We continue our look back at the year 2013 in area sports.
Marissa McEwen, a 2013 graduate of Schuylkill Valley High School was named the winner of the Jean Frey Award by the Three Point Goal organization. McEwen was the captain of the Panther girls’ basketball team. The award was for her character and ledership both on and off the court.
The Tulpehocken American Legion baseball team opened the double-elimination Schuylkill-Berks Tournament with a 3-2 loss to Muhlenberg. They were then defeated by the Hamburg Reds to end the season, 5-2.
The Hamburg Sr. American Legion team blanked Wyomissing in the opening game of the Schuylkill-Berks Tournament, 10-0. Then Fleetwood sent them to the losers bracket by defeating the Reds, 11-0. After defeating Tulpehocken, 5-2, Hamburg ended its season with a 5-4 loss to Muhlenberg.
Four players from the Tulpehocken Jr. Legion Thunder were named to the Lebanon County Youth All Star sqaud. They were: James Lochman, Josh Klebach, Devin Emerich and Kevin Berry.
The Bern Township swim team finished sixht at the Berks County Championship Meet. Leesport finished in 21st place.
The Hamburg High football team got off to a good start, winning four of its first five game, including a 47-26 victory over Kutztown, and a wild season opener, a 55-54 victory over Elco.
Nick Scheidt rushed for 141 yards on 18 carries to lead the Schuylkill Valley High School footbal team to a 46-0 victory over Kutztown. Tanner White threw ofr 171 yards passing (11-for-14).
The Tulpehocken High School girls’ soccer team got off to a good start, earning a 5-0 Berks League record by the end of the month and an overall mark of 11-0.
The Hamburg High field hockey team finished the Berks League season with a 5-5 record, and finished fourth in the division. Still, the Lady Hawks qualified for the league playoffs, but lost to Wilson in the first round, 3-0.
The Schuylkill Valley boys’ cross country team captured sixth place at the Berks County Championship Run at Kutztown University. Tulpehocken finished in 11th place and Hamburg in 15th place. Schuylkill Valley’s Clay Stabolepszy led the local runners with a seventh place finish. Nick Sokolovich led Tulpehocken by finishing in 22nd place, while Kerry Mega was Hamburg’s highest finisher at 46th place. Karlie Heistand led the local girls finishers, taking seventh place.
The Schuylkill Valley High School boys’ cross country team captured ninth place in the District 3-AA Run. Stabolepszy led the team again with an 11th place finish. Hamburg’s Karlie Heistand led the Hamburg girls with a fourth place finish.
The Hamburg High boys’ soccer team qualified for the Berks League playoffs after finishing 7-3 in the Berks League and taking second place in Division 2. The Hawks lost their quarterfinal round match to Exeter, 3-0.
The Schuylkill Valley High School girls soccer team also lost in its quarterfinal round match-up when the Panthers fell to Conrad Weiser, 3-0. In the district playoffs, the Panthers lost to Norther York in the quarterfinals, 3-0.
The Schuylkill Valley football team defeated Hamburg in the Annual Frost Bowl, 34-13. The Panthers’ Nick Scheidt set school records for most yards (1,451) and most touchdowns (21) after gaining 195 yards in the game.
The Schuylkill Valley High School football team suffered a heartbreaking 35-33 loss to Wyomissing in the quarterfinal round of the District 3-AA playoffs. After recovering an on-side kick, The Spartans went on to score the game-winning touchdown.
Karlie Heistand earned a state cross country medal when she finished 21st place at the PIAA State Cross Country Championships.
Hamburg head football coach resigned after nine seasons leading the Hawks.
The Tulpehocken High School girls’ soccer team qualified for the state playoffs, then made it to the semifinals where they loss to Southern Columbia, 1-0.
Nick Scheidt, who had a record-setting career on the Schuylkill Valley High School football team, was named to the All-Berks offensive and defensive teams. Teammate Kyle Smith was named to the second team offense.
Hamburg Area High School added three more to its Sports Hall of Fame. They included: Steve Degler, Michael Lesher and Douglas Carr.