Last updated: May 21. 2014 12:21PM - 1521 Views
By Bill Arsenault Contributing Columnist

Abington Heights graduate Krista Matsko will represent Indiana University of Pennsylvania in the NCAA Division 2 Track and Field Championships May 22-24 in Allendale, Michigan.
Abington Heights graduate Krista Matsko will represent Indiana University of Pennsylvania in the NCAA Division 2 Track and Field Championships May 22-24 in Allendale, Michigan.
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Indiana University of Pennsylvania senior Krista Matsko will be in action in this weekend’s NCAA Division II Outdoor Track Championships in Allendale, Michigan. Matsko (Abington Heights) is competing in the 400 and 100 meter hurdles.

Matsko prepped for the Nationals by winning the 400 hurdles, finished second in the 