Northwestern Press

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Softball team thrived on ‘positive vibes’

Thursday, June 6, 2019 by PATRICK MATSINKO in Sports

No matter the outcome, Northwestern was always able to put the result in perspective.

The even-keel mentality stemmed, in large part, from the Tigers mix of youth and experience on their roster this season.

Ashley Sisco and Emily Akelaitis – the team’s only seniors – were key in helping Northwestern stay grounded after big wins, and vital to helping the team find its way through the down times.

Their leadership was on display again Friday after the Tigers’ season ended...

Storms causing changes in district playoff schedules

Thursday, May 30, 2019 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

Dangerous storms over the past two days have caused many changes in the District 11 playoff schedules.

Many of the classes will try to get their finals in beginning as early as this morning in baseball, with a lot of action attempting to take place this afternoon before another potential round dangerous storms could once again take place.

Here is our up-to-date schedule as of 10 a.m. Thursday morning:



Finals, Thursday, May 30

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Relay team ends season at PIAA T&F Meet

Thursday, May 30, 2019 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

The Northwestern girls 4x800-meter relay team was looking for just the right balance of competition and enjoyment at the state championship meet last Friday.

All four members of the team were running in their first state meet and they knew the competition at the meet was going to be the fastest they had ever faced.

“For us, coming to states was the finish to a season,” said senior Sarah Supplee. “We focus more on the journey. This was just like icing on the cake. We didn’t have...

Tigers top Wilson in wild semifinal

Thursday, May 30, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Northwestern Lehigh baseball team simply don’t give up.

In the District 11 Class 4A semifinal game against Wilson, Northwestern fell behind by five runs, cut the lead to three and then fell behind by five runs again. A big five-run inning completely closed the gap and some heads-up base running in the bottom of the seventh led Northwestern to a 9-8 win over the Warriors and a trip to the district final.

“That wasn’t the way we drew it up,” said coach Duran Porrino after his...

Lady Tigers reach D-11 title game

Thursday, May 30, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

In a game where the momentum and the lead seesawed from one team to another, Northwestern Lehigh was glad to have the last at-bats.

Freshman Brynn Balliet gave her team the lead back at just the right time with a walk-off double as Northwestern downed Tamaqua 8-7 in eight innings to earn a trip to the District 11 Class 4A softball final.

Northwestern (18-4) appeared to have the game wrapped up when it led 7-5 going to the top of the seventh. It looked to be even more certain...

Baseball falls in district championship

Thursday, May 30, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

All season long, North Schuylkill and Northwestern Lehigh were the best teams in Class 4A baseball in District 11. The two teams were on a collision course and their coaches even talked throughout the season about playing in the postseason, which they weren’t able to do in previous seasons when the Spartans were in Class 3A.

The ultimate postseason for both coaches was to have the District 11 title come down to a game between two defending district champions. They got their wish....

Tigers fall in CL baseball title game

Thursday, May 23, 2019 by ROD HECKMAN in Sports

Northwestern’s reputation as an excellent fastball-hitting team is widely recognized.

In fact, it’s so well known that Notre Dame bypassed starting its ace in Thursday’s Colonial League championship game.

Instead of handing the ball to league MVP and first team all-star pitcher, Steven Luke, Crusaders head coach Michael Bedics went in a different direction.

That move, along with a clutch single from cleanup hitter Ben Gormley, led to a 2-1 victory and the team’s second...

Welch pitches Tigers into title game

Thursday, May 23, 2019 by BRAD HURLEY in Sports

Despite having some time off between its last regular season game and the Colonial League semifinals, the Northwestern baseball team didn’t show signs of rust in its postseason opener last week against Southern Lehigh.

Northwestern pitcher Carter Welch allowed just two hits and got run support from his teammates in a 6-1 win over the Spartans at Lehigh County Community College.

After allowing a hit in the first, Welch didn’t let up another hit until the seventh, helping the...

Softball ousted by hot Palmerton pitcher

Thursday, May 23, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Lady Tiger softball team sat through rainy weather waiting to see who it would play in the Colonial League semifinals. Palmerton and Wilson finally got the chance to play, with the Blue Bombers coming out on top to advance to the semis and a meeting with Northwestern Lehigh.

As the top seed in the tournament, Northwestern was a favorite. The teams split their two regular season meetings with the Tigers winning the last matchup after dropping a 6-1 game early in the season.


Softball team earns top seed in league

Thursday, May 16, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

As the top-seeded softball team in the Colonial League playoffs, the Lady Tigers had to sit back and wait this past weekend while four other teams battled in the wild card round of the Colonial League playoffs. Little did they know that their layoff would be as long as it has, with rain wiping out games early this week.

The result is that Northwestern Lehigh hasn’t played since it beat Catasauqua last Wednesday on Senior Day.

On that day, everything was functioning as it should...