Regional Wrestling Schedule

Saturday, March 3, 2018

8 a.m. – Weigh-ins and Skin Checks – 1 pound allowance

9 a.m. – Preliminaries

11 a.m. – Quarterfinals

1 p.m. – 1st Round...

Girls fall in quarterfinal

Thursday, March 1, 2018 by SAM MATTA in Sports

The Northwestern girls basketball team finished off its season Saturday as the Lady Tigers fell to No. 7 seed Tamaqua 58-51 in the District 11 Class 3A quarterfinals at Northern Lehigh High School.

The Raiders’ Emma Kuczynski poured in a game-high 33 points, en route to leading her team to a scintillating 58-51 win over the No. 2 seed Tigers.

“Everything was just flowing for me today,” said Kuczynski. “I just wanted to help our team win. It’s all about the team. We have some...

Boys’ season ends at Lower Moreland

Thursday, March 1, 2018 by BRAD HURLEY in Sports

Handling pressure.

On Friday, in the quarterfinal round of the District 11/1 playoffs against No. 2 seed Lower Moreland, No. 7 seed Northwestern Lehigh knew the to key to a win was handling the Lions’ chaotic full-court pressure defense. Unfortunately, for the Tigers (12-11) in their first district berth since 2008, the Lions pressure was too much to handle.

From the onset, Lower Moreland (19-7) used its jump-and-run style to set the tone, forcing 24 turnovers en route to a 60-...

Clymer earns more D-11 gold

Thursday, March 1, 2018 by PATRICK MATSINKO in Sports

Caleb Clymer’s objective at the District 11 wrestling tournament was as clear as it was simple.


The Northwestern senior operated with a cool confidence befitting of a wrestler who has been there, done that.

When it was over, Clymer stood atop the podium once again, winning the 160-pound title with a 3-2 decision over Panther Valley’s Tanner Kennedy for this third district title.

Business as usual.

“This is a business trip, that’s all it is,” said...