We continue our look back at the year 2013 in local sports.
After winning the Southern Division championship of the Schuylkill/Berks American Legion Baseball League for the second consecutive season, the Oley/Topton Patriots defeated Pine Grove in two straight games to capture the team’s first league championship. Luke Erb pitched a six-hit shutout in the championship game, give the Patriots a 5-0 victory to clinch the title.
The Fleetwood U8, a baseball team comprised of players from the Fleetwood Area Baseball Association, was victorious in the Oley Tournament, after finishing third in the Fleetwood and Governor Mifflin tournaments.
With a 219-74 victory over Topton, the Fleetwood swim team won its third straight Arctic Division championship in the Berks County Swim League.
Kutztown High senior Gillian Ryan won two gold medals at the U.S. Open Swimming Championships held in Irvine, California. She was first in the 800 meter freestyle and the 400 freestyle. She was also fourth in the women’s 200 meter freestyle, and second in the 1,500 women’s freestyle.
The Maidencreek Little League 10-11-year-old team won the Pennsylvania District 8 International U11 championship, in a tournament host by the Maidencreek Little League. The Maidencreek Heat defeated Schuylkill Valley in the championship game, 12-2.
Kutztown Area High School grad Kelsey Mucelli, a member of the Bucknell University women’s field hockey team, was named to the Pre-Season All-Patriot League team.
The Kutztown University women’s field hockey team won the Joshua W. Wesner Tournament held in Kutztown. The Golden Bears defeated Mercy College, 4-1, in the championship game.
The Fleetwood High School boys’ and girls’ soccer teams got off to a good starts, winning its first five Berks League games in both cases.
Randy Kutz and F. Michael Corrigan were both inducted into the Kutztown Area High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Corrigan, a 1953 graduate of Kutztown, lettered in soccer, basektball and baseball. Kutz, a 1974 grad, also lettered in soccer, basketball and baseball.
Kutztown Area High School’s Shannon Weber won the Berks, District 3-AA and Eastern Regional golf tournaments.
The Fleetwood High School boys’ cross country team finished in seventh place at the Berks County Cross Country Championship Run held at Kutztown University. Kutztown finished in 14th place. Casey Santos led the Fleetwood boys with a 29th place overall finish, while Carl Fortna was 32nd and Chad Delay was 47th.
After winning its first District 3-AA match, the Fleetwood High School boys’ soccer team lost to Oley Valley in the quarterfinal round, 2-1. Fleetwood was in front, 1-0 at halftime, but could not keep the lead. In the Tigers’ first round match, Mitch Kinek scored both Fleetwood goals in a 2-0 victory over York Suburban.
The Fleetwood High football team defeated Kutztown, 62-26, to capture the first Hall of Fame Trophy. Beginning in 2013, the winner of the Kutztown-Fleetwood football game will take home the Hall of Fame Trophy.
The Fleetwood High football team ended its season in a frustrating 24-21 loss to Wilkes-Barre Coughlin in the first round of the District 3-AAA playoffs. Fleetwood was going in for the winning score in the closing seconds, but running back Tyler Emge fumbled the ball just before crossing the goal line. Wilkes-Barre Coughlin fell on the fumble and won the game.
The Kutztown University women’s rugby team was defeated by Shippensburg University, 43-41, in the MARC championship match. The K.U. women captured the Northern Division championship with a perfect 5-0 record.