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Palmerton, Costenbader win CL golf titles

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    NANCY SCHOLZ/TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Dan Costenbader follows through on a tee shot. Costenbader captured the Colonial League championship on Wednesday.
Published October 05. 2009 02:55PM

Palmerton turned in a strong performance at the Colonial League Golf Tournament to highlight Wednesday scholastic sports schedule.


Colonial League Tourney

Dan Costenbader won his second straight Colonial League title, edging his close friend and Palmerton teammate, Mike Englert by two strokes.

Costenbader, a senior, made three birdies and three bogeys on the front nine at Bethlehem Municipal then parred every hole on the back side to win with a 1-under par 70.

"I got pretty many good breaks," Costenbader said. "I got good bounces here and there. But my chipping is what saved it. If I was in the trees and had to punch out or something, I'd chip it to three feet and make every putt on the back nine. It feels great. I'm pretty excited."

Northwestern's Devin Haddad took second place in the girls tournament, shooting 104. Bangor's Stani Schiavone won the girls title with a 75.

Palmerton won the team tournament championship with a four-player score of 315 to Saucon Valley's 319. But Saucon won the league's regular season title based on it's five-player score of 408 to Palmerton's 409.

Colonial League Golf Tournament Results

1. Dan Costenbader (Palmerton) 70, 2. Mike Englert (Palmerton) 72, 3. Chad Grandfield (So. Lehigh) 74 - won playoff, 4. Erik Iversson (Moravian Academy) 74, 5. Tyler Earle (Saucon Valley) 75, 6. Kevin Truskowski (Saucon Valley) 77, 7. David Olexson (Wilson) 78 -won playoff.

Other local players

9. Ben Andrews (Palmerton) 79, 43. Mike Hontz (Northwestern) 94, 51. Stephen Reitz (Northwestern) 96, 45. Bill Heinick (Palmerton) 94, 46. Marcus Pitts (Palmerton) 94, 52. Tyler Kunsman (Northwestern) 97, 53. Mike D'Ancona (Northwestern) 98, 54. Trevor Kirchner (Palmerton) 98.

The top seven players earn medals

Lehighton-PM West

Lehighton beat Pocono Mountain West, 13-5, in a Mountain Valley Conference match-at Pocono Farms Country Club.

Medalist Dave Behler carded a 75.

Brendan McCullian and Jeff Newman ousted their Panther opponents 3-0.

Lehighton 13, Pocono Mountain West 5

Dave Behler (L) def. Marks Brooks 2-1, Brendan McCullian (L) def. Nick Taracredi 3-0, Jeff Newman (L) def. Evan Freach 3-0, James Iverson (PMW) def. Brad Bickert 3-0, Cole Rex (L) def. Brian Boesenberg 2 1/2-1/2, Nick Mantz (L) def. Cody Knecht 2 1/2-1/2.

Played at Pocono Farms Country Club, par 72


Marian remained unbeaten in Schuylkill League play with a 332-380 win over visiting Tamaqua.

The Colts' Nick Tristani carded a medalist score of 79.

Tamaqua's Jordan Heisler finished with a team-low 85.

Marian moves to 10-0 in the league and 10-2 overall.

Marian 332, Tamaqua 380


Jordan Heisler 85, Mike Toth 92, Zach Nicholls 101, Steve Christ 102


Nick Tristani 79, Drew Sherkness 83, Brandon Dipora 85, Josh Green 85

Played at Mountain Valley, par 72

No. Schuylkill-Panther Vy.

Panther Valley got the best of North Schuylkill for a second time this season with a 339-346 Schuylkill League win.

Korey Lopata and Matt Tucker tied for a Panther's low with an 83 on the day.

The Spartans' Derrick Reis carded medalist honors with a match-low 79.

Panther Valley moves to 9-2 on the season.

Panther Valley 339, North Schuylkill 346


Derrick Reis 79, Josh Lex 84, Ian Paul 85, Jamie Anczarski 98


Korey Lopata 83, Matt Tucker 83, Scott Nevenglosky 84, Mike Hadesty 89

Played at Villas Crossing, par 70


Nativity-Jim Thorpe

Jim Thorpe swept Nativity in Schuylkill League action.

