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Danner helps lead LCCC to national tournament

Thursday, June 7, 2018 by TODD KRESS in Sports

When Lydia Danner was at Northwestern, she spent much of her time on the mound for the Lady Tigers’ softball team. She also pitched during travel softball, as well as a good amount last season for Lehigh Carbon Community College.

But this year she was asked to step into a new role. She accepted without hesitation and it led to one of her biggest accomplishments of her career.

“I was totally fine with that because Bailey [Pedersen], our ace pitcher, was doing such a wonderful...

Article By: CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press

Thursday, May 31, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

After a successful 2017-2018 school year that saw one Tiger boys team reach the state title game (soccer), another win its first district title in several years (baseball) and every other boys team qualify for the postseason, several of the players from those teams had opportunities to play in college.

At a recent letter of intent signing ceremony, eleven athletes from Northwestern boys sports announced their college intentions. One is headed to the Division 1 level, while three are...

Tigers shine on big stages

Thursday, May 31, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Playoff baseball is always exciting, but when you get to play big games in big venues it becomes even more exciting. During Northwestern’s run to states they’ve been able to play games on some pretty big stages. It started with a regular season game at Scranton’s PNC Field, home of the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. From there, they reached the district semifinals with a win at Lehigh University’s Legacy Park. The finale, their first District 11 championship since 1989, came at...

Lady Tigers fall to Tamaqua

Thursday, May 31, 2018 by EMMETT MCCALL in Sports

Tamaqua’s Brook Zellner went from being questionable, to being probable, to being exceptional.

Zellner’s three-run homer in the third inning jump-started the Blue Raider offense and led to an 11-1 mercy-rule victory over Northwestern in the quarterfinal round of the District 11 Class 4A softball playoffs on Wednesday.

Zellner’s blast not only allowed Tamaqua to dig out of a 1-0 deficit, but it ignited a nine-run explosion that all but sealed the outcome.

Not bad for...

Freshman Henry knocks in winning run

Thursday, May 31, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

For Nic Henry, the approach was simple: put the ball in play and run hard.

That’s exactly what the Northwestern freshman did with the bases loaded and the District 11 Class 4A championship game with Central Catholic tied 4-4 in the bottom of the seventh inning. As he headed down the first-base line, Henry wasn’t quite sure whether or not he had just knocked in the game-winning run, but he figured that out pretty quickly.

“I just wanted to get to first as fast as possible,” said...

Nine Lady Tigers represent six different sports

Thursday, May 31, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Northwestern High School recently held a letter of intent signing ceremony at which it honored student athletes that are going on to compete in college sports.

Nine Lady Tiger athletes will join women’s’ programs in college next season. Three are headed to Division 2 schools and six will compete in NCAA’s Division 3.

For senior Shaelin de Wit, who will continue her education at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, New York, there were a lot of schools to choose from but she was...

Baseball falls in league semifinal

Thursday, May 24, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Northwestern baseball had its streak of three straight appearances in the Colonial League finals snapped with a 4-0 loss to Southern Lehigh in the semifinals.

The game started last Tuesday at Parkland High School and was finished three days later at Hamburg Area High School because of rain. Hamburg was chosen because its turf field that would provide a drier, more stable playing field than natural grass that had been soaked by rains.

At Parkland, the Tigers fell behind 4-0...

Girls relay earns District 11 medal

Thursday, May 24, 2018 by TODD KRESS in Sports

The goal for many athletes competing at last week’s district track and field meet was to advance to states the following week.

A number of Northwestern athletes nearly qualified for that level. Unfortunately, the Tigers came up just short of the trip to Shippensburg. Their closest qualifier came in the 4x800 relay event where the foursome of Tigers medaled and placed fourth on Day 1 of the District 11 Class 3A Track and Field Championships last Wednesday at Whitehall High School....

Clymer inks letter to Lock Haven University

Thursday, May 24, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

As a sophomore, Caleb Clymer finished sixth in the state in wrestling and followed that up with a third-place finish in his junior season. He captured gold this season in Hershey, following his brothers Ben and Scott as PIAA gold medalists. Those credentials helped him earn a choice of scholarships from a number of schools and he recently made Lock Haven his choice.

Actually, Clymer didn’t only have his choice of schools, he had his choice of sports. The Northwestern multi-sport...

Tigers pull away from Pottsville

Thursday, May 24, 2018 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

Pottsville tested Northwestern’s patience, but eventually the No. 2-seeded Tigers pulled through for a 9-2 District 11 Class 4A baseball quarterfinal win on Monday.

Northwestern got off to a rough start, allowing the Tide to load the bases with no outs in the first inning. The Tide turned that threat into one run and were leading 2-0 after two -and-a-half innings. But eventually the Tigers’ bats woke up and gave pitcher Mason Vogwill some room to work with.

“You just have to...