Panthers, Tigers capture championships
Panther Valley volleyball team members celebrate their Ephrata Tournament championship. Team members are, front row, from left, Alexis Cooper, Lyddia Malaska, Madison Heckman, Alexa Staloski, Gianna Steber, and Sarah Zabroski. Back row, Natalie White, Olivia Dacey, Emilee Kwaak, Erika Dubosky, Rachelle Filer, and Jenna Dubosky. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
Northwestern’s Maddie Consuelos finished fourth in the girls race. NANCY SCHOLZ/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
Preston Kemery of Northern Lehigh competes at the Centaur Invitational. NANCY SCHOLZ/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
Northern Lehigh’s Reagan Pender took second place in the girls meet. NANCY SCHOLZ/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
The Panther Valley volleyball team and the Northwestern boys soccer team both captured tournament championships on Saturday.
at Ephrata Tournament
Panther Valley turned in a dominating performance to capture the 15-team Ephrata Mounts Tournament.
The Panthers went undefeated in the tourney, sweeping Cedar Crest, Cocalico, Mount Calvary and Lancaster Mennonite in pool play. In the knockout round, PV beat Lampeter Strasburg in the semifinals, 25-16, 25-18 and Eastern York in the finals, 25-14 and 25-19.
The Panthers had several standout performances during the tournament. Erika Dubosky had 30 kills, 29 service points and 43 digs; Jenna Dubosky had 26 kills, 38 assists and 40 service points; Rachelle Filer had 30 kills, 11 blocks and 22 service points; Olivia Dacey had 30 kills and 53 digs; Emilee Kwaak had 12 kills, 21 service points and 23 digs; and Sarah Zabroski had 70 assists and 19 service points.
Pocono Volleyball Classic
at Pleasant Valley
Pleasant Valley finished in second place in the Pocono Volleyball Classic Tournament.
The Bears defeated Wyalusing (25-18, 25-16), Easton (25-19, 25-18), East Stroudsburg North (25-16, 25-9), Hazleton (25-12, 25-15) and split with Mt. Olive (25-20, 17-25). The Bears and Mt. Olive both had 9-1 tournament records and split the head-to-head meeting. Mt. Olive was declared the tournament champs by virtue of a three-point advantage in their match with PV.
Cameron Caffrey (55 assists, 19 digs, nine kills and three aces) and Desi Powell (38 kills, 17 digs and four aces) both had strong showings for the Bears. Also playing well were, Ari Weaver (12 aces, 15 digs, 10 kills); Summer Karaman (11 aces, eight kills); and Andrea Crilley (11 digs, nine assists).
Palmerton, Weatherly at
N. Schuylkill Tournament
Weatherly and Palmerton both played in the North Schuylkill Tournament.
The Wreckers went 2-4 in pool play, while the Bombers finished 0-6.
Neither made the quarterfinal play.
Millersburg went on to defeat host North Schuylkill 25-16, 25-10 to win the tournament title.
Northwestern at Taylor N. Seitzinger Tournament
Northwestern captured the title at the Taylor N. Seitzinger Memorial Tournament with wins over Kutztown and host Hamburg.
The Tigers swept the competition with a 4-0 win over Kutztown and then a 3-0 victory over host Hamburg.
Zach Creighton led the Tigers with a goal and an assist in the win over Kutztown. Teammates Luke Bryan and Sam Seyfried added the other scores.
Seyfried paced the Tigers with a goal and an assist in the victory over Hamburg. Jeff Garcia, Caleb Danner and Creighton also scored goals.
Tigers’ keeper Zach Rosamalia posted the shutout against Kutztown, while he shared the shutout with teammate Austin Vogwill against Hamburg.
Connor Russo’s goal was all Palmerton needed to score a 1-0 non-conference victory over Lehighton.
Johnny Perloni was credited with the assist on the second-half goal.
The Bombers’ Bryce Yacone posted seven saves to grab the shutout win, while Indian goalie Zach Andrews also finished with seven saves.
Jim Thorpe-Schuy. Haven
Chris Condly’s hat trick sparked Jim Thorpe to a 5-0 Schuylkill League win over Schuylkill Haven.
Leandro Ramirez chipped in with two scores for the Olympians.
The Olympians Jeff Tews, Thor Huth, Ryder Wallace and Robbie Renode were all credited with assists.
Kingsley Ehling made 11 saves to post the shutout victory for Thorpe.
Elijah Derr’s hat trick sparked Weatherly to a 4-1 non-league win over Salem Christian.
Tyler Veasie added a single score for the Wreckers, while Josh Andreuzzi, Trevor Lowman and Antonio Colecio all recorded assists.
Wreckers’ keeper Ryan Fairchild posted eight saves.
Bangor rolled to a 3-0 Colonial League victory over Northern Lehigh.
Bulldogs’ keeper Logan Dyer finished with 12 saves.
Lehighton, NW, Palmerton, NL at Centaur Invitational
The Northwestern’s girls team took fourth place at the Centaur Invitational at DeSales University.
