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...
With just a few matches left in the regular season, the Tigers are at the point in the wrestling season where they can focus solely on individual postseason goals.
While the Tigers (0-10) would love to pick up their first dual meet win of the season in one of their final three matches, it's not their sole focus.
"Postseason is always the goal," said Northwestern head coach Jim Moll. "I tell the guys the dual meets and tournaments we're in, it's all just training for the...
Tuesday, Jan. 15
Northwestern beat Palisades, 60-31.
The Tigers' Sarah Segan finished with a game-high 17 points, while Sara Jones added double figures with 13 points.
Northwestern remains unbeaten at 14-0 overall and 9-0 in the league.
Mertz 3-0-0-7, Landrigan 0-0-0-0, Day 0-1-2-1, Jones 6-1-1-13, Suter 1-0-1-2, Segan 8-1-1-17, Gawelko 0-0-0-0, Koenig 4-0-0-8, Bennett 0-0-0-0, Shupp 1-0-0-2...
After facing a 15-point deficit to end the first quarter during last Friday's game against Salisbury, it looked as if the Northwestern boys basketball team had its hands full against last season's league champs.
The Tigers, however, responded in the second half to pull to within just three points in the fourth quarter.
And with 41 seconds to play, the Tigers (7-11 overall; 2-7 in Colonial League) had another opportunity to make it a one-possession game late.
This past fall, Northwestern junior Cole Miller was busy putting in work on numerous golf courses throughout the Lehigh Valley, consistently shooting rounds in the 60s, earning medalist honors in dual matches, setting course records and qualifying for districts, regionals and eventually the PIAA State tournament.
At the completion of his junior year, he finished in second place at the two-day state championship tourney at Heritage Hills in York, and at the same time, put an end to an...
Haley Yost proved time and time again this season that she had the answers.
A league, district and state cross country medalist, Yost aced one test after another.
But even when your achievements make you the valedictorian of the area cross country class, there are times when you need some help.
For those occasions, Yost has the ultimate phone-a-friend 2009 PIAA Class AA State Champion and former Tiger teammate Lindsay Kerr.
Yost's talent and hard work, along with...