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Mengel upheld rich family tradition

Saturday, July 30, 2016 by TODD KRESS in Sports

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.

Schneckville to host national midget race

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 by TODD KRESS in Sports

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.

Girls go 1-2 in tourney

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 by TODD KRESS in Sports

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.

NV beats SP for LVL title

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

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.

Chargers earned their championship

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

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.

Girls reach Sunday at Stellar Tourney

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 by TODD KRESS in Sports

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.

Article By: CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

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.

Cordova leads NV to win over CC

Thursday, July 7, 2016 by TJ ENGLE in Sports

Ben Cordova had a choice to make. And he picked his team over his vacation.

The Northern Valley pitcher had a vacation scheduled during the final week of the Lehigh Valley Legion Baseball League season. But he cut the trip short, made the three-hour drive back from Ocean City, Maryland, and pitched an 11-0 complete-game shutout over Carbon County last Thursday at Northern Lehigh High School to help solidify the Chargers’ position for this week’s playoffs.

Article By: CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

Northern Valley head coach Brad Rauch explained how his team got out of a 2-5 hole to start the year, to being tied for third place entering Tuesday night’s game against second place South Parkland.

“After we started 2-5, our coaches sat down with the players and just preached focus,” Rauch said. “Our pitching really stepped up over the last eight games (6-2) and our hitting picked up. But we had some trouble holding leads, and made too many mistakes on the field.”