Teams and players find out a lot about themselves in tough times.
Great teams rise to overcome adversity. The rest fall by the wayside.
The Northwestern girls basketball cruised through its first 20 games of the 2012-13 season. The Lady Tigers beat every team in front of them, most of them by wide margins.
But in the regular season's penultimate game, Northwestern fell to Bangor and eventually finished the season 21-1 overall, 15-1 in Colonial League play.
Northwestern's boys basketball players headed into the season with lofty goals.
Despite the struggles of the past two seasons, as well as the fact that the team had only a few players with varsity experience, the Tigers had hopes of a winning season and a berth in the district playoffs.
It might have been just a little too much to expect a team that went 2-20 last year to go 11-11 or better this year. The Tigers finished the 2012-13 season four wins short of that goal at 7-15...
Like every other team, the Northwestern girls basketball team set goals before it started the season.
First and foremost, the Lady Tigers wanted to win a title. Going undefeated was something that happened along the way, but it was never the primary goal.
With Northwestern's loss to Bangor Tuesday night, the team can now forget about a perfect season and focus solely on making a postseason run.
"This might be good for us," said Northwestern head coach Chris Deutsch. "...
For the first time ever, seven Division I head football coaches will be guest speakers at the NIKE Eastern Pennsylvania Coach of the Year Clinic.
Scheduled from Thursday, Feb. 28 through Saturday, March 2 at the Holiday Inn in Fogelsville, the clinic will include not only the Division I head coaches, but other college coaches and assistants, as well as prominent high school coaches.
Clemson's Dabo Sweeney, Missouri's Gary Pinkel, Miami's Al Golden, West Virginia's Dana...
Saturday, Feb. 2
Northwestern got its first team win of the season, beating Schuylkill Haven 61-15 in a nonleague match.
The Tigers used four pins and four forfeits to improve to 1-12 this year.
Quentin Bernhard (120 pounds) and Andrew Sorensen (160) both registered first-period falls for Northwestern, while Jarrett White and Joe Colucci also pinned their Hurricane opponents.
Mitchell Evans added a major decision...
Teams don't go 20-0 without surviving some scares.
Palmerton gave Northwestern as good a test as any team has this season Friday night in New Tripoli. The Tigers came out unscathed, securing a 52-47 win in the game's final two minutes.
"We told our girls this is going to be a tight game," said Northwestern head coach Chris Deutsch. "This is good for us. Everybody wants to knock us off. Give Palmerton credit. They did a lot of things well. We were fortunate."
Northwestern's boys basketball team has three more games to continue building on the improvement it made this season.
The Tigers have already won three times as many games as last season. Their progress can be seen on the court as well as in the standings.
With three games remaining in the season, another win or two could be a big boost to the program heading into the offseason. Northwestern travels to Palmerton on Friday then faces Bangor and Catasauqua next week.
Tuesday, Jan. 29
The Lady Tigers beat Northern Lehigh, 56-30.
Sara Jones and Sabrina Mertz scored 14 points apiece in the win, which keeps the Lady Tigers unbeaten at 19-0 overall and 13-0 in the Colonial League.
Kelsey Follweiler scored 10 points for the Lady Bulldogs.
Northwestern won the JV game, 29-17.
Mertz 6-0-0-14, Landrigan 1-0-0-2, Day 1-0-0-2, Jones 6-1-1-14,...
Northwestern had already proved to be a deep, versatile team through its first its first 16 games. But what the Lady Tigers accomplished Tuesday night took it to a whole new level.
Missing two starters, Northwestern plugged in a pair of young varsity players to fill the spots. It got big performances from the three starters that were healthy, as well as solid play from the players who were asked to step into larger roles against the Crusaders.
The Tigers didn't just win, they...
Northwestern's Sara Jones became the school's all-time leading girls basketball scorer last week.
The senior guard scored 18 points in a win over Emmaus to push her career total up to 1126 and eclipse Dana Stellar's mark of 1,110.
"It feels great," said Jones. "Knowing the girls that have done it before, being a part of that club feels good.
"I really couldn't do it without my team. I know I say that all the time, but it's true."
Jones has been the team's leading...