Salisbury High School center midfielder Ethan Heydt and Quakertown High School forward Victoria Sturgess were named 2016 Soccer Scholar Athletes at the Lehigh Valley Soccer Scholar Athlete Awards Banquet on Jan. 29 at Northampton Memorial Community Center in Northampton.
Heydt and Sturgess were among 76 nominees from 40 high schools throughout the area who were selected jointly by their coaches and the school administration. The Soccer Scholar Athlete Committee then selected the overall winners.
Northwestern was well aware of how good a team Saucon Valley has this season.
Back on Jan. 4, the Panthers visited the Tigers and came away with a decisive win.
Monday night in the Colonial League Tournament, Northwestern and Saucon Valley had a semifinal rematch.
The result was almost identical.
Saucon Valley, the top seed and undefeated in the league this season, rolled to a 66-6 victory, which propelled it into the finals against Bangor.
Saucon went on to defeat the Slaters, 47-17, and claim its fifth straight league title.
Northwestern head coach Chris Deutsch couldn’t remember a season where he had just one senior. This year’s team has just one outgoing member, Paige Stitzel, and she got the start on senior night as the Lady Tigers defeated Pen Argyl 56-34 in a Colonial League girls basketball game.
Not only is Stitzel special for being the solo member of this year’s senior class, but also for the work she put in over the years and for what she gave up to have that spotlight of the Northwestern Lehigh High School Gymnasium during pregame on Tuesday night.
At the start of this 2016-17 basketball season, junior Trista Cunningham became an upperclassman, and with that had to take on a leadership role on the Moravian College women’s basketball team.
The 2014 Northwestern Lehigh High School graduate has seen a change in her mindset around the game and in the classroom, and it has benefited her and her program this year.
The Colonial League wrestling season has come to a close with four teams reaching Monday’s league team tournament.
The top-seeded and four-time defending league champ Saucon Valley Panthers will take on Northwestern in a semifinal match at 5:30 at Catasauqua High School, while No. 2 Bangor faces No. 3 Wilson in the other semifinal with the winners meeting at 7:30 for this year’s crown.
Here’s a look at the league standings in all three sports heading into Friday night’s round of basketball games.
Team W-L GB
Bangor 13-0 x
You’d be hard-pressed to find a team in the Colonial League that has gone through a tougher stretch than the one the Northwestern girls’ basketball team just did.
That difficult spurt came to an end on Monday night with a league game against Bangor, the Colonial League’s East Division leader. Northwestern battled until the final whistle and nearly pulled off the upset, but the Slaters kept their distance atop the division standings with a 45-42 victory.
There is a lot of familiarity between the Lehighton and Northwestern boys basketball programs. There are few secrets, if any, between the coaching staffs. When the two teams battle, it always comes down to execution. On Saturday afternoon, it was the Indians who had more shots fall.
Lehighton staved off a late-game surge by Northwestern and hung on for a 55-50 win in a nonleague game at Northwestern Lehigh High School.
A few Colonial League teams played conference games on Monday, while one CL boys team took on a powerhouse team from the Schuylkill League.
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Bangor rolled by Northwestern in a Colonial League meeting, 71-52.
Reece Jones paced the Slaters with 17 points.
Roby Seyfried had 16 for the Tigers, while Samuel Yadush totaled 10.
A number of area teams have already qualified for the district playoffs even though that tournament is still a month down the road. The Allen and Emmaus boys basketball teams, both who are ranked in the state Class 6A rankings, have already cemented a spot.
But when those district tournaments tip off on Feb. 21, the scene will look slightly different than in years past. The biggest change fans will notice is the increase from four PIAA classifications to six based on student enrollment numbers.
Northwestern wrestling head coach Jim Moll had a simple message for his team heading into its match against league unbeaten Bangor last week.
“We just wanted to wrestle hard,” Moll said. “We try to get the guys to wrestle hard and try to get better. We like to win matches and dual meets, but that isn’t always the case. We stressed just wrestling hard and getting better.”