West Chester’s Nicole Smith just missed the blue ribbon at last year’s PSAC Outdoor Track Championships but the senior from Clarks Summit (Abington Heights) came through with flying colors this year.
Smith captured the 800 meter race in Millersville with a time of 2:15.89. She posted a 2:15.75 in the prelims
Smith also ran the leadoff leg of the 4x400 which finished eighth in the eighth best time in school history (3:58.56). The Golden Rams finished ninth in the team standings with 39.5 points.
Last year, the transfer from Towson State finished second in the 400 meter dash at the league meet.
ELLSWORTH WITH CHAMPS – The Shippensburg women’s track team captured its fourth straight PSAC title and sophomore Lauren Ellsworth was a key performer for the Warriors who totaled 151 points.
Ellsworth (Lackawanna Trail) finished 5th in the 100 meter dash (12.34) and 7th in the 200 meter dash (25.64) and she ran the second leg on the winning 4x100 relay which posted an NCAA Division II provisional time of 47.10.
Ellsworth was also part of the indoor track team that captured the PSAC title. The outdoor title gave the Raiders a triple. They also won the cross country title in the fall.
MATSKO WAS BUSY – Indiana junior Krista Matsko (Abington Heights) competed in two individual events and with two relay teams at the PSAC Outdoor Track Championships.
Matsko finished 3rd in the 400 meter hurdles (1:02.40) and 6th in the 100 meter hurdles (14.86). And, she helped the 4x400 finish fourth (3:53.86) and the 4x100 finish 5th (48.05).
The Crimson Hawks finished 6th in the team standings with 73 points.
MCGURRIN HONORED AGAIN – For the third straight season, Scranton tennis standout Tim McGurrin was named to the Landmark Conference first team in both singles and doubles.
McGurrin, from Clarks Summit (Scranton Prep), posted an 8-4 record at No. 1 singles with a 6-1 mark in league play. He finished his career with 38 singles victories. In doubles, he was 8-5 overall and 8-4 at No. 1 including a 5-2 mark in league action.
The Royals, who trailed 3-0 after the doubles matches, dropped a tough 5-4 decision to Drew in the Landmark championship match. Two weeks earlier during the regular season, they trailed Drew 3-0 but rallied for a 5-4 victory.
MCDERMOTT A BIG HIT – Freshman Billy McDermott (Abington Heights) started all 31 games for the Keuka baseball team which finished its season with a 12-19 record.
McDermott, an infielder, was the team’s third leading hitter. He hit .359 (37-for-103) with three doubles, 16 runs scored and 19 RBI. The Storm finished sixth in the North Eastern Athletic Conference with a 6-8 record and wrapped up the season with a doubleheader sweep of Hilbert and won nine of their final 12 games.
BRADY HELPED OUT – The Chowan softball team captured the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association regular-season and tournament titles and went on to the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional in California, Pa. and junior Kayla Brady (Abington Heights) saw action with the Hawks, who finished 26-23 on the season.
Brady played in 29 games and started seven and saw action as an infielder. She was mainly used as a pinch runner and a defensive replacement. She batted .125 (2-for-16) with two RBI and 10 runs scored.
The Hawks saw their season end with losses to California (13-0) and Lock Haven (10-2) in the Regionals.
BIG YEAR FOR SAWICKI – Sophomore Kaitlyn Sawicki (Lackawanna Trail) earned Colonial States Athletic Conference honorable mention for her play with Keystone softball team. She also earned the team’s sportsmanship award.
The first baseman hit .286 (40-for-140) with seven doubles, three home runs, 21 RBI and 31 runs scored. In the field, she made eight errors on 317 chances (.975).
The Giants finished 24-21 on the season, the victories a school record. They were beaten 14-6 by Neumann in the CSAC championship game.
PISANCHYN DOES THE JOB – Sophomore Dan Pisanchyn (Abington Heights) spent most of the season as the designated hitter for the Wilkes University baseball team and the 6-foot-3, 200-pounder did what was expected of him – hit the ball.
Pisanchyn batted .344 (33-for-96) with six doubles, two triples, 20 runs scored and 26 RBI. He also saw some action at first base and handled 20 chances without an error.
The Colonels finished 21-15 overall and 9-12 in the Freedom Conference.
BIG EFFORT FOR CLARKE – Keystone senior Justin Clarke (Lackawanna Trail) sparkled at the Mason-Dixon Conference Outdoor Track Championships recently in Newport News, Va.
Clarke kicked off the weekend by finishing second in the 10,000 meter run with a school record time of 32:42.57, which bettered his personal best and previous record by more than five seconds. He finished four seconds behind the winner.
Clarke came back to capture the 5,000 meter run in 15:31.69. He beat the runner-up by nearly nine seconds.
MECKE IN RELIEF – Sophomore Mason Mecke (Lackawanna Trail) posted a 1-2 record and a save pitching mostly out of the bull pen for the PSU-Berks baseball team. The 6-foot, 200-pound right-hander worked in nine games and in 22.1 innings gave up 31 hits and 25 runs, 22 earned. He walked 19 and struck out 12.
The Nittany Lions finished 14-24 overall and 7-8 in the North Eastern Athletic Conference. The team, with just two seniors on the roster, was beaten 4-3 by PSU-Harrisburg in the NEAC tourney title game.