It was a blustery and cold afternoon at Lehigh’s Goodman Stadium, but Sunday’s home debut for Bethlehem Steel FC left fans warm inside despite the weather conditions.
A spirited and rowdy crowd of 3,655 fans welcomed back high-caliber professional soccer to the area with open arms, restoring the tradition of the original Bethlehem Steel days, which ended in 1930.
While Sunday’s 2-1 victory by visiting side FC Cincinnati wasn’t what the club was looking for on the field, it certainly proved to be a proper first step for the team’s foothold in the Lehigh Valley.
Thursday, April 7
Tyler Wiik drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning as Northwestern edged Palmerton, 6-5.
Wiik, who also smacked a three-run double in the bottom of the sixth inning to give the Tigers a lead, finished the game with four RBIs. Tyler Schreiner was 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored, while teammate Jake Augustus was also 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored.
Palmerton 101 002 1 - 5 8 0
N’western 100 004 1 - 6 8 2
Three outs were all that was separating Northwestern from an early season Colonial League softball win last week. Alyssa Olewine had another idea.
The Palmerton junior smacked a solo homerun over the wall in left center field, tying the game at four, and sending it to the eighth inning where the Blue Bombers finished their comeback victory in 7-4 fashion against the Lady Tigers on Thursday afternoon in New Tripoli.
Last season, the Northwestern Tigers were three outs away from capturing the Colonial League Baseball championship, but came up short in a 3-2 loss to Saucon Valley. This season isn’t just about avenging that loss, but it also opens a new era in the team’s history.
Northwestern’s Erika Thomas was named to this year’s All-Colonial League First Team for girls basketball.
The Tiger senior crossed the 1,000-point milestone as a senior and led the Tigers in scoring in 2015-16.
Northwestern sophomore Leighanna Lister was also named to the all-star team as an honorable mention choice.
This year’s league Most Valuable Player award went to Palisades’ Karlee Krchnavi
The following are this year’s all-league girls basketball teams.
Each year the high school basketball season wraps up with a special event, not only for senior players, but also for a group of youngsters who may never get the chance to suit up in a varsity basketball game.
The 41st annual All-Star game was held last Saturday at Northampton Community College and featured representatives from 35 high schools around the Lehigh Valley. The Classic raises funds to support Via of the Lehigh Valley’s services for children and adults with disabilities and promotes community involvement.
The Northwestern softball team was starting its number two pitcher Tuesday afternoon at Saucon Valley High School. What better to give her confidence than putting up a ton of runs and letting her relax out on the mound.
And that is exactly what happened. The Tigers scored nine runs in the top of the first inning and gave freshman Emily Akelaitis a nice cushion to work with before ever even throwing a pitch.
She threw a complete game and pick up the victory. Northwestern beat Saucon Valley 12-1 in a five-inning game.
Bethlehem Steel FC makes their Lehigh Valley debut on Sunday, April 3 when they play their first home game at Lehigh University’s Goodman Stadium against FC Cincinnati at 3pm.
Steel FC are coming off a 1-0 victory over FC Montreal last Friday, as Fabian Herbers slotted in the winning goal in the 43rd minute of action to give the expansion side a victory in their inaugural contest.
Northwestern junior Robbie Seyfried was named to this year’s All-Colonial League boys basketball team as an honorable mention.
Wilson’s Jeff Cooper was named this year’s league MVP.
The following are this year’s boys basketball all-star teams.
Michael Martino (Sr., Bangor), Austin Gregg (Sr., Notre Dame GP), Michael Kane (Sr., Saucon Valley), Jacob Cassel (Sr., Southern Lehigh), MVP Jeff Cooper (Sr., Wilson)
Four Northwestern wrestlers earned places on the All-Colonial League Second Team.
The Tigers’ Quentin Bernhard, Jarett White, Dalton Webster and Jackson Berhnhard were all selected to the second team.
The folowing are this year’s Colonial League All-Star teams for wrestling.