PV, Marian fall short in SIAL golf
Lehighton's Lauren McCullion passes the ball to a teammate during Thursday's Mountain Valley Conference volleyball match against East Stroudsburg North.
Blue Mountain captured its 13th consecutive Schuylkill League golf championship at the Indian Hill Country Club Thursday afternoon.
The Blue Eagles had a team total of 340. Pottsville (365) finished in second in the four-team playoff. Panther Valley (390) was third and Marian (397) placed fourth.
After losing to the Colts twice in the regular season, the Panthers (16-2, 12-2) got the better of them yesterday.
"It was very windy and wet," said Panther Valley coach Larry Marek. "We were playing the course for the first time. In no way is that an excuse, but it was a course where you had to play position golf and our guys kind of didn't know where they were going.
"I am very happy," said Marek. "This group of kids has been with me for a long time and I am definitely going to miss them. They have been a great group."
Matt Tucker led Panther Valley with a 91. Kory Lopata (95), Mike Hadesty (100) and Scott Nevenglosky (104) rounded out the scoring.
For Marian, Josh Green fired an 86, Chris Postupack had a 102, Eric Mason had a 104 and Nick Kwedar shot a 105.
Blue Mountain's James Bromwell and Jamie Cresswell shared medalist honors on the par-72 course with 84s.
Northern Lehigh blanked Pen Argyl at home, winning 5-0 in Colonial League play.
The Bulldogs were led by Heather Chandler and her two goals. Teammates Lauren Zellner, Kristi Seiler and Alisha Bowers also scored.
Nicole Horn made nine saves in net to preserve the shutout for the locals.
Colonial League foes Saucon Valley and Northwestern played to a 1-1 tie.
The Panthers' Alyssa Witman scored the game's first goal at the 17:16 mark of the first half.
Jenn Groller then tied the game for the Tigers with 15 minutes to go in the game.
Northwestern was outshot 11-3 but still managed to play to a tie after a full overtime.
Dylan Slotterback scored five goals as Schuylkill Haven routed Jim Thorpe, 8-0, in Schuylkill League action.
The Hurricanes had a 25-16 advantage in shots. Olympian goalie Justin Kaminski made 10 saves.
Tamaqua handed Blue Mountain its first Schuylkill League loss of the season, edging the Blue Eagles, 1-0.
Cody Estremera scored the game's only goal at the 31 minute mark of the second half. Lance Williams had the assist.
Tamaqua finished with a 15-5 advantage in shots. Zach Lakitsky made five saves in the Raider goal.
The Blue Raiders (8-2 league) are now just one game behind first-place Blue Mountain (10-1-1) in the loss column and one game ahead of both North Schuylkill (7-3) and Schuylkill Haven (6-3-2) with less than a week remaining in the regular season.
Jim Thorpe-Blue Mt.
Blue Mountain blanked Jim Thorpe, 3-0, in Schuylkill League action.
The Blue Eagles had an 11-9 advantage in shots. Olympian goalies Cat Condly and Chelsea Smelas combined for eight saves.
Tamaqua scored three unanswered goals in the second half to turn a scoreless game into a 3-0 victory over Pottsville.
The Raiders' Lauren Mateyak scored twice in the second half. She was aided by teammate Ali Updike, who later scored to break the game open. Kayla Hope, Kailee Rottet and Mateyak all had assists.
Chey Bates recorded six saves in goal for her sixth shutout of the season (third in a row).
Tamaqua improves to 12-2-1 (7-1-1) on the year.
Stroudsburg traveled to Pleasant Valley and handed the Bears a 5-2 MVC setback on the tennis courts.
The Bears recorded two doubles victories on the day. The No. 2 team of Emily Skutnik/Nicole Reeder lost their first set, but came back to win the second set in a tie-breaker en route to winning the match.
The No. 3 doubles team of Karli Williams/Erin Dougherty also won. They defeated their opponents in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0.
Stroudsburg 5, Pleasant Valley 2
Aurora Davis (S) def. Kristin Cook, 6-0, 6-1; Pooja Mahadev (S) def. Sarah Elmontacir, 6-1, 6-0; Kelsey Starner (S) def. Lauren Heckelman, 6-4, 6-2.
Emily Thyler/Dani Wyckoff (S) def. Sarina Tufano/Steph Clark, 8-4; Emily Skutnik/Nicole Reeder (PV) def. Katie Catina/Lauren Casale. 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 5-3; Karli Williams/Erin Dougherty (PV) def. Megan McDonald/Paige Elder, 6-0, 6-0; Emelia DiBello/Bridget O'Malley (S) def. Melissa Smith/Michelle Ubbens.
Northwestern-Bangor-Notre Dame ES-Wilson-Catasauqua-Saucon Valley-Salisbury
Northwestern went 8-0 in its Colonial League cross country meet on Thursday.
