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Lehighton’s Wentz named LV scholar-athlete

Saturday, March 17, 2018 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

Lehighton Area High School senior football player Nolan Ryan Wentz became the second Lehighton football player in the past 12 years to earn the Lehigh Valley Football Scholar-Athlete Award.

Wentz earned the honor on March 4 at the 58th annual National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Lehigh Valley Chapter banquet.

The annual banquet honors a high school football senior from one of 33 schools that best represents achievements both on and off the football field.


Clymer grabs state gold

Saturday, March 17, 2018 by PATRICK MATSINKO in Sports

Caleb Clymer saved his best for last.

A dominant force throughout this season and his career, the Northwestern senior turned in a virtuoso performance Saturday at the PIAA Championships.

Clymer was masterful in his 160-pound final against Port Allegany’s Jacob Kallenborn, rolling to an 8-0 major decision victory and his first state title.

“Maybe it was a little bit of the adrenaline kind of going on, but I was able to just focus on my match,” said Clymer, who was third...

Young boys team finishes 12-11

Saturday, March 17, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

There are bound to be some very bright days ahead for a young Northwestern Tigers basketball team that found their way to a 12-11 season. While the Tigers might have hoped for a little more success in the Colonial League where they finished 9-9, overall, the season exceeded some expectations for such a young team.

The team put out a good effort right from opening night through the rest of the season. The season opened with the Wilson Tip-Off Tournament where Northwestern beat the...

Clymer earns regional gold

Thursday, March 8, 2018 by PATRICK MATSINKO in Sports

Caleb Clymer might not have liked his start. But the Northwestern senior loved the finish.

Clymer shook off a sluggish start to power past Northern Lebanon’s Blaise Bressler 9-7 in the 160-pound final Saturday at the PIAA Class 2A Southeast Regional wrestling tournament. The win gave Clymer his first regional title after runner-up finishes last year and as a freshman.

“I’ve never gotten one yet until now,” said Clymer, who won his third District 11 title last week. “Both my...

BREAKING - Weather forces cancelations of hoops, wrestling and swimming

Friday, March 2, 2018 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

Whitehall AD Bob Hartman annouced that due to road conditions from Winter Storm Riley, Friday’s Northeast Regional Wrestling Tournament will be moved to all day Saturdary at Liberty High School.

Below is an updated schedule for Saturday’s action:

Revised Northeast AAA Regional Wrestling Schedule

Saturday, March 3, 2018

8 a.m. – Weigh-ins and Skin Checks – 1 pound allowance

9 a.m. – Preliminaries

11 a.m. – Quarterfinals

1 p.m. – 1st Round...

Boys’ season ends at Lower Moreland

Thursday, March 1, 2018 by BRAD HURLEY in Sports

Handling pressure.

On Friday, in the quarterfinal round of the District 11/1 playoffs against No. 2 seed Lower Moreland, No. 7 seed Northwestern Lehigh knew the to key to a win was handling the Lions’ chaotic full-court pressure defense. Unfortunately, for the Tigers (12-11) in their first district berth since 2008, the Lions pressure was too much to handle.

From the onset, Lower Moreland (19-7) used its jump-and-run style to set the tone, forcing 24 turnovers en route to a 60-...

Clymer earns more D-11 gold

Thursday, March 1, 2018 by PATRICK MATSINKO in Sports

Caleb Clymer’s objective at the District 11 wrestling tournament was as clear as it was simple.


The Northwestern senior operated with a cool confidence befitting of a wrestler who has been there, done that.

When it was over, Clymer stood atop the podium once again, winning the 160-pound title with a 3-2 decision over Panther Valley’s Tanner Kennedy for this third district title.

Business as usual.

“This is a business trip, that’s all it is,” said...

Girls fall in quarterfinal

Thursday, March 1, 2018 by SAM MATTA in Sports

The Northwestern girls basketball team finished off its season Saturday as the Lady Tigers fell to No. 7 seed Tamaqua 58-51 in the District 11 Class 3A quarterfinals at Northern Lehigh High School.

The Raiders’ Emma Kuczynski poured in a game-high 33 points, en route to leading her team to a scintillating 58-51 win over the No. 2 seed Tigers.

“Everything was just flowing for me today,” said Kuczynski. “I just wanted to help our team win. It’s all about the team. We have some...

Tiger freshmen go undefeated

Thursday, February 22, 2018 by CHRIS HIPPENSTEEL in Sports

This year, Northwestern’s varsity boys basketball team has gained some attention as a potential contender in District 11. But meanwhile, away from the varsity spotlight, the Tigers’ freshman squad has also been quietly making a name for itself. Coming off a perfect 20-0 season, the cast of promising young athletes has established itself as a future powerhouse in Colonial League Basketball.

“I think it was their connection as a team that really [set them apart],” said Tigers head coach...

Girls open against Tamaqua

Thursday, February 22, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

After being surprised by Wilson in the Colonial League quarterfinals, the Lady Tigers have had a longer layoff than planned before the start of districts.

Coach Chris Deutsch made the best of it by taking the time to give his players a bit of a break and then taking a fresh look at what they were doing. He also had some time to put in a few wrinkles that the team can use in districts.

“This is that point where if you lose, some of these girls will have played their last high...