Both Olympians' squads recorded 15-50 victories over the Hill Toppers and Golden Girls.

Liz Klotz led the Lady Olympians with a first place finish in a time of 24:24, while Sam Lux crossed the finish line first for the Olympians in a time of 18:48.

The Jim Thorpe girls move to 2-5 overall, while the boys improve to 6-1.


Jim Thorpe 15, Nativity 50

1. Liz Klotz (JT) 24:24, 2. Erin Bucci (JT) 25:11, 3. Caitlyn Henninger (JT) 29:06, 4. Tyra Brown (JT), 5. Briana Gehres (JT), 6. Sarah Mika (N), 7. Sarah Kimborowicz (JT), 8. Tiffany Erney (JT), 9. Gabby Miller (JT), 10. Karen Palma (JT).


Jim Thorpe 15, Nativity 50

1. Sam Lux (JT) 18:48, 2. Dave Barrientos (JT) 19:37, 3. Josh Williams (JT) 19:51, 4. Sean Boyd (JT), 5. Matt Curran (JT), 6. Adam Dachowicz (JT), 7. Jay Marsen (JT), 8. Darren Gehres (JT), 9. Chris Boyd (JT), 10. Zach Roseman (N).


Pine Grove

The Tamaqua girls remained undefeated with a Schuylkill League Division I sweep of Pottsville and Pine Grove on the Cardinals' course. The Blue Raider boys also came away with a pair of wins.

Tamaqua's Amber Carroll set a new course record of 20:37 as Tamaqua (7-0 overall, 5-0 league) took four of the top five girls spots in an 18-42 win over Pottsville and 15-50 victory over Pottsville. Dana Ansbach placed second.

In the boys meet, Tyler Kline paced Tamaqua (5-2, 3-2) to a 26-29 triumph over Pottsville and 17-44 win against Pine Grove. The Raiders' Ricky Clemson placed third.

Tamaqua's Zach Oliveria and Matt Sweigert placed 1-2 in the 1.4 mile junior high race.


Tamaqua 18, Pottsville 42

Tamaqua 15, Pine Grove 50

1. Amber Carroll (T) 20:37 (new course record), 2. Dana Ansbach (T) 22:19, 3. Jocelyn Liptock (P) 22:31, 4. Colleen Rorke (T) 23:53, 5. Jessica Leiby (T) 24:49, 6. Paige Kosica (T) 24:56, 7. Regina Manzick (P) 25:28, 8. Julie Lesniak (T) 25:55. 9. Kelly Martin (PG) 26:28, 10. Caitlin Goodman (P) 26:48, 11. Alexandra Miller (T) 26:52, 12. Kelsey Holland (P) 27:25, 13. Dominique Dudash (P) 27:27, 14. Jayde Nagle (PG) 27:46, 15. Grace Kasey (P) 28:27.


Tamaqua 26, Pottsville 29

Tamaqua 17, Pine Grove 44

1. Tyler Kline (T) 19:16, 2. Christian Zanis (P) 19:21, 3. Ricky Clemson (T) 19:36, 4. Eric Scanlan (P) 19:39. 5. Philip Christman (T) 19:51, 6. Codi Woods (P) 19:59. 7. Pat Lally (PG) 20:29, 8. Dominick Direnzo (P) 20:50, 9. Joe Rudy (T) 21:04, 10. Travis Hill (T) 21:21, 11. Dave Fehr (PG) 21:24, 12. Jarred Yalsovec (P) 21:31, 13. Sam Zawada (P) 21:49, 14. John Scheitrum (T) 22:02, 15. Ben Tuckett (T) 22:05.



Tyler Harshey's first-half penalty kick for a goal was all Northwestern needed to score a 1-0 Colonial League victory over Salisbury.

The Tigers (6-3 overall, 5-3 Colonial League) held a 13-10 edge in shots. Tigers keeper Nate Kester and Falcon keeper Chad Highdecker finished with six saves each.

Pleasant Valley-PM East

Double overtime was not enough to decide a winner as Pleasant Valley and Pocono Mountain East tied 0-0.

