Southern Lehigh’s girls basketball team has developed a reputation for running over opponents this season. In their 10 wins, the Spartans’ margin of victory is just over 28 points per game, and Northwestern is the only Colonial League team to lose to the Spartans by less than 10 points when they dropped a 51-48 game three weeks ago.
In two nonleague losses against Archbishop Carroll and Easton, Southern Lehigh has lost by a combined eight points, and the Spartans currently have a six-game winning streak.
Northwestern 48, Dieruff 27
195: Tahahawi Tahahawi (D) dec. Isaac Bredbenner, 11-4
220: Xavier Garcia (D) pinned Peter Yablanski in 5:59
285: Karam Chakif (D) pinned Hayden Bobbyn in 1:31
106: Jake Dellicker (NW) pinned Wilfredo Escobales in 4:34
113: Jerry Villanueva (D) dec. Blake Brunner (NW) (Dec 2-0
120: Ben Griffith (NW) pinned Austin Marte (D) (Fall 4:30
126: Miguel Pena (D) pinned Anthony Russo (NW) (Fall 0:50
132: Donovan White (NW) pinned Kevin Thompson (D) (Fall 1:16
Many times, the second half of a basketball season finds teams wishing for an extra day off here or there. Winter weather sometimes backs games up to where teams are being stretched and coaches would like a day or two to work on some things, but they just don’t have the time.
That hasn’t been the case over the past couple of weeks as holidays slowed the Colonial League schedule and teams were just aching to play a serious game against someone other than players on their team.
Northwestern knew it had an advantage inside with senior Leighanna Lister when it traveled to Salisbury over the weekend.
Then the Tigers executed that mismatch to perfection early and often.
Lister, the Georgian Court University commit, scored a game-high 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as Northwestern raced out to a quick lead and dominated Salisbury (5-6 overall; 4-3 in Colonial League) 50-24. The Tigers (8-3, 6-1) have won four straight league games.
Sara Hathaway knew the expectations — and embraced them.
You can’t play soccer at Northwestern and not be aware of the recent success the program has enjoyed.
Since 2000, the Tigers have an .847 winning percentage, have captured 10 Colonial League Championships, five District 11 Championships, and have appeared in the PIAA state playoffs 12 times.
Hathaway’s desire was to be a part of that tradition.
Her goal was to continue it.
“I definitely followed the high school team when I was growing up,” said Hathaway. “I knew how successful they were.”
When Noah Meyers first stepped on to the Northwestern High School soccer field, the first thing that Tiger coach Nate Hunsicker noticed was his quickness.
He sensed that everything else would fall into place for him as a player and that his quickness would eventually be something that the team could use in key spots later in his high school career.
Even as he was watching Meyers make key contributions to the team from his midfield position as an underclassman, Hunsicker was envisioning him filling an even more vital role in his senior season.
Hunsicker was right.
One thing that Northwestern’s wrestling coaches have wanted to see more from Caleb Clymer is his ability to attack on his feet. After winning the 170-pound championship in Friday’s finals of the Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic, Clymer still feels he needs work on his neutral game, but if he can ever put that together with the rest of his arsenal, he’ll be a force in the postseason.
Clymer used a second period tilt over Pennridge’s Logan Green to build a 3-0 lead heading into the third period before completing a 5-0 shutout for the title.
Like many golfers, Mason Vogwill learned the game from his father, getting his start when he was still not much taller than a standard driver.
Jerry Vogwill took his 6-year-old son to the par-3 course at Olde Homestead and taught him the game. While baseball was his favorite sport growing up and still is, Mason Vogwill also loved golf and eventually joined his high school golf team as a freshman.
After the stretch that the Parkland girls basketball team has had to start the season, a little rest and relaxation might not be a bad thing.
The team started with tough games against Central Dauphin and defending state champion Bethlehem Catholic. From there, a win over Emmaus came before a Parkland (2-1 EPC, 2-4 overall) trip to Orlando to play three games in three days against top competition from around the country. The day after they arrived home, they had to host Whitehall (0-3, 1-4).
There’s a sense of what could have been for Sarah Segan and the College of William and Mary women’s soccer team.
William and Mary raced out of the gates this fall with a 4-1 record. Segan, a former Northwestern High School standout on the pitch, scored three goals in that stretch. But in that fourth win, the season flipped upside down for the Tribe.
Segan suffered a hamstring injury against Bucknell in her team’s fifth game of the season. The redshirt sophomore missed seven games due to that injury, and William and Mary endured a seven-game losing skid.