Tigers' Miller captures CL golf title
bob ford/times news Northern Lehigh's Rachel Wagner (right) stretches to get control of the ball as Saucon Valley's Bridget Gilmore (34) moves in defend.
Northwestern's Cole Miller captured the Colonial League golf championship to highlight Wednesday's scholastic sports action.
Miller won the Colonial League championships at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course.
The sophomore shot a 3-over par 74 to beat Southern Lehigh's James Shaheen by one stroke.
Miller, who placed fourth last year at his first league tournament, shot even par on the back nine Wednesday to earn the title.
"I was actually one under after two holes," he said. "Then by the end of the nine I was three over, so the first nine was disappointing. The back nine I came around and started shooting birdies and pars."
As a league champ, Miller is exempt from District 11 Championship qualifying and earns a berth directly into the championship tournament, which will be held at his home course, Blue Ridge Country Club in Palmerton.
Palmerton's Ben Andrews placed fourth at leagues with a 76. A senior, Andrews has placed in the top 10 at leagues all four years of high school, including a second-place finish last year.
Northwestern's Devin Haddad placed second among girls with a 97. It was her second runner-up finish in four years at the tournament.
The Tigers placed fourth as a team in both the four-team competition for the league's regular season title, as well as in the tournament's team standings, which included all teams in the league.
Notre Dame of Green Pond won both team titles.
1. Notre Dame (GP) 402, 2. Southern Lehigh 412, 3. Bangor 418, 4. Northwestern 445.
* Contested between the regular season's top four teams. Top five golfers scores count toward team total
Tournament Team Championship
1. Norte Dame-Green Pond (NDGP) 317, 2. Southern Lehigh (SL) 323, 3. Bangor 332, 4. Northwestern (NW) 347, 5. Wilson (W) 359, 6. Palmerton (Palm) 360, 7. Saucon Valley 361, 8. Moravian Academy (MA) 362, 9. Pen Argyl 380, 10. Salisbury 328.
* Contested between all teams. Top four scores count toward team total
1. Cole Miller (NW) 74, 2. James Shaheen (SL) 75, 3. Eamon Marone (NDGP) 76, 4. Ben Andrews (Palm) 76, 5. Collin Hagenbuch (W) 77.
Other local players
12. Nick Vecellio (NW) 82, 20. Ke-Koa Mook (Palm) 86, 38. Eric Abercrombie (NW) 94, 44. Devin Haddad (NW) 97, 46. Mike D'Ancona (NW) 98, 49. Stephen Reitz (NW) 99, 50. Alex Raub (Palm) 99, 57. Danny Everett (NW) 104, 63. David Dorney (NW) 105, 65. Ryan Saylor (Palm) 107.
1. Julia Hyman (MA) 95, 2. Devin Haddad (NW) 97, 3. Jenn Park (MA) 105.
Despite some solid individual rounds, Lehighton fell to Pocono Mountain West, 16.5-7.5, in Mountain Valley Conference play.
Medalist honors went to the Panthers' Nick Tanacredi, who fired a 77.
Jake Hoats shot a 85 to pace the Indians.
Pocono Mt. West 16.5, Lehighton 7.5
Nick Tanacredi (PMW) d. Jake Hoats, 3-0; Adam Planchock (PMW) d. PJ Salerno, 3-0; Brandon Weirner (PMW) d. Nick Mantz, 3-0; Alden Everett (L) d. Tyler Planchock, 2.5-.5; Shan Mohamed (PMW) d. Jordan Knappenberger, 3-0; Darren Wanamaker (L) d. Ryan McKee, 3-0; Jayden Hensley (L) d. Joe Princetto, 2-1; Spencer O'Connor (PMW) d. Liz Reichard, 3-0.
Played at Pocono Farms Country Club, Par 72.
The Cardinals pulled out a Schuylkill League win over the Blue Raiders, 333-373.
Mike Weinert fired an 88 to lead Tamaqua, which dropped to 3-10 overall and 3-9 in the league.
Mike Weinert 88, Adam Frantz 90, Nick Toth 91, Jackson George 104
PINE GROVE (333)
Ty Zimmerman 79, Tristan White 82, Nevin Brosius 86, Zeth Zerbe 86
Played at Blue Mountain View, Par 71.
Lehighton recorded a 5-0 shutout over visiting Pocono Mt. West in MVC action.
The Indians' Kacie Andrew led the way with a hat trick. Teammates Rachel Werley and Emily Mantz also notched scores. Sage Terembula had two assists while Emily Kollar, Sarah Keer and Stephanie Slaw all added one assist.
Lehighton outshot West 10-0 and improved its record to 3-3-1 overall and 2-1-1 in the MVC.
Saucon Vy.-No. Lehigh
Northern Lehigh blanked Saucon Valley, 3-0, in Colonial League action.
Jessie Olewine started the offense, notching a first half score off an assist from Casey Gavalla. In the second half, Kayla Brensinger scored off a feed from Kiana Bellesfield. Kelsey Follweiler rounded out the scoring, notching an unassisted score.
The Bulldogs outshot their opponents, 11-9. Nicole Horn had nine saves in the No. Lehigh net.
Southern Lehigh edged Northwestern, 2-1, in overtime
With 1:11 left in the extra session, Kelsy King scored unassisted to give the Spartans the Colonial League victory.
Northwestern's only goal was scored by Caileigh Landrigan.
So. Lehigh held a 24-6 advantage in shots. Lorraine Feinour had 22 saves for the Tigers (5-2-1).
