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Cross country teams earn D-11 gold

Thursday, October 31, 2019 by PATRICK MATSINKO in Sports

Chris Stitzel does his best to standout in Hershey.

When Northwestern makes its way to the PIAA Cross Country Championships, the Tigers’ head coach typically sports a new – often colorful – hairstyle, one that is chosen by his team.

Stitzel’s makeover might be even more drastic this season.

For the first time since 2013, Northwestern will send two teams to the state meet in Hershey after the Tigers captured the boys and girls Class 2A team titles at the District 11 meet...

Big second half tops ’Dawgs

Thursday, October 24, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The annual Mountain Road Rumble between Northwestern Lehigh and Northern Lehigh started out being all Bulldogs as they opened the game with 17 unanswered points in the first half. Northwestern regrouped at halftime and handled the Bulldogs in the second half to escape with a 28-24 win.

Northern Lehigh (5-4) had success running the ball early and used multiple backs to pick up yardage. Five different players had multiple carries in the first 24 minutes of the game as the Bulldogs put...

Lady Tigers win Colonial League gold

Thursday, October 24, 2019 by TODD KRESS in Sports

Northwestern head coach Kelly Bleam could see the nerves in freshman goalie Naomi Glassberg during pregame warmups.

But once she stepped on the field, Glassberg looked like a seasoned veteran.

Glassberg pitched a shutout and recorded seven saves as the top-seeded Tigers held off No. 2 Southern Lehigh 1-0 for the Colonial League girls soccer championship on Thursday night at Salisbury High School. The win ended a four-year run for the Spartans as league champions.

“She’s...

Tigers host winless Catty in season finale

Thursday, October 24, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Northwestern football team opened the season with a 42-35 loss to Notre Dame. Since then, the Tigers have won eight straight games, including knocking off previously undefeated Southern Lehigh in week seven.

From that point on, Northwestern has been tied for the best record in the Colonial League with the Spartans and a win in the final week of the season guarantees at least a share of the league title.

If both Northwestern and Southern Lehigh win or lose in week 10, they...

XC teams earn silver

Thursday, October 24, 2019 by PATRICK MATSINKO in Sports

That Southern Lehigh was pegged as the favorite at last week’s Colonial League Cross Country Championships didn’t bother Chris Stitzel.

The Northwestern head coach expected it. After all, the Spartans’ had gone undefeated in both boys and girls competition during the regular season.

But Stitzel knew the Tigers could compete.

Though Southern Lehigh swept the team championships last Thursday at DeSales University, topping Northwestern 32-76 in the girls’ standings and 39-...

Girls soccer reaches CL championship

Thursday, October 17, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Northwestern and Salisbury girls soccer teams have already played twice this season and it won’t be surprising if they meet for a third time when the district playoffs get underway.

When they met early in the season, the teams battled with the Tigers getting a 2-1 win over the Falcons. After that game, both coaches talked about the playoff atmosphere of the game and predicted they would meet again in the postseason.

The two teams met Tuesday night in the Colonial League...

Tigers shut out Saucon Valley

Thursday, October 17, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Football teams that rely mostly on their running game have had a tough time this season against Northwestern.

The Tigers’ defense just doesn’t give up much on the ground and for the second week in a row an opponent found out that ground-and-pound doesn’t work against the Northwestern defense.

Saucon Valley (5-3) threw just seven passes all night, with the first two being picked off by Northwestern defenders. In the end, Northwestern walked off with a 36-0 win to move to 7-1 on...

Field hockey falls in semi

Thursday, October 17, 2019 by SAM MATT AND TJ ENGLE in Sports

The Northwestern field hockey team competed in the Colonial League playoffs Saturday and Monday.

The Tigers earned the No. 4 seed and beat No. 5 Saucon Valley in Saturday’s quarterfinal round. They moved on to face top-seeded Southern Lehigh in Monday’s semifinals and fell 1-0 in overtime.

Northwestern-So. Lehigh

The last time Northwestern and Southern Lehigh met during the regular season, the Spartans prevailed in overtime.

Monday in the Colonial League field...

Tigers look for second straight big win

Thursday, October 10, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

This week presents game two of a three-game stretch that will ultimately decide the fate of the Northwestern football team this season.

Last week the Tigers (6-1) cleared the first hurdle with a win over Southern Lehigh (6-1).

Next week comes the rivalry matchup with Northern Lehigh (4-3). This week is the one that can further entrench the Tigers in the driver’s seat in the Colonial League when they host Saucon Valley (5-2).

“I told our guys after the Southern Lehigh...

Girls soccer earns first-round bye in CL

Thursday, October 10, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Lady Tiger soccer team had a six-game winning streak snapped by Liberty (9-8-0 overall, 7-8-0 EPC) on Saturday before bouncing right back with a win over Catasauqua (5-10-1 overall, 5-8-0 Colonial) in its season finale, finishing the season at 16-2-0 overall and 11-1-0 in Colonial League action.

The win against Catasauqua locked Northwestern into the number-two spot in the league playoffs, giving them a first-round bye.

“The season went pretty much how we expected that it...