Northwestern Press

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Catty comes to New Tripoli for season finale

Thursday, October 26, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

With a win over Northern Lehigh last week, Northwestern moved into position to finish the regular season at 5-5 if they can beat Catasauqua in the final game of the Colonial League season.

While hopes at the beginning of the season were centered higher than five wins, the fact that the Tigers are at that point is impressive considering an 0-3 start.

After getting past having a roster depleted by injuries and other factors, Northwestern has come through the early season in good...

Tigers top Bulldogs in annual rivalry

Thursday, October 26, 2017 by ANDY STEINMETZ in Sports

Northwestern head coach Josh Snyder knew that Northern Lehigh would present a challenge for his football team in the penultimate week of the regular season.

For the first half, the winless Bulldogs fought tooth and nail with the favored Northwestern squad.

In the second half, however, the Tiger defense took charge. It held Northern Lehigh scoreless after halftime with the Bulldogs gaining just two first downs and 60 yards of offense over the final 24 minutes en route to a 35-14...

Girls win league XC title

Thursday, October 26, 2017 by PATRICK MATSINKO in Sports

The 2016 season was unlike many in recent memory for the Northwestern girls’ cross country team.

The Tigers 134-dual meet winning streak, which spanned six seasons, was snapped. A five-year run as Colonial League champions ended, too.

What a different a year makes. The Tigers returned to championship form and began a new winning streak this season.

Northwestern capped an undefeated regular season with a dominating performance in Tuesday’s annual Colonial League...

Girls soccer blanks Blue Raiders

Thursday, October 26, 2017 by JUSTIN CARLUCCI in Sports

Opportunities create better odds to win.

And Northwestern created ample opportunities during the District 11 Class 2A girls soccer quarterfinals on Tuesday night.

Northwestern fired 32 shots en route to a 5-0 victory over Northern Lehigh.

“Our game plan was to get a lot of shots and get them early, before the opposing team was able to shut down our shooting opportunities,” said Northwestern head coach Kelly Bleam. “That was pretty much everything coming into it.”

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NW boys soccer has built a dynasty

Thursday, October 26, 2017 by TODD KRESS in Sports

Every team sport has them. Dynasties develop over time and new ones are formed all the time.

The University of Alabama has dominated the collegiate football landscape over the last decade, winning four national championships since 2009. The New England Patriots have won three of the past six Super Bowls. And the Golden State Warriors, winning two of the last three NBA Finals, have become one the most popular and successful teams of all-time.

And now it certainly looks as if...

Hornets hold off Easton

Saturday, October 21, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

The penultimate week of the high school football regular season saw Emmaus and Salisbury both clinch district playoff berths, with the former coming in a victory over Easton and the latter via a loss to Palmerton.

Here’s a look at some of Friday night’s action.

Easton-Emmaus

The Hornets jumped out to an early lead and held off the Rovers in the fourth quarter for a 30-20 win.

Emmaus quarterback Blake Reed (10-for-16 for 145 yards) threw a pair of first-quarter...

Football falls to Spartans

Thursday, October 19, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Senior kicker Hunter Miller set a school record with a 47-yard field goal and the Northwestern offense mounted a late drive toward the end zone, but it wasn’t enough as the Tigers fell to Southern Lehigh 28-21 Friday night.

The Tigers were able to grind out yardage on the ground for much of the game, while Southern Lehigh took advantage of a couple quick strikes for scores.

The Spartans (7-1) offense twice had one-play drives in the second quarter, with Mike Sisselberger going...

Tigers headed to final

Thursday, October 19, 2017 by TODD KRESS in Sports

Northwestern has been atop the Colonial League boys’ soccer landscape for the past two years, winning the league titles in 2015 and 2016.

On Thursday, the Tigers will look to complete the coveted three-peat when they face Notre Dame (Green Pond) in the Colonial League championship game. Top-seeded Northwestern (19-0) disposed of No. 4 Saucon Valley (10-5-3) in Tuesday’s semifinal game, 4-0, at Northern Lehigh High School.

“That was probably our most complete game of soccer all...

Girls soccer falls to SL in league semifinal

Thursday, October 19, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Shoot early and shoot often. That’s the slogan that Northwestern girls soccer coach Kelly Bleam would like her players to adopt, but instead, they’ve taken a more passive approach to the game which has made it difficult to score. Against Southern Lehigh in the Colonial League semifinals, the lack of scoring led to a 1-0 loss for the Tigers.

Southern Lehigh was able to get just sporadic offensive challenges throughout the game, but found one opportunity that paid off when freshman Kaya...

NL to host Mountain Road Rumble

Thursday, October 19, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

While both Northwestern and Northern Lehigh haven’t had the types of seasons they would have hoped for, this week both football teams will put that all behind them and put school pride and bragging rights on the line.

The Tigers and Bulldogs are one of the better rivalries in local high school football and both teams look to this game as a high point in their season.

One common bond between the two teams is that each has a former player afflicted with tragic diseases. For...