Northwestern Press

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Grapplers go 2-2 at District 11 Duals


The Northwestern wrestling team ended the dual-meet part of its season last week with a 2-2 showing at the District 11 team tournament.

Northwestern overcame that obstacle Saturday against North Schuylkill, but the Tigers couldn’t make up for those lost points against a tough Wilson team.

The No. 3 seed Warriors beat the Tigers 57-16 in the second round of Class 2A consolation matches Saturday at Freedom High School, ending Northwestern’s run in districts.

It was the...

Boys drop last two games

Thursday, February 6, 2020 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

It was a quick turn of events for the Northwestern Lehigh Tigers Friday night at Salisbury High School and they came out on the downside of the changes, dropping a 46-42 decision to the Falcons.

The loss knocked Northwestern out of the Colonial League playoff picture.

The two teams exchanged leads throughout the first quarter, but Salisbury started to hit some shots in the second quarter.

Trey Weber’s jumper with 4:25 left before halftime put the Falcons up by four and...

Brensinger wins tourney title

Thursday, January 30, 2020 by PATRICK MATSINKO in Sports

Mason Brensinger doesn’t quite have all the answers to the test.

But the Northwestern sophomore might have narrowed down his options significantly.

Brensinger went from dark horse to champion with arguably the best performance of his career at the Coal Cracker Wrestling Tournament this past weekend.

It was simply a matter of building on what was already in place.

Brensinger capped a remarkable run as the 18th seed with an 8-6 decision over top seed Dalton Klinges...

Wrestlers fall in CL semifinals

Thursday, January 30, 2020 by PATRICK MATSINKO in Sports

Jim Moll was only concerned with one thing Monday night at the Colonial League Wrestling Team Championships.

And that was what the Tigers could control.

The Northwestern head coach knew that giving up forfeits in half the matches against top seed Notre Dame (Green Pond) was too much to overcome. But Moll was more concerned with the effort he saw when the Tigers were on the mat than the 66-14 outcome.

“You just have to go out and compete where you have a chance to compete...

Tigers top NL, Wilson

Thursday, January 30, 2020 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Northwestern Lehigh came into last week with an 8-8 record and in need of a couple of big wins.

The Tigers got the wins, but it wasn’t easy and it certainly wasn’t for the faint of heart.

First up was a 62-60 win in double overtime against Wilson when Andres Garrido took an inbound pass and sank it with just 0.7 on the clock. The next night, the Tigers got some hot three-point shooting from Nick Henry and timely defense to pick up a 46-38 win over Northern Lehigh. The win puts...

Girls clinch West Division

Thursday, January 30, 2020 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Northwestern Lehigh’s 49-14 win over Northern Lehigh late last week may have seemed like just another win for the Lady Tigers in an impressive season that they’ve put together. Actually, it was a much bigger win than it may have appeared on the surface since it locked up the West Division title for Northwestern and clinched a first-round bye in the Colonial League playoffs that begin early next month.

The win put Northwestern up by three games over Palmerton with three games left on...

Tigers dispatch Spartans

Thursday, January 23, 2020 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Before Northwestern and Catasauqua could potentially meet in a win-and-advance match in the season finale for the final Colonial League wrestling tournament spot, the Tigers had to take care of business last week against Southern Lehigh.

The host Tigers left little doubt from the start. Except for one forfeit, Northwestern (4-3) won five of the first six bouts en route to a 43-31 win over the Spartans last Friday night.

The win set up Wednesday’s match against Catasauqua. The...

Girls’ slow start leads to loss vs. ND

Thursday, January 23, 2020 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

In his 16 seasons as the coach of the Northwestern Lehigh Lady Tigers, Chris Deutsch has had a lot of success and some very good teams. The one thing that has eluded him has been a Colonial League championship and he’s hoping that this will be the year his team gets the honor.

Unfortunately, his team stumbled on its latest step toward attaining that goal when Notre Dame (Green Pond) came into Northwestern (13-4 overall, 10-2 Colonial League) and beat the Lady Tigers 49-39 in front of...

Kratzer, Blue Bombers beat Tigers

Thursday, January 16, 2020 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

It’s been a season of streaks for Northwestern Lehigh. After coming out of the gate with three straight losses, the Tigers won three straight and six of their next seven games.

Now though, the team has lost three of its last four after falling to Palmerton 63-51 Tuesday night at home.

Palmerton’s Kody Kratzer was the main reason for the loss as he had 14 points by halftime and then after being held scoreless in the third quarter, torched the Tigers for 13 fourth quarter points...

Wrestlers take fourth at tourney

Thursday, January 9, 2020 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Sports

The Northwestern Lehigh Tigers ask for no quarter and give none. That fighting spirit was on display Jan. 4 at the Zephyr Mat Club Invitational, held at Whitehall High School.

The Tigers finished with 105.5 points, good for fourth place in the eight-team field.

The black and gold had four second-place finishers. Ben Griffith at 132 pounds won three of four matches to raise his season record to 9-4. Harrison Bernhard won two of three matches, raising his record to 17-6. Tough-...