Tigers capture volleyball tourney
The Northwestern volleyball team opened its inaugural season of varsity competition by capturing the championship of the Cardinal Clash Tournament on Saturday.
Lehighton opened the regular season with a 3-1 non-league victory over Hazleton.
Austin Schlosser, Dan Baka and Dylan Kleintop scored the goals for the Indians, while Anthony Rossino was credited with assists on two of the goals.
Tristan Williams scored the Cougars' lone goal.
Geoff Webbert grabbed four saves between the Indians' posts.
Lehighton improves to 1-0 on the season. Hazleton slips to 0-2.
Palmerton blanked Northern Lehigh for a 3-0 Colonial League victory.
Spencer Shigo, Austin Shupp and Brad Ehret accounted for the Bombers' scores.
The Bombers' Richard Roselli recorded four saves on the day to earn the shutout win while his counterpart Nate Rex finished with 11 saves.
Palmerton improves to 1-0 on the season. Northern Lehigh falls to 1-1.
Hako Beskovic's first half goal was all Pleasant Valley needed to score a 1-0 non-league win over Northampton.
Beskovic accounted for the game's lone goal with 18:13 left in the first half. Bear teammate Jack Wathan recorded the assist.
Pleasant Valley outshot Northampton 7-1. Bears' keeper Zach Fuls finished with one save.
The Bears move to 2-0 on the season.
The Tigers defeated East Pennsboro, 1-0, in the Salisbury Falcon Invitational Tournament.
Dan Masetti scored the game's sole score. Teammate Kyle Snyder stoped three shots in goal for the shutout.
After a 2-1 halftime lead, Schuylkill Valley erupted for four goals in the second on their way to a 6-2 non-league win over Tamaqua.
C. Kilgore led the way for the winners with four goals.
Tamaqua received a goal and an assist from Anatoly Dermo. Steve Billet added a goal and Martin Sedlock assisted another.
Tyler Cimino stopped 14 shots in goal for the Raiders.
Northern Lehigh started the season off on the right foot with a 2-0 non-league win over visiting Liberty.
Jenny Fronheiser and Shannon Weil accounted for the Bulldogs' goals. Jess Olewine was credited with the assist on Fronheiser's score.
Kelsey Harlan posted the shutout between the Bulldogs' post, making eight saves in the victory.
Northern Lehigh moves to 1-0 on the season.
Lexie Merkle scored with 1:30 left in the second overtime to lift Northern Lehigh to a 4-3 Colonial League win over Palmerton,
Emily Bevans, Morgan Kravetz and Erin Fleischmann accounted for the other Bulldog scores. Amber Kibler finished with two assist, including the one on the game-winning goal.
Brynn Dougherty, Shannon Strauch and Kayley Blasiak had the Bombers' three goals.
Northern Lehigh improves to 2-0 on the season. Palmerton dropped its season opener to fall to 0-1.
Northwestern capped a 2-0 showing at the Salisbury Falcon Invitational Tournament with a 10-2 victory over East Pennsboro.
Sara Segan led the way with five goals and an assist. Alexis Gawelko, Angela Motolese, Anna Fricchione, Jenny Hallingstad and Abbie Schneck all tallied a single goal in the win.
Pleasant Valley prevailed in a non-league game against Northampton, 6-0.
Keri Dekmar, Emily Schlogl, Dianna Connor, Erin Sharpe, Maria Cimino and Kayla Kishbaugh all had scores for the Bears.
Amber Skworzow had two assists for the winners while Victoria Weismeth and Gabby Lucchese had one each.
PV outshot Northampton 18-6 in the win. Jannelle Pastrana and Hailey Parks combined for five saves.
Sch. Haven Tournament
Tamaqua won two of three games in the Schuylkill Haven Tournament.
The Raiders dropped a 3-0 decision to host Schuylkill Haven in their opener, but rebounded to beat Tri-Valley, 2-0, and Nativity, 8-0.
In the Haven game, Rileigh Evitts scored twice for the Hurricanes. Carly Sassman had nine saves for the Raiders.
