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Tigers hold off Rough Riders

Thursday, November 1, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

For a team that came into the season finale 1-8 and was just looking to finish out its season, the Catasauqua Rough Riders got off to an impressive start against Northwestern but couldn’t keep the momentum going. Eventually, the Tigers wore them down in a wild 61-27 game where in the first 3:32 of the game there were just eight plays from scrimmage, but 28 points as the two teams battled to a 14-14 tie at that point.

Catasauqua’s Wilquon Clemens settled under the opening kick-off and...

Field hockey reaches district title game

Thursday, November 1, 2018 by PATRICK MATSINKO in Sports

Lissa Opolsky didn’t have to look far for a reminder.

“We looked up at the board that’s on our field the other day when we were practicing, and the last district championship that’s posted on there is from 2004,” said the Northwestern field hockey head coach.

The Tigers moved one step closer to ending that drought on Monday, powering past Wilson 4-0 in the District 11 Class A semifinals.

Northwestern will play No. 1 seed Lehighton in the final.

“It means a lot,”...

Tiger girls come up golden

Thursday, November 1, 2018 by PATRICK MATSINKO in Sports

The Northwestern girls cross country team regularly qualifies for the PIAA Championships. But this year, with a change in the number of teams that qualify from District 11, things were just a little more difficult.

Just one team from the district would qualify for states this year, so the Tigers had to win the whole thing in order to advance. And they did just that last Wednesday at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course.

The Tigers ran in a tight pack, placing their top five runners...

Struggling Roughies host football finale

Thursday, October 25, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The final week of the high school football regular season is here and different teams have different recollections on just how fast the season has gone. Catasauqua’s football season has been a rough ride in 2018. The team has just one win, which came against 1-8 Wilson, and hasn’t been competitive in most of their games. They beat the Warriors by just three points and all of their losses have been by 21 or more points.

Meanwhile, the Northwestern Tigers are 8-1 and looking to play in...

Tigers top Bulldogs in annual rivalry game

Thursday, October 25, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

After establishing its running game as a potent weapon through the early going, Northwestern has seen teams focus on stopping the run. That approach would work if the Tigers were a one-dimensional team, but junior quarterback Deven Bollinger has shown that he can get the ball to his receivers. He threw for 251 yards in a 35-7 win over Northern Lehigh last Friday night.

“Earlier in the year, we showed that we can just run the ball,” said Snyder. “But lately, teams are taking that away...

Article By: CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press

Thursday, October 25, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

In any sport, it’s normal to focus on what is happening immediately where the ball is. In soccer, it’s easy to focus on who scores the goal and forget just how that goal was set up by other members of the team. Northwestern’s dominance in the Colonial League is predicated on just those types of things.

In their 3-1 league championship win over Moravian Academy, the Tigers did all of the little things right.

Northwestern players just seemed to be in the right place at the right...

Tigers beat Lions for CL title

Thursday, October 25, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

From the start of the Colonial League championship game, Northwestern completely dominated play. The problem was that while the Tigers were controlling the ball and getting good looks at the net, they were unable to get the ball into the back of the net.

Within the first nine minutes of the game, they had a free kick from 25-yards out deflected by goalie Ethan Buck and another free kick clank off the crossbar and carry over the net and out of bounds. In the end though, the Tigers...

Girls win CL cross country title

Thursday, October 18, 2018 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

The Northwestern girls cross country team had something to prove at Tuesday’s Colonial League Championships.

The Lady Tigers had big plans for this season. They were going to go unbeaten in the Colonial League and continue an unbeaten streak that included a 24-0 record in 2017.

Many of this year’s juniors and seniors were part of the program’s last win streak, which spanned 134 victories and ended in 2016.

The team has the talent do exactly what it planned, but the plan...

Boys soccer reaches CL title game

Thursday, October 18, 2018 by SAM MATTA in Sports

Northwestern Lehigh’s superbly oiled soccer machine doesn’t have anything to prove. It’s the other guys that need to come up with answers.

For the fourth straight season, the Tigers are headed to the Colonial League championship. They dispatched an upstart Southern Lehigh team 2-0 Monday evening on the turf of Salisbury High School as part of a league semifinal doubleheader. The next victim on the horizon is Moravian Academy which downed Saucon Valley 3-2 in the opener.

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Tigers hand Panthers first loss of season

Thursday, October 18, 2018 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

Northwestern had two primary goals last Friday night. The Tigers wanted to get off to a quick start on offense. Defensively, they wanted contain Saucon Valley’s explosive running back.

They did both in a 49-28 win that knocked the Panthers from the ranks of the unbeaten and put a damper on their Homecoming.

“One of our points of emphasis this week was to get out to a fast start,” said Northwestern head coach Josh Snyder. “We felt like we could get ahead and maintain a lead we...