Northwestern Press

Monday, September 23, 2019

Softball team thrived on ‘positive vibes’

Thursday, June 6, 2019 by PATRICK MATSINKO in Sports

No matter the outcome, Northwestern was always able to put the result in perspective.

The even-keel mentality stemmed, in large part, from the Tigers mix of youth and experience on their roster this season.

Ashley Sisco and Emily Akelaitis – the team’s only seniors – were key in helping Northwestern stay grounded after big wins, and vital to helping the team find its way through the down times.

Their leadership was on display again Friday after the Tigers’ season ended with a 5-1 loss to Blue Mountain in the District 11 Class 4A title game.

Blue Mtn. wins D-11 title

Thursday, June 6, 2019 by PATRICK MATSINKO in Sports

It was the same heart and hustle that propelled Northwestern to the doorstep of a district title.

It just wasn’t enough to push the Tigers past one more hurdle.

Blue Mountain took advantage of its opportunities in key moments Friday to capture its first District 11 title, topping Northwestern 5-1 in the Class 4A title game at Parkland High School.

The Eagles (17-6) took an early lead with two runs in the top of the third, and added three more in the top of the fifth, separating themselves in what was a one-run game.

NW athletes announce college plans

Thursday, June 6, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Northwestern Lehigh recently celebrated 21 student-athletes who have signed letters of intent to attend colleges all across the country. The schools are as far away as Michigan and as close as Schnecksville and as diverse as Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. The most recent group of student-athletes featured athletes from nine different sports, including bowling, which technically isn’t a high school sport offered at Northwestern.

Tigers edged 3-2 in state playoff game

Thursday, June 6, 2019 by PATRICK MATSINKO in Sports

Northwestern’s baseball season came to an end Monday in the first round of the PIAA Class 4A playoffs.

The Tigers fell 3-2 to District 3 champ East Pennsboro after winning a play-in game last Friday to get into the state tournament field.

Jake Madden’s late-inning heroics kick-started a rally that pushed East Pennsboro past Northwestern and into state quarterfinals Monday night at Wenger Field in Fredericksburg.

PHS softball wins D-11 title

Thursday, June 6, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Parkland shortstop Nicole Klass had the first hit for the Trojans in their 6-0 District 11 championship victory over Whitehall last Friday at Pates Park, but she was just getting warmed up.

Her double to center field in the third set up a four-run inning for the consecutive district champs.

“I went into it clear-minded,” said Klass. “I had to get something started for the team and swing at the first strike that came. It felt good off the bat.”

Baseball falls in district championship

Thursday, May 30, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

All season long, North Schuylkill and Northwestern Lehigh were the best teams in Class 4A baseball in District 11. The two teams were on a collision course and their coaches even talked throughout the season about playing in the postseason, which they weren’t able to do in previous seasons when the Spartans were in Class 3A.

The ultimate postseason for both coaches was to have the District 11 title come down to a game between two defending district champions. They got their wish.

Storms causing changes in district playoff schedules

Thursday, May 30, 2019 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

Dangerous storms over the past two days have caused many changes in the District 11 playoff schedules.

Many of the classes will try to get their finals in beginning as early as this morning in baseball, with a lot of action attempting to take place this afternoon before another potential round dangerous storms could once again take place.

Here is our up-to-date schedule as of 10 a.m. Thursday morning:

BASEBALL

CLASS 6A

Finals, Thursday, May 30

No. 8 Emmaus vs. No. 2 Liberty at Coca-Cola Park, 4:30 p.m.

CLASS 5A

Finals, Thursday, May 30

Tigers top Wilson in wild semifinal

Thursday, May 30, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Northwestern Lehigh baseball team simply don’t give up.

In the District 11 Class 4A semifinal game against Wilson, Northwestern fell behind by five runs, cut the lead to three and then fell behind by five runs again. A big five-run inning completely closed the gap and some heads-up base running in the bottom of the seventh led Northwestern to a 9-8 win over the Warriors and a trip to the district final.

“That wasn’t the way we drew it up,” said coach Duran Porrino after his team’s win in the semifinal game at Weiland Park on the campus of De Sales University.