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Girls pick up first win of season

Thursday, December 12, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Northwestern girls basketball team came crawling out of its cage this season, losing both of its nonleague openers this season before beating Saucon Valley Monday night to gain its first win of the season.

The slow start wasn’t entirely surprising because of the fact that the team has a number of young players on its roster who are being asked to step into big roles for the team. Head coach Chris Deutsch admits there was some frustration through the first two games, but also...

Saucon Valley tops Tigers in opener

Thursday, December 12, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Northwestern boys basketball team had to sit idly by through the opening weekend of the high school basketball season and wait until Monday to get onto the court. Unfortunately, their debut came up short in a 45-38 loss to Saucon Valley. Much of the night was spent with Northwestern shots looking like they might fall only to take a wrong bounce and avoid going through the net.

The Panthers (1-1 overall, 1-0 Colonial) opened a 7-0 lead to start the game, with Northwestern not...

Grapplers look to capture West Division

Thursday, December 5, 2019 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

Harrison Bernard knows what it’s like to stand on the medal stand at the District 11 tournament. He also knows what it’s like to come up short.

The Tiger senior placed fourth at districts two years ago, but last year he came up short in a highly competitive 138-pound weight class, going 2-2 at districts.

“It was kind of a wake-up call that I have to put in more work if I want to do better this year,” Bernhard said. “I have to not use it as an excuse that there were good kids in...

Tigers look to compete for CL title

Thursday, December 5, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Northwestern Lehigh boys basketball team had a lot of experience on last year’s squad that reached the state playoffs. The down side to that is that the Tigers graduated five players from that team.

The good news is that there is still a solid nucleus of experience for them to draw from since they still have six seniors on this year’s team that opens play Monday at Saucon Valley.

Even with the remaining experience, the team has some deep losses to overcome this season. Gone...

Girls must replace top two scorers

Thursday, December 5, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Northwestern Lehigh girls basketball coach Chris Deutsch isn’t the type to look to put a good spin on what he thinks of his team.

He’s always positive about his players, but when things aren’t quite where they need to be, he’s not going to look the other way and try to make it all look shiny and good.

Through a couple of scrimmages against tough teams like Easton, Nazareth, Pottsgrove and Wilson, Deutsch has seen some things that need to be fixed. And with the season opening up...

Shields found what he wanted at Moravian

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

When Matt Shields looked around for colleges, he ultimately decided to stick fairly close to home and attend a school that had a good business management program and a good football team to be a part of. He found all that he was looking for when he committed to playing at Moravian after graduating from Northwestern Lehigh in 2016.

Now, his football career as a Greyhound is over after a season-ending loss to rival Muhlenberg this past Saturday and he’s closing in on graduation next...

Tigers bounced back from season-opening loss

Thursday, November 21, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Northwestern Lehigh football season got underway with a disappointing loss to Notre Dame (Green Pond) on the road.

From there though, the Tigers got on a roll that carried them to a share of the Colonial League championship and deep into districts where only a pair of bad calls kept them from reaching the district championship.

Over the next five weeks, Northwestern ran through the schedule by beating its opponents by a combined score of 205-64 as the Tigers put themselves...

Tigers roll over Indians

Friday, November 8, 2019 by TODD KRESS in Sports

Northwestern was a game away from reaching the District 11 Class 4A championship game last season. A tough loss to Saucon Valley ended the Tigers’ run.

A year later, the top-seeded Tigers are back in the same position.

Northwestern scored 47 unanswered points to pull away from No. 8 Lehighton last Saturday night in the quarterfinals, 54-14. The win advanced the Tigers to the semifinals against No. 4 Central Catholic.

“We’re going to enjoy this tonight,” said Northwestern...

Field hockey continues to improve

Friday, November 8, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Northwestern Lehigh reached the PIAA field hockey tournament for the second straight season, this time as district champions. The district gold is the school’s first since 2004 and comes on the heels of being district runners-up last season. While the program is quickly gaining respect and seeing better results in the postseason, it hasn’t come overnight.

Head coach Lissa Opolsky took over the program in 2014 after the team had missed reaching districts in each of the past two seasons...

Groff goal helps Tigers to D-11 gold

Friday, November 8, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

You can’t plan the heroics that Bailey Groff came up with. All she was trying to do was get the ball into position for one of her teammates to make a play, but she ended up scoring a goal.

Groff’s goal – and another by teammate Kylie Zentz – led Northwestern to a 2-0 win over Allentown Central Catholic in the District 11 Class 2A girls soccer finals. It also sends Northwestern to the PIAA tournament.

Just under six minutes into the game, Northwestern (21-2-0) was awarded a...