This week's high school sports wrap-up

Hamburg

The Hamburg High boys’ basketball team dropped a pair of non-league games last week and are 1-8 overall.

On Dec. 23, the Hawks hit the road to take on Northwestern Lehigh. Hamburg had a good start, but wasn’t able to keep it up as Northwestern Lehigh won the game, 64-47.

Hamburg jumped out to a 12-7 lead after one quarter, but the hosts came back in the second quarter and took a 24-19 halftime lead. Northwestern Lehigh then outscored the Hawks in the third quarter, 13-8, and the fourth, 27-20.

Josh Kisha led the Hamburg offense with 15 points in the contest. Nick Schlottman was right behind him with 14 points and Patrick Barter scored 13. Julian Warner had four points.

On Dec. 28, the Hawks came back home to host Pottsville. Hamburg had more than they could handle in this game as Pottstown won, 73-39.

Pottsville jumped out to a 26-7 lead after one quarterm then increased the advantage to 28 by halftime, 45-17. Pottsville cinched the game in the third quarter, outscoring Hamburg, 20-8.

Kisha led the Hamburg offense with 16 points in the contest. Barter scored 10 points and Schottman added seven.

Girls’ Basketball

The Hamburg High School girls’ basketball team won two of three games last week, including finishing second in the Shamokin Knights of Columbus Tournament over the weekend. The Lady Hawks are 6-4 in league play.

Hamburg began the week with a non-league home game against Kutztown. Thanks in part to a great start, the Lady Hawks won the game, 58-42.

Hamburg took control of the game early, leading 21-5 after one quarter. They extended the lead to 18 by halftime, 30-12, then put the game away in the third quarter by outscoring the Cougars, 19-12.

Hannah Schoenly led the way for the Lady Hawks with 16 points in the contest. Kassidy Lesher was right behind her with 15 points and Sydney Lesher had 14. Alicia Pursell chipped in with six points.

On Friday and Saturday, Dec. 27 and 28, the Hawks traveled to Shomokin for the Shomokin Knights of Columbus Tournament. They opened the tournament with a game against host Shamokin. It was a low scoring affair, but Hamburg was able to come out on top, 41-29.

There wasn’t much scoring in the first, as Hamburg entered the third quarter with a 12-9 lead. The Hawks pulled away in the second half, outscoring Shamokin in the third quarter, 15-11, and the fourth, 14-9.

Schoenly led the Lady Hawks in scoring once again, netting 16 points. Kassidy Lesher chipped in with 14 points and Sydney Lesher scored seven.

The victory sent Hamburg to the championship game on Saturday where they took on Scouthern Columbia. This was a close one most of the way through, but it was Southern Columbia that came out on top, 46-36.

Southern Columbia took a 15-11 lead into the second quarter, but Hamburg came back to lead at halftime, 24-23. Southern Columbia then pulled away a bit in the second half, outscoring the Hawks in the third quarter, 9-6, and the fourth, 14-6.

Kassidy Lesher paced the Hamburg offense with 16 points in the game. Schoenly poured in 10 points and Sydney Lesher scored four.

Wrestling

The Hamburg High School wrestling team finished in second place at the Buckskin Classic Wrestling Tournament in Leola.

The Hawks were led by Cody Miller who won the 182 pound weight class title with four straight wins.

Chris Kummerer took second place in the 132 pound weight class, winning three four matches, as did Austin Bashore in the 195 pound weight class.

Sean Stanish finished fourth in the 120 pound class, going 3-2 in the tournament, while Blake Roberts was sixth in the 285 pound class.

Kerry Mega was seventh at 126 pounds, as was Tyler Herber in 170. Nick Oswald was eighth in 138.

Schuylkill Valley

Boys’ Basketball

The Schuylkill Valley High School boys’ basketball team fell to 1-8 overall this after losing a pair at the Wyomissing Holiday Tournament on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 27 and 28.

