Northwestern Lehigh players continue to take turns in the spotlight this season. Justin Holmes set a new school record for receiving against Wilson a couple weeks ago and against Palmerton last week, he was part of the receiving crew that pulled in 277 yards worth of passes from quarterback Deven Bollinger.
The end result was a 42-7 win over the Blue Bombers, putting the Tigers at 5-1 on the season.
Deven Bollinger’s 277 yards of passing last week earned him the Player of the Week honor from the Times News newspaper in Lehighton.
When told of the award, literally the first words out of his mouth were about how well the rest of the team played.
“First off, it starts with the offensive line,” said Bollinger. “They’ve been great this season and have given me a lot of time to throw the ball. Then, the receivers, Justin [Holmes] and Jayden [Allen] have had time to run routes and they’ve done a great job at getting open.
After having spent three of the first four weeks of the season on the road, the Northwestern Lehigh Tigers returned to Tiger Stadium looking for a fourth straight win.
The offense went to work immediately and on their first four possessions of the game, the Tigers went down the field and pushed the ball across the goal line for a quick 28-6 lead over Bangor.
From there, the Tigers didn’t look back as they finished with a 41-13 win over Bangor.
Due to two unfortunate injuries to two top hitters, Northwestern volleyball head coach Lexi Ashburne had to adjust the Tigers’ lineup yet again for Tuesday’s Colonial League match against Palmerton. One of the biggest changes was shifting senior Sam McGinley from outside hitter into the middle.
And while things looked shaky at times for the Tigers as a unit, McGinley looked impressive in the middle. She finished with a game-high six kills as the Tigers (5-5) swept Palmerton in straight sets (25-20, 25-20, 25-20).
Northwestern Lehigh picked up its 12th win of the season Tuesday night in a strong 5-1 win over Palisades.
Five different players scored goals for the Tigers. The win puts Northwestern at 7-1 in the Colonial League, just behind Southern Lehigh (8-0-1) and just ahead of Salisbury (6-1-0).
The Tigers’ only loss of the season came at the hands of Southern Lehigh, while Salisbury’s only loss came against Northwestern.
Two Northwestern Lehigh golfers earned league medals Monday at the Colonial League golf championships, held at Bethlehem Municipal.
Luke Hallman shot 79 for fifth place overall, while Gabby Smalley carded a 90 for second place in the girls tournament.
Both Tigers are now exempt from the district qualifying tournament and earned places in the October 7 District Championship Tournament.
Ben Ortwein (Notre Dame GP) won the tournament in a playoff with Palmerton’s Tyler Hager after both shot 78.
High school teams don’t have much better weeks than the one just turned in by the Northwestern Lehigh boys soccer team. The Tigers not only went 3-0 with wins over Moravian Academy (10-1-0 overall, 7-1-0 Colonial), Pen Argyl (4-4-1, 3-4-0) and Palisades (4-8-0, 3-5-0), but they also shutout their opponents in each of the games, outscoring them 14-0. When combined with a scoreless tie against Southern Lehigh on September 17, Northwestern now has four straight shutouts.
Palmerton comes into Tiger Stadium with a 1-4 record, which is a bit deceiving. The Blue Bombers have had a difficult stretch of games to open the season. After an opening week demolishing of Palisades in a 47-6 win, Palmerton had to face Southern Lehigh (5-0), Saucon Valley (4-1) and Notre Dame of Green Pond (3-2) on consecutive weeks. The result was losing all three by a combined score of 112-40.
Last week, Palmerton hosted Pen Argyl and fell 28-21 with the Blue Bombers falling into a familiar trap that has cost them in the past – turnovers.
A face very familiar to Northwestern Lehigh football head coach Josh Snyder took over the reins at Bangor this season and Snyder knows what to expect.
Paul Reduzzi, who spent 11 seasons as the head coach at Pen Argyl is now the headman at Bangor, a program that basically had to start from scratch, with just five starters returning from last season.
Derek Holmes, a 2019 graduate of Northwestern High School, had a memorable athletic career in a number of sports. During his senior football season, he was named a Colonial League First-Team all-star at defensive end and a Second-Team selection at tight end on offense. He scored six touchdowns and record four sacks a season ago.
His younger brother, Justin, is out to make a name for himself as well and add to the family tradition. Saturday’s game against Wilson was a big step in doing just that for the Tiger sophomore.