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1989 baseball team honored

Friday, April 19, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Last year’s Northwestern Lehigh baseball team won the school’s second ever District 11 championship.

That team – and this year’s team – drew inspiration from an earlier team that won the school’s first district championship back in 1989. That team was recently saluted prior to Northwestern’s game against Bangor, honoring the accomplishment that came 30 years ago.

The tribute brought together eight members of the team along with head coach Len Smith, who coached for 35 seasons...

Tiger girls 4x800 relay holds best time

Friday, April 19, 2019 by The Press in Sports

The third edition of this year’s Colonial League track and field performers was released last week. The following is a list of the top five performers and the top Northwestern athlete in each event through last week’s meets.


4x100 relay: 1. Southern Lehigh (Imani Hollie, Amelia Cassaday, Madison Trout, Sierra Williams) 50.30, 2. Palisades 52.0, 3. Bangor 52.9, 4. Wilson 54.1, 5. Notre Dame (GP) 54.3, 8. Northwestern (Jillian Fink, Caroline Fogal, Sara Hathaway, Allyson...

Akelaitis leads Tigers past Falcons

Friday, April 19, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The pitching matchup between Salisbury and Northwestern Lehigh in their recent softball meeting was a good one. The game matched senior Emily Akelaitis for Northwestern against Salisbury junior Emily Silberman. In this meeting, Akelaitis got the better of the matchup both on the mound and at the plate as Northwestern downed the Falcons 6-2.

In the pitcher’s circle, Akelaitis threw a complete game, striking out 10 batters in the process. At the plate, she finished the day with a single...

First-year lacrosse program gets to 3-3

Friday, April 19, 2019 by KYLE MADGA in Sports

The Northwestern boys lacrosse program has come a long way in a short period of time.

Tiger head coach Marcus Janda and his team are now 3-3 in their inaugural season of play after beading Pleasant Valley 12-6 last Friday.

“It’s been going well,” Janda said. “We’re focusing on improving every day, every game. The first time we stepped out onto the field, we had eight guys out here that could barely put together a single pass, but we’ve really worked hard. We’ve had a lot of...

Four generations of baseball

Thursday, April 11, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

There’s a popular t-shirt that features the saying “baseball is life. The rest is just details.”

For the Mengel family, the shirt should probably be amended to say “Northwestern Lehigh baseball is life...”

This year’s starting second baseman Brandon Mengel isn’t the first in his family to play for the team. Before him came his older brother, Brady, who played second base and shortstop for the team and is currently playing second base at Mansfield University. Their father, Jason...

Tigers beat NL

Thursday, April 11, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Vinny Castrine threw a complete game and struck out seven batters in Northwestern Lehigh’s 12-1 win over Northern Lehigh. Rafe Perich, Derek Holes and Nick Henry paced the offense with two hits each, with Perich driving in three runs and Holmes and Henry each knocking in two.

The Tigers (6-1 overall, 5-1 Colonial League) started fast with a three-run first inning and then blew the game open with an eight-run fourth inning.

In the bottom of the first inning, Perich hit a long...

Tiger girls 4x800 relay has top time

Thursday, April 11, 2019 by The Press in Sports

The Colonial League released it’s second installment of track and field top performers last week. Here’s a look at the top five athletes in each event along with the top Northwestern athlete in each event.


4x100 relay: 1. Southern Lehigh (Amelia Cassaday, Madison Trout, Imani Hollie, Sierra Williams) 50.80, 2. Palisades 52.0, 3. Bangor 53.5, 4. Wilson 54.1, 5. Notre Dame (GP) 54.3, 7. Northwestern (Jillian Frank, Caroline Fogal, Sara Hathaway, Allyson Myers) 54.7;


Tigers win four straight

Thursday, April 4, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Every now and then, a game so strange pops up and whether your team is involved in the game or not, you have to just stare at the box score and wonder how it happened. Northwestern Lehigh played in one of those games on Monday and after just a few innings, it seemed like a pretty wild April Fool’s Day joke.

In the first two innings, the Tigers bats went wild, banging out 11 hits while collecting five walks, having one batter hit by a pitch and with four Moravian Academy (1-3 overall,...

A legend on and off the field

Thursday, April 4, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

In the closing scene of the movie Brian’s Song, detailing the life of Chicago Bears running back Brian Piccolo, the narrator talks about the family and friends that Piccolo left behind when he died of cancer at the age of 26.

The movie closes with the words “...when they think of Brian Piccolo, it’s not how he died that they remember, but rather, how he lived; how he did live.” It’s the same with former Northwestern Lehigh’s multi-sport athlete, Brett Snyder, who passed away Sunday...

Tiger track teams sweep Catasauqua

Thursday, April 4, 2019 by The Press in Sports


Tuesday, March 26

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Northwestern recorded a sweep in a Colonial League tri-meet.

For the Tigers, Madeline Consuelos (800, 1600), Justin Rodda (100, long jump) and Michael Marrazzo (discus, javelin) all captured two first-place finishes.


Northwestern 99, Northern Lehigh 42

N‘western 108 1/2, Catasauqua 32.5

Catasauqua 79, Northern Lehigh 62

100 - 1. Justin Rodda (NW) 11.4, 2. Wilquon...