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Mertz caps stellar senior season

Friday, November 23, 2018 by TODD KRESS in Sports

Several former Northwestern Lehigh High School athletes made significant contributions on college athletic teams during the fall 2018 season. Here’s a look at some of them.

Lehigh’s Sabrina Mertz capped a memorable collegiate soccer career just a couple of weeks ago. In the forward’s final season with the Mountain Hawks, Mertz scored a team-high five goals and added two assists as Lehigh advanced to the Patriot League championship game. Her biggest goal of the season came against...

Four from girls soccer team earn honors

Friday, November 23, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Northwestern Lady Tigers placed three players on the Colonial League First Team All-Stars for girls soccer. Defender Jaymi Smith, midfielder Maggie Motolese and forward Sara Hathaway were all named to the league’s first team list of all-stars. All three are seniors.

Junior midfielder Bailey Groff was named to the list of second team all-stars.

Northwestern went 10-2 in league play on the season and qualified for the postseason in both the Colonial League and District 11...

Tigers fall in D-11 semifinal

Saturday, November 17, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

There are times when a team can look back on a loss and pinpoint exactly where things went wrong. For Northwestern Lehigh, it’s the second quarter of its 42-21 loss to Saucon Valley. Ryan Haas had caught a big 58-yard touchdown pass from Deven Bollinger to put the Tigers up 14-7. On Saucon Valley’s next possession, the Tigers shut them down on a big fourth-down play to give Northwestern the ball with time winding down in the first quarter.

That’s where things went wrong.


Cheerleaders compete in CL Championship

Saturday, November 17, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Northwestern Lehigh cheerleaders placed fourth in the Game Day Division at the Colonial League Cheerleading Championships last Wednesday at Catasauqua High School.

“In my mind, they are winners no matter what,” said Northwestern Lehigh first-year head coach Kate Petcavage. “They hit everything in their routine. They had a mini-thing happen, but they saved it.”

The Tigers opened their routine with music and a chant with signs. Next was a cheer, followed by a cheer with stunts...

Snyder: Team ‘gave everything’ this season

Saturday, November 17, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

After Northwestern Lehigh’s football season came to an end with a 42-21 loss to Saucon Valley Saturday night, coach Josh Snyder was asked if he thought his team had slightly overachieved in 2018.

The Tigers were coming off of a 4-6 season and had a lineup that wasn’t exactly senior-laden. The talk was of a developing offensive line that would help reestablish the Tigers as a running team, but they had some talent at the skill positions, including third-year starter Deven Bollinger at...

SV upsets Northwestern in title game

Friday, November 9, 2018 by TODD KRESS in Sports

Northwestern outshot Saucon Valley 12-1. The Tigers also held a 12-1 advantage in corner kicks. And the top-seeded, three-time defending district champion Tigers dominated time of possession the entire second half.

But when all was said and done, the only stat that mattered was the 1-0 final score in favor of Saucon Valley.

Zack Mikota scored on a penalty kick in the first half to lift Saucon Valley to a 1-0 victory and the District 11 Class 3A boys soccer championship last...

Tigers fall in opening round of state tourney

Friday, November 9, 2018 by BRAD HURLEY in Sports

Offensive pressure is key in most sports and field hockey is no exception. Whichever team can control the ball in the opposition’s defensive zone throughout that game usually comes away with the victory.

In the first half of opening round play of the PIAA Class A state tournament, New Hope-Solebury dominated in that aspect against Northwestern Lehigh, scoring two goals off that pressure. The two goals were all the Lions needed to advance as they defeated the Tigers 2-0n.

It was...

Tigers will add some ‘wrinkles’ vs. SV

Friday, November 9, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

In what was perhaps their best played game of the season, the Northwestern football team went into Illick Stadium at Saucon Valley High School and beat the previously undefeated Panthers 49-28 back in October.

Saucon Valley also fell the next week to Notre Dame (Green Pond) and the Tigers and Panthers finished with identical 8-2 records. When the brackets for district playoffs were released, Northwestern and Saucon Valley were set for a rematch in the semifinals and with both teams...

Girls take third at state XC

Friday, November 9, 2018 by PATRICK MATSINKO in Sports

Chris Stitzel gathered his team, much like he does before every race.

But this time was different.

The Northwestern cross country coach knew what was on the line. Coming off Colonial League and District 11 titles, Stitzel was well aware the Tigers entered Saturday’s PIAA Cross Country Championships with a realistic opportunity to contend in the Class 2A field.

“I told them right before we raced that I knew we had a shot,” Stitzel said of a potential top-two finish in the...

Lehighton tops NW in field hockey title game

Friday, November 9, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Northwestern Lehigh may have had a very sound game plan to face Lehighton in the District 11 field hockey finals, but we’ll never know. Coach Lissa Opolsky had a tough time getting her players to stick to the plan and the result was a 2-0 loss to the Indians. The win gave Lehighton its first district championship since 2010.

The first half ended in a scoreless tie, but Lehighton had dominated most of the action. Just four minutes into the second half, it appeared the Indians had...