PV's Urland, Olexson win MVC tennis title
Pleasant Valley's No. 3 doubles team of Kara Urland and Madison Olexson captured a Mountain Valley Conference championship to highlight Friday's scholastic sports card.
Led by a gold medal performance from Urland and Olexson, Pleasant Valley finished in third place at the Mountain Valley Conference championships.
Urland and Olexson posted three victories in the tournament. They opened with an 8-3 victory over East Stroudsburg North's Samantha Lima and Stephany Perlazza in the quarterfinals; beat Pocono Mountain East's Jessica Lynch and Malia Balas, 8-4, in the semifinals; and then downed East Stroudsburg South's, Nicole Fryer and Melissa Banks, 8-4 in the finals.
Sara Elmontacir of Pleasant Valley finished second at No. 2 singles. Elmontacir beat Amanda Virasack of Pocono Mountain West, 8-6, in the semifinals before falling to Kaitlyn Poje, 8-1, in the title match.
Finishing in third place for the bears were Lauren Heckelman at No. 1 singles and Miranda Houchinas at No. 3 singles. The Bears' No. 2 doubles team of Erin Dougherty and Michelle Ubbens and the No. 4 doubles team of Mallory Snook and Aimee Sokolowski both earned fourth place finishes.
East Stroudsburg South captured the team championship by winning five of the brackets and compiling 29 points. Pocono Mountain East was second with 21 points and Pleasant Valley crowned one champ and picked up 20 points for third place.
Northampton blanked Tamaqua, 7-0, in a non-league match.
The Konkrete Kids got strong matches from the McCall triplets as Darby McCall and Madison McCall rolled to straight game wins in singles play and Avery McCall and partner Maureen Weaver cruised to an easy doubles victory.
Brittany Hodge (N) def. Nicki Mateyak, 6-1, 6-0; Darby McCall (N) def. Carly Fenstermacher, 6-0, 6-1; Madison McCall (N) def Sarah Zoba, 6-0, 6-0.
Nichol Kutos/Kara Hagley (N) def. Mateyak/Fenstermacher 8-7 (7-2); Avery McCall/Maureen Weaver (N) def Taylor Urban/Vicki Krouse, 6-1, 6-0; Ashley Gilder/Lily Urbanczuk (N) def. Emily Hansler/Laine Confer, 6-1, 6-1; Kristen Danek/Leah Hodge (N) def Emily Demanovich/Brooke DeHart, 6-0, 6-0.
Pleasant Vy.-ES North
After dropping the first two games, Pleasant Valley roared back to beat East Stroudsburg North, 24-26, 13-25, 25-23, 25-17, 15-10 in Mountain Valley Conference action.
With the win, the Bears are now a perfect 7-0 in MVC play.
Breanna Joseph had a big match at the net for Pleasant Valley with 19 kills and 11 blocks. Also contributing for the Bears were Courtney Miller (13 kills, seven blocks); Samantha Jimenez (five kills, five assists); Andrea Giarina (14 digs); MacKenzie Dorney (12 digs); Steph Schmitt (13 assists, six digs); Katie Lenart (five digs); and Kiersten Griesback (five digs).
Lake Lehman swept Weatherly in a non-league match, 25-17, 26-16, 25-8.
The Weckers (4-9) were led defensively by Alicia Panzarella and Alyssa Mille with 15 and 14 digs respectively. Panzarella also had five kills. Sarah Dolinsky added eight digs for Weatherly.
In the JV match, Weatherly posted a 17-25, 25-8, 25-20 victory.
Panther Valley fell to North Schuylkill in a Schuylkill League matchup on Thursday, losing 27-25, 25-20, 25-14.
The defeat dropped the Panthers into a three-way tie for first in Division II.
Amy Yusella had 10 kills for PV (7-2; 5-2) while Chrissy Micholik and Deanna Focht each finished with seven. Steph Kachelries also chipped in with five service points and an ace.
Jim Thorpe-Blue Mt.
Blue Mountain posted a 5-0 Schuylkill League win over Jim Thorpe.
Keith Wagner and Tom Orwig both scored a pair of goals fro the Eageles.
Jim Thorpe goalie Justin Kaminski made nine saves.
Stroudsburg dominated second half play and went on to post a 4-1 victory over Lehighton in Mountain Valley Conference action.
The Indians had the undefeated Mounties on the ropes at halftime as they led 1-0 on an Anthony Rossino goal that was assisted by Josh Eckert.
But Stroudsburg took charge and scored four unanswered second half goals to improve its record to 12-0 overall and 8-0 in MVC play.
For the game, Stroudsburg held a commanding 29-1 advantage in shots. Indian goalie Shane Fordyce made 15 saves.
Tamaqua and Jim Thorpe resumed their suspended Schuylkill League game from Sept 27 with Tamaqua coming out on top, 3-2.
Cat Condley and Chelsea Smelas scored first half goals for the Olympians with the Raiders (10-0, 7-0) Kailee Rottet and Kayla Hope for a 2-2 halftime score.
Kailee Rottet put Tamaqua ahead for good off a feed from Hope in the second half and Raiders' defense held Jim Thorpe scoreless the rest of the way.
Chey Bates had three saves in goal for Tamaqua, which enjoyed a commanding 20-5 advantage in shots. Celeste Meriano had 12 saves in goal for the Olympians.
Tamaqua posted an 8-0 win in the JV game. Hannah Zoba had three goals to lead the Raiders.
Brittany Thorton scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner in overtime, to give Stroudsburg a 2-1 Mountain Valley Conference victory over Lehighton.
Lauren Michalik had the lone goal for Lehighton. Michalik's goal came off a corner in the first half and was assisted by Steph Slaw.
The Indians are now 6-2-1 in the MVC and 6-51 overall. Stroudsburg improves to 7-1 in MVC play and 11-1-1 overall.