Just as quickly as things turned sour for the Northwestern boys basketball team, they turned right around.
The Tigers have won three of their last four games heading into their regular season finale against Pen Argyl (3-18 overall, 2-15 Colonial). In late January, the season hit a low-point with a 71-46 loss to Northern Lehigh.
For the Salisbury seniors, Saturday afternoon was the final time that they would take to their home court and the Northwestern Lady Tigers made it a forgettable experience. Northwestern ran away with a 60-18 win.
Northwestern was able to take advantage of a distinct height advantage and continued to pound the ball down low to Emily Sekerak and Sage Christopher.
The plan worked offensively as Christopher finished with a game-high 14 and Sekerak had 13 points. Most of their points came in the first half.
Just like Jim Moll drew it up.
Northwestern survived a bevy of contenders to reach the consolation final and place fourth at the District 11 Class 2A team wrestling championships Saturday.
“We wrestled well over the last two days, Thursday and today,” said the Tigers’ head coach. “As the 10th seed, I feel like our guys came in and did well, outperformed what our seed was, however much that means I don’t know. But we looked good, which is what I care about.”
The East Penn Conference and Colonial League announced matchups for their respective league tournaments, which start Friday.
In the EPC, the Bethlehem Catholic boys get the top seed and will host eight-seed Easton at 7:30 p.m. Emmaus earns the second seed and will host Central at 6 p.m.
Freedom takes the fifth seed and will travel to Nazareth for a 7:30 p.m. game while Allen sneaked in on the final night of play to earn the sixth seed and a date at Pocono Mountain East for a 7 p.m. game.
The opening rounds of the District 11 team championships took place on Thursday without a lot of surprises.
In the 3A competition, the biggest “upset” was 5-seed Nazareth making it through to the semifinals. Along the way they beat 12-seed Whitehall 65-6 and then knocked off 4-seed Stroudsburg 57-12.
That sets up the Eagles third meeting with Liberty in just two weeks. The Hurricanes are the top seed after beating Nazareth in the EPC finals last week. Liberty handled Emmaus 64-7 to advance after the Hornets beat 8-seed Freedom 31-25 in the pigtail round.
Easton center midfielder Bethany Hall and Emmaus center back Callen Reid were named the 2018 Lehigh Valley Soccer Scholar Athletes on Sunday at the annual awards banquet in Northampton.
“It was exciting,” said Reid. “I was very honored because there are a lot of people in this room who are very intelligent and very skilled in soccer.”
Reid played varsity soccer for three years and was named 2018 All Conference First Team. Academically, Reid is a member of the National Honor Society and Math League.
While there was plenty at stake during last week’s match against Catasauqua, Northwestern’s senior night took center stage early on for seven Northwestern upperclassmen. It was the Tigers’ final home match of the regular season before.
A setback against those Rough Riders cost the Tigers a chance at a West Division crown and a spot in the league four-team tournament. Catasauqua (5-3 in Colonial League) picked up four forfeit victories that helped the Rough Riders pull out a 42-31 win over the Tigers last Wednesday night at Northwestern High School.
Northwestern coach Chris Deutsch had to make a tactical decision against Northern Lehigh on Friday night. Either let the Bulldogs’ Jada Saeger, who averages 24 points per game, just have her night and choose to shut down the rest of the Northern Lehigh roster, or find a way to stop Saeger.
He made the right choice in just doing what they could against Saeger and shutting down the rest of the offense.
With a team that didn’t lose any starters from last year, the Northwestern Tigers were picked to be one of the top teams in the Colonial League this season. Unfortunately, they’ve hit some bumps in the road that have them fighting for a spot in postseason play.
On Friday night, Northwestern traveled to Slatington to take on Northern Lehigh in a key game that carried a lot of playoff implications in both the Colonial League and District 11. Unfortunately for Northwestern, it was all Bulldogs in a 71-46 final.
District 11 announced its pairings for the team championships.
Action gets underway at three different sites beginning Thursday and wrapping up on Saturday.
For Thursday, wrestling will begin promptly at 6 p.m. Subsequent matches will not begin before 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $6 adults, $3 students, $3 senior citizens.
For Saturdary, morning session tickets are $6 adults, $3 students, $3 senior citizens.
Saturday evening session tickets are $6. Only District XI passes are to be accepted. No league passes for any session.