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.”
The first two meetings were close endings coming down the stretch, with the home team coming away with the win in both regular season contests. The latest was a 51-46 win in overtime for Northwestern over Salisbury exactly a week ago.
The third meeting, one that would have more on the line than the previous two, had a different script to be played out. And it went in favor of Northwestern.
Northwestern head boys basketball coach Billy Hallman is very familiar with the playoffs. The former Lady Tigers’ assistant was a part of many teams that made deep runs in the league and district playoffs before he took the job as the leader of the boys’ program. Hallman wants to bring the postseason tradition to the boys’ side.
Unfortunately for the Tigers, they’ll have to wait at least another year.
Northwestern was fired up prior to its Colonial League senior night contest with Northern Lehigh on Friday.
The energy during the pregame activities to honor the Tigers’ seven seniors immediately carried over to the hardwood.
Appropriately enough, a pair of seniors were lights-out on their big night in front of family and friends. Brady Mengel and Parker Jones were terrific for the home team, en route to a 61-47 league victory over the Bulldogs.
It has been a long-time coming for the Northwestern Lehigh wrestling program to climb back to the top of the Colonial League. The Tigers battled low numbers, injuries, illnesses and other obstacles over the years, but finally, the 2015-16 season could be their time.
With the amount of remaining games this regular season for Northwestern boys’ basketball dropping to the single digits, head coach Billy Hallman knows how crucial every game is.
The Tigers (7-7 overall, 4-6 Colonial League) got one step closer to the postseason with a 67-64 win against the Blue Bombers of Palmerton in a Colonial League game at Northwestern Lehigh High School on Monday night.
Coming off a loss to Southern Lehigh just three days earlier, the Northwestern girls basketball team was looking to bounce back with a win Friday night against Northern Lehigh.
The Tigers did just that with a 69-29 victory over the rival Bulldogs.
“I just like how we bounced back from the loss against Southern Lehigh,” Deutsch said. “I thought we just had to jump on them from the start and that’s what you have to do against teams like this. You can’t give them belief that they can stay in the game.
With some of Northwestern girls basketball’s top recent graduates in attendance, the Lady Tigers played a lot like their successful predecessors last Wednesday.
Northwestern earned a 52-35 victory against visiting Bangor in a Colonial League girls’ basketball game at Northwestern Lehigh High School just before the holiday break. Recent standout players Sabrina Mertz, Sarah Segan, Trista Cunningham and Sara Jones, who helped surge the Lady Tigers to the top of the Colonial League, were in New Tripoli watching the game live.