The Panthers opened the tournament with a game against host Wyomissing. Thanks in part to a strong third quarter, the Spartans were able to defeat Schuylkill Valley, 52-42.

Wyomissing held a slim 24-22 halftime lead, but opened things up a bit in the third quarter by outscoring Schuylkill Valley, 15-6. The Panthers were unable to recover from the deficit.

Evan Hargrave paced the Schuylkill Valley offense with 21 points in the contest. Aaron Schlegel netted eight points and Connor Sausser scored seven.

The loss sent the Panthers to the consolation game where they took on country rival Exeter. A slow start did the Panthers in as the Eagles won the game, 44-13.

The Panthers were shutout in the first quarter, then was looking at a 26-7 halftime deficit. The Eagles put the game away in the third quarter by outscoring Schuylkill Valley, 12-4.

Hargrave led the Schuylkill Valley offense with nine points and Aaron Schlegel scored the other two.

Girls’ Basketball

The Schuylkill Valley High School girls’ basketball team fell to 2-7 overall this season after losing a pair at the Muhlenberg Holiday Tournament on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 27 and 28.

The Lady Panthers opened the tournament against the host Muhlenberg team. A slow start hurt Schuylkill Valley as Muhlenberg won the game, 42-23.

Muhlenberg took control of the game quickly, jumping out to 15-1 lead after one quarter. They expanded the lead to 15 by halftime, 22-4. Schuylkill Valley was unable to recover from the deficit.

Emily Hepner led the Schuylkill Valley offense with eight points in the contest. Madison Zimmerman netted five points and Lauren McEwen scored four.

The loss sent the Lady Panthers to the consolation game on Saturday where they took on Garden Spot. This was a close one throughout, but it was Garden Spot that came out on top, 44-34.

Schuylkill Valley held a 15-14 halftime lead, but Garden Spot outscored the Panthers in the third quarter, 14-10, and the fourth, 16-9.

Hepner led the Schuylkill Valley offense once again with 13 points in the game. Jill Deiley scored eight points and Lauren McEwen scored six.

Wrestling

The Schuylkill Valley High School wrestling team captured third place at the Christmas City Tournament Dec. 28 in Bethlehem.

Ryan Ramich led the way for the Panthers with a first place finish in the 152 pound weight class. He won all four of his matches.

Josh Giorgio was second in the 126 pound weight class, winning three of his four matches. Jonathan Tindall (195) took third place, while Mason Shuman (120), Tanner White (138)and Nick Scheidt (220) all took fourth place.

Joel Orlando (106) and Colby Geisinger (182) each took sixth place finishes.

Tulpehocken

Boys’ Basketball

The Tulpehocken High School boys’ basketball team improved to 8-1 on the season after defeating non-league opponent Berks Christians School, 61-20, on Dec. 28.

Tulpehocken took control of the game early, taking a 16-4 lead into the second quarter, then increasing the lead to 25 by halftime, 33-8.

Bryan Mellen led the Tulpehocken offense with 13 points in the contest. Robert Ekvall scored 12 and Dwayne Bryan added 11. Joseph Olkusz contributed with eight points and Connor Kelly scored seven.

Girls’ Basketball

The Tulpehocken High School girls’ basketball team improved to 6-3 overall after defeating Carlisle on Dec. 27, 35-29.

The Lady Trojans jumped out to an 8-2 lead after one quarter, and led at halftime, 14-8. The two teams battled back and forth in the second half, but Tulpehocken hung on for the victory.

Taylor Boyer led the Tulpehocken offense with 12 points in the contest. Darian Gordan netted eight points and Hannah Zerbe scored seven.

Wrestling

The Tulpehocken High School wrestling team finished in seventh place at the Newport Wrestling Tournament on Dec. 28.

Alex Lapp led the way for Tulephocken by finishing third in the 220 pound weight class. He won three of his four matches.

Joel Kepply (285) and Mason Seyfert (113) each captured fourth place finishes, while Colton Kessler (138) was fifth and Brandon Lapp (152) was sixth.