Rebuilding is something Brad Rauch wasn't forced to do in his first two years as Northern Valley's baseball coach.
But as Rauch begins his third season, that's exactly what he's faced with as the Chargers (1-3) begin play in the highly competitive Lehigh Valley Legion League.
Northern Valley enjoyed a tremendously successful season in Rauch's first year, as the team went 15-3 in 2011 and captured the regular season title. That momentum carried into last summer, as the Chargers went 9-9 and again earned a spot in the playoffs.
There's no better time to be playing well than at the end of the season. With the postseason right around the corner The Tigers are firing on all cylinders, getting a 6-5 win over rival Northern Lehigh on Friday and coming away with a 6-5 win against Bangor on Monday.
It's not often when a defensive play saves the day in a baseball game.
More often, the game-winning moment happens in the batter's box.
Lehigh Valley Conference principals and athletic directors met Monday morning in an emergency meeting to discuss the future of the LVC as we know it, following last week's developments that the Mountain Valley Conference invited 10 of the league's schools to form a 'super conference,' while excluding Bethlehem Catholic and Central Catholic.
Bethlehem Catholic Principal John Petruzzelli spoke at length about Monday's meeting and thought there was good discussion among all the schools in the conference.
Palmerton starter Kendra Pekurny has been dealing from the circle all season long.
Wednesday afternoon was no exception.
Pekurny tossed a complete-game one-hit shutout for the Lady Bombers and helped her team to a 7-0 victory over Colonial League foe Northwestern Lehigh. Meanwhile, Janel Tracy powered the offense once again and helped make for a rather easy day for Palmerton.
Not many coaches, especially in the high school ranks can say they've been coaching at the same school for 31 years.
One man however that can say that is Northwestern baseball coach Len Smith.
Smith has been the head man for the Tigers for a remarkable 31 seasons and this season the coach is doing something he's never done before in his career. Smith is now coaching one of his former players sons.
Where there's smoke, there's fire and the news of a Lehigh Valley superconference finally came to fruition last week.
After months of rumors and speculation about the future of the Lehigh Valley Conference, the Mountain Valley Conference stepped in and sent out an invitation to 12 neighboring schools to ultimately form a "big school, super conference," according to Stroudsburg Principal and MVC President Jeff Sodl.
Henry Paiste was challenged and he responded like a champion.
Make that a three-time champion!
Paiste, a home-schooled student from the Northwestern School District, won his third striaght District 11 Class AA singles tennis championship on Monday at the Westend Racquet and Fitness Center in Allentown.
But it wasn't easy.
Maybe that's why it felt so good.
By ROD HECKMAN
All Trey Shackleton and his parents wanted was something to fulfill his physical education requirement.
Little did they know that requirement would become a life-changing experience.
Shackleton, a resident of Weisenberg Township in the Northwestern Lehigh school district, first thought about participating in football or hockey to meet his homeschooling obligation. Once those were quickly dismissed (with some help from his mother), the student briefly gave tennis a try. When that failed, he turned to swimming.
TRACK and FIELD
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The Tigers pulled off sweeps in their Colonial League tri meet with Palisades and Notre Dame of Green Pond.
The Lady Tigers downed Notre Dame 95-54 and the Lady Pirates 82.5-67.5 to clinch the Colonial League Championship. The boys defeated the Crusaders, 81-69 and Palisades 87-63.
Northwestern girls set record
Leaders ascend to their positions in different ways. Some are thrust into it. Others try to force themselves into a position of authority.
But the best leaders are those who just let it happen. Those who see a void and fill it.
That's how Sara Jones became the the leader for the Northwestern girls basketball team.