Easton center midfielder Bethany Hall and Emmaus center back Callen Reid were named the 2018 Lehigh Valley Soccer Scholar Athletes on Sunday at the annual awards banquet in Northampton.
“It was exciting,” said Reid. “I was very honored because there are a lot of people in this room who are very intelligent and very skilled in soccer.”
Reid played varsity soccer for three years and was named 2018 All Conference First Team. Academically, Reid is a member of the National Honor Society and Math League.
While there was plenty at stake during last week’s match against Catasauqua, Northwestern’s senior night took center stage early on for seven Northwestern upperclassmen. It was the Tigers’ final home match of the regular season before.
A setback against those Rough Riders cost the Tigers a chance at a West Division crown and a spot in the league four-team tournament. Catasauqua (5-3 in Colonial League) picked up four forfeit victories that helped the Rough Riders pull out a 42-31 win over the Tigers last Wednesday night at Northwestern High School.
Northwestern coach Chris Deutsch had to make a tactical decision against Northern Lehigh on Friday night. Either let the Bulldogs’ Jada Saeger, who averages 24 points per game, just have her night and choose to shut down the rest of the Northern Lehigh roster, or find a way to stop Saeger.
He made the right choice in just doing what they could against Saeger and shutting down the rest of the offense.
With a team that didn’t lose any starters from last year, the Northwestern Tigers were picked to be one of the top teams in the Colonial League this season. Unfortunately, they’ve hit some bumps in the road that have them fighting for a spot in postseason play.
On Friday night, Northwestern traveled to Slatington to take on Northern Lehigh in a key game that carried a lot of playoff implications in both the Colonial League and District 11. Unfortunately for Northwestern, it was all Bulldogs in a 71-46 final.
District 11 announced its pairings for the team championships.
Action gets underway at three different sites beginning Thursday and wrapping up on Saturday.
For Thursday, wrestling will begin promptly at 6 p.m. Subsequent matches will not begin before 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $6 adults, $3 students, $3 senior citizens.
For Saturdary, morning session tickets are $6 adults, $3 students, $3 senior citizens.
Saturday evening session tickets are $6. Only District XI passes are to be accepted. No league passes for any session.
It wasn’t quick and it sure wasn’t easy.
But after over two years of discussions, debates, arguments and compromises, the Colonial League and Schuylkill League came up with a cooperative football scheduling agreement that allows 28 teams to play their 10 regular season games against more opponents from schools of a similar size.
Officials from both leagues announced the agreement Thursday at a press conference at Blue Mountain Resort. The agreement will take affect in 2020 and schedules for the first two seasons were handed out at the event.
Northwestern Lehigh and Southern Lehigh are two teams fighting for spots in the District 11 postseason tournament.
So when they squared off against each other Tuesday night there was a lot on the line. Unfortunately for Northwestern, the Spartans pulled off a 52-47 win over the Tigers that put Southern Lehigh (9-8 overall, 9-3 Colonial League) into districts. Northwestern (8-9, 6-6) is going to have to keep fighting if it wants to join the Spartans in the District 11 race.
With back-to-back games against two of the better Colonial League teams, Northwestern head coach Chris Deutsch was hoping that his team would send a message that the Lady Tigers (14-3 overall, 9-3 Colonial League) were the team to beat. Instead, they came away with two losses. After falling to the Notre Dame Crusaders 46-29 last week, Southern Lehigh downed Northwestern Lehigh 51-34 Tuesday night.
Officials from the Colonial and Schuylkill leagues held a press conference Thursday announcing their new cooperative football scheduling model, which will take affect in the 2020 season.
The 12 Colonial League football teams and 16 from the Schuylkill League will form four divisions based on enrollments and PIAA Classifications. While Colonial League president Bryan Geist insisted the move was not a merger, the cooperative in effect creates a new 28-team league.
“It’s not a perfect system, but we’re getting closer,” said Northwestern Lehigh athletic director Jason Zimmerman.
One gets the feeling that at any time, Northwestern Lehigh boys basketball team is going to start flexing its muscles and start blowing teams off the court. The up-and-down season continued with a current two-game slide against Kutztown and Palmerton, breaking up a three-game winning streak, with all three wins coming on the road against Colonial League teams. That’s just the way the season has gone, at least so far.
“We can play better,” said coach Billy Hallman. “Right now, we’re playing well, but we just can’t quite put everything together consistently.”