LeQuan Chapman entered last weekend’s NCAA Division II Indoor Track Championships last weekend with high hopes, but Chapman (Exeter Township) missed out on a chance to add to his first team All-American total.
Chapman earned All-American honorable mention when he finished 16th in the long jump (22-9¾) last Friday in Pittsburg, Kan. That came on his first attempt. He is a two-time All-American in that event having finished eighth as a freshman at West Chester and seventh with the Raiders last season.
On Saturday, Chapman earned second team All-American when he finished 10th in the triple jump (48-7½). He earned first team when he finished sixth as a sophomore. He earned second team last year with an 11th-place finish.
This was his last meet for Chapman who has used up his eligibility.
SLATTERY DOING THE JOB >> Freshman Bekah Slattery has gotten off to a good start pitching for the Lock Haven softball team. Slattery (Daniel Boone) is 5-3 with a save for the 9-7 Lady Eagles. The left-hander has pitched in 10 games with eight starts and has a 2.49 earned run average. She’s worked 50.2 innings and has given up 57 hits and 28 runs, 18 earned, with 17 walks and 43 strikeouts.
In two games last week, she tossed a pair of complete-game shutouts. She gave up five hits, walked two and struck out three in a 2-0 victory over Cedarville last Wednesday in Clermont, FL. And last Tuesday, gave up five hits, walked two and struck out a career high 10 batters in a 4-0 triumph over Florida Southern in Lakeland, FL.
SOLID SEASON FOR LAWES >> Senior Rachel Lawes his doing the job at the plate and in the field for the Kutztown softball team. Lawes (Governor Mifflin) is hitting .364 (12-for-33) with six runs scored and nine RBIs. She had three hits with two runs scored and two RBI in a 7-0 victory over Ashland during the Golden Bears spring trip to Florida last week.
The team’s centerfielder, Lawes has made one error on 21 chances (.952).
Kutztown (14-7) kicks off PSAC with a doubleheader against Shippensburg at home Friday, March 25.
CATCHMARK CATCHES ON >> John Catchmark is off to a great start pitching for the Alvernia baseball team. The right-hander has done a solid job in all three of his starts for the 5-5 Crusaders.
Making his college debut, Catchmark (Governor Mifflin) worked six innings and gave up 6 hits and one run with two walks and eight strikeouts but wasn’t involved in the decision in a 6-4 loss to Rensselaer Poly. He followed that up with victories over Baruch (7-3) and Wisconsin Lutheran (15-8), giving up seven hits, giving up three runs, two earned, with two walks and a college career high 10 strikeouts in six innings against Baruch and six hits and four runs, three earned, with two walks and three strikeouts in five innings against Wisconsin Lutheran.
HERRING KICKS IT OFF >> Sophomore Justin Herring was given the ball to start the season for the 4-1 Haverford baseball team and the 6-foot-4 right-hander came through with a solid performance.
Herring (Daniel Boone) pitched five innings and gave up six hits and three runs, two earned, in a 9-4 victory over Dominican. He walked just one and struck out six.
As a freshman, Herring was 2-1 with a 4.54 earned run average. He struck out 30 batters in 41 2/3 innings.
HONOR FOR STYPINSKI >> Sophomore Rachel Stypinski was named Mid-American Conference Gymnast of the Week for her performance with the Kent State women’s gymnastics team. It was her second award this season.
Stypinski (Boyertown Area) played a big role as the Golden Flashes rallied to defeat Eastern Michigan 195.025-194.025 to finish 6-0 in the conference.
Stypinski finished first in the balance beam with a career-high 9.95. One judge gave her a perfect 10. She also captured the floor exercise in a 9.925, the sixth time she finished with a score of 9.9 or higher. She also tied for first on the uneven bars with a score of 9.875.
Kent will compete in the MAC Championship Saturday in Muncie, IN.
PERRY DOING THE JOB >> Junior Rachel Perry (Boyertown Area) is starting for the 1-3 Chestnut Hill women’s lacrosse team. She’s third on the team in ground balls with 11, leads in draw controls with 10 and is second in caused turnovers with nine.
Perry has also scored a pair of goals – in a 19-8 loss to West Chester and in a 17-7 victory over Shorter. In the latter game, she also had five draw controls, three ground balls and two caused turnovers.
