Northwestern High School recently held a letter of intent signing ceremony at which it honored student athletes that are going on to compete in college sports.
Nine Lady Tiger athletes will join women’s’ programs in college next season. Three are headed to Division 2 schools and six will compete in NCAA’s Division 3.
For Nic Henry, the approach was simple: put the ball in play and run hard.
That’s exactly what the Northwestern freshman did with the bases loaded and the District 11 Class 4A championship game with Central Catholic tied 4-4 in the bottom of the seventh inning. As he headed down the first-base line, Henry wasn’t quite sure whether or not he had just knocked in the game-winning run, but he figured that out pretty quickly.
“I just wanted to get to first as fast as possible,” said Henry. “I didn’t know what was going on behind me. I just ran through the bag.
Tamaqua’s Brook Zellner went from being questionable, to being probable, to being exceptional.
Zellner’s three-run homer in the third inning jump-started the Blue Raider offense and led to an 11-1 mercy-rule victory over Northwestern in the quarterfinal round of the District 11 Class 4A softball playoffs on Wednesday.
Zellner’s blast not only allowed Tamaqua to dig out of a 1-0 deficit, but it ignited a nine-run explosion that all but sealed the outcome.
Not bad for someone who Tamaqua coach Jill Barron was worried might not even be able to play.
Playoff baseball is always exciting, but when you get to play big games in big venues it becomes even more exciting. During Northwestern’s run to states they’ve been able to play games on some pretty big stages. It started with a regular season game at Scranton’s PNC Field, home of the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. From there, they reached the district semifinals with a win at Lehigh University’s Legacy Park. The finale, their first District 11 championship since 1989, came at the home of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Coca-Cola Park.
Pottsville tested Northwestern’s patience, but eventually the No. 2-seeded Tigers pulled through for a 9-2 District 11 Class 4A baseball quarterfinal win on Monday.
Northwestern got off to a rough start, allowing the Tide to load the bases with no outs in the first inning. The Tide turned that threat into one run and were leading 2-0 after two -and-a-half innings. But eventually the Tigers’ bats woke up and gave pitcher Mason Vogwill some room to work with.
As a sophomore, Caleb Clymer finished sixth in the state in wrestling and followed that up with a third-place finish in his junior season. He captured gold this season in Hershey, following his brothers Ben and Scott as PIAA gold medalists. Those credentials helped him earn a choice of scholarships from a number of schools and he recently made Lock Haven his choice.
The goal for many athletes competing at last week’s district track and field meet was to advance to states the following week.
A number of Northwestern athletes nearly qualified for that level. Unfortunately, the Tigers came up just short of the trip to Shippensburg. Their closest qualifier came in the 4x800 relay event where the foursome of Tigers medaled and placed fourth on Day 1 of the District 11 Class 3A Track and Field Championships last Wednesday at Whitehall High School.
Northwestern baseball had its streak of three straight appearances in the Colonial League finals snapped with a 4-0 loss to Southern Lehigh in the semifinals.
The game started last Tuesday at Parkland High School and was finished three days later at Hamburg Area High School because of rain. Hamburg was chosen because its turf field that would provide a drier, more stable playing field than natural grass that had been soaked by rains.
The second day of last week’s Colonial League track and field championships might not have been quite as successful as the first day, but the Tigers still had several big performances and came away with some hardware last Wednesday at Whitehall High School.
Alyssa Zack returned to the medal stand for the second day in a row to accept her fourth-place medal for the 800-meter run.
A bad concussion can never be good for an athlete.
Or can it?
For Northwestern multi-sport athlete Taylor Wanamaker, a knee and then a kick to his head that knocked him unconscious during a soccer game may be the best thing that has ever happened to him in his 16 years.
Wanamaker’s Level 3 concussion led doctors to coincidentally discover a more serious unrelated problem that could have eventually ended his life.
A family in fear