Defense has been a staple for the Northwestern boys’ soccer team over the past couple of seasons. That defense helped anchor the Tigers to Colonial League and District 11 Class 2A championships last fall.
Despite graduating a number of key pieces from that unit, the success on defense has certainly translated into the summer.
Sophie Shuhay decided to commit to track cycling just a few months ago.
Now she is a national champion.
The New Tripoli resident competed last week at the 2016 USA Cycling Junior and Elite Track Cycling National Championships at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center in Breinigsville, where she earned a gold medal in the women’s 13-14 year old 500-meter time trial.
Shuhay earned the top spot on the podium with a time of 39.186, which, according to her, is right at par with her average times.
August 23 marks an important date for recent Northwestern graduate Lydia Danner. It’ll be the first time that she ever steps foot in a classroom.
Being home schooled her entire life, Danner has never been in a public classroom. Learning from the confines of her home in New Tripoli has become the norm over the years. But in late August, she’ll begin her collegiate career at Lehigh Carbon Community College.
The Mengel family name has a rich tradition of athletics at Northwestern High School.
Brady Mengel is the latest name on that list to cap a successful athletic career at Northwestern, but the tradition started many decades earlier. His father, Jason, played baseball and basketball as a member of the Tigers. His grandfather, Rich Mengel, was a member of Northwestern’s first boys’ basketball district championship in 1964, while Brady’s great grandfather, Russell Stout, was the head coach. Rich also played hoops.
Early in the Lehigh Valley Legion season Northern Valley was a team in jeopardy of missing out on the league playoffs.
Not much more than a month later, the Chargers were the last team from the Lehigh Valley area still playing in the Region 2 playoffs.
Next week will not only be a big week for the Keystone State Quarter Midget Club. It’ll be a historic week for the city of Schnecksville as well.
The Keystone State Quarter Midget Club track, located in Schnecksville, will host a dirt grand national race event in the upcoming week. The week-long event begins on Monday and concludes Saturday with the championship 40-lap race for each of the 12 classes. Participants range from age 5 to 16 and will compete on the club’s dirt oval track.
Almost two weeks ago, the Northwestern girls basketball team’s run to championship Sunday of Stellar Construction’s “Catch A Rising Star” Basketball Showcase included some of the best teams in the tournament.
Much was the same in the recent SportsFest “A-Town Throwdown” tournament that concluded on Sunday. Northwestern, which was paired with Nazareth, Jim Thorpe and Dunmore, went 1-2 in pool play over the first three days of the event. Nazareth was the lone girls team standing when all was said and done, capturing the championship over Northampton by a score of 57-48.
After losing to South Parkland for the third straight time last Friday, the Northern Valley Chargers weren’t a very happy bunch. The loss was worse than each of the first two, because it came in the playoffs and left the team one loss away from being eliminated and having their season end.
That 7-6 loss ultimately served as a driving factor for the Chargers to bounce back and pull off a bit of a surprise in the Lehigh Valley Legion, when they beat South Parkland not once, but twice to finish as LVL champions and earn a spot in the Regionals.
Theodore Roosevelt noted that “Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing, unless it means effort, pain, difficulty.”
That about sums up how the Northern Valley Chargers became champions of the Lehigh Valley Legion League after opening the season with a 2-6 record, reaching the playoffs with a 9-9 record and then winning the postseason tournament as the league’s fifth seed.
After the second win of the season, a 9-8 triumph over North Parkland, coach Brad Rauch sensed that his team was getting close to turning things around.
A goal for most teams playing at the Stellar “Catch A Rising Star” Basketball Showcase is to advance to Sunday, the final day of the four-day event. Another goal is for those teams to see improvement.
The Northwestern girls were fortunate enough to accomplish both goals. The Lady Tigers won three of their five games before their run came to an end on Sunday afternoon against eventual champion Allen, 43-23, at Cedar Beach Park.