Northwestern Press

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Deutsch reflects on D-11 title

Thursday, March 26, 2020 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

When Chris Deutsch took over as the head coach of the girls basketball program at Northwestern Lehigh, he inherited a team that was pretty good and had reached districts in four straight seasons.

In each of his first two seasons, the team extended its streak of qualifying for districts, including losing in the finals in 2005.

The following season would give both Deutsch and the Northwestern program the memory of a lifetime.

To put it simply, Deutsch’s 2005-2006 team was...

Tigers will lean on strong pitching staff

Thursday, March 26, 2020 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The high school baseball season was to have opened last Friday and Northwestern Lehigh was set for a busy week that was to feature five games in seven days, four of which would have been on the road. Instead, the players are home doing what workouts they can on their own and facing an uncertain future for the upcoming season.

Last year’s team used an 11-game winning streak to finish the regular season with an 18-2 record.

The Tigers won silver medals in both the Colonial League...

Softball returns large group

Thursday, March 26, 2020 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Lady Tigers fielded a young softball team last season, but they responded well and were the top seed in the Colonial League playoffs.

After getting a first-round bye, they faced Palmerton and lost to the Blue Bombers 3-0 to end their shot at a league title.

They went into districts as the top seed and worked their way to the finals where they faced Blue Mountain for a District 11 championship. The offense again came up short as the Tigers fell to Blue Mountain 5-1, ending...

Girls team features lots of leadership

Thursday, March 19, 2020 by TJ ENGLE in Sports

Head coach Chuck Groller enters his sixth season with the Northwestern girls track and field team.

Each year, the seasoned Tigers’ mentor has dealt with replacing graduates from the previous season.

Possibly the biggest hit the team took to graduation were three members of the state qualifying 3200-meter relay team in Maddie Consuelos, Sarah Supplee and Alyssa Zack. Only Allie Costa returns from that relay team.

“We did lose a lot of experience through those girls...

Tiger boys track team returns plenty of talent

Thursday, March 19, 2020 by TJ ENGLE in Sports

Last year, the Northwestern boys track and field team mustered a 5-6 overall record in the Colonial League.

While that record, and last season, are a glimpse of the past, there’s also question as to whether the upcoming season will happen at all.

It’s not a situation that Northwestern track and field coach Chuck Groller wants to be in, or any other varsity coach for that matter, but it’s one that all deal with now.

“Like all other area spring sports teams, we had only...

Girls lacrosse program heads into second season

Thursday, March 19, 2020 by TODD KRESS in Sports

During the inaugural season for the Northwestern girls lacrosse program in 2019, head coach Lissa Opolsky had just three seniors and three juniors on the roster. While that meant the Tigers suited up very few upperclassmen last spring, the good news is that much of that squad is returning in 2020.

Assuming the spring sports season gets underway eventually amid the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, there is optimism surrounding Northwestern, despite going winless a season ago at 0-12....

Defense will be strength for boys lax

Thursday, March 12, 2020 by TODD KRESS in Sports

The Northwestern boys lacrosse team certainly opened eyes around the Lehigh Valley during its first season at the high school varsity level. The Tigers finished 6-10 and just a few games shy of a district playoff spot.

With the Tigers’ second year underway, head coach Marcus Janda is hoping postseason aspirations are obtainable this spring.

More than anything, he’s hoping to continue this upward trend of improvement and success.

The rotation will look a bit different...

Four NW players selected as Via All-Stars

Thursday, March 12, 2020 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The 45th Annual Via All-Star Basketball Classic is set for Saturday, March 28 at Northampton Community College.

Super Saturday will include four all-star basketball games featuring the top senior players from the Lehigh Valley area. It begins at 10:30 a.m. with the North vs. South girls game, followed by their boys counterparts at noon.

Four Northwestern player were selected to participate in the event.

From the Tiger girls team, Gabriella Giese, Mackenzie Hess and...

PIAA suspends winter postseason

Sunday, March 15, 2020 by The Press in Sports

The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association has postponed winter sports playoffs for a minimum of two weeks, according to a statement it released today.

The PIAA basketball playoffs were heading into the quarterfinals this weekeend.

The PIAA Swimming Diving Championships, held at Bucknell University, started Wednesday with Class 3A events. Half of the 3A events were completed Wednesday, including boys diving, which was won by two-time state champ Brendan McCourt of...

Bernhard, Haverkamp compete in regional wrestling tourney

Thursday, March 5, 2020 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

Two Northwestern senior wrestlers competed in the PIAA Southeast Regional Tournament last weekend at Freedom High School in Bethlehem.

Wrestling at 145 pounds, the Tigers’ Harrison Bernhard dropped his opening bout 12-4 to Michael Duggan of Boiling Springs.

Bernhard bounced back to beat Nick Bratspis (Lower Moreland) 4-3 in his first consolation match. He stayed alive with a win over Northern Lehigh’s Trevor Amorim in the next round of consolations, earning the 100th win of his...