Thursday, February 6, 2020 by MIKE HAINES STAFF WRITERS TODD KRESS AND PATRICK MATSINKO CONTRIBUTED TO THIS ARTICLE in Sports
The Northwestern wrestling team ended the dual-meet part of its season last week with a 2-2 showing at the District 11 team tournament.
Northwestern overcame that obstacle Saturday against North Schuylkill, but the Tigers couldn’t make up for those lost points against a tough Wilson team.
The No. 3 seed Warriors beat the Tigers 57-16 in the second round of Class 2A consolation matches Saturday at Freedom High School, ending Northwestern’s run in districts.
The Northwestern Lehigh girls basketball team celebrated senior night with a 46-21 win over Catasauqua to finish the regular season with an 18-4 overall record and a 15-2 Colonial League record.
The Lady Tigers will have a first-round bye in the Colonial League tournament before facing either Moravian Academy or Wilson in the semifinals.
Against Catasauqua, Ali Lister led the Lady Tigers with 12 points, while Kailyn Jones finished with 10.
Northwestern Lehigh came into last week with an 8-8 record and in need of a couple of big wins.
The Tigers got the wins, but it wasn’t easy and it certainly wasn’t for the faint of heart.
Jim Moll was only concerned with one thing Monday night at the Colonial League Wrestling Team Championships.
And that was what the Tigers could control.
The Northwestern head coach knew that giving up forfeits in half the matches against top seed Notre Dame (Green Pond) was too much to overcome. But Moll was more concerned with the effort he saw when the Tigers were on the mat than the 66-14 outcome.
“You just have to go out and compete where you have a chance to compete,” said Moll. “We’re shorthanded. We had a lot of forfeits and we’re not really healthy.
Mason Brensinger doesn’t quite have all the answers to the test.
But the Northwestern sophomore might have narrowed down his options significantly.
Brensinger went from dark horse to champion with arguably the best performance of his career at the Coal Cracker Wrestling Tournament this past weekend.
It was simply a matter of building on what was already in place.
Brensinger capped a remarkable run as the 18th seed with an 8-6 decision over top seed Dalton Klinges of Lackawanna Trail in the 138-pound final.
Northwestern Lehigh’s 49-14 win over Northern Lehigh late last week may have seemed like just another win for the Lady Tigers in an impressive season that they’ve put together. Actually, it was a much bigger win than it may have appeared on the surface since it locked up the West Division title for Northwestern and clinched a first-round bye in the Colonial League playoffs that begin early next month.
In his 16 seasons as the coach of the Northwestern Lehigh Lady Tigers, Chris Deutsch has had a lot of success and some very good teams. The one thing that has eluded him has been a Colonial League championship and he’s hoping that this will be the year his team gets the honor.
Unfortunately, his team stumbled on its latest step toward attaining that goal when Notre Dame (Green Pond) came into Northwestern (13-4 overall, 10-2 Colonial League) and beat the Lady Tigers 49-39 in front of a raucous crowd.
Before Northwestern and Catasauqua could potentially meet in a win-and-advance match in the season finale for the final Colonial League wrestling tournament spot, the Tigers had to take care of business last week against Southern Lehigh.
The host Tigers left little doubt from the start. Except for one forfeit, Northwestern (4-3) won five of the first six bouts en route to a 43-31 win over the Spartans last Friday night.
It’s been a season of streaks for Northwestern Lehigh. After coming out of the gate with three straight losses, the Tigers won three straight and six of their next seven games.
Now though, the team has lost three of its last four after falling to Palmerton 63-51 Tuesday night at home.
Palmerton’s Kody Kratzer was the main reason for the loss as he had 14 points by halftime and then after being held scoreless in the third quarter, torched the Tigers for 13 fourth quarter points, including going seven-for-nine from the line.
The holiday break can disrupt the rhythm of even the best teams and that may have been the case for the Northwestern Lehigh girls basketball team, which ended an eight-game winning streak last week with a loss to Bangor, 48-44.
The Lady Tigers (9-3 overall, 6-1 Colonial) came out sluggish and uncharacteristically struggled with their ball control, giving the Slaters plenty of scoring opportunities that they used to build an 11-point lead by the end of the first quarter.