The first two meetings were close endings coming down the stretch, with the home team coming away with the win in both regular season contests. The latest was a 51-46 win in overtime for Northwestern over Salisbury exactly a week ago.
The third meeting, one that would have more on the line than the previous two, had a different script to be played out. And it went in favor of Northwestern.
Northwestern head boys basketball coach Billy Hallman is very familiar with the playoffs. The former Lady Tigers’ assistant was a part of many teams that made deep runs in the league and district playoffs before he took the job as the leader of the boys’ program. Hallman wants to bring the postseason tradition to the boys’ side.
Unfortunately for the Tigers, they’ll have to wait at least another year.
Northwestern was fired up prior to its Colonial League senior night contest with Northern Lehigh on Friday.
The energy during the pregame activities to honor the Tigers’ seven seniors immediately carried over to the hardwood.
Appropriately enough, a pair of seniors were lights-out on their big night in front of family and friends. Brady Mengel and Parker Jones were terrific for the home team, en route to a 61-47 league victory over the Bulldogs.
It has been a long-time coming for the Northwestern Lehigh wrestling program to climb back to the top of the Colonial League. The Tigers battled low numbers, injuries, illnesses and other obstacles over the years, but finally, the 2015-16 season could be their time.
With the amount of remaining games this regular season for Northwestern boys’ basketball dropping to the single digits, head coach Billy Hallman knows how crucial every game is.
The Tigers (7-7 overall, 4-6 Colonial League) got one step closer to the postseason with a 67-64 win against the Blue Bombers of Palmerton in a Colonial League game at Northwestern Lehigh High School on Monday night.
Coming off a loss to Southern Lehigh just three days earlier, the Northwestern girls basketball team was looking to bounce back with a win Friday night against Northern Lehigh.
The Tigers did just that with a 69-29 victory over the rival Bulldogs.
“I just like how we bounced back from the loss against Southern Lehigh,” Deutsch said. “I thought we just had to jump on them from the start and that’s what you have to do against teams like this. You can’t give them belief that they can stay in the game.
With some of Northwestern girls basketball’s top recent graduates in attendance, the Lady Tigers played a lot like their successful predecessors last Wednesday.
Northwestern earned a 52-35 victory against visiting Bangor in a Colonial League girls’ basketball game at Northwestern Lehigh High School just before the holiday break. Recent standout players Sabrina Mertz, Sarah Segan, Trista Cunningham and Sara Jones, who helped surge the Lady Tigers to the top of the Colonial League, were in New Tripoli watching the game live.
You can say the Northwestern wrestling team was behind the eight ball as soon as the season started.
Two state-qualifiers from 2014, Matt Peters and Caleb Clymer, have been out of action for much of the season. Peters has wrestled four matches, according to head coach Tom Moll; Clymber hasn’t taken the mat yet this winter. Both are expected back in January after recovering from growth plate issues.
Northwestern took 18th place at the Flo-Excalibur Wrestling Tournament last weekend at Wilkes University.
Wyoming Seminary won the event with Bound Brook and Benton in second and third place, respectively, out of 28 teams in the tournament.
At 120, unseeded Baily knocked off the tournament’s No. 7 seed in the second round then fell to top-seeded Jack Davis in a quarterfinal match. He wrestled back for fifth place.
Quentin Bernhard (126) lost his opening bout but won four straight in the consolation bracket before finishing eighth.
Saturday, Dec. 19
Northwestern at Flo Tournament at Wilkes University
The Tigers finished eighth in a field that included some of the top teams in the state and others from outside of Pennsylvania.
For individual results from the event, see story above.
Wednesday, Dec. 16
Northwestern cruised to a win over Catasauqua, 63-6.