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.
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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.”
Despite a late comeback, the Lady Tigers came up just short of beating Notre Dame (Green Pond) Tuesday in New Tripoli, falling 45-44 to the Crusaders.
“We waited until the very end to have urgency,” said assistant coach Craig Mogel, coaching for Chris Deutsch who was out with an illness. “We preach all the time that you need to be ready from the beginning and play like you really want to win.
Some Colonial League teams competed in league games Saturday, while nonleague rivals Northampton and Catasauqua battled on the hardwood and a couple girls basketball teams traveled to Berks County to face some top competition.
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The Konkrete Kids pulled beat the Rough Riders 59-44.
Northampton was led by Michael Torres with 17 points, along with Aidan Ellwood’s 16 points and Morgan Heffelfinger’s 11 points.
Most of us know the movie “Forrest Gump.” At one part of the film, the character that Tom Hanks portrays is seen running across the country, simply for the enjoyment of it.
Rachele Cerrone, a 2015 graduate of Northwestern High School, is taking on her own version of that popular 1994 movie.
Since falling to Southern Lehigh back on Dec. 21, the Northwestern girls’ basketball team has not lost.
The Lady Tigers continued their winning streak on Saturday afternoon when they defeated Salisbury, 43-22, in a Colonial League game in New Tripoli.
“The more we play together the better we are getting,” Northwestern head coach Chris Deutsch. “Our girls are getting more confidence. We played the next night after that loss and it was the perfect medicine for us. We never thought about it. Also, our defensive effort has gone to a new level. They are really buying in.”