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Softball team rebounds from first loss

Thursday, April 4, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Northwestern Lehigh softball team suffered its first setback of the season against Palmerton last week, but then bounced back nicely with a 12-1 win over Southern Lehigh and a 20-7 win over Palisades. Through their first four games, the Lady Tigers are 3-1 both overall and in the Colonial League.

The big story early on has been the bat of freshman Morgan Farthing, who has launched three home runs in four games, hitting .733 with 15 RBI through the early going. Farthing had eight...

Track teams are ready to compete

Sunday, March 31, 2019 by KYLE MAGDA in Sports

This year’s high school track and field season began this week with the Tigers traveling to Northern Lehigh to take on the Bulldogs and Catasauqua in a tri-meet.

The Tiger girls team is coming off a season in which it lost just two dual meets, while last year’s boys team finished just above .500 and will build on last year’s successes.

Here’s a preview of both 2019 Tiger track teams.


The Lady Tigers capped off a 9-2 season in 2018 and look to build on the...

Wehr has three HRs this season

Sunday, March 31, 2019 by TODD KRESS in Sports

Several Northwestern Lehigh High School graduates are part of college athletic teams competing in the winter and spring seasons. Here’s a look at a few of them.

Junior shortstop/second baseman Brady Mengel has been a steady cog in the Mansfield baseball lineup since arriving on campus in 2017. Through 14 games this season, Mengel is batting .224 with four runs scored and two RBIs. He has a .982 fielding percentage; he tallied 17 RBIs as a sophomore and 14 as a freshman.


Softball routs Panthers, 20-0

Sunday, March 31, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Scoring 20 runs in a high school softball game isn’t easy. In fact, the 20 runs scored in Northwestern Lehigh’s season opening 20-4 win over Saucon Valley were the most scored by the Lady Tigers since April 24, 2017 against Moravian Academy. Later that season the team put up 19 runs in a win at Catasauqua.

It’s been at least five years since the Tigers put up 20 runs on their home field. Their largest output last season was 16 runs, which happened three times: once against Catasauqua...

Article By: Mike Haines

Friday, March 29, 2019 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

The Colonial League released it’s first list of top track and field performers for the 2019 season. Here’s a listing of the top five performers in each event through the first week of regular season meets.


4x100 relay: 1. Southern Lehigh (Amelia Cassaday, Madison Trout, Imani Hollie, Sierra Williams) 50.80, 2. Palisades 53.10, 3. Notre Dame (GP) 54.3, 4. Wilson 54.4, 5. Northwestern 54.7;

4x400 relay: 1. Palmerton (Madison Martinez, Maggie Morgan, Maddison Beahm,...

Tigers seek return to state playoffs

Thursday, March 21, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

After going to the state semifinal game against Valley View last season, the Northwestern Lehigh varsity baseball team comes into the 2019 season with high expectations and a bull’s-eye on its back. With that comes some added pressure, but also some added swagger to a team that finished last season 19-8 overall.

The Tigers lost eight players from last year’s team, with the biggest loss possibly being catcher Tyler Wiik. The current Bloomsburg University player caught every game of his...

Opolsky leads first girls lacrosse team

Thursday, March 21, 2019 by TODD KRESS in Sports

Lissa Opolsky has coached the Northwestern field hockey team for five seasons. But she’ll take on a new challenge this spring with another Tiger program.

Opolsky was recently named the head coach of the Northwestern girls’ lacrosse team for its inaugural season. Through a number of weeks of practice, she is impressed with how the Lady Tigers’ season has started.

“It is an honor to be the first coach,” Opolsky said. “I am looking forward to seeing what the team can do and the...

Boys lacrosse looks to be competitive

Thursday, March 21, 2019 by TODD KRESS in Sports

History has been made at Northwestern. The inaugural boys and girls lacrosse seasons are set to get underway for the Tigers, adding another Colonial League team that now offers the sport.

Marcus Janda was chosen as the first head coach to lead the boys program, and he’s been impressed with how his Tigers have progressed throughout practice.

“We are a first-year program with high expectations internally,” Janda said. “Although we have never played a high school game we do have a...

Softball has youthful but talented roster

Thursday, March 21, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Each of the last two seasons, the Northwestern Lehigh varsity softball team reached the District 11 playoffs only to be eliminated by Tamaqua both years.

Last year’s team finished 11-7 and looking at this year’s roster, you might think the Lady Tigers may take some lumps this year because their roster features just two seniors and two juniors.

Having such a young roster could be a problem, but for head coach Josh Zimmerman, having young players is an exciting opportunity that...

Girls exceeded expectations in 2018-19

Thursday, March 14, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

This season figured to be one of rebuilding for the Northwestern Lehigh Lady Tigers. The team lost four starters to graduation and had just two seniors – Sage Christopher and Maggie Motolese – on this year’s roster.

As head coach Chris Deutsch points out, at times, Northwestern had four sophomores and a junior on the court at key points in the game. If this was a rebuilding season, then the construction project is well ahead of schedule, because the Lady Tigers finished the regular...