Northwestern Press

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Wrestlers take silver at CL team tourney

Thursday, February 1, 2018 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

Northwestern has now faced the reigning Class 2A wrestling powerhouse twice this season. Both times the Tigers came up short. But both times there were signs that it wouldn’t be impossible to knock off Saucon Valley, which has now won six straight Colonial League titles and will begin competing for it’s third straight district title on Thursday.

Northwestern gave Saucon Valley a battle Monday in the Colonial League championship match, but a couple key bouts swung the match in the...

Boys clinch D-11 berth

Thursday, February 1, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

When Northwestern Lehigh (8-7 Colonial, 11-8 overall) downed Palmerton last week, it was a bigger win than it may have appeared to be on the surface. It was the 11th win of the season for the Tigers, meaning that they clinched a spot in the District 11 Tournament for the first time in 10 years. The win, coupled with one the night before over rival Northern Lehigh meant that the team had met one of tits goals coming into the season.

While the win over Northern Lehigh (7-8, 10-9) moved...

Girls earn place in league playoffs

Thursday, February 1, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

With it’s current five-game win streak, the Northwestern Lehigh girls basketball team has clinched spots in both the Colonial League and District 11 playoffs.

The win that put the Tigers over the top was a 54-25 pounding of Palmerton, but the night before, they downed rival Northern Lehigh 57-29 to move closer to their goal of reaching the postseason.

It’s been all about defense lately for the Lady Tigers (13-2 Colonial, 15-4 overall). When they went up against Northern Lehigh...

Clymer, Peters grab gold at Coal Cracker

Thursday, February 1, 2018 by PATRICK MATSINKO in Sports

The Tigers finished second in the 9th Annual Coal Cracker Tournament at Panther Valley High School last weekend.

Two Tigers earned gold medals at the meet.

Matt Peters edged Ryan McGuire of Notre Dame (Green Pond) 1-0 in the 132-pound final, while Caleb Clymer topped Scranton’s Jacob Burgette 6-2 for the 160-pound title to give Northwestern two champions.

“It feels good, considering being out two years,” said Peters. “It feels good that I’m back, and I’m wrestling well...

Boys fall to hot-shooting Slaters, 80-50

Thursday, January 25, 2018 by TODD KRESS in Sports

It was no surprise to Northwestern boys basketball head coach Billy Hallman. Tuesday’s meeting with Bangor, the lone remaining unbeaten Colonial League team, was going be the Tigers’ toughest test to date.

Then the Slaters proved why they are so dangerous on the court.

Bangor built up an early lead in the first quarter and never looked back. The Slaters (15-1 overall; 12-0 in Colonial League) grew their lead to double digits in the second quarter, pushed it to over 20 in the...

Powerful Panthers prove to be too much for Tigers

Thursday, January 25, 2018 by TODD KRESS in Sports

Northwestern wrestling coach Jim Moll understood the uphill climb as his team entered Saucon Valley’s home gym.

After a fast start for unbeaten Saucon Valley, that challenge seemed even more daunting for the visiting Tigers.

The Panthers, which are on the verge of ending their sixth straight undefeated Colonial League season, won the first four bouts and cruised to a 47-22 victory on Monday night at Saucon Valley High School. The Panthers (6-0 in Colonial League) handed...

Girls have won 9 of last 10

Thursday, January 25, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

After a loss to Southern Lehigh almost two weeks ago, Northwestern girls basketball head coach Chris Deutsch was sure that his players wouldn’t let the loss affect the rest of their season. Since that loss, the Lady Tigers have pulled out a 44-43 win at Notre Dame (Green Pond) and downed Bangor 58-41 Tuesday night to give them nine wins in their last 10 games.

A strength of the Tigers (10-2 Colonial, 12-4 overall) this season has been balanced scoring. In their last two wins,...

Girls fall to Spartans

Friday, January 19, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Southern Lehigh’s girls basketball team has developed a reputation for running over opponents this season. In their 10 wins, the Spartans’ margin of victory is just over 28 points per game, and Northwestern is the only Colonial League team to lose to the Spartans by less than 10 points when they dropped a 51-48 game three weeks ago.

In two nonleague losses against Archbishop Carroll and Easton, Southern Lehigh has lost by a combined eight points, and the Spartans currently have a six-...

Loss dampens Varone’s milestone

Friday, January 19, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Phantoms reached the halfway point of their season with what Phil Varone called an “embarrassing” performance in a 6-2 loss to Springfield Saturday night. Lehigh Valley came out with a good first period, but that was about all it was able to put together as the Thunderbirds scored four unanswered goals to waltz out of the PPL Center with a win.

Varone scored his 100th career AHL goal in the game, but was more focused on the weak effort that the team put on the ice.

“A lot...

Wrestlers rout So. Lehigh

Friday, January 19, 2018 by TODD KRESS in Sports

As the Northwestern wrestling team prepares for postseason competition, it looks as if the Tigers will be the healthiest they’ve been in awhile.

And that health is translating to success up and down the lineup for head coach Jim Moll.

In a battle of two of the Colonial League’s top teams, Northwestern left little doubt as to who was the better team last Tuesday night. The Tigers (4-0 in Colonial League) earned six falls en route to a dominant 56-24 win over Southern Lehigh (2-2...