High school varsity teams get the recognition and the spotlight. But those basketball standouts have to start somewhere.
Most of today's Northwestern varsity players developed their skills on the hardwood members of Northwestern's middle school boys' basketball squad a few years ago and grew as they moved up through the ranks.
The 2013-14 middle school squad is just starting its path to the bright lights of varsity and they had a pretty successful start.
Coaches always want to see progress from their players. They want to see them grow as individuals and basketball players from the first day of practice to the day they turn in their uniforms.
The Northwestern Junior High boys' basketball team did just that as it progressed as a unit and as individuals this winter.
Asked if the team made progress this season, first-year head coach Chris Kretzman said "Absolutely."
The Northwestern Lehigh boys' basketball team captured its first district championship in 1964.
During halftime of last Friday night's game between Northwestern and Catasauqua, that team was honored for winning the District 11 Class C Championship 50 years ago. The Tigers defeated Jim Thorpe in the title game.
Under the guidance of head coach Russ Stoudt, who played three sports at Kutztown University and is a member of the school's Hall of Fame, the Tigers put together one of the best runs in school history.
Kutztown University redshirt senior wrestler Evan Yenolevich has had a tremendous collegiate career thus far.
However, Yenolevich, a 2009 graduate of Northwestern High School, recently suffered a setback that has kept him off the mat for over a month.
Ever since his early teenage years, Brad Eroh has been involved in racing of some sort.
Eroh, a 1997 graduate of Northwestern High School-started racing go-carts at the age of 13. During his early career as a go-cart racer, he captured eight championships, including the national go-cart championship in 1998.
During Madison Burns' career at Northwestern High School, the school didn't have a swimming team. Therefore, Burns swam individually, while devoting her junior year to representing the Tigers in various meets throughout the season.
When she was a senior, Burns didn't swim in the high school ranks, but instead she focused her final season while swimming on her club team, Parkland Area Aquatic Club.
That hasn't derailed Burns, a 2012 graduate of Northwestern High School, from putting together a fine career thus far at the University of North Carolina.
Heading into her freshman season on the Lock Haven women's soccer team, Haylee Kubat just wanted to prove herself to her fellow Bald Eagles.
After learning the ropes in her first season, Kubat has blossomed into one of the team's most consistent players.
Kubat, a 2012 graduate of Northwestern Lehigh High School, appeared in four games as a freshman. But during her sophomore campaign that recently came to an end, Kubat saw action in all 18 of the Bald Eagles' games, including 12 starts at the midfield position.
For two decades, one thing remained constant at Northwestern Lehigh football home gamesthe announcer's voice out of the press box.
Since the 1993 football season, Ken Fisher, a former Northwestern Lehigh Assistant Principal, has been the Tigers' announcer whenever the team played on its home field.
During the Tigers' Eastern Conference Class AA championships against North Schuylkill on Friday, Fisher called his last game in the press box for the Tigers.
In only their second year of play (NYAA started offering Lacrosse in 2012) the U15 Northwestern team won it's division in their end of the year tournament deemed The Lehigh Valley Youth Lacrosse League Battle of the Valley.
They defeated Nazareth in the Semi-Final round 4-2 to advance to the Championship round where they then took on Bethlehem Township.
Saturday's Women in the Outdoors (WITO) held at Ontelaunee Rod & Gun Club in New Tripoli, was another successful outing for the National Wild Turkey Federation Association, the title sponsor of this national program.