Northwestern Press

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Boys stay warm in state playoff win

Friday, November 10, 2017 by JUSTIN CARLUCCI in Sports

It was so cold on Tuesday night during the PIAA Class 2A first round boys soccer game between Northwestern and Mifflinburg, that players couldn’t even feel their feet.

But at the 23-minute mark of the second half, things heated up in a hurry for the Tigers.

Kevin Slack threw wood on the fire and found the back of the net thanks to a perfect feed from Zach Creighton, during Northwestern’s 1-0 victory over Mifflinburg at Danville High School in Columbia County.

“I felt...

Tigers roll into D-11 final

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by EMMETT MCCALL in Sports

Sara Hathaway has no trouble scoring goals.

Even a switch in Northwestern’s normal formation wasn’t going to slow her down.

But on a night when the Tigers’ leading scorer added two more goals to her season total, it might have been a first-half assist that was her most important contribution.

Behind the offensive play of Hathaway and Maggie Motolese, and another superb defensive showing, Northwestern rolled to a 5-0 victory over Pine Grove in the District 11 Class 2A...

Seniors stay calm despite deficit

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by EMMETT MCCALL in Sports

Facing adversity for the first time in the District 11 playoffs, and for one of the few times all season, Northwestern girls soccer head coach Kelly Bleam didn’t know how her team would respond.

It turns out, all she had to do was ask some of her seniors.

Because despite facing a 2-1 halftime deficit, the confidence of the Tiger players never wavered.

Their attitude translated into a collective ‘We got this.’

And they did.

Maggie Motolese and Sara Hathaway...

Leiser, Castrine, girls team earn trip to Chocolatetown

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by PATRICK MATSINKO in Sports

Molly Tarvin couldn’t help but think about what might have been.

The Northwestern girls second place finish in the Class 2A standings at last week’s District 11 Cross Country Championships might not have been the result the team wanted. But the Tigers still clinched a spot at this weekend’s state meet and improved on last year’s result with their performance.

“We did want that first, we were gunning for that,” said Molly Tarvin, who finished 13th. “But second is better than...

Goodolf, Meyers score in semi

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

It might have been Halloween, but the Northwestern boys soccer team wasn’t getting frightened after 67 minutes of the District 11 Class 3A semifinal.

The Tigers stayed patient and finally broke through with a pair of goals in the final 13 minutes of the game to beat Southern Lehigh 2-0 and advance to their third straight district title game.

“First half we were getting the opportunities, but we weren’t putting them away,” said Tiger senior Noah Meyers. “We had one off the...

Tiger girls win District 11 title

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Northwestern didn’t exactly have things go as planned in the early part of the game Tuesday night in its PIAA District 11 Class 2A final against Palisades at Parkland High School.

It was just a matter of making a halftime adjustment.

In a hard-fought and tight battle from start to finish, the Tigers took the bus ride back home with gold medals around their neck after a 3-2 victory that in large part was due to their second-half reset.

The Tigers (18-3-1) will now advance...

Field hockey ends season in D11 playoffs

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by JUSTIN CARLUCCI in Sports

A quick score is often a team’s best friend

Saucon Valley’s Megan Hashagen scored just 40 seconds into the game and the Panthers held off the second-half push from Northwestern for a 2-1 win in the District 11 Class A field hockey quarterfinal last week.

“We talked about that,” said Saucon Valley head coach Sarah Hawk. “We wanted to get on top right away. We wanted to score early and often. The last time we played them we lost 2-1. We just talked about other teams that we lost...

Football hosts Bangor for EC championship

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

It was just four weeks ago when Northwestern and Bangor battled at Tiger Stadium, but a lot has changed for both teams since then. Back then, Bangor was running the ball with inconsistent success, but stuck with the ground game. Northwestern’s ground game was the worst in the Colonial League in terms of stats, and still is, and the Tigers were throwing the ball more than they would have hoped. The Tigers (4-6) were also battling with a lot of injuries.

Now, the two teams meet for the...

Roughies score late TD to beat NW

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

“In no area of my right mind should I ever have called a pass play with our defense playing tough and just 30 seconds left,” said Northwestern head football coach Josh Snyder, who accepted complete blame for the Tigers 21-18 loss to Catasauqua (3-7) last week.

With his team facing a fourth down and trying to put away its final regular season game of the season, Snyder called for Phil Dangello to throw a pass out of the wildcat formation. It was just Dangello’s fourth pass attempt of...

Tigers three-peat in CL

Thursday, October 26, 2017 by TODD KRESS in Sports

Four Northwestern players were honored as Colonial League First Team all-stars before Thursday’s championship game against Notre Dame (Green Pond).

Two of those all-stars helped the Tigers break through in a big way against the Crusaders.

Senior Noah Meyers set up fellow senior Kenny Gawelko for the game’s first and only goal midway through the second half to lift No. 1 seed Northwestern (20-0) over No. 2 Notre Dame, 1-0, at Northern Lehigh High School.

“One of their...