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SL girls top Tigers in battle of unbeatens

The Southern Lehigh girls clinched their eighth-straight Colonial League title on Tuesday, sweeping Northwestern (105-45) and Palisades (122-28) to complete an 11-0 season.

The Tigers finished the season 10-1 after also claiming a 111 1/2-38 1/2 win over the Pirates.

“We gave it our best,” said Northwestern head coach Chuck Groller. “The girls have a lot of heart, grit, determination, and will give it their all in competing to the end.”

The Tigers are the last team to win a girls league title other than the Spartans, doing so in 2015 - which was the last of three-straight girls titles for NW. The 2020 season was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Southern Lehigh showed its skill and depth, winning 12 events and sweeping the three relays. Alexandra Lea won the 100, 200 and 400 for the Spartans, while Neva Bogert was first in the 800 and 1600. Faith Schiffer captured the 100 and 300 hurdles, and Farrah Smtih placed first in the long jump and triple jump.

Northwestern continued its impressive performances in the throwing events.

Sadie Fenstermaker won the shot put and discus, an event the Tigers swept with Katie Brensinger second and Mallory Conner third. Conner was also second in the shot pot.

Sophomore Hannah Gober continued the success with a win in the javelin.

Fenstermaker, a senior, entered the week with the league’s best mark in the shot put and discus, while Gober was second in javelin. Her throw of 119-0 1/2 Tuesday was a season best.

Groller praised the team’s upperclassmen for helping the program sustain its success in recent years.

“The senior girls in their four years in track and field finished 38-6,” he said. “They are a great bunch of girls and I’m very proud of their accomplishments.”


... Northwestern will close out its regular season with the Jim Thorpe Invitational this Thursday before getting ready for the postseason. “It’s now off to bigger and better things for the girls,” Groller said. “We have the JT Invite, leagues, districts, and hopefully states for some of them. I always love seeing their smiles, their enjoyment in competing, and laughter no matter if we win or lose.”


... The Colonial League meet will take place next Tuesday and Wednesday at Whitehall’s Zephyr Sports Complex.


... Groller praised the team’s assistant coaches - Matt Fritz, Jordan Smith, Vanessa Blose, Brian Meckley, Rich Fogal, Mike Kistler, Paul Tomlin and Liz Fornauf - for the role they played in the program’s success this season and in years past.

So. Lehigh 105, Northwestern 45

NW 111 1/2, Palisades 38 1/2

100 - 1. Alexandra Lea (SL) 11.80, 2. Chloe Posavek (SL), 3. Carsyn Van Norman (NW); 200 - 1. Alexandra Lea (SL) 24.60, 2. Chloe Posavek (SL), 3. Carsyn Van Norman (NW); 400 - 1. Alexandra Lea (SL) 58.30, 2. Sophia Schaffer (NW), 3. Kaylei Gruver (P); 800 - 1. Neva Bogert (SL) 2:28.30, 2. Kherington Yezik (NW), 3. Emily Stock (SL); 1600 - 1. Neva Bogert (SL) 5:30.20, 2. Zoe Vezenov (SL), 3. Sophia Cornell (NW); 3200 - 1. Caelee Lenhart (SL) 12:21.90, 2. Erin McMenamy (SL), 3. Devon Heinly (NW); 100H - 1. Faith Schiffer (SL) 15.3, 2. Meghan Conron (SL), 3. Morgan Pera (SL); 300H - 1. Faith Schiffer (SL) 46.40, 2. Morgan Pera (SL), 3. Isyss Williams (P); 400 relay - 1. Southern Lehigh 50.1; 1600 relay - 1. Southern Lehigh 4:14.80; 3200 relay - 1. Southern Lehigh 10:35.00; Shot put - 1. Sadie Fenstermaker (NW) 36-6 1/2, 2. Mallory Conner (NW), 3. Raquelle Riggins (SL); Discus - 1. Sadie Fenstermaker (NW) 110-0, 2. Katie Brensinger (NW), 3. Mallory Conner (NW); Javelin - 1. Hannah Gober (NW) 119-0 1/2, 2. Kaitlyn Carson (P), 3. Raquelle Riggins (SL); Long jump - 1. Farrah Smith (SL) 15-7, 2. Lilah Unangst (NW), 3. Raquelle Riggins (SL); Triple jump - 1. Farrah Smith (SL) 33-5 1/2, 2. Raquelle Riggins (SL), 3. Abby Pomajavich (NW); High jump - 1. Elena Johnson (SL) 4-11, 2. Celina Ruddell (NW), 3. Rachel Snyder (SL); Pole vault

- 1. Ella Sarnitsky (SL) 9-9, 2. Grace Yost (NW), 3. Ella Kimmel (SL).