The Tigers' Tyler Stelmack won the boys' race with a time of 16:26, 22 seconds ahead of the second place finisher. Teammates Pat Strobel, Tyler Malay and Cody Reinert finished seventh, eighth and ninth, respectively. Ryan Cerrone (11th) also finished in the top 15.
Emma Kemmerer was the highest local girl finisher. She placed fourth with a time of 19:35. Fellow Lady Tigers Haley Yost (6th), Anna Fricchione (8th) and Natalie Boehm also finished in the top 10.
Northwestern 19, Salisbury 43; Northwestern 24, Bangor 31; Northwestern 17, Wilson 39; Northwestern 15, Notre Dame 50
1. Liz Chikotas (SV) 18:23, 2. Meredith Colton (B) 19:29, 3. Emma Kemmerer (NW) 19:35, 4. Megan Stack (SV) 19:59, 5. Taylor Gonoude (S) 20:24, 6. Haley Yost (NW), 7. Alex Evangelista (SV), 8. Anna Fricchione (NW), 9. Sarah Kish (SV), 10. Natalie Boehm (NW), 11. Madison Brannon (W), 12. Julia Figuccio (B), 13. Alessandra Pazzaglio (SV), 14. Ashleigh Lesko (W), 15. Alexandra Neffue (B), 16. Lindsey Colton (B), 17. Sam Hallet (B), 18. Sam Marri (SV), 19. Melissa Fuhrman (C), 20. Erin Ondush (NW).
Northwestern 15, Salisbury 48; Northwestern 20, Bangor 35; Northwestern 27, Wilson 28; Northwestern 19, Notre Dame 39
1. Tyler Stelmack (NW) 16:26, 2. Brett Gubitosi (ND) 16:48, 3. Rory McAtee (W) 17:02, 4. Jaryd Flank (W) 17:40, 5. Kory Rolek (W) 17:14, 6. Nick Palti (B), 7. Pat Strobel (NW), 8. Tyler Malay (NW), 9. Cody Reinert (NW), 10. Shane Reider (B), 11. Ryan Cerrone (NW), 12. Sean Fritz (W), 13. Matt Long (ND), 14. David Rennekamp (ND), 15. Nathan Fritzinger (SV), 16. Michael Miller (S), 17. John McCoy (B), 18. Michael Sutherland (SV), 19. Matt Traino (ND), 20. Andrew Mitchell (B).
In a battle of local Schuylkill League programs, Marian beat Weatherly, 25-18, 25-20, 25-11.
Rachel Krajcirik led the Fillies' with 28 assists, eight digs and five aces. Marykate Sherkness followed with 17 kills, six digs and two aces.
The Fillies' (9-0) Taylor Mele had 14 digs, five kills and an ace, while Tori Vadyak (four kills, two block, one dig), Kathleen Rielly (seven kills) and Cathleen Cataldo (13 digs) contributed to the victory.
The Wreckers' (9-4, 4-4) were paced by the play of Rachel Heister (12 digs, 11 assists), Alyssa Kephart (11 digs, seven blocks, five kills) and Brittany Hinkle (13 digs, six kills, three aces).
Teammates Sarah Delinsky (15 digs, two kills), Alicia Panzarella (16 digs) and Samantha Strizak (13 digs) all added some fine stats.
Marian won the JV game, 25-14, 25-18.
East Stroudsburg North-Lehighton
Lehighton only needed straight sets to post a 25-17, 25-14, 25-21 Mountain Valley Conference win over East Stroudsburg North.
Jessica Lobein paced the Indians with 22 digs, four kills and two aces, while Debra Lobein chipped in with 18 assists, six aces and three kills.
The Indians' Lauren Poremba recorded 15 digs, four kills and an ace, while Lauren McCullian finished with 17 digs.
In the JV game, East Stroudsburg North won 11-25, 25-18, 15-12.
Panther Valley-Schuylkill Haven
Panther Valley rolled to a 25-12, 25-14, 25-18 Schuylkill League victory over Schuylkill Haven.
Chrissy Micholik finished with 10 kills, 13 service points and seven aces for the Panthers, while Ellen Krajcir recorded 15 service points and three aces.
The Panthers' Amy Yusella (15 kills, five blocks), Deanna Focht (six kills), Steph Kachelries (10 kills, seven digs) and Celene Yelito (13 assist) all added some fine numbers in the win.
Panther Valley improves to 6-5 overall and 5-4 in the SL.
Blue Mountain held off an aggressive Tamaqua attack to escape with a 25-15, 25-20, 25-18 Schuylkill League win.
The Blue Raiders were paced by the efforts of Paige Baddick (five service points, 17 assists), Stacey Wallace (three service points, four kills, two aces, two blocks) and Sarah Paluck (11 kills).
In the JV game, Blue Mountain won in two games.
North Schuylkill captured a 25-16, 25-14, 25-19 Schuylkill League win over Jim Thorpe.
The Olympians' Amanda Petrin finished with 10 digs, while Brittany Holland recorded six kills.
In the JV game, North Schuylkill came out on top for a 26-24, 25-15 win over Jim Thorpe.