Lehigh Valley Conference principals and athletic directors met Monday morning in an emergency meeting to discuss the future of the LVC as we know it, following last week's developments that the Mountain Valley Conference invited 10 of the league's schools to form a 'super conference,' while excluding Bethlehem Catholic and Central Catholic.
Bethlehem Catholic Principal John Petruzzelli spoke at length about Monday's meeting and thought there was good discussion among all the schools in the conference.
Palmerton starter Kendra Pekurny has been dealing from the circle all season long.
Wednesday afternoon was no exception.
Pekurny tossed a complete-game one-hit shutout for the Lady Bombers and helped her team to a 7-0 victory over Colonial League foe Northwestern Lehigh. Meanwhile, Janel Tracy powered the offense once again and helped make for a rather easy day for Palmerton.
Not many coaches, especially in the high school ranks can say they've been coaching at the same school for 31 years.
One man however that can say that is Northwestern baseball coach Len Smith.
Smith has been the head man for the Tigers for a remarkable 31 seasons and this season the coach is doing something he's never done before in his career. Smith is now coaching one of his former players sons.
Where there's smoke, there's fire and the news of a Lehigh Valley superconference finally came to fruition last week.
After months of rumors and speculation about the future of the Lehigh Valley Conference, the Mountain Valley Conference stepped in and sent out an invitation to 12 neighboring schools to ultimately form a "big school, super conference," according to Stroudsburg Principal and MVC President Jeff Sodl.
Henry Paiste was challenged and he responded like a champion.
Make that a three-time champion!
Paiste, a home-schooled student from the Northwestern School District, won his third striaght District 11 Class AA singles tennis championship on Monday at the Westend Racquet and Fitness Center in Allentown.
But it wasn't easy.
Maybe that's why it felt so good.
By ROD HECKMAN
All Trey Shackleton and his parents wanted was something to fulfill his physical education requirement.
Little did they know that requirement would become a life-changing experience.
Shackleton, a resident of Weisenberg Township in the Northwestern Lehigh school district, first thought about participating in football or hockey to meet his homeschooling obligation. Once those were quickly dismissed (with some help from his mother), the student briefly gave tennis a try. When that failed, he turned to swimming.
TRACK and FIELD
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The Tigers pulled off sweeps in their Colonial League tri meet with Palisades and Notre Dame of Green Pond.
The Lady Tigers downed Notre Dame 95-54 and the Lady Pirates 82.5-67.5 to clinch the Colonial League Championship. The boys defeated the Crusaders, 81-69 and Palisades 87-63.
Northwestern girls set record
Leaders ascend to their positions in different ways. Some are thrust into it. Others try to force themselves into a position of authority.
But the best leaders are those who just let it happen. Those who see a void and fill it.
That's how Sara Jones became the the leader for the Northwestern girls basketball team.
The annual District 11 tennis tournament will be starting up Thursday at the West End Racquet Club.
Northwestern area junior Henry Paiste will be looking to bring home his third consecutive AA title.
On paper, last week's matchup against Salisbury figured to be one of Northwestern Lehigh's toughest games of the season.
The Falcons entered last Wednesday's game as the only unbeaten team remaining in the Colonial, stationed at 7-0 in conference play and 10-0 overall.
Unfortunately for the Tigers, the Falcons didn't seem to miss a beat once again.
The Falcons (13-0 overall; 10-0 in Colonial League) scored five runs in the first inning, and Tyler Cooperman held the Tigers (9-5 overall; 5-5 in Colonial League) to just one hit in seven innings in Salisbury's 8-0 victory.