Against Tri-Valley, Alex Wagner got Tamaqua on the board off an assist from Kaleigh Rabenold. Kailee Rottet added an insurance score to seal the win. Sassman had five saves in goal for her first varsity shutout.
Against Nativity, Rottet tied a school record for goals in a game as she scored the first four goals for the Raiders. Tanisha Farber, Hanna Zoba, Wagner and Brynn Lehatto all added sole scores. Wagner and Lehatto both had assists in the win. The Tamaqua defense held the Golden Girls without a shot.
Northampton walked off the courts with a 6-1 non-league victory over Pleasant Valley.
Cassi Snook and Ellie Heron paired up in doubles' play to score the Bears' lone win on the day.
The sisterly trio of Darby, Madi and Avery McCall swept singles' play for the visiting Konkrete Kids.
Pleasant Valley drops to 0-4 on the season. Northampton remains undefeated at 6-0.
Darby McCall (N) def. Madison Olexson 6-3, 6-1; Madi McCall (N) def. Kara Urland 6-0, 6-0; Avery McCall (N) def. Emily Thek 6-0, 6-0.
Jolene Stearns/Jenna Meixsell (N) def. Gabby Hochfeld/Monica Jarog 8-6 proset; Maureen Weaver/Leah Hodge (N) def. Sarina Tufano/Mackie Caffrey 6-1, 6-1; Emily Moss/Georgia Weaver (N) def. Paola Mieles/Nyiah Navarez 6-2, 6-3; Cassi Snook/Ellie Heron (PV) def. Bocoarka Jordan/Kristin Kuntzman 2-6, 6-2, 6-3.
Panther Valley came out on top with a 25-13, 25-6, 25-22 win over Weatherly.
Richelle Van Horn led the Panthers (1-0 overall) with 10 kills, 10 assists, 13 service points and six aces. Marley Mikovich (nine service points, four aces, three kills) and Kelsey Van Horn (five kills, 11 assists) chipped in on the attack. Kristyn Gates (10 digs, seven service points, two kills) and Jessica Wiese (four service points, three kills, three blocks, two assist) contributed in the victory.
Jess Adamcyzk paced the Wreckers (0-2 overall) with 20 digs and six blocks. Shannon Sarosky (15 digs, five assists) and Karlee Hinkle (21 digs, six aces) recorded some fine numbers.
In the JV game, Panther Valley recorded a 25-10, 25-13 victory over Weatherly. The Panthers' Cassidy Ryan rolled off 21 consecutive service points during the match.
Lehighton, Northwestern, Tamaqua at Cardinal Clash
Northwestern started its inaugural season off in style by winning its first ever tournament championship at Pine Grove Area High School's Cardinal Clash.
The Lady Tigers fell in a 7-2 hole before defeating Schuylkill League and District 11 perennial power Nativity 25-18 in the championship match to win it all.
Nativity was untouched in Pool A with a 10-0 mark, while Northwestern (7-3), Lehighton (7-3) and Tamaqua (1-9) followed right behind. Shamokin and Blue Mountain both were 7-1 in Pool B play.
In the quarterfinals, Blue Mountain got the best of Lehighton for a 25-11 win while Northwestern cruised to a 25-14 victory over ELCO.
Northwestern earned itself a spot in the championship game with a 27-25 victory over Shamokin while Nativity advanced with a 25-17 win over Blue Mountain.
Northwestern's Trista Cunningham had 31 kills in the tournament, while teammates Jordan Veppert (30 kills) and Jenny Von Holt (28 kills) also had big days at the net. Setters Sara Hufnagle and Mackenzie Hart had 48 and 42 assists, respectively. And libero Mariana Valencia had 39 digs.
The Lady Bears improved to 2-0 on the season with a 25-20, 25-17, 25-17 straight set win over Northampton.
Breanna Joseph led the way with 10 kills and four blocks, while Mackenzie Dorney followed with six kills and 11 digs. Kiersten Griesback had 10 assists in the win and Allison Markowski had eight digs.