The Northwestern boys lacrosse team certainly opened eyes around the Lehigh Valley during its first season at the high school varsity level. The Tigers finished 6-10 and just a few games shy of a district playoff spot.
With the Tigers’ second year underway, head coach Marcus Janda is hoping postseason aspirations are obtainable this spring.
More than anything, he’s hoping to continue this upward trend of improvement and success.
Two swimmers from Northwestern Lehigh competed in the District 11 Swimming and Diving Championship this past weekend at Parkland High School. Dillon Scott and Annikka Stangil each competed in two events.
Scott won a bronze medal in the 500-yard freestyle, finishing just .63 seconds behind silver medalist Ryan Evert of North Schuylkill. The Tiger senior missed the medal podium in Friday’s 200-yard individual medley, but he didn’t come away empty-handed.
Two Northwestern senior wrestlers competed in the PIAA Southeast Regional Tournament last weekend at Freedom High School in Bethlehem.
Wrestling at 145 pounds, the Tigers’ Harrison Bernhard dropped his opening bout 12-4 to Michael Duggan of Boiling Springs.
Bernhard bounced back to beat Nick Bratspis (Lower Moreland) 4-3 in his first consolation match. He stayed alive with a win over Northern Lehigh’s Trevor Amorim in the next round of consolations, earning the 100th win of his career.
Before his senior season Ryan Haverkamp always wrestled one or two weight classes from where he wanted to. But in 2019-20, the line up opened up and he was able to find just the right spot.
He entered last weekend’s District 11 Championships as the No. 6 seed at 182 after posting a 20-12 record in the regular season.
A loss in the quartefinal round sent Haverkamp to the consolation bracket. But he won three straight bouts to reach the third-place match while securing a place in this weekend’s Southeast Regional.
If we learned anything about the Northwestern Lehigh basketball team this season it was that you can’t give up on the Tigers even when things don’t seem to be going in their favor.
Northwestern almost pulled off another come from behind win against Bethlehem Catholic Friday night, but in the end, the Golden Hawks were able to hang on and stretch out their lead late in the game for a 56-39 win in the District 11 4A quarterfinals.
After battling back, but coming up just short of advancing past the quarterfinals in the Colonial League tournament, the Northwestern Lehigh girls basketball team is looking forward to returning to the court in districts.
Once again, the Tigers have drawn Central Catholic (12-9) in the quarterfinals, with the Lady Tigers (18-4) being a four-seed and the Vikettes the fifth-seed.
A furious comeback highlighted by a parade of three-pointers nearly brought Northwestern Lehigh back from a 13-point deficit, but ultimately it was Moravian Academy that held on for a 49-45 win over the Lady Tigers in the Colonial League semifinal game played at Catasauqua High School last week.
When the Northwestern Lehigh boys take to the court Friday night at Whitehall High School, it will have been 17 days since they played their final regular season game.
At that point, the team was worn down physically and the flu was starting to take its toll on some of the players. Emotionally, the Tigers were worn down a little as well, having come up short on making the Colonial League playoffs.
The Tigers spent their time off getting healthy, with coach Billy Hallman scheduling a couple of days off from practice during that stretch.
Four top-seeded teams earned league basketball championships this week as tournaments were completed in both the East Penn Conference and Colonial League.
In the EPC title games, Allen boys beat Liberty and Bethlehem Catholic girls held off Nazareth Thursday night at the PPL Center. In the Colonial League, Southern Lehigh upended Bangor for the boys title and Notre Dame (Green Pond) took down Moravian Academy for the girls championship Friday at Freedom High School.
League championship basketball match ups are now finalized for both the Colonial League and East Penn Conference.
The Colonial League held girls semifinals Wednesday evening at Catasauqua High School.
Top-seeded Notre Dame (Green Pond) beat No. 4 Bangor 51-36 in a girls semifinal to advance to the championship game, while No. 3 Moravian Academy took down No. 3 Northwestern 49-45.
The Crusaders and Lions will meet Friday at 6 p.m. with the boys championship between No. 1 Southern Lehigh and No. 6 Bangor scheduled for 7:45 p.m.