The Tigers, who were missing two runners from their normal top five, placed four runners in the top 27 places. Senior Maddie Consuelos led the way with a fourth-place finish in 20:40.2.
The Northern Lehigh girls placed ninth at the meet, led by Reagan Pender in 2nd place. Lehighton finished 11th, led by Madison Cressley’s 46th-place finish.
Pine Grove senior Christina DiFalco won the girls race in 19:46, while Exeter won the girls team title.
In the boys’ race, Owen J. Roberts took the team title behind the first-place finish of Linus Blatz (16:550).
The Northwestern boys finished 11th, led by Joseph Pleban (49th). The Northern Lehigh boys took 14th place, led by Preston Kemery (43rd). Lehighton finished 16th as a team, with Evan Beers (65th) led his team. Palmerton was 17th as Trent Geist (68th) led the Blue Bomber contingent.
Tamaqua at Lebanon Valley College Invitational
The Tamaqua girls finished in third place at the Lebanon Valley College Dutchmen Invitational, while the Blue Raiders’ boys posted a 14th place finish.
Northeastern and Oxford Area finished ahead of Tamaqua to grab first and second place in the girls’ meet.
Brianna Dumond led the Blue Raiders with a sixth-place finish, while Francis Kabana followed in eighth.
Derian Stianche posted a Blue Raiders’ boys’ best finish in 24th place, while Brandon Fogarty ended up next in 76th.
Emily Baumgardt scored her second goal of the game in overtime to lift Palmerton to a 4-3 Colonial League victory over Salisbury.
Abby Everett and Ana Recker posted the other Bomber scores. Emily Recker and Saylor Burke were credited with assists.
Lehighton and Liberty ended up in a 2-2 tie.
Gabriela Szozda and Alicia Shaffer scored the Indians’ goals.
Lehighton goalie Angelina Romito finished with 13 saves.
The Indians are now 3-1-1 on the season.
Freedom defeated Pleasant Valley for a 2-1 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference win.
Meara Hanyon scored the Bears’ lone goal.
Blue Mountain-Jim Thorpe
Jacey Miller’s two goals sparked Blue Mountain to a 6-0 Schuylkill League victory over Jim Thorpe.
Bangor cruised to a 6-0 Colonial League victory over Northern Lehigh.
Sarah Wilk led the Slaters’ with five goals.
Bangor improves to 1-1 in the CL, while Northern Lehigh slips to 0-3.
Jim Thorpe remained unbeaten on the season with a 4-1 win over Pottsville.
The Olympians’ doubles’ teams of Angelica Uzar/Evelyn Flores and Chloe Getz/Trista Gehris notched wins to help secure JT’s eighth straight win of the season.
Jim Thorpe 4, Pottsville 1
Leanne Van Essendelft (JT) def. Victoria Oswald 6-4, 6-0; Christy McLean (JT) def. Ayva Strauss 6-0, 6-0; Samara Major (P) def. Kaitlyn O’Neil 6-2, 7-5.
Angelica Uzar/Evelyn Flores (JT) def. Lena Alexander/Brigid Kane 6-1, 6-1; Chloe Getz/Trista Gehris (JT) def. Marlaina Ritschell/Khadijah Sanders 6-0, 6-3.
Pleasant Valley edged Bangor 4-3 in a non-league match.
The Bears’ Alyssa Wagner and Riley Wagner recorded victories at No.1 and No. 2 singles respectively, and then combined for the deciding point at No. 1 doubles.
Pleasant Valley also got a victory at No. 4 doubles from the team of Hope Hoppe and Kara Thourot.
Pleasant Valley 4, Bangor 3
Alyssa Wagner (PV) def. Morgan Putvinski, 6-1, 6-3; Riley Wagner (PV) def. Gioia Beltrano, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4); GG Murgia (B) def. Rebecca Makrides, 6-2, 6-4.
A. Wagner/R. Wagner (PV) def. Putvinski/Beltrano, 6-4, 6-2; Kat Franzone/Madelyn Ott (B) def. Amelia Baker/Grace Vento, 6-7 (7-2), 6-4, 6-3; Emilee Brewer/Julia Dowd (B) def. Kelli Reagan/Marissa Rugierro, 6-3, 6-4; Hope Hoppe/Kara Thourot (PV def. Hannah Bledsoe/Gabbi Martin, 6-3, 6-4.
Northwestern defeated Jim Thorpe for a 25-13, 25-7, 25-15 non-league win.
Kelsey Carroll paced the Olympians with 11 assists, nine digs, nine kills and four aces, while Brandy Montemuro followed with 12 digs, eight assists and eight kills.
Lehighton recorded a 25-19, 16-25, 25-22, 25-21 non-league victory over Saucon Valley.
Alyssa Frey did a little bit of everything for the Indians (2-1) as she finished with 16 assists, nine digs, four aces and three kills. Lillian Brown added 29 digs; Sydney Vincent had 12 digs, six kills and two aces; Emily Miller had 11 kills and four digs; and Samantha Banning contributed 19 digs and seven aces.