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December 16. 2013 11:57PM
BILL ARSENAULT For The Times Leader

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The Kutztown women’s bowling team is moving up in the national rankings and Kayla Maselkevich is a key reason why. Maselkevich (Hazleton Area) is a sophomore right-hander and helps the Golden Bears in both regular bowling and Baker matches.

In two recent matches, Maselkevich came up big in Baker scoring with a 17.2 mark in 29 frames to help Kutztown post a 5-6 record in the Marlyand-Eastern Shore Classic. She came back with an 18.1 Baker total to help her team post a 3-4 record in Northeast Conference Tournament 2 in Fairfield, Conn.

The Golden Bears are 40-20 overall and 9-7 against NEC foes, and are currently ranked ninth in the country by the National Tenpin Coaches Association.

“Kayla has improved greatly since her freshman season and she is not only talented but also has a lot of energy which she brings to our team,” coach Joe Ambrose said.

Maselkevich is currently starting or is the first sub in for the Golden Bears.

“In the future, she will no doubt be a starter,” Ambrose said. “She improved each and every day and we are lucky to have her.”

FIFTH FOR EMERICK – Lock Haven freshman Brad Emerick (Coughlin) was seeded fifth at 285 pounds in the PSAC Wrestling Championships in Edinboro and he finished fifth.

Emerick received a first-round bye and won his first match before losing to eventual champion Justin Grant of Bloomsburg in the semifinals. He lost his first consolation match but gained fifth place when he defeated Nick Budd of Gannon 2-0. He was 2-2 for the tourney.

Prior to that, he finished third in Lock Haven’s Mat-Town Open.

“Brad has been giving us a consistent effort and has the ability to do great things as a heavyweight in our program,” coach Scott Moore said. “He has experienced some great competition already as a young freshman stepping into a starting role.”

The coach likes Emerick’s confidence and his history of success.

“We look forward to helping Brad reach his goals of becoming an NCAA champion,” Moore said. “He has shown that he has the ability to win consistently at this level and his progression will be exciting to watch.”

MCGRANE SCORING POINTS – Freshman Kylee McGrane (Coughlin) is a member of the Mount Saint Vincent women’s swim team and she continues to score well in the sprint freestyle events. She recently captured the 50 free (27.86) and swam the anchor leg on the winning 200 free relay team (1:45.66) in a meet against Fairleigh Dickinson-Florham.

“Kylee has adapted so well to the demands of college athletics and college life, including a full course load and daily double practices,” coach Tamara Talbott said. “Not only has she managed to excel academically but she is a key part of our team’s success this season by continuously scoring in the top three in her events. Early in her rookie season, she has already hit personal best times and we are excited to see how she finishes the season.”

The coach also lauds McGrane’s other attributes to the team.

“Kylee has emerged as a strong leader and role model out of the pool,” Talbott said. “She is consistent and reliable, highly motivated and hard-working. She is truly an assist to our program.”

DUO HELPING MOUNTAINEERS – Freshmen Connie Medura (Nanticoke) and Doni Matrone (Hazleton Area) are scoring points for the Mansfield women’s swim team.

Medura competes in the 100 and 200 breaststroke and with the relay teams.

“I believe that before the end of the season is through, Connie will drop time in each of her breaststroke events,” coach Kaymee Kelly said. “She has a great attitude and a competitive drive.”

Matrone competes in the sprint freestyle as well as with the relay teams.

“Doni is a great motivator and I can see her taking charge and helping this team to achieve more,” Kelly said. “She does not settle for doing something incorrectly and she will stay many times after practice to make a turn or finish better.”

The Mountaineers are young with just one senior and 14 freshman on the roster and Medura and Matrone are leading the way.

“They are both hard workers and they are in constant pursuit of what they can do to get better,” Kelly said. “I very much enjoy having them on the team.”

SCHULTZ, LAUBACH LEARNINGAndrew Schultz (Wyoming Area) and Kevin Laubach (Berwick) are competing with the Seton Hill wrestling team as freshmen and both are holding their own.

Schultz competes at 133 and kicked off his college career by finishing third at the Washington & Jefferson Invitational. He followed that up with a pin in a 42-12 victory over Mount Alto and then took third in the Mount Union Invitational. He was 0-2 in the recent PSAC Championships.

Laubach finished fifth at 141 pounds at Washington & Jefferson and came back to score a pin in the victory at Mount Alto.

“I cannot speak highly enough about Andrew and Kevin,” coach Brian Tucker said. “Their efforts on the mat are great and they have quickly picked up on the pace and extra pressure of wrestling in college.”

The coach feels that the duo is coachable and both are solid in the character department.

“When a student-athlete comes in with great character it makes my job much easier,” Tucker said. “These two are mature and respectful and are the ideal representation of our wrestling program and the university.”

SMITH WITH PACERS – Freshman Tiffany Smith (Pittston Area) is scoring points in the 50 and 100 freestyle, and the 200 free and 200 medley relay for the Marywood women’s swim team.

“Tiffany has worked extremely hard this season and has already reached her career bests in the 500 and 100 free,” Pacers coach Greg Brown said. “She has been a great addition to our sprinters and continues to show a lot of promise.”

The coach likes Smith’s attitude and work ethic.

“I have no doubt that Tiffany will shatter her career bests and be a key contributor at our league (Landmark Conference) championships,” Brown said.

The Landmark meet is Feb. 7-9 in Scranton.

MASLOWSKI HELPING OUT – Junior Nicole Maslowski (Wyoming Valley West) has played in all eight games and started two for the PSU-Berks women’s basketball team which is off to an 0-8 start this season.

The 5-foot-7 guard, in her first season with the Nittany Lions, is averaging 2.6 points with 11 rebounds and five steals.

“Nicole is a solid role player for us,” coach Tim Coleman said. “She gives us added depth on the bench which is something we were lacking the past few years.”

The coach feels that Maslowski is still adjusting to a new team and the faster pace of Division III basketball.

“Nicole works hard and we are excited to see how she progresses as the season goes on,” Coleman said.

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