Senior leadership can be a luxury to lean on in a big game.
And it’s a bonus to have more than one veteran who can get the job done.
Northwestern received strong play from a pair of seniors during a Colonial League clash with Northern Lehigh on Monday.
Lydia Danner and Ellen Smith both made key contributions during the Lady Tigers’ 4-2 victory over the Lady Bulldogs.
Northwestern’s Trevor Cunningham started off the season competing in two jumping events along with the 110-meter hurdles. After two meets competing in the triple jump, Cunningham ditched that for the other hurdle event, the 300-meter.
The decision has certainly panned out well.
Cunningham, who took bronze in the 300-meter hurdles, was one of two Tigers that medaled at last week’s Allentown School District Track and Field Invitational at J. Birney Crum Stadium. David VanBlargan also took third in the pole vault event.
The Northwestern softball team traveled to Palmerton last week to battle the Blue Bombers. The Lady Tigers upended the Bombers for a 6-5 Colonial League win, improving their record to 6-6 overall, 6-4 in the league.
“We needed a win in the worst way,” said Northwestern head coach Josh Zimmerman. “We’ve been battling up and down all season, and we’ve been close in almost all of our games. So it was good to get a win in one of these types of one-run games.”
The Colonial League track and field season is winding down with just one week of regular season meets before the May 11-12 league championships.
The following is a list of the top five performers in each event along with the top Northwestern performer in each event.
100: 1. Michael Creighton (Palis.) 10.7, 2. Job Goodman (W) 10.9, 3. Jasone Means (W) 11.1, 4. Evan Culver (SV) 11.1, 5. Aaron Weller (NDGP), Erik Frankenfield (Sal), Steffen Lindsay (SL), Jonathan Marfisi (PA), Jared Colletti (Palis) 11.2, 13. Trevor Cunningham (NW) 11.4;
It didn’t generate any runs.
It didn’t produce a hit.
But for Duran Porrino, it confirmed that his baseball team was ready to play.
The Northwestern Lehigh coach watched his squad produce seven solid innings – and starting pitcher Jake Augustus threw seven shutout innings – to claim a 6-0 win over Palmerton in a showdown of the top two teams in the Colonial League’s West Division.
It wasn’t too long ago that Haley Dietrich thought she would be attending college close to home. But nearly a month ago, her college plans changed drastically.
Dietrich signed a letter of intent to play field hockey at Division II Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina last Wednesday at a ceremony at Northwestern High School. She was one of three Division II signees and 11 Tigers overall that will continue their athletic careers at the next level.
While his team was packing up and heading for the bus after its game against Salisbury last week, Northwestern softball head coach Josh Zimmerman was standing back, looking down, and reflecting on what transpired.
The game went exactly as Zimmerman expected, however, the outcome did not.
Salisbury loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh inning of a scoreless game and knocked a walk-off RBI-single into right field, winning a pivotal Colonial League softball game 1-0 at Salisbury Middle School.
Mikaela Koenig got accepted into the school and program of her choice when she joined Lebanon Valley College. Her basketball career, however, seemed to have come to the end of its road. And she was content with that.
Shortly after being accepted into Lebanon Valley College, that all changed.
“I applied early decision for their doctor of physical therapy program because they only accept about 50 kids and they get like 300 applicants,” Koenig said. “Once I applied there and that’s where I was going, if I played basketball or not, I knew that was the right choice.
The Colonial League recently released this year’s third installment of track and field top performers.
The Tigers’ have several athletes among the top, including Vanessa Blose, who has the top shot put distance so far this season.
The following is a list of the top five performers in each event, along with the top Northwestern athlete in each event. The lists include results of meets held through the end of last week.
Both the Northwestern football and boys soccer teams made it to their respective district championship games. The latter of the two won the Class 2A crown this past fall season.
A total of seven players from those two teams lead a list of eight male athletes that signed college letters of intent last Wednesday at Northwestern High School’s Gymnasium.