Mike Ortiz has waited a long time for the right to wrestle in the PIAA Championships.
With his second-place finish at last weekend's Southeast Regional Tournament, the Northwestern senior earned his first trip to states, which began Thursday at Hershey's Giant Center.
"It makes me feel better about missing those years in that I'm accomplishing what I set out to 13 years ago," he said. "You never know what can happen."
Ortiz has been one of District 11's best wrestlers...
Nicole Sagl not only competed in the District 11 Diving Championships last year, she won gold for Class 2A. Even so, the Central Catholic student who lives in the Northwestern School District was tense coming into this year's meet.
She was able to overcome it and put together an 11-dive program good enough to repeat as the district champion.
Sagl finished with a score of 396.5, well ahead of second-place finisher Emily Marshall of Southern Lehigh, who scored a 307.0. Both Nagl...
To say the Northwestern wrestling team had a tough act to follow after last year's district tournament would be an understatement. The Tigers crowned two champs last year, with Mike Ortiz (152) and Levi Veppert (182) both earning gold.
Veppert graduated, but Ortiz returned to capture his second consecutive gold medal, this time at 170-pounds. Ortiz came into the tournament as the top seed and left little doubt that he was the class of the field.
Ortiz moves on to regionals this...
They might not get to hang a banner in the gym. But the Lady Tigers' season was still a successful one.
The team won 20 straight games, finished the regular season at 21-1 overall and 15-1 in Colonial League play.
Three losses in their last five games wasn't the way anyone thought the season would end, but it shouldn't take away from the pride this team can take in all it accomplished.
"I look back at the season as a success," said Northwestern head coach Chris Deutsch...
The Northwestern Lehigh boys basketball program is building from the ground up. That growth starts at the lowest levels and works its way to the varsity team.
A big stepping stone for players is the junior varsity level.
With first year head coach, Pat Wanamaker, the Tiger junior varsity team fought hard all season long and finished with an 11-11 record.
Wanamaker, who was a volunteer assistant at Northern Lehigh the last five years, says his players exceeded his...
Northwestern Lehigh has an up and coming boys basketball program. And those up and comers can be found on the junior high team.
The junior high team, also callled the freshman team, is guided by first year head coach Randy Atiyeh.
His previous coaching experience includes one year as a volunteer assistant at Whitehall High School and one year as the head coach of the middle school squad at Northwestern.
This junior high team, who had only 10 players, started the season...
Northwestern senior guard Sara Jones was recently accepted into the US Naval Academy, where she will further her education and her basketball career.
Jones became the all-time leading scorer in program history during her final season in New Tripoli. She earned the Colonial League Most Valuable Player award this season.
A four-year varsity starter and the team's leading scorer all four years, Jones helped the team imrpve from three wins during her freshman season to 21 wins as a...
The Lehigh Valley Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame is holding the Football Scholar Athlete Banquet on Sunday, March 3, at 4:30 p.m. at the Northampton Community Center.
The speaker this year is Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien. Tickets are $30. Contact Herb Barrall at 484-515-6530.
Northwestern's nominee is senior John Dolinich.
A 6-0, 185-pound placekicker and punter, Dolinich ranks 44th out of 170 students.
He is a member of...
A lot of teams don't like more than a full week off between postseason games.
Northwestern head coach Chris Deutsch believes it could be just what the doctor ordered. His team could use a few days to recover from Friday night's devastating loss in the Colonial League semifinals.
The ninth-year head coach called it the toughest locker room he's ever walked into after defeat.
"It's going to be hard to pick everyone up," Deutsch said. "That was a tough loss. Having to wait...
Like any college athlete, Madison Burns was excited to embark on her swimming career at the University of North Carolina.
She looked forward to starting a new chapter in her life and her swimming career. And, as much as anything, she couldn't wait to be part of a team.
Growing up, she had been part of youth teams and swam for club teams such as the Parkland Aquatic Club. But Northwestern Lehigh High School does not have a swim team, so other than some summer leagues, Burns...