It has been a long-time coming for the Northwestern Lehigh wrestling program to climb back to the top of the Colonial League. The Tigers battled low numbers, injuries, illnesses and other obstacles over the years, but finally, the 2015-16 season could be their time.
With the amount of remaining games this regular season for Northwestern boys’ basketball dropping to the single digits, head coach Billy Hallman knows how crucial every game is.
The Tigers (7-7 overall, 4-6 Colonial League) got one step closer to the postseason with a 67-64 win against the Blue Bombers of Palmerton in a Colonial League game at Northwestern Lehigh High School on Monday night.
Coming off a loss to Southern Lehigh just three days earlier, the Northwestern girls basketball team was looking to bounce back with a win Friday night against Northern Lehigh.
The Tigers did just that with a 69-29 victory over the rival Bulldogs.
“I just like how we bounced back from the loss against Southern Lehigh,” Deutsch said. “I thought we just had to jump on them from the start and that’s what you have to do against teams like this. You can’t give them belief that they can stay in the game.
With some of Northwestern girls basketball’s top recent graduates in attendance, the Lady Tigers played a lot like their successful predecessors last Wednesday.
Northwestern earned a 52-35 victory against visiting Bangor in a Colonial League girls’ basketball game at Northwestern Lehigh High School just before the holiday break. Recent standout players Sabrina Mertz, Sarah Segan, Trista Cunningham and Sara Jones, who helped surge the Lady Tigers to the top of the Colonial League, were in New Tripoli watching the game live.
You can say the Northwestern wrestling team was behind the eight ball as soon as the season started.
Two state-qualifiers from 2014, Matt Peters and Caleb Clymer, have been out of action for much of the season. Peters has wrestled four matches, according to head coach Tom Moll; Clymber hasn’t taken the mat yet this winter. Both are expected back in January after recovering from growth plate issues.
Northwestern took 18th place at the Flo-Excalibur Wrestling Tournament last weekend at Wilkes University.
Wyoming Seminary won the event with Bound Brook and Benton in second and third place, respectively, out of 28 teams in the tournament.
At 120, unseeded Baily knocked off the tournament’s No. 7 seed in the second round then fell to top-seeded Jack Davis in a quarterfinal match. He wrestled back for fifth place.
Quentin Bernhard (126) lost his opening bout but won four straight in the consolation bracket before finishing eighth.
Saturday, Dec. 19
Northwestern at Flo Tournament at Wilkes University
The Tigers finished eighth in a field that included some of the top teams in the state and others from outside of Pennsylvania.
For individual results from the event, see story above.
Wednesday, Dec. 16
Northwestern cruised to a win over Catasauqua, 63-6.
After taking a step forward last season, the Northwestern boys basketball program looks to keep up the progress this year.
It won’t be easy. The Tigers graduated 10 seniors, including five of their top seven scorers from last season.
On the bright side, last year’s leading scorer is back in senior guard Parker Jones.
“Parker has to do everything for us,” said third-year head coach Billy Hallman. “He’s going to make us go. He was a starter last year and was really the main guy last year.”
Jones, a 5-10 guard, averaged 11.14 points last year.
It all came to an end just over a month ago. At least for her collegiate playing days, that is.
Lauren Horner, a 2012 graduate of Northwestern High School, capped her four-year field hockey career at Monmouth University in early November in the Hawks’ MAAC (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) Tournament semifinal loss to Fairfield. That November 6 defeat was Horner’s final start on the Hawks’ defensive front.
Head coach Billy Hallman knew it would be a test early on in the Colonial League hoops landscape. And for the first quarter, Northwestern seemed up for the challenge.
But when all was said and done, Southern Lehigh and its experience proved to be too much over the final three quarters.