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Rookies, veterans are both key to girls soccer success

Friday, November 8, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

From a senior who was named a first-team All-State player to a freshman goalkeeper who was thrown into the job unexpectedly, the Lady Tigers have gotten contributions from players with varying degrees of varsity experience. Saturday, they showed their versatility in a win over Allentown Central Catholic that made Northwestern District 11 champions.

Senior Bailey Groff found out on Friday that she had been named to the All-State team. Groff, a team captain, scored a goal off a corner...

Cross country teams earn D-11 gold

Thursday, October 31, 2019 by PATRICK MATSINKO in Sports

Chris Stitzel does his best to standout in Hershey.

When Northwestern makes its way to the PIAA Cross Country Championships, the Tigers’ head coach typically sports a new – often colorful – hairstyle, one that is chosen by his team.

Stitzel’s makeover might be even more drastic this season.

For the first time since 2013, Northwestern will send two teams to the state meet in Hershey after the Tigers captured the boys and girls Class 2A team titles at the District 11 meet...

Tigers host Tribe in first round

Thursday, October 31, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

A streak of nine consecutive wins for the Northwestern Lehigh football team sends it to the District 11 Class 4A playoffs as the top-seeded team. The Tigers open their quest for a district championship Saturday night when they host Lehighton (3-7) in the district quarterfinal game at Tiger Stadium.

While the Indians record doesn’t indicate they deserve a spot in districts, when you realize that they play a difficult independent schedule, they appear much more deserving of a shot at a...

Tigers seal league title with win

Thursday, October 31, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

If Northwestern had written the script for how last Friday night would play out, the Tigers would have gotten it all right except for one detail. They beat Catasauqua 47-0 to handle their part of the script and then saw Pottsville and Bethlehem Catholic both lose to keep Northwestern on top of the District 11 Class 4A rankings.

The only bad part of the movie was when Southern Lehigh beat Salisbury, forcing the Tigers and Spartans to share – at least officially – the Colonial League...

Tigers reach D-11 final

Thursday, October 31, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The margin of victory doesn’t really matter. That’s a good thing for the Northwestern Lehigh field hockey team, because they’ve been winning by the slimmest of margins. But it’s getting them to where they want to be.

It only takes one seems to be the rally cry of the Lady Tigers as they head toward the Class A district final after a 1-0 win over Saucon Valley Monday night.

“It’s playoffs,”said head coach Lissa Opolsky of the close string of games. “You can’t expect anything...

Zentz goals help NW reach finals

Thursday, October 31, 2019 by PATRICK MATSINKO in Sports

Kylie Zentz’s execution was almost as effortless as her explanation.

The Northwestern junior found an opening. And she wasn’t about to miss. Simple as that.

Zentz’s overtime goal lifted the Tigers past Notre Dame Green Pond 2-1 on Tuesday in the District 11 Class 2A semifinals. It was the second straight playoff game in which Zentz came up goal for the Tigers.

“I thought the opportunity was there and the goal was wide open,” said Zentz. “All I needed to do was kick it in...

Boys soccer beats SV in district playoffs

Thursday, October 31, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The latest battle in Northwestern Lehigh’s quest for a return to the boys PIAA soccer tournament turned out to look more like a skirmish than a full-fledged battle, but make no mistake about it, the Tigers were in a battle.

Northwestern turned a 1-0 halftime deficit into a 4-1 win and a trip to the Class 3A semifinals in District 11.

Play in the first half was pretty even between the two teams, but turned in favor of Saucon Valley when Eric Brown got a look at the net from the...

Big second half tops ’Dawgs

Thursday, October 24, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The annual Mountain Road Rumble between Northwestern Lehigh and Northern Lehigh started out being all Bulldogs as they opened the game with 17 unanswered points in the first half. Northwestern regrouped at halftime and handled the Bulldogs in the second half to escape with a 28-24 win.

Northern Lehigh (5-4) had success running the ball early and used multiple backs to pick up yardage. Five different players had multiple carries in the first 24 minutes of the game as the Bulldogs put...

Lady Tigers win Colonial League gold

Thursday, October 24, 2019 by TODD KRESS in Sports

Northwestern head coach Kelly Bleam could see the nerves in freshman goalie Naomi Glassberg during pregame warmups.

But once she stepped on the field, Glassberg looked like a seasoned veteran.

Glassberg pitched a shutout and recorded seven saves as the top-seeded Tigers held off No. 2 Southern Lehigh 1-0 for the Colonial League girls soccer championship on Thursday night at Salisbury High School. The win ended a four-year run for the Spartans as league champions.

“She’s...

Tigers host winless Catty in season finale

Thursday, October 24, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Northwestern football team opened the season with a 42-35 loss to Notre Dame. Since then, the Tigers have won eight straight games, including knocking off previously undefeated Southern Lehigh in week seven.

From that point on, Northwestern has been tied for the best record in the Colonial League with the Spartans and a win in the final week of the season guarantees at least a share of the league title.

If both Northwestern and Southern Lehigh win or lose in week 10, they...