Scoring 50 points in back-to-back games is nice, but it’s nothing new for the Northwestern girls basketball team.
The Tigers had a seven-game win streak last season where they scored at least 50 in every game.
They also went 7-2 in their last nine games last season and scored at least 50 points in each of those. It is impressive to start this season with back-to-back 50 point games though since they lost four of their top five scorers from last season to graduation.
Returning all of its starters from last year, as well as welcoming back forward Luke Hallman after missing half of last year with a torn ACL, the expectations are high for head coach Billy Hallman’s Tigers. He believes this is his deepest team yet.
In Northwestern’s season opening victory, that was evident early an often against Saucon Valley. The Tigers led 15-10 after the first quarter, grew that to double digits in the second and held on for a 64-52 victory on Tuesday night at Northwestern High School.
The Times News newspaper in Lehighton is reporting that two high school sports leagues in District 11 will be merging for the sport of football.
According to a story in today’s paper, the Schuylkill League and Colonial League will join forces in the future. A date has not been set for the merger and many details are still not ironed out.
The full story is posted on the Times News web site.
If the Northwestern Lehigh football team had things go its way, the Tigers would be preparing to play for a state championship this weekend in Hershey. The football team’s run ended with a loss in the District 11 semifinal, which allowed a number of players to instantly hit the basketball court in time to get ready for the season.
Northwestern boys basketball head coach Billy Hallman knows that he could have been without key players, but he was also hoping for some of his players to have a shot at a state championship in football.
There might not be a wrestling team in the area that has to replace as strong of a graduating class as the one Northwestern said goodbye to last year.
The Tigers had four state qualifiers last year, and all are gone, including state champ Caleb Clymer.
Northwestern Lehigh girls basketball coach Chris Deutsch believes in playing tougher teams to provide more of a challenge for his players. That’s the case both in the regular season and in scrimmages as the team prepares for the season. Northwestern had two scrimmages, both against perennially strong East Penn Conference teams in Easton and Nazareth.
Northwestern Lehigh goalie Taylor Page was recently named as an All Colonial League First Team All-Star in field hockey.
In addition to Page’s selection to the first team, senior forward Sydney Derr was named to the list of Second Team All-Stars, while linemate and fellow senior Rachel Koerner was one of three Lady Tigers named to the list of Honorable Mentions. Joining Koerner were sophomore midfielder Alexandra Lister and junior defender Allyson Myers.
The Colonial League announced its 2018 girls volleyball all-star team recently.
League champ Southern Lehigh placed three players on the first team, while runner-up Notre Dame (Green Pond) had two.
Northwestern senior Shante Duminie earned a place on the second team.
Below is a look at this year’s All-Colonial League Girls Volleyball team.
The Northwestern Lady Tigers placed three players on the Colonial League First Team All-Stars for girls soccer. Defender Jaymi Smith, midfielder Maggie Motolese and forward Sara Hathaway were all named to the league’s first team list of all-stars. All three are seniors.
Junior midfielder Bailey Groff was named to the list of second team all-stars.
Northwestern went 10-2 in league play on the season and qualified for the postseason in both the Colonial League and District 11 playoffs. Overall, Northwestern Lehigh went 11-4 on the season.
Several former Northwestern Lehigh High School athletes made significant contributions on college athletic teams during the fall 2018 season. Here’s a look at some of them.