The 56th annual Lehigh Valley Chapter of the National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete Banquet will be held Sunday, March 6, beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the Northampton Community Center.
This year’s guest speaker is former Whitehall, Penn State and NFL player Matt Millen, who is now a television sports analyst.
Representing Northwestern at this year’s banquet is Luca Metzger, a 5-10, 175-pound center and defensive end who ranks 15th in a Class of 188 students.
Below is a list of this year’s scholar athlete nominees.
Caleb Clymer never wrestles alone.
Every time he takes the mat, the Northwestern sophomore carries with him a legacy dotted with greatness.
Clymer’s brothers – Ben, Bobby and Scott – combined to win five District 11 individual championships from 2004-11. Ben and Scott, who finished their careers at Northwestern with a combined 280 wins, were also two-time regional champions and both won state titles.
That success has helped to shape Caleb, both on and off the mat.
With the recent cold temperatures, ice fishing has become possible on local waters. Fishing has been decent so far on Pocono lakes and even north of there where temperatures allowed for safe ice.
Willie, from Willie’s Bait and Tackle in Cementon, said he’s been getting sporadic reports from places like Shohola and Pecks Pond where pickerel and bluegills were the main bite.
Northwestern Lehigh girls head basketball coach Chris Deutsch had a long talk with his team following last week’s 53-18 loss to eventual Colonial League champion Southern Lehigh in the semifinals at Northern Lehigh.
He kept them in the locker room well beyond the usual time for his post-game speeches to make sure they realized the season wasn’t over and they had a lot of time to forget the rough night against the Spartans.
When Quentin Bernhard and Jarett White joined Northwestern’s varsity wrestling team as freshmen, the program was in a rebuilding stage.
The two are now seniors and the rebuilding process has been completed. In their four years they have helped the team return to its place as one of the Colonial League and District 11 championship contenders.
Both wrestlers recently crossed the 100-win milestone early in the postseason of their senior year.
Bernhard notched his 100th at the Colonial League team tournament in a semifinal win over Northern Lehigh.
There are people who play football. Then there are football players. Brandon Schrader is the latter.
He’s not just someone who decided to give the game and try and enjoyed a few years. He began playing the sport the first chance he got and plans to keep playing until he no longer can.
Northwestern guard Erika Thomas generally spends time after practices working on her free throws. So, it only seemed right that she would make history at the foul line.
Late in the game of last week’s Colonial League semifinal loss to Southern Lehigh, Thomas went to the foul line just like she has plenty of times in her career. She sunk both shots and eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for her career in the process, making her the first Lady Tiger to accomplish the feat since Sara Jones did it in 2013.
A few weeks ago when the Northwestern girls basketball team took on Salisbury in a key Colonial League clash with postseason seeding and a first-round home game on the line, the Lady Tigers trailed 21-16 at intermission.
Heading into the locker room head coach Chris Deutsch sought some advice from his assistant coaches shortly after the whistle sounded.
It’s been eight years since Northwestern was truly a title contender in wrestling.
The programs golden years, which included league and district titles in 2007 and 2008, along with three straight district runner-up finishes before that, seemed to end abruptly.
The Tigers made two more district team tournament appearances in 2009 and 2010, but didn’t get past the quarterfinals. After that came four straight losing seasons without a district tournament appearance.
Roughly nine hours and four matches after arriving at Freedom High School, Jim Moll could finally relax.
The Northwestern head coach watched his team grind, battle and ultimately prevail against Lehighton, 34-30, in the true second-place match at Saturday’s District 11 Class 2A team wrestling championships to advance to the state tournament.
“It shows a lot of heart,” said Moll. “It shows a lot of character. It shows that they really wanted to be out there (at states) and they wrestled well and got it.”