Oskar Lindblom is in his first season playing hockey in North America after playing pro hockey in Sweden to start his career. Obviously, there have been some adjustments to be made, which Lindblom is working on, not the least of which is playing in a smaller rink.
When the Parkland boys basketball team defeated its rival Emmaus 50-47, it had to come back from being down all game, including battling back from a 16-point third-quarter deficit.
After the emotional, hard-fought victory, the Trojans had to get back on the court two days later to face another rival in Whitehall.
The Trojans fell to Whitehall 62-49 in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference contest in their final game before the holiday break.
Most times, the early season basketball schedule can be pretty tough. Teams try to front-load games so that if bad weather hits later in the season, they have some flexibility in scheduling to put in makeup games.
For Northwestern, the boys team played seven games in just under two weeks, leaving little time for practices to work out some early season issues that may surface. On the plus side, the Tigers have come through the stretch with a 4-1 record in the Colonial League and a 5-2 mark overall.
Northwestern and Lehighton battled through 10 lead changes and both teams battled back from strong runs by their opponent, but in the end, the Indians downed the Tigers 49-45 last Friday night in New Tripoli.
Lehighton’s Skylynn Faust led all scorers with 28 points in the game and pulled down nine rebounds. The Tigers (2-0 Colonial League, 3-2 overall) actually did have some success shutting down Faust’s shooting in the fourth quarter, holding her to just one basket, but she scorched Northwestern at the line by hitting six of seven foul shots over the final eight minutes.
With this being his senior season, Matt Peters isn’t taking anything for granted.
Ever since Peters qualified for the PIAA wrestling tournament as a freshman, luck hasn’t necessarily been on his side. Injuries have derailed his sophomore and junior seasons, keeping Peters out of postseason wrestling in each of the past two years.
But Peters is looking to put all of that behind him with one last season to go. And he’s off to a solid start in his quest to get back to Hershey for states.
Northwestern coach Billy Hallman may want to renegotiate his contract to get paid for overtime after his team went to double-overtime in a loss to Pleasant Valley in the second game of the season and then two games later again went to overtime, this time beating Catasauqua 76-73.
The Northwestern boys basketball opened its season with a win in the first round of the annual Wilson Tip-Off Tournament, beating the host team and Colonial League rival 67-55 behind 25 points from Sam Yadush. The next night, the Tigers battled Pleasant Valley and went to the last second of the second overtime period before dropping a 67-64 decision on a three-point buzzer beater from Isaiah Howard.
Northwestern opened the girls basketball season with a split in a pair of games against Eastern Pennsylvania Conference opponents.
The Tigers beat Whitehall in Friday night’s season opener, then fell to Allen in a Saturday afternoon game.
“I think we’re encouraged,” said Northwestern head coach Chris Deutsch. “You don’t know what to expect. You practice 15 days. You get two scrimmages. Last year at this point we were 0-2.
The bus ride home from regionals in Virginia was one with just a tad of uncertainty. History was in the Eastern Kentucky University women’s cross-country team’s grasp.
After placing third as a team in the Southeast Regionals, one place away from an automatic berth to NCAAs, the Colonels’ status was a bit unclear. While Eastern Kentucky certainly felt as if it did enough in the regular season to warrant one of the 13 at-large bids to nationals, it wasn’t a sure bet.
It’s been 10 years since the Northwestern boys basketball team has put together a winning season. The Tigers fell from a 10-win season two years ago to eight wins last season. To make matters worse, they lost two of last year’s top scorers to graduation.
But it’s not all doom and gloom heading into the 2017-18 season. While Trevor Cunningham and Rob Seyfried graduated, there were a number of younger players who stepped up last season and started to show strong promise.