Once again, Mother Nature raised havoc with the start of spring sports in the Lehigh Valley area. And, just like every other track and field coach, Northwestern head coach Tim Cunningham said it has stirred his preseason plans around a little bit.
“Preseason has proved to be a challenge with the weather and inability to get onto an all-weather track,” he said.
Here’s a look at this ytyear’s Northwestern boys track and field team.
Like most spring sports this season, the Tiger girls track and field team has been doing its best to practice despite limited outdoor space that isn’t snow-covered.
“We have been down this road before,” said head coach Charles Groller, “and will do our best with the facilities we have to prepare our girls for competition and for them to compete at the highest level.”
JUST AS IMPORTANT ... While the team focuses on improving athletically after school each day, it also focuses on time in the classroom before heading to practice.
Caleb Clymer’s next best thing is pretty good.
Though the Northwestern junior didn’t get his ultimate goal of a state title, Clymer still left the PIAA Wrestling Championships with plenty to be proud of.
Clymer capped a stellar tournament with a third-place finish, his second straight medal in the Class 2A event.
After a loss in the quarterfinals, Clymer battled through the consolation bracket, winning three straight matches to reach the 152-pound third-place bout, where he defeated Central Martinsburg’s Brock Biddle, 3-2.
Northwestern’s Rhys George suffered an unfortunate concussion in November that forced him to miss two months of gymnastics. It was a setback that wasn’t easy to deal with, but he’s now back to what he knows best.
George recently showed that he’s returned to his old form. In the annual Brian Babcock Memorial at Parkettes, he placed in the top 10 gymnasts out of 50 Level 9 males in the all around during the three-day event in early February.
Katie McDonald will have more on the team’s state run in the March 22 issue of the Bethlehem Press.
The NHS girls lost to Boyertown 56-55 on Saturday as Abby Kapp hit a clutch three-pointer with just 17 second left in the game.
The Kids would start out well in this game taking a 14-9 lead after one and extending it to 30-24 heading into the half. But a strong second half by Boyertown saw them chip away at the lead, cutting it to just 44-42 heading into the third quarter.
Three Lehigh Valley Press teams moved on in state play Thursday night and will continue their quest for a state title.
The Emmaus boys knocked off Harrisburg 64-61 in a game that was supposed to be played Wednesday night. The Hornets got off to a nice start leading 19-13 after one and 32-22 heading into halftime. But Harrisburg would cut the lead to just 44-43 after three quarters before a close fourth quarter of action left Emmaus out in front in the end.
Northwestern and Catasuauquq both have wrestlers still alive in the state wrestling tournament as of Friday morning. Two of the Tigers’ four qualifiers and the Rough Riders’ only wrestler at states were all making their way through the consolation bracket on the second day of competition at Hershey’s Giant Center.
Northwestern’s Caleb Clymer (152) opened the tournament with an 8-4 decision over Wyalusing’s Josh Haley before falling to Liggonier Valley’s Robby Patrick, 5-3 in a quarterfinal bout. Clymer will resume wrestling in Friday’s third-round consolation matches.
Bethlehem Catholic’s Mikey Labriola and Northampton’s Julian Chlebove both continued their treks to a second straight state championship Thursday night during the opening round of the PIAA 3A wrestling tournament.
Labriola won his opening bout by fall over Britain Shields of Big Spring with a fall in :34 seconds.
Labriola is one of four Hawks heading to Friday’s quarterfinals, as Ryan Anderson (126), Jarred Papcsy (132) and Niko Camacho (HWT) look to move through the bracket.
Opportunities often are what one makes of them.
For Colin Rex, it was the chance of a lifetime.
When North Schuylkill’s Mason Madden-Edwards, the District 11 runner-up at 132 pounds, was unable to compete at last weekend’s Southeast Regional Tournament due to injury, it created an opening for Rex, who was the alternate after placing fifth at districts.
Rex seized the moment.
There were no titles for the Northwestern wrestling team coming out of the Southeast Regional Tournament. But the Tigers left Wilson West Lawn High School with much more.
With two wrestlers in the championship finals, and two more placing in the top six, Northwestern came away from the regional tournament with four wrestlers advancing to this week’s PIAA Championships.
Baily Wehr (120) and Caleb Clymer (152) advanced to the championship finals this past Saturday and finished second in their weight classes.