The second installment of the Colonial League track and field top performers was released by the league last week.
Several Northwestern athletes are at or among the top of the league in their events.
Vanessa Blose has the league’s longest shot put this season. Trevor Cunningham has the best time in the 300-meter hurdle event in 2016.
The following is a list of this year’s top five performers in each event, along with the top Northwestern Lehigh athlete in each event through meets held Friday, April 8.
Senior Lydia Danner is a leader on the Northwestern softball team. Before battling rival Northern Lehigh on Friday, she, along with fellow upperclassmen teammates, rallied the team in hopes to increase confidence. After doing the talking, Danner did the walking, leading by example on the diamond.
The four-year varsity starter went the distance in the circle, tossed 101 pitches, and allowed just three hits while she struck out 12 batters as Northwestern Lehigh (3-2 overall, 3-1 Colonial League) blanked Northern Lehigh 5-0 in a Colonial League softball game.
The Colonial League recently released this year’s first list of track and field top performers.
The Tigers’ Vanessa Blose lead the league in shot put through the first week. Her throw of 32 feet, 3 3/4 inches is over a foot further than the next-best throw.
The following are the top five performers in each event along with the top Northwestern performer.
100: 1. Job Goodman (W) 10.9, 2. Michael Creighton (Palis.) 11.0, 3. Evan Culver (SV), Jasone Means (W) 11.1, 5. Aaron Weller (NDGP), Erik Frankenfield (Sal) 11.2, 11. Trevor Cunningham (NW) 11.6;
Two local companies are teaming up in a partnership that will have implications for Major League Baseball.
The Lehigh Valley IronPigs announced an agreement with uniform maker Majestic that will give players the same materials and styles worn by players in the majors.
Majestic, the official supplier of uniforms for MLB, is known for its innovation in materials and research and development into uniform styles to make today’s players more comfortable on the field, while providing durable materials that can take the beating of a major league season.
With the regional trout season underway, and with portions of the Lehigh River getting stocked April 2 by the Lehigh River Stocking Association, there should be lots of leftover trout in area streams and lakes, especially since the rainy weather made for a light turnout on the opener.
With predicted cold weather, it will make the fish lethargic, as well as the angler. Best fishing then is in the afternoons when air and water temperatures rise.
It was a blustery and cold afternoon at Lehigh’s Goodman Stadium, but Sunday’s home debut for Bethlehem Steel FC left fans warm inside despite the weather conditions.
A spirited and rowdy crowd of 3,655 fans welcomed back high-caliber professional soccer to the area with open arms, restoring the tradition of the original Bethlehem Steel days, which ended in 1930.
While Sunday’s 2-1 victory by visiting side FC Cincinnati wasn’t what the club was looking for on the field, it certainly proved to be a proper first step for the team’s foothold in the Lehigh Valley.
Thursday, April 7
Tyler Wiik drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning as Northwestern edged Palmerton, 6-5.
Wiik, who also smacked a three-run double in the bottom of the sixth inning to give the Tigers a lead, finished the game with four RBIs. Tyler Schreiner was 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored, while teammate Jake Augustus was also 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored.
Palmerton 101 002 1 - 5 8 0
N’western 100 004 1 - 6 8 2
Three outs were all that was separating Northwestern from an early season Colonial League softball win last week. Alyssa Olewine had another idea.
The Palmerton junior smacked a solo homerun over the wall in left center field, tying the game at four, and sending it to the eighth inning where the Blue Bombers finished their comeback victory in 7-4 fashion against the Lady Tigers on Thursday afternoon in New Tripoli.
Last season, the Northwestern Tigers were three outs away from capturing the Colonial League Baseball championship, but came up short in a 3-2 loss to Saucon Valley. This season isn’t just about avenging that loss, but it also opens a new era in the team’s history.
Northwestern’s Erika Thomas was named to this year’s All-Colonial League First Team for girls basketball.
The Tiger senior crossed the 1,000-point milestone as a senior and led the Tigers in scoring in 2015-16.
Northwestern sophomore Leighanna Lister was also named to the all-star team as an honorable mention choice.
This year’s league Most Valuable Player award went to Palisades’ Karlee Krchnavi
The following are this year’s all-league girls basketball teams.