The Northwestern wrestling team got to experience a little bit of everything over the weekend at the Zephyr Duals. As one of 16 teams competing at Whitehall High School on Saturday, the Tigers faced competition that included a fellow Colonial League foe, a traditionally successful Eastern Pennsylvania Conference squad and a couple of teams from outside the Lehigh Valley area.
All in all, the Tigers put together a successful outing despite being given a tough road throughout the event.
It was just one of those days for Northwestern when it traveled to Salisbury (5-2, 7-3) to take on the Falcons Saturday. After trailing by just three at the half, the Tigers shooting went cold and they came out of Salisbury High School with a 54-38 loss to Salisbury.
Salisbury’s Jack Reichenbach led all scorers with 21 points, while Ryann Slutsky and Jaxon Costello chipped in with 11 points each. For Northwestern, Trevor Cunningham and Deven Bollinger each scored eight points to lead the Tigers, with Sam Yadush picking up seven points.
Caleb Clymer was never himself on the wrestling mat last season. After dealing with a broken hip for the majority of last winter, Clymer is back to his regular self a year later and the bounce in his step is noticeable on the mats.
He was one of two Tigers to earn medals at last week’s Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Tournament at Liberty High School.
Put aside his talent, his 6-foot-3 frame, his knowledge of the game and his incredible work ethic.
All those things have made Jonathan Blaine a great soccer player. But what stands out the most is a quality that is essential to being a great central defender.
While Blaine could have been successful at any position on the soccer field, he chose one that gets little recognition. He anchored the Tiger defense for three years. He had few opportunities to score goals or get his name in the boxscore. But that wasn’t his goal. Team wins were the first and only objective.
Abby Chisdak and the Northwestern girls basketball team are ringing in the New Year with a tough three-game stretch in the first week of January. She also recently finished her third high school soccer season in the fall.
Whether Chisdak is running up and down the hardwood or across the soccer pitch, one thing remains consistent with the Tiger junior. No matter what sport it is, she’ll do whatever is necessary for the betterment of the team.
The Patriots beat the Spartans in a nonleague game 60-43.
Freedom’s Nicholas King scored a game high 22 points.
Sean Welsh had 13 for Southern Lehigh.
Patel 1-0-0-3, Miller 2-1-2-6, Murtaugh 0-0-0-0, Hoff 0-0-0-0, Hudson 1-2-2-4, Dougherty 1-1-3-3, Blondell 1-0-0-2, Welsh 4-5-5-13, Zamichieli 4-2-2-12. TOTALS: 14-11-14-43.
Tyrese Martin accounted for more than half of the Canaries’ scoring in a 62-46 win over Emmaus in the Allen Holiday Tournament.
Martin poured in 37 points, including six three-pointers.
Emmaus was led by the Kachelries brothers, with Matt scoring 18 points and David adding 15.
M. Kachelries 8-0-0-18, D. Kachelries 5-3-3-15, Lewis 0-0-0-0, Cichocki 1-0-0-2, Ross 0-0-0-0, Artis 1-0-0-2, Ferguson 0-0-0-0, Diehl 1-0-0-2, Riegel 1-0-0-2, Smith 0-0-0-0, Sabol 2-1-2-5, Boyd 0-0-0-0. TOTALS: 19-4-5-46.
The Cougars trailed at halftime but came back to beat the Zephyrs 54-37 in a nonleague game.
Hazleton, which was led by Maddie Mrochko’s 25 points, made 11 of 13 free throw attempts in the fourth quarter to seal the win.
Whitehall was led by Alix Buskirk with nine points.
Pfeil 4-6-7-14, Ma. Trivelpiece 2-5-6-11, Mrochko 9-3-5-25, Sheeto 0-0-0-0, Book 0-0-0-0, Lipinsky 0-0-0-0, Me. Trivelpiece 2-0-0-4. TOTALS: 17-14-18-54.
The Hurricanes beat the hosts 72-64 in the first round of Parkland’s tournament.
Liberty was led by Jeremy Johnson’s 31 points, which included a 10-for-10 effort from the free throw line. Cameron Hoffman added 11 points for Liberty, while Amir Griffin chipped in with 10.
Parkland was led by Sam Iorio with 26 points.
Serrano 3-0-3-7, Griffin 4-2-2-10, Johnson 9-10-10-31, Legree 0-0-0-0, Erney 0-1-2-1, Heess 2-2-2-6, Hoffman 4-0-0-11, Cannon 3-0-0-6. TOTALS: 25-15-19-72.
The blueprint for success for the Northwestern boys’ basketball program for this season is mixing youth and experience in the lineup.
The plan worked to perfection against Northern Lehigh last week.
The Tigers (3-2 overall, 2-2 Colonial League) battled the Bulldogs in the first half, but pulled away in the final two frames as they notched a 53-33 victory in New Tripoli last week in the latest battle of the Mountain Road Rivalry.