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Wehr reaches milestone at Moravian

Friday, April 26, 2019 by The Press in Sports

Northwestern Lehigh graduate Brooke Wehr got her 100th career hit for the Moravian College softball team last week.

The sophomore catcher went 2-for-4 with three runs, three RBIs and her seventh home run of the season and 19th of her career in the first game of a nonconference doubleheader against Eastern University last Thursday.

In the second game Wehr went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.

The Greyhounds swept the doubleheader by scores of 12-0 and 9-1 to improve...

Tigers could be ‘hard to beat’

Friday, April 26, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Northwestern baseball team in a good spot for the rest of the season. The Tigers’ 8-1 win over Notre Dame (Green Pond) on Monday put them at 12-2 overall and 10-1 in the Colonial League. They’re currently 3 ½ games ahead of Southern Lehigh for the West Division lead and they can add some distance with a win over the Spartans at home Thursday afternoon.

The Northwestern schedule is spread out enough so that it can get work for its top pitchers, but still keep them relatively fresh...

Akelaitis gets 100th hit

Friday, April 26, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Emily Akelaitis has been stepping to the plate for Northwestern for four seasons now, but she has rarely thought more about an at-bat than she did about her first plate appearance on Monday against Notre Dame (Green Pond).

The Tiger senior thought about it before the game and she even thought about it when she headed to the mound to pitch the top of the first, which is unusual since she compartmentalizes hitting and pitching into completely separate categories.

Then again, this...

Colonial League track and field top performers

Friday, April 26, 2019 by The Press in Sports

This year’s fifth installment of the Colonial League’s top track and field performances was released this week.

The following is a list of the top five performances in each event this season.


4x100 relay: 1. Southern Lehigh (Imani Hollie, Amelia Cassady, Madison Trout, Sierra Williams) 50.30, 2. Palisades 51.9, 3. Bangor 52.0, 4. Notre Dame 52.3, 5. Wilson 53.10;

4x400 relay: 1. Palisades 4:10.83, 2. Saucon Valley 4:20.0, 3. Southern Lehigh 4:20.9, 4. Wilson...

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...