Moravian blanked Palmerton in Colonial League field hockey, 4-0.
Lucy Pidock scored two first half goals for the Lady Lions.
Pocono Mountain scored two first half goals and went on to defeat Leighton, 3-1, in Mountain Valley Conference action.
The Indians' lone goal was tallied by Josh Eckert on a penalty kick.
Jim Thorpe-Blue Mt.
After being deadlocked at halftime, Blue Mountain unleashed an offensive barrage in the second half to pull out a 5-1 victory over Jim Thorpe.
The Olympians' Matt Rich scored the sole local goal off an assist from Corey Ligenza.
JT drops to 3-5 overall and 2-4 in the Schuylkill League.
Mahanoy Area-Jim Thorpe
Jim Thorpe swept Mahanoy Area in Schuuylkill League action.
The Lady Olympians' won 24-32. Kaitlin Liscinski took first place with a time of 23:11. Teammate Courtney Capper came in third.
The Jim Thorpe boys won 22-39. Zach Nace and Jon Condley finished second and third respectively.
Jim Thorpe 24, Mahanoy Area 32
1. Kaitlin Liscinski (JT) 23:11, 2. Paige Mahmod (M) 23:41, 3. Courtney Capper (JT) 23:54, 4. Kayla Susko (JT), 5. Erin Bucci (JT), 6. Kristy McCarthy (M), 7. Taylor Finneran (M), 8. Noel Bernardyn (M), 9. Jacqui Pitts (M), 10. Kelly Walinchus (M).
Jim Thorpe 22, Mahanoy Area 39
1. Doug Wells (M) 19:07, 2. Zach Nace (JT) 20:22, 3. Jon Condley (JT) 20:24, 4. Chris Boyd (JT), 5. Mike Wirtz (M), 6. Darren Gehris (JT), 7. Bob Taylor (JT), 8. Jake Saxon (JT), 9. Nathan Fields (JT), 10. Chad Casserly (M).
Tamaqua earned a split with Pottsville and Minersville in a Schuylkill League meet. The Raiders lost both the boys and girls meet to Pottsville, but managed to sweep the Miners.
The Tamaqua boys were led by Dave Frederick with an eighth place finish. The Lady Raiders' top runners were Kelsey Patrick, who finished third, and Amber Carroll, who placed fifth.
Pottsville 15, Tamaqua 50
Tamaqua 19, Minersville 43
1. J. Plachko (P) 17:33, 2. E. Scanlon (P) 18:51, 3. D. Direnzo (P) 19:09, 4. E. Hossler (P), 5. W. Hossler (P), 6. C. Jones (P), 7. J. Welkie (P), 8. D. Frederick (T), 9. C. Chimsky (M), 10. C. Schuster (P).
Pottsville 20, Tamaqua 39
Tamaqua 17, Minersville 38
1. P. Stoner (P) 18:54, 2. G. Casey (P) 20:52, 3. K. Patrick (T) 21:15, 4. Haylee Burnhauser (P), 5. A. Carroll (T), 6. G. Direnzo (P), 7. B. Nagle (P), 8. S. Watkins (P), 9. E. Bumbulsky (T), 10. C. Kohlmeir (T).
The Wrecker boys and Marian girls earned Schuylkill League wins.
In the boys meet, Weatherly edged the Colts, 28-29. Phillip Marzen of Marian placed first in the meet while Matt Cacesse of Weatherly was second.
The Marian girls rolled to a 15-50 victory behind Molly Balliet, who led a sweep of the first four places for the Fillies.
Weatherly 28, Marian 29
1. Phillip Marzen (M) 21:42, 2. Matt Cacesse (W) 22:06, 3. Nick Hopeck (M) 22:49, 4. Ryan Hoffman (W), 5. Dylan Hasher (M), 6. Alex Sirkot (W), 7. Brett Kelly (W), 8. Phil Desantis (M), 9. Cody Hoffman (W), 10. Michael Embick (W).
Marian 15, Weatherly 50
1. Molly Balliet (M) 25:57, 2. Emma Boyle (M) 26:54, 3. Briana O'Donnell (M) 29:52, 4. Katlin Vack (W), 5. Amanda Srinivasan (M), 6. Mary Susan McAndrew (M), 7. Devon Bizarre (W), 8. Colleen Popko (W), 9. Brianna Kubishin (M).
Pottsville cruised to a 5-1 Schuylkill League victory over Jim Thorpe.
Alissa Rusbarsky scored the Olympians' only goal off an assist from Kristin Lawrence.
Olympian goalie Alyssa Smith made 14 saves.
Tamaqua pulled out a non-league volleyball win over Pocono Mountain West, 25-22, 25-18, 26-24.
The straight-game win was highlighted by the individual effort of Sarah Paluck with 12 service points, six aces and four kills. The Raiders' Sarah Lesisko had six service points, including three aces.
Tamaqua also won the JV contest, 2-0.
Lehighton defeated Tamaqua, 42-16.
Wyatt Clements had four touchdowns to lead the Indians.
Ty Cann And Mike Beiber also added touchdowns for Lehighton while Conner Frey, Teague Haydt and Jameer Spencer added two-point conversions.
Lehighton cruised to a 52-28 victory over Panther Valley.
The Indians' Wyatt Clements had four touchdowns and a two-point conversion
Teague Heydt, Ty Cann, Conner Frey and Jameer Spencer also scored touchdowns for Lehighton (2-0). Tegan Durishin added a two-point conversion.