The Tigers finished second in the 9th Annual Coal Cracker Tournament at Panther Valley High School last weekend.
Two Tigers earned gold medals at the meet.
Matt Peters edged Ryan McGuire of Notre Dame (Green Pond) 1-0 in the 132-pound final, while Caleb Clymer topped Scranton’s Jacob Burgette 6-2 for the 160-pound title to give Northwestern two champions.
“It feels good, considering being out two years,” said Peters. “It feels good that I’m back, and I’m wrestling well.”
With it’s current five-game win streak, the Northwestern Lehigh girls basketball team has clinched spots in both the Colonial League and District 11 playoffs.
The win that put the Tigers over the top was a 54-25 pounding of Palmerton, but the night before, they downed rival Northern Lehigh 57-29 to move closer to their goal of reaching the postseason.
When Northwestern Lehigh (8-7 Colonial, 11-8 overall) downed Palmerton last week, it was a bigger win than it may have appeared to be on the surface. It was the 11th win of the season for the Tigers, meaning that they clinched a spot in the District 11 Tournament for the first time in 10 years. The win, coupled with one the night before over rival Northern Lehigh meant that the team had met one of tits goals coming into the season.
Northwestern has now faced the reigning Class 2A wrestling powerhouse twice this season. Both times the Tigers came up short. But both times there were signs that it wouldn’t be impossible to knock off Saucon Valley, which has now won six straight Colonial League titles and will begin competing for it’s third straight district title on Thursday.
Northwestern gave Saucon Valley a battle Monday in the Colonial League championship match, but a couple key bouts swung the match in the Panther’s favor.
It was no surprise to Northwestern boys basketball head coach Billy Hallman. Tuesday’s meeting with Bangor, the lone remaining unbeaten Colonial League team, was going be the Tigers’ toughest test to date.
Then the Slaters proved why they are so dangerous on the court.
Bangor built up an early lead in the first quarter and never looked back. The Slaters (15-1 overall; 12-0 in Colonial League) grew their lead to double digits in the second quarter, pushed it to over 20 in the fourth, and downed Northwestern on Tuesday night, 80-50.
After a loss to Southern Lehigh almost two weeks ago, Northwestern girls basketball head coach Chris Deutsch was sure that his players wouldn’t let the loss affect the rest of their season. Since that loss, the Lady Tigers have pulled out a 44-43 win at Notre Dame (Green Pond) and downed Bangor 58-41 Tuesday night to give them nine wins in their last 10 games.
Northwestern wrestling coach Jim Moll understood the uphill climb as his team entered Saucon Valley’s home gym.
After a fast start for unbeaten Saucon Valley, that challenge seemed even more daunting for the visiting Tigers.
The Panthers, which are on the verge of ending their sixth straight undefeated Colonial League season, won the first four bouts and cruised to a 47-22 victory on Monday night at Saucon Valley High School. The Panthers (6-0 in Colonial League) handed Northwestern its first league loss of the season and remain the lone unbeaten Colonial League squad.
Coming into this past weekend, the Northwestern boys basketball team hadn’t dropped back-to-back games this season. But after Monday’s loss to Notre Dame (Green Pond), the Tigers (8-6 overall; 6-5 Colonial League) have lost three straight games and have some tough games down the road.
The three losses have come against Colonial League opponents with a combined league record of 21-12 and an overall mark of 25-18. The one that truly got away was Saturday’s 76-53 loss to Southern Lehigh (5-5, 5-9) when the Tigers simply came out slow against the Spartans.
As the Northwestern wrestling team prepares for postseason competition, it looks as if the Tigers will be the healthiest they’ve been in awhile.
And that health is translating to success up and down the lineup for head coach Jim Moll.
In a battle of two of the Colonial League’s top teams, Northwestern left little doubt as to who was the better team last Tuesday night. The Tigers (4-0 in Colonial League) earned six falls en route to a dominant 56-24 win over Southern Lehigh (2-2) at Northwestern High School.
The Phantoms reached the halfway point of their season with what Phil Varone called an “embarrassing” performance in a 6-2 loss to Springfield Saturday night. Lehigh Valley came out with a good first period, but that was about all it was able to put together as the Thunderbirds scored four unanswered goals to waltz out of the PPL Center with a win.
Varone scored his 100th career AHL goal in the game, but was more focused on the weak effort that the team put on the ice.