The spring sports season ended for the Twin Valley varsity clubs when the boys volleyball team's outstanding year concluded after they were beaten in the opening round of District 3 action in pool play.
Tri County Correspondent
Prior to reaching districts, the Raiders rode a very solid effort in the second half of the season to the Berks championship match against Berks I division winner Exeter.
TV qualified for the newly expanded Berks playoffs after finishing in second place in the Berks II Division behind Schuylkill Valley, which meant a playoff opening match against Berks I runner up and defending Berks champ, Wilson.
After a highlight win over the Bulldogs, TV moved to the semi-final round against Berks III Division winner, Central Catholic. After beating the Cardinals for the second time in two weeks, the Raiders moved to the finals for the second time in their seven-year varsity sport history against the unbeaten Eagles (20-0).
The title journey ended as the Eagles took the county title after winning two straight games (15-5 and 15-6). For TV, Dustin Yocum had five kills and three blocks.
Based on his effort throughout the playoffs including seven kills in the semi-final match against Central Catholic, he was named to the Berks Volleyball Honor Roll.
At the District 3 tournament May 22, TV (11-7) dropped three matches to York Suburban (15-8, 15-7), Warwick (15-8, 17-15), and Carlisle (15-7, 15-7). TV was led by Shawn Lawrey with six kills, 30 assists and five blocks. Yocum had 15 kills and five blocks, while Matt Hix with 11 kills and 13 blocks and Justin Rigg with 12 kills provided strong contributions.
Both the boys and girls track teams turned in quality efforts at the Berks season finale meet.
For the boys squad, Nate Moore placed fourth in the 1600 and fifth in the 3200. Nick McDermott finished fifth in the 100 and J.D. Fisher was fourth in the discus. Jon Ruggierio landed fifth in the triple jump and Matt Hix finished seventh in the high jump.
On the girl side of the ledger, highlights included another first place finish from Jaclyn O'Reilly in the pole vault with a meet record vault of 8'10', a fifth place finished by Gretchen Kauffman in the long jump and a fifth place finish by Nikki Patton in the high jump.
Four TV football senior players will play in the Berks Senior Classic, which is scheduled for Sunday, June 6 at 6 p.. at Shirk Stadium at Albright College. The group includes DBs Warren McCulley and Justin Shustack, DT J. D. Fisher and WR Paul Mohn.
They will play on the west squad which will be coached by ex-TV coach Tim Kier, who resigned after the 2000 season.