Every now and then, a game so strange pops up and whether your team is involved in the game or not, you have to just stare at the box score and wonder how it happened. Northwestern Lehigh played in one of those games on Monday and after just a few innings, it seemed like a pretty wild April Fool’s Day joke.
Scoring 20 runs in a high school softball game isn’t easy. In fact, the 20 runs scored in Northwestern Lehigh’s season opening 20-4 win over Saucon Valley were the most scored by the Lady Tigers since April 24, 2017 against Moravian Academy. Later that season the team put up 19 runs in a win at Catasauqua.
Several Northwestern Lehigh High School graduates are part of college athletic teams competing in the winter and spring seasons. Here’s a look at a few of them.
Junior shortstop/second baseman Brady Mengel has been a steady cog in the Mansfield baseball lineup since arriving on campus in 2017. Through 14 games this season, Mengel is batting .224 with four runs scored and two RBIs. He has a .982 fielding percentage; he tallied 17 RBIs as a sophomore and 14 as a freshman.
This year’s high school track and field season began this week with the Tigers traveling to Northern Lehigh to take on the Bulldogs and Catasauqua in a tri-meet.
The Tiger girls team is coming off a season in which it lost just two dual meets, while last year’s boys team finished just above .500 and will build on last year’s successes.
Here’s a preview of both 2019 Tiger track teams.
The Lady Tigers capped off a 9-2 season in 2018 and look to build on the continued success for this year.
The Colonial League released it’s first list of top track and field performers for the 2019 season. Here’s a listing of the top five performers in each event through the first week of regular season meets.
4x100 relay: 1. Southern Lehigh (Amelia Cassaday, Madison Trout, Imani Hollie, Sierra Williams) 50.80, 2. Palisades 53.10, 3. Notre Dame (GP) 54.3, 4. Wilson 54.4, 5. Northwestern 54.7;
After going to the state semifinal game against Valley View last season, the Northwestern Lehigh varsity baseball team comes into the 2019 season with high expectations and a bull’s-eye on its back. With that comes some added pressure, but also some added swagger to a team that finished last season 19-8 overall.
History has been made at Northwestern. The inaugural boys and girls lacrosse seasons are set to get underway for the Tigers, adding another Colonial League team that now offers the sport.
Marcus Janda was chosen as the first head coach to lead the boys program, and he’s been impressed with how his Tigers have progressed throughout practice.
Each of the last two seasons, the Northwestern Lehigh varsity softball team reached the District 11 playoffs only to be eliminated by Tamaqua both years.
Last year’s team finished 11-7 and looking at this year’s roster, you might think the Lady Tigers may take some lumps this year because their roster features just two seniors and two juniors.
Having such a young roster could be a problem, but for head coach Josh Zimmerman, having young players is an exciting opportunity that could make this team better than it was a year ago.
Lissa Opolsky has coached the Northwestern field hockey team for five seasons. But she’ll take on a new challenge this spring with another Tiger program.
Opolsky was recently named the head coach of the Northwestern girls’ lacrosse team for its inaugural season. Through a number of weeks of practice, she is impressed with how the Lady Tigers’ season has started.
The good news is that the Northwestern Lehigh boys basketball team reached the state playoffs for the first time since 1998.
The bad news is that in states there are no second chances. A team that battled back all season long when it had those chances fell to Lancaster Catholic 63-46, ending the Tigers’ season and the long run of the five seniors who played together on the team.