Heading into the Lehigh Valley Summer Soccer League (LVSSL) playoffs, the Northwestern boys had not lost a game since a 2-1 defeat to Liberty Blue on the season's opening night.
Since then, the Tigers won seven of their nine regular season games with two ties, tying them for first place with Robinson Plumbing A in Group B as the playoffs started last Wednesday.
Before last weekend's SportsFest American Arch Girls Basketball Tournament at Cedar Beach, the Northwestern girls had not been together as a full group at any point in the summer.
When their run in SportsFest began on Saturday morning, the Lady Tigers had everyone in uniform for the first time in a competitive environment, giving the Lehigh Valley a sense as to what will come in the winter season.
And the showing was certainly impressive for head coach Chris Deutsch's Lady Tigers squad.
The Lehigh Valley Road Runners recently presented their annual scholarships to several high school runners and one gymnast.
The LVRR, an Emmaus-based running club, awards annual scholarships to four high school track and cross country runners from Lehigh or Northampton counties, while also giving out three awards to Emmaus High School athletes.
The four regional scholarships, which are worth $4,000 each, were awarded to a pair of Northwestern runners in Haley Yost and Ryan Cerrone, along with Parkland Lucas Crampton and Suacon Valley's Liz Chikotas.
The Lady Tiger basketball team is four-and-a-half months removed from a 15-1 conference record and its first Colonial League championship since 2007.
Despite that success, which included a trip to the District 11 Class AAA semifinals, this summer the Lady Tigers are already gearing up for another successful winter season.
Heading into Thursday's 44th McDonald's Lehigh Valley All Star Football Classic, the Gold team (Northampton, Palisades and Phillipsburg) had won three straight games, and four of the last five after a 7-7 tie in 2010.
When the game kicked off on Thursday, the Red team (Lehigh, Carbon and Monroe counties) sent a message early on that a reverse in that trend was in store.
The Northwestern and Northern Lehigh junior varsity baseball teams didn't fare too well during the high school season.
But don't tell the Northern Valley Connie Mack players that as they approach the final week of the regular season. The team is comprised of mostly players from those high school JV teams.
Sitting at 9-5 as of Sunday with five games remaining in the regular season, all of which are scheduled for this week, Northern Valley controls it's playoff destiny and hopes to be one of 10 teams that qualify for the upcoming tournament.
With two games remaining on the schedule, Northern Valley continues to endure the many ups and downs of its roller coaster season.
The Chargers defeated second-place Fullerton on Monday night, 11-2, in one of their more impressive wins all season. But less than 24 hours later, the Chargers were held scoreless in a 1-0 shutout against South Parkland, a team they had beaten earlier in the season.
After seeing a team he thought was capable of winning a legion title on Monday night, the team's play took a turn in a different direction the next day.
Looking to end its two-game losing streak in the regular season, the Northern Valley Legion baseball team sought to get back on track against last-place Salisbury on Sunday.
Facing a 3-2 deficit heading into the seventh inning, a lead-off single from Dante Salerno put the tying run on with no outs. Unfortunately, the rest of the inning didn't pan out as head coach Brad Rauch's team had anticipated.
Chargers get back to .500 with win
An up-and-down season has left Northern Valley in search of a signature victory over the past few weeks.
The Chargers may have gotten that breakthrough win Tuesday against Emmaus.
The Chargers (5-5) used eight runs in the first three innings to rout the Hornets (5-6), 16-6 in six innings, on Tuesday evening at Northwestern High School. The Chargers, losers of three of their last five contests, got their best offensive outing of the season against the Hornets.
Henry Paiste was just seven years old the first time he picked up a tennis racquet. The rest, as they say, is history.
Paiste is now headed to the University of Alabama Birmingham on a Division 1 tennis scholarship. Every athlete, especially the elite athletes, usually have interesting stories about how they got started playing their respective sport.
Paiste is certainly no exception to that.