Northwestern Press

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Blose balances school, sports, EMT training

Thursday, May 28, 2020 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

Northwestern Lehigh High School 2016 graduate Vanessa Blose had a unique college experience. She was a student-athlete at Moravian College, competing in both the indoor and outdoor track and field teams, but she also was pursuing a passion as a firefighter. Moravian allowed her to do both.

“I did not have the typical four-year career that most college athletes have,” said Blose. “I am a firefighter and EMT with the Germansville Fire Company, and this led me to make some tough...

Sevrain to play at Messiah

Thursday, May 28, 2020 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Sydney Sevrain’s senior basketball season didn’t end well. After colliding with a Moravian Academy player in the Colonial League semifinals, Sevrain fell to the court and later limped off with an ankle injury that finished her season.

The Lady Tigers then lost to Central Catholic in the first round of districts to officially close Sevrain’s high school sports career.

The next time Sevrain plays basketball, it will be as a member of the Messiah University Falcons. The school...

Whitehall grad Lloyd takes over boys hoops

Thursday, May 21, 2020 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Jerry Lloyd had a standout high school basketball career at Whitehall High School in the 1990s. He scored over 1,500 points and was an East Penn Conference Most Valuable Player on teams that won two conference championships and a District 11 championship.

In that district championship game, Lloyd hit a game-winning three-pointer with time running out to beat Parkland in five overtimes. After high school, Lloyd attended Mount St. Mary’s and is fifth all-time in three-pointers at the...

Boys lax looks forward to 2021

Thursday, May 21, 2020 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

Marcus Janda grew up playing lacrosse. So when the opportunity arose to become the first head coach of a brand new program, he accepted that challenge. Janda accepted the head coaching position of the Northwestern Lehigh High School boys lacrosse team last year, and enjoyed every minute of it.

“It is an honor to be the head coach of the Northwestern boys lacrosse team and I am extremely grateful to our athletic director Jason Zimmerman and principal Aileen Yadush for giving me the...

Girls lax denied chance at program’s first win

Thursday, May 14, 2020 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

The Northwestern Lehigh High School girls lacrosse program was looking to make history during the 2020 season, before the COVID-19 pandemic ended it before it started. Entering just the second year of the program’s existence, the Tigers were looking for their first win in program history after going without one in the first year in 2019.

Head coach Lissa Opolsky, who is also the school’s field hockey coach, was disappointed she did not get to work with her team this spring as she saw...

Mikols’s senior track season ends abruptly

Thursday, May 7, 2020 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

Moravian College senior cross country and track and field athlete Rachel Mikols is a competitor.

In her three-and-a-half years in the program, she has helped the women’s track and field team capture three Landmark Conference Indoor Championships and three Landmark Conference Outdoor titles, as well as three runner-up finishes at the Landmark Conference Cross Country Championships.

“My running career at Moravian was an experience I’ll never forget,” said Mikols. “I met some of...

Snyder finds family atmosphere with M-ville Marauders

Thursday, May 7, 2020 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Northwestern Lehigh football program has developed a close-knit family atmosphere over the past few seasons, and it has led to a lot of success on the field. It’s also led to many players going on to good colleges that provide both academic and athletic opportunities. Connor Snyder became the latest player to find a comfortable spot in college when he chose to attend Millersville University.

The family atmosphere that Snyder helped develop at Northwestern was actually one of the...

LV All-Star Football Classic cancelled

Thursday, May 7, 2020 by The Press in Sports

The 50th Annual Lehigh Valley All-Star Football Classic has been cancelled. The decision was made by the game’s Board of Directors on Wednesday morning due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The game was scheduled for Thursday, June 11 at Nazareth High School’s Andrew S. Leh Stadium at 7 p.m.

The Board of Directors was tremendously disappointed to have to make the decision, but the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has made it impossible for the game to take place, said a news release received...

Akelaitis is denied chance at milestone

Thursday, April 30, 2020 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

At some point during this high school softball season, the story out of Northwestern Lehigh would have been about senior Anna Akelaitis reaching the 100-hit milestone for her career with the Lady Tigers. She would have come into the season needing just 25 hits and would have made it two straight seasons with an Akelaitis reaching the mark after her older sister Emily Akelaitis reached the milestone last season.

Instead, the season was first suspended and then canceled. When the season...

NFL Draft will be different, bizarre and could offer many surprises

Thursday, April 23, 2020 by JASON BORIS in Sports

The NFL Draft is an inexact science, which is a nice way of calling it an educated guessing game. Between mock drafts, smokescreens, TV analyst debates and social media reports, there is now so much Draft information (and misinformation) out there that it can be excruciatingly difficult to decipher just how the event might actually play out.

Every Draft has its fair share of surprises, but this year will be like none other due to league and government restrictions in the wake of the...