HARTMAN PITCHES IN >> Junior Amanda Hartman (Oley Valley) is 2-2 in the early going pitching for the Penn State-Harrisburg softball team. The 5-foot-7 right-hander has worked 17 innings and given up 27 hits and 16 runs, nine earned. She has walked seven and struck out 22.
Hartman pitched a seven-inning complete game in a 7-4 victory over Wilkes. She gave up eight hits and all four runs off her were unearned. She walked one and had a season-high 10 strikeouts.
At the plate, Hartman is hitting .455 (5-for-11) with a double, a run scored and an RBI.
GOOD START FOR SMITH >> Senior Amanda Smith has scored 12 goals and picked up four assists for 16 points to kick off the season for the Albright women’s lacrosse team. Smith (Boyertown Area) had five goals and an assist in a 19-13 victory over Susquehanna and three goals and an assist in a 20-5 triumph over Eastern. She’s also second in ground balls (10) and draw controls (19) and third in caused turnovers (10).
TRIO HELPING DUTCHMEN >> Emily Moatz, Emma Jones and Alyse Bingham are all starting for the Lebanon Valley women’s lacrosse team.
Moatz (Boyertown Area) is a tri-captain and a defensive standout. She has 16 ground balls, seven draw controls and 12 caused turnovers in four games. The ground balls and turnovers lead the Dutchmen. She also has scored a goal.
Jones (Governor Mifflin) has seven goals and two assists and also has six ground balls, 10 draw controls and five caused turnovers while Bingham (Boyertown Area) has picked up an assist in has a draw control.
NCAAS FOR RENDA >> North Carolina State junior Pete Renda (Brandywine Heights) is seeded 13th at 184 pounds in the NCAA Wrestling Championships starting Thursday in New York’s Madison Square Garden.
Renda posted a 21-7 record and was 15-4 in dual matches and 4-1 against Atlantic Coast Conference foes. He had five pins, five technical falls and six major decisions. He earned his NCAA berth by finishing second in the ACC Tournament.
This is Renda’s third trip to the Nationals. He was an automatic selection at 174 pounds as a freshman and sophomore.
SADOWSKI TOP DEFENDER >> Bloomsburg senior Adreana Sadowski was named PSAC East Defensive Player of the Year. The 6-foot-1 forward was also named to the PSAC East first team.
Sadowski (Brandywine Heights) averaged 14.8 points a game and led the league in field goal percentage (60.5). She also averaged 6.9 rebounds and 59 blocked shots. She finished second in the league in blocks and also blocks per game (2.3)
“A very deserving honor,” coach Bill Cleary said when informed about her defensive award. “It’s great to see someone’s hard work, dedication and belief in the system rewarded. She was our safety net.”
While Sadowski’s defense has been noted, her offensive play is worth mentioning, too. She set a Bloomsburg one-game scoring record when she had 43 points, on 18 of 23 shooting from the field, in an 88-62 victory over Shippensburg.
FISTER WRAPS IT UP >> Junior Amy Fister (Kutztown) ended her season competing with the Memphis rifle team by finishing 42nd in the smallbore discipline at the NCAA Rifle Championships last weekend in Akron, OH. Her score was 570.
This was the third straight season that Fister represented the Tigers in the NCAAs and also the second consecutive season she has competed in the smallbore individual championships. She finished 20th last year and 20th as a freshman when she helped Memphis finish fourth.
GOOD START FOR RICE >> Sophomore Ashley Rice kicked off her season with the Delaware Valley softball team with a complete-game 4-3 victory over Fisher. Rice (Schuylkill Valley) gave up 12 hits but just the three runs. She walked to and struck out seven. On the season, the right-hander has pitched in three games with two starts for the 5-3 Aggies. She has a 2.17 earned run average working 9.2 innings and giving up 17 hits and four runs, three earned, with three strikeouts and seven strikeouts.
RIEGEL HELPING REDHAWKS >> Sophomore Alex Riegel (Hamburg) is seeing action off the bench for the LaRoche men’s lacrosse team. The 5-foot-9, 145-pound midfielder has two ground balls and three caused turnovers. He’s picked up an assist.