Northern Valley and North Parkland played Sunday’s Lehigh Valley Legion game in a wind that helped to turn the game into a wild affair, with the Chargers beating the Buffaloes 9-8 in extra innings.
The winning run scored in the bottom of the ninth when Isaac Fatzinger lifted a fly ball to center field to score John Taylor from third with the winning run. Taylor led off the inning with a base-hit, stole second and then moved to third on a wild pitch by Evan McAndrew.
The 34th Annual Lion’s All-Star Classic soccer games will not be played this year. The game was scheduled for Saturday June 4, but the threat of storms forced the cancellation of this year’s game.
The Lion’s Classic honors senior all-star players from the Colonial League and Eastern Pennsylvania Conference.
Lydia Danner and JD Haaf were selected to represent Northwestern in the game.
Below are the players who were selected to play in this year’s game.
Gold Team (EPC)
When Heather Hartman started to coach softball at Northwestern, the Lady Tigers were still playing in the junior varsity ranks. In fact, Hartman coached Northwestern at the JV levels in her first three seasons.
This year it’s been another story for Hartman and the Lady Tigers. Northwestern switched to the junior high level. It’s where a number of the Colonial League softball teams are now playing instead of the JV.
And the switch has been a pleasant one in year No. 1. Northwestern exceeded many of its expectations and went 14-2.
There’s been a common theme that’s popped up for the Northern Valley Legion baseball team the past two seasons. Slow starts have been customary under six-year manager Brad Rauch as of late.
The same has been evident early on in the 2016 legion season. But the Chargers, who entered the weekend 0-2, were able to get in the win column with an important stretch waiting in the wind.
Northern Valley’s offense exploded for 15 runs, and Josh Williamson pitched four solid innings in leading the Chargers to a 15-8 win over Salisbury on Sunday afternoon.
The coal mines in Northeast Pennsylvania run deep into the hillsides. Perhaps that is what makes Anthracite Region natives so unique, so different and so full of loyalty to the region’s sons and daughters.
Gene “Bucko” Kilroy lost his closest, dearest and most revered friend late Friday night when “The Greatest” heavyweight boxer of all time, Muhammad Ali, passed away due to complications from Parkinson’s disease at the age of 74.
“I was as close to Ali as I was to my brothers,” Kilroy said via phone from his home in Las Vegas, Neveda early Saturday morning.
The 31st Annual Deppe All-Star Classic was played Saturday at Fegely Stadium in Limeport, pitting high school seniors from the Colonial League against seniors from the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference to benefit the American Cancer Society.
After the EPC battled from behind to take a lead, the Colonial League stars battled back, only to have the game end in a 5-5 tie after nine innings.
The 2016 Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup roster was announced last week as the franchise looks for a fresh start in the 31st year of the tournament.
Two Northwestern Lehigh High School players were named to the roster, as the LV side is hoping to rebound from last year’s shocking 19-0 defeat to Tri-Cape in the opener of the tournament. That defeat was the worst ever by the Valley and one that won’t be forgotten for the proud franchise.
Large School Division
TEAM W - L
Reading 6 - 0
Whitehall 5 - 0
Phillipsburg 4 - 1
Allen 3 - 1
Parkland 3 - 1
Liberty 2 - 1
Becahi 3 - 2
Central Catholic 3 - 2
Emmaus 3 - 2
Quakertown 2 - 2
Southern Lehigh 2 - 2
Freedom 2 - 3
Easton 2 - 4
Bangor 1 - 2
Dieruff 1 - 4
Wilson West Lawn 1 - 5
Northampton 0 - 2
Nazareth 0 - 3
Pocono Mt. East 0 - 6
Small School Division
TEAM W - L
Lincoln Leadership 5 - 1
Faith Christian 4 - 1
Salisbury 4 - 1
Northwestern High School saluted four student athletes last week who signed letters of intent to further both their academic and athletic careers at colleges and universities. The four – Jake Augustus (baseball), Quentin Bernhard (wrestling), Parker Jones (basketball) and Dylan Snyder (football) – all have different career aspirations and various reasons for attending the schools that they chose.
The Northwestern Lady Tigers used a strong pitching performance from Lydia Danner and some key defensive plays to battle defending state champion Bethlehem Catholic through six scoreless innings in the District 11 semifinals at Parkland High School last Thursday. Ironically, one defensive miscue led to the Tigers downfall as the Golden Hawks downed Northwestern 1-0 with a run in the bottom of the seventh to advance to the championship game, looking for a spot in the PIAA Playoffs.