Mike Cimino grabbed eight saves for the Bears, while the Cardinals' Josh Lee finished with five.

Palmerton-Saucon Valley

Kyle Shannon scored a hat-trick and two assists to pace Saucon Valley to a 8-1 Colonial League win over Palmerton.

Luis Devia fhad a goal and four assists for the Panthers, while Tucker Sandercock recorded a goal and an assist.

Ben Henry, Jake Schuyler and Ahn Nguyen all added single goals for the victors. Chris Coelho was credited with an assist.

Derek Furry posted the Bombers' goal, while Adam Berger recorded the assist.

Saucon Valley outshot Palmerton, 22-2. Zach Huber grabbed 16 saves in front of the Bombers' net, while the Panthers' Max Hennig finished with one.

PM West-Lehighton

Brian Bao's two goals and two assists highlighted Pocono Mountain West's 8-1 Mountain Valley Conference victory over Lehighton.

Kody Grilica recorded two goals for the Panthers, while Adebayo Adejure added a goal and an assist.

PMW's Josh Miller, Mike Gaudette and Brandon Gushlaw chipped in with single goals.

Dan Dagorn scored the Indians' goal in the first half.

PMW held a 17-15 edge in shots. The Indians' keeper Jason Addy finished with five saves, while the Panthers' Zac Martin grabbed seven.

No. Lehigh-Palisades

Palisades cruised to a 7-1 Colonial League victory over visiting Northern Lehigh.

M. Kroschwitz had a hat trick for the Pirates.

The Bulldogs' Channing Shiffert scored a second-half goal.

Bulldog keeper Corey Snyder recorded 17 saves, while counterpart T. Creighton ended up with eight.


ES North-Pleasant Valley

East Stroudsburg North edged Pleasant Valley for a 4-3 Mountain Valley Conference win.

The Bears' doubles pairings of Sarah Olah/Rachel Siegfried, Emily Young/Sarah Elmontacir and Karli Williams/Kristen Cook scored victories.

ES North 4, Pleasant Valley 3


Shanez Maharaj (ESN) def. Kelly Klapatch 6-2, 6-3; Christina Burgos (ESN) def. Cady Hurtzig 6-1, 6-0; Amy Holt (ESN) def. Kristin Cook 6-2, 6-3


Maharaj/Burgos (ESN) def. Klapatch/Cook 6-4, 6-1; Sarah Olah/Rachel Siegfried (PV) def. Melissa Wetzel/Bianca Diaz 6-2, 6-1; Emily Young/Sarah Elmontacir (PV) def. Liz Burges/Megan Raffa 6-2, 2-6, 6-3; Karli Williams/Kristen Cook (PV) def. Katrina Serrano/Jewelyn Butron 6-1, 7-6 (8-6 tiebreaker)


PM West-Lehighton

Vanessa Rimbey's two goals and an assist sparked Lehighton to an 8-0 Mountain Valley Conference victory over Pocono Mountain West.

Echo Bretz scored two goals for Lehighton, while Kelcie Smith chipped in with a goal and an assist.

Steph Slaw, Sarah Snyder and Sage Terembula all recorded single goals for the Tribe, while Abby Frey, Corri McConville, Jordyn Homyak and Sarah Keer were credited with assists.

Pleasant Valley-PM East

Pocono Mountain East scored two quick first half goals and held off a potential Pleasant Valley comeback for a 2-1 Mountain Valley Conference.

After the Cardinals' scored two goals in a matter of five minutes, the Bears' attack held strong throughout.

However, Maggie Patterson's second half goal off a set-up from Cathryn Chaszar was not enough to score the win.



Tamaqua scored on offense, defense and special teams en route to a 22-6 victory over Lehighton.

The Blue Raiders' Tyler Hope scampered in for a seven-yard touchdown run, while earlier took a kick-off return for 68 yards and another score.

Hope added the two-point conversion after the special teams score.

Tyler Skripko scored on a 72-yards interception return for a touchdown. Hope added the two-point conversion.

The Indians' Tyler Crum returned an interception 69 yards for Lehighton's touchdown.

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