Northwestern Press

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Tigers fall in D-11 semifinal

Saturday, November 17, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

There are times when a team can look back on a loss and pinpoint exactly where things went wrong. For Northwestern Lehigh, it’s the second quarter of its 42-21 loss to Saucon Valley. Ryan Haas had caught a big 58-yard touchdown pass from Deven Bollinger to put the Tigers up 14-7. On Saucon Valley’s next possession, the Tigers shut them down on a big fourth-down play to give Northwestern the ball with time winding down in the first quarter.

That’s where things went wrong.

After...

Cheerleaders compete in CL Championship

Saturday, November 17, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Northwestern Lehigh cheerleaders placed fourth in the Game Day Division at the Colonial League Cheerleading Championships last Wednesday at Catasauqua High School.

“In my mind, they are winners no matter what,” said Northwestern Lehigh first-year head coach Kate Petcavage. “They hit everything in their routine. They had a mini-thing happen, but they saved it.”

The Tigers opened their routine with music and a chant with signs. Next was a cheer, followed by a cheer with stunts...

Snyder: Team ‘gave everything’ this season

Saturday, November 17, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

After Northwestern Lehigh’s football season came to an end with a 42-21 loss to Saucon Valley Saturday night, coach Josh Snyder was asked if he thought his team had slightly overachieved in 2018.

The Tigers were coming off of a 4-6 season and had a lineup that wasn’t exactly senior-laden. The talk was of a developing offensive line that would help reestablish the Tigers as a running team, but they had some talent at the skill positions, including third-year starter Deven Bollinger at...

SV upsets Northwestern in title game

Friday, November 9, 2018 by TODD KRESS in Sports

Northwestern outshot Saucon Valley 12-1. The Tigers also held a 12-1 advantage in corner kicks. And the top-seeded, three-time defending district champion Tigers dominated time of possession the entire second half.

But when all was said and done, the only stat that mattered was the 1-0 final score in favor of Saucon Valley.

Zack Mikota scored on a penalty kick in the first half to lift Saucon Valley to a 1-0 victory and the District 11 Class 3A boys soccer championship last...

Tigers fall in opening round of state tourney

Friday, November 9, 2018 by BRAD HURLEY in Sports

Offensive pressure is key in most sports and field hockey is no exception. Whichever team can control the ball in the opposition’s defensive zone throughout that game usually comes away with the victory.

In the first half of opening round play of the PIAA Class A state tournament, New Hope-Solebury dominated in that aspect against Northwestern Lehigh, scoring two goals off that pressure. The two goals were all the Lions needed to advance as they defeated the Tigers 2-0n.

It was...

Tigers will add some ‘wrinkles’ vs. SV

Friday, November 9, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

In what was perhaps their best played game of the season, the Northwestern football team went into Illick Stadium at Saucon Valley High School and beat the previously undefeated Panthers 49-28 back in October.

Saucon Valley also fell the next week to Notre Dame (Green Pond) and the Tigers and Panthers finished with identical 8-2 records. When the brackets for district playoffs were released, Northwestern and Saucon Valley were set for a rematch in the semifinals and with both teams...

Girls take third at state XC

Friday, November 9, 2018 by PATRICK MATSINKO in Sports

Chris Stitzel gathered his team, much like he does before every race.

But this time was different.

The Northwestern cross country coach knew what was on the line. Coming off Colonial League and District 11 titles, Stitzel was well aware the Tigers entered Saturday’s PIAA Cross Country Championships with a realistic opportunity to contend in the Class 2A field.

“I told them right before we raced that I knew we had a shot,” Stitzel said of a potential top-two finish in the...

Lehighton tops NW in field hockey title game

Friday, November 9, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Northwestern Lehigh may have had a very sound game plan to face Lehighton in the District 11 field hockey finals, but we’ll never know. Coach Lissa Opolsky had a tough time getting her players to stick to the plan and the result was a 2-0 loss to the Indians. The win gave Lehighton its first district championship since 2010.

The first half ended in a scoreless tie, but Lehighton had dominated most of the action. Just four minutes into the second half, it appeared the Indians had...

Tigers pull off New Tripoli Special

Friday, November 9, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Football fans outside of New Tripoli might not know it, but the play that helped the Eagles win Super Bowl 52 and came to be known as The Philly Special was originally the New Tripoli Special. Northwestern varsity football head coach Josh Snyder had used the play in the past, prior to Super Bowl 52. He used it again Saturday night in a district playoff game against Allentown Central Catholic and it worked to perfection as part of Northwestern’s 50-13 win over the Vikings.

The win...

Stopping Csicsek will be top priority

Friday, November 9, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The key to stopping Saucon Valley this week will surely be containing Panther running back Ian Csicsek, who averages over 200 yards per game and gashed Lehighton for over 200 last week in a district playoff win.

Northwestern head coach Josh Snyder put in what he termed the “Panther defense” for the first game between the two teams. He simply moved an extra player into the box looking to contain Saucon Valley running back Ian Csicsek and it worked as well as could be expected, with...