There was no elaborate reveal or last-minute drama.
Deven Bollinger had made up his mind long ago. And the Northwestern senior was certain it was the right choice.
Bollinger made it official Wednesday, signing a national letter of Intent to continue his academic and football career at the University of Delaware. With only one school on his mind, Bollinger needed just one hat in front of him on the table.
It has been a season of turnarounds on the basketball court at Northwestern Lehigh. The girls team has won six straight after dropping its first two and the boys team dropped its first three games, but is now on a three-game winning streak to even its overall record at 3-3 and move to 2-3 in the Colonial League on the season.
The turnaround continued this week with Northwestern’s boys team downing Moravian Academy (3-3, 2-3) on Tuesday and Northern Lehigh (0-8, 0-5) by a 47-19 score Thursday night.
The Northwestern Lehigh girls basketball team (6-2 overall, 5-0 Colonial) gave themselves an early Christmas present with a tidy six-game winning streak as they downed rival Northern Lehigh (3-3, 2-3) for their sixth straight win.
In the 55-24 win, Ali Lister finished with a game-high 18 points, while Sydney Sevrain scored 11 and Paige Sevrain hit for 10 points in the win.
Northwestern Lehigh is back on track in boys basketball.
After an 0-3 start, the Tigers have picked up wins over Brandywine Heights (6-1 overall) and Moravian Academy (3-2 overall, 2-2 Colonial League). The wins came after a near-miss against Southern Lehigh last Friday night when the Spartans came from behind to down Northwestern 62-58.
The Northwestern Lehigh girls basketball team beat Lehighton 62-33 Saturday, winning its fourth straight after dropping its first two games of the season by a total of just eight points. Since then, the Tigers’ four wins have had an average margin of victory of just under 25 points per game.
Freshman Paige Sevrain put up 23 points against the Indians, which she said was a personal high for her at any level of basketball. Sevrain has made quite a statement in her first six varsity games and in the four-game win streak she is averaging 12.5 points per game for the Lady Tigers.
The Northwestern boys basketball team had to sit idly by through the opening weekend of the high school basketball season and wait until Monday to get onto the court. Unfortunately, their debut came up short in a 45-38 loss to Saucon Valley. Much of the night was spent with Northwestern shots looking like they might fall only to take a wrong bounce and avoid going through the net.
The Panthers (1-1 overall, 1-0 Colonial) opened a 7-0 lead to start the game, with Northwestern not getting its first shot to drop until there was just 1:24 left in the first quarter.
The Northwestern girls basketball team came crawling out of its cage this season, losing both of its nonleague openers this season before beating Saucon Valley Monday night to gain its first win of the season.
The slow start wasn’t entirely surprising because of the fact that the team has a number of young players on its roster who are being asked to step into big roles for the team. Head coach Chris Deutsch admits there was some frustration through the first two games, but also realizes the effort is there and there is a lot to be encouraged about.
Northwestern wrestling head coach Jim Moll found himself focusing on the unknown heading into his team’s Colonial League opener on Tuesday.
The Tigers provided their head coach with some clarity.
A convincing 47-21 victory over Palmerton gave Moll and Northwestern a glimpse into what the team is capable of.
Northwestern Lehigh girls basketball coach Chris Deutsch isn’t the type to look to put a good spin on what he thinks of his team.
He’s always positive about his players, but when things aren’t quite where they need to be, he’s not going to look the other way and try to make it all look shiny and good.
Through a couple of scrimmages against tough teams like Easton, Nazareth, Pottsgrove and Wilson, Deutsch has seen some things that need to be fixed. And with the season opening up Friday night against Whitehall, there isn’t much time.
The Northwestern Lehigh boys basketball team had a lot of experience on last year’s squad that reached the state playoffs. The down side to that is that the Tigers graduated five players from that team.
The good news is that there is still a solid nucleus of experience for them to draw from since they still have six seniors on this year’s team that opens play Monday at Saucon Valley.