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Girls soccer beats Palmyra in state playoffs

Saturday, November 9, 2013 by ED HEDES in HS Sports

Northwestern Lehigh girls soccer coach Kelly Bleam breathed a sigh of relief following Tuesday's PIAA girls soccer first round Class AA playoff game at Northern Lehigh Stadium.

The District 11 champions went over 70 minutes before they scored what would be the winning goal in a 1-0 victory over District 3 third place team Palmyra.

The Cougars season came to an end with a 12-11 record, after making their first trip in school history to the state tournament.

The Mid-Penn...

Cerrone breaks into top 100 at states

Saturday, November 9, 2013 by PATRICK MATSINKO in HS Sports

HERSHEY - For the second consecutive year, the Northwestern boys cross country team earned a trip to the PIAA Championships after claiming the District 11 Class AA title.

That performance certainly set the bar high for a squad that was also coming off a second consecutive 24-2 season and a runner-up finish in the Colonial League meet. But for coach Chris Stitzel, the real accomplishment was just making a return trip to Hershey after losing a number of key runners to graduation.

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Roughies fall in overtime

Saturday, November 9, 2013 by CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press in HS Sports

Being called on to kick a game-winning extra point can certainly be considered a pressure situation, but for Northwestern's Brandon Miller, it was just another kick.

The extra point in overtime gave the Tigers a 28-27 overtime win against previously undefeated Catasauqua and temporarily kept Northwestern's hopes for a spot in the District 11 playoffs a reality.

Miller had a busy night, being pressed into punting duties as well as the kicking duties for the Tigers thanks to an...

Nanticoke visits for first round of EC playoffs

Saturday, November 9, 2013 by CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press in HS Sports

Since losing to Pen Argyl, the Northwestern Tigers have basically been playing playoff games each week. The loss to the Green Knights left the Tigers needing wins over both Bangor and undefeated Catasauqua to give them any shot at reaching the postseason and the team stepped up and won both games.

The points ranking system left Northwestern just short of making the district playoffs, but did put them into the Eastern Conference Class AA playoffs as the top seed, giving them home field...

Three girls place in top 15

Friday, November 1, 2013 by TODD KRESS in HS Sports

Both the Northwestern boys and girls cross country teams had little trouble in capturing gold in the team championships of last season's district meet.

Not much was different in terms of how both teams finished in this season's district race.

On the girls' side, three Tigers finished in the top five, and five runners placed in the top 10, to lead Northwestern to a comfortable first place finish in the District 11 2A team championships last Wednesday at Bethlehem Golf Club....

Undefeated Rough Riders will be hard to slow down

Friday, November 1, 2013 by CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Pres in HS Sports

There were a couple of key games losses to Palisades and Southern Lehigh that Northwestern could have won this season. Had the Tigers won either of those, their chances of qualifying for districts would be much better coming into the final week of the regular season.

Instead, Northwestern lost those two games and one to Pen Argyl that have them in a situation that requires a win over undefeated Catasauqua to qualify for districts.

The Tigers did a nice job of handling the...

Boys soccer season ends in district semifinal

Friday, November 1, 2013 by TJ ENGLE in HS Sports

For the first 50 minutes of play, Northwestern just couldn't gain any momentum against Salisbury in Tuesday night's District 11 Class AA boys soccer semifinal game.

After the Tigers closed a two-goal deficit in the second half, the tide seemed to be turning their way.

But with time running out, Salisbury got the game-winning goal on Danny Walters' free kick to win 3-2 and advance to Thursday's title game against Blue Mountain.

"Unfortunately, it was a questionable call...

Tigers beat Slaters to get to 6-3

Friday, November 1, 2013 by CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press in HS Sports

On senior sight for the Northwestern football team, it was a junior and a sophomore who reached milestones in a 29-22 win over Bangor, upping the Tigers record to 6-3 and keeping their district playoff hopes alive.

With one game remaining, the Tigers head to Catasauqua Friday needing a win to reach districts. The win against Bangor did guarantee Northwestern of playing in the Eastern Conference playoffs, but that's not the goal that the Tigers are hoping to reach.

"Big game...

Mertz scores twice in semifinal win

Friday, November 1, 2013 by TYLER TRUMBAUER Special to the Press in HS Sports

Northwestern was unable to capture the District 11 Class AA girls' soccer title last season, falling short in the championship game.

The Lady Tigers will get another chance at that coveted trophy.

Northwestern defeated Southern Lehigh by a final score of 3-1 in the District 11 Class AA girls soccer semifinal at Bulldog Community Stadium in Slatington Tuesday night to advance to the district championship and qualify for the PIAA AA tournament.

Junior Sabrina Mertz got...

Boys win second straight

Friday, November 1, 2013 by PATRICK MATSINKO Special to the Press in HS Sports

Winning has separated the Jim Thorpe and Northwestern cross country teams from the pack throughout much of this season.

The Olympians were dominant in the Schuylkill League, going a perfect 10-0, 6-0 in Division I meets and capturing the regular season and league meet titles.

The Tigers flexed their muscle in the Colonial League, going 24-2 for a second consecutive year, losing only to Bangor during the regular season and at the league meet.

That success brought the two...