NW gets soccer, field hockey wins
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Northwestern's Clay Collins hits ball with his head during soccer action last night at Northern Lehigh, while looking on are, l-r, Ryan Perkowski and Channing Shiffert of the Bulldogs and Isaiah Danner of Northwestern.
Northwestern had a big day picking up wins in boys soccer and field hockey on Thursday afternoon.
Northwestern edged Northern Lehigh 3-2 in Colonial League action.
Kyle Willis, Jeremy Ettl and Chad Horn all had goals for the Tigers, with Willis accounting for two assists.
For Northern Lehigh (10-8 overall, 6-7 league), Ryan Perkowski and Thatcher George scored goals, which were both assisted by Tyler Hoppes.
Northern Lehigh had a 12-11 advantage in shots on goal. Talon Williams made seven saves in goal for Northwestern, while Allan Sipus stopped six shots for Northern Lehigh.
Trailing 2-1 at halftime, Upper Dauphin rallied for four second half goals, on way to a 5-3 victory over Jim Thorpe.
Ethan Grey scored two second half goals to spark the Trojans' rally.
Corey Ligenza scored both of Jim Thorpe's first half goals, while Yugene Revzin tacked on the final score for the Olympians.
Madison Crum-Burger made 12 saves in goal for Upper Dauphin, while Justin Kaminski made six stops for Jim Thorpe.
After a scoreless first half, Stroudsburg's Jordon Ellison scored the game-winning goal off an assist from Gabe Beebe to give the Mountaineers a 1-0 Mountain Valley Conference victory over Pleasant Valley.
The win improves Stroudsburg to 15-0-2 overall and 11-0-1 in the league.
Stroudsburg had an 8-5 advantage in shots on goal and a 2-1 edge in corner kids.
Keepers Jayson Berger (Stroudsburg) and Skyler Jacobson (Pleasant Valley) made three saves apiece in goal.
Northwestern jumped out to a 3-0 halftime lead and never looked back, en route to a 4-1 Colonial League victory over Catasauqua.
Alex Lerner had two first half goals to pace the Tigers. Alex Rausch and Caileigh Landrigan also tacked on goals for Northwestern (10-4-3 overall, 8-4-3 league).
Catasauqua's lone goal came off the foot of Paige Kogelman.
Northwestern had a 17-5 edge in shots and a 7-6 advantage in corners.
Julie Dietrich made five stops in goal for the Tigers.
Stroudsburg captured the top-seed in the Mountain Valley Conference tournament with a 2-1 conference victory over Pleasant Valley.
Alyssa Jones and Rebecca Adelmann scored goals to lead the Mounties' attack. Teammates Liz Leh and Taylor Secor were credited with the assists.
Dominique Kindt accounted for the Bears' lone goal in the second half to spoil the shutout.
Hannah Bard grabbed seven saves between the PV's posts, while her counterpart Kim Henry finished with six.
Pleasant Valley slips to 6-10-1 (6-5-1 MVC), while Stroudsburg improves to 16-1-1 (10-1-1 MVC).
Tamaqua made short work of Jim Thorpe, as the Lady Raiders cruised to a 25-16, 25-14, 25-15 Schuylkill League Division 1 victory.
Sarah Paluck led the Raiders with 12 service points, four aces, 12 kills and five digs. Sarah Lesisko added 10 service points and three aces, while Carly Trovinger dished off 16 assists.
The Olympians' Shannon Green recorded four aces and two kills, while Amanda Petrin and Jaclyn Mefford both finished with five digs.
Jim Thorpe won the JV contest 2-1.
Marian remained undefeated on the season (12-0) with a three-game sweep over Mahanoy Area by final scores of 25-13, 25-11, 25-12.
With the straight set victory over the Golden Bears, the Fillies clinched their second straight Schuylkill League Division 4 Championship.
Two days after joining the 1,000-kill club, Marykate Sherkness tallied 16 kills and 22 digs to lead the Fillies. Senior Joanna Butala added seven kills and five digs, while Emily Pilla accounted for seven kills and 12 digs. Nikki Collevechio picked up 25 digs and setter Abby O'Donnell dished off 36 assists.
In the JV match, Marian cruised to a 25-5, 25-6 victory.
Pleasant Valley remained perfect in MVC play with a three-game sweep over Lehighton. The 25-14, 25-9, 25-18 victory improves the Bears to 17-8 overall and 10-0 in the league.
Courtney Miller led the Pleasant Valley offense with 15 kills, followed by Breanna Joseph's 13 kills and six blocks. Steph Schmitt added 13 assists and nine digs for the Lady Bears, while Kiersten Griesback tallied 16 assists and eight digs.
For Lehighton, Jacki Jordan notched five kills and nine digs, while Natalie Zurn collected 11 digs.