Mason Brensinger doesn’t quite have all the answers to the test.
But the Northwestern sophomore might have narrowed down his options significantly.
Brensinger went from dark horse to champion with arguably the best performance of his career at the Coal Cracker Wrestling Tournament this past weekend.
It was simply a matter of building on what was already in place.
Brensinger capped a remarkable run as the 18th seed with an 8-6 decision over top seed Dalton Klinges of Lackawanna Trail in the 138-pound final.
Northwestern Lehigh’s 49-14 win over Northern Lehigh late last week may have seemed like just another win for the Lady Tigers in an impressive season that they’ve put together. Actually, it was a much bigger win than it may have appeared on the surface since it locked up the West Division title for Northwestern and clinched a first-round bye in the Colonial League playoffs that begin early next month.
In his 16 seasons as the coach of the Northwestern Lehigh Lady Tigers, Chris Deutsch has had a lot of success and some very good teams. The one thing that has eluded him has been a Colonial League championship and he’s hoping that this will be the year his team gets the honor.
Unfortunately, his team stumbled on its latest step toward attaining that goal when Notre Dame (Green Pond) came into Northwestern (13-4 overall, 10-2 Colonial League) and beat the Lady Tigers 49-39 in front of a raucous crowd.
Before Northwestern and Catasauqua could potentially meet in a win-and-advance match in the season finale for the final Colonial League wrestling tournament spot, the Tigers had to take care of business last week against Southern Lehigh.
The host Tigers left little doubt from the start. Except for one forfeit, Northwestern (4-3) won five of the first six bouts en route to a 43-31 win over the Spartans last Friday night.
It’s been a season of streaks for Northwestern Lehigh. After coming out of the gate with three straight losses, the Tigers won three straight and six of their next seven games.
Now though, the team has lost three of its last four after falling to Palmerton 63-51 Tuesday night at home.
Palmerton’s Kody Kratzer was the main reason for the loss as he had 14 points by halftime and then after being held scoreless in the third quarter, torched the Tigers for 13 fourth quarter points, including going seven-for-nine from the line.
The holiday break can disrupt the rhythm of even the best teams and that may have been the case for the Northwestern Lehigh girls basketball team, which ended an eight-game winning streak last week with a loss to Bangor, 48-44.
The Lady Tigers (9-3 overall, 6-1 Colonial) came out sluggish and uncharacteristically struggled with their ball control, giving the Slaters plenty of scoring opportunities that they used to build an 11-point lead by the end of the first quarter.
Last weekend was a time for reflection and relaxation during the holiday season. But Northwestern Lehigh’s Harrison Bernhard spent last weekend punching the clock, working to become an even better wrestler.
The senior took fifth place in the 152-pound weight class at the Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic, held at Liberty High School in Bethlehem. Bernhard earned the medal with a win over Northampton’s Colby Judd in the final round. The win improved his season’s record to 14-6.
The Northwestern Lehigh Tigers ask for no quarter and give none. That fighting spirit was on display Jan. 4 at the Zephyr Mat Club Invitational, held at Whitehall High School.
The Tigers finished with 105.5 points, good for fourth place in the eight-team field.
The Northwestern Lehigh Lady Tigers interrupted their Christmas break for a nonconference game against Hamburg Area High School and stretched their winning streak to eight games with a 59-23 win over the Hawks.
Paige Sevrain led all scorers with 17 points and led all rebounders with 10 rebounds, seven of which were offensive rebounds. Senior Sydney Sevrain finished with 16 points in the game.
If you spoke to Gabby Sevrain, Sydney Sevrain and Paige Sevrain separately and ignored their physical resemblances, you might think you were talking with kids from three different families. In many ways, the three are very different, which they readily admit.
In some ways though they are very similar. All three know their way around a basketball court and all three agree on some key family questions.
Gabby Sevrain is the oldest and most outgoing of the three, a sophomore at Dickinson College where she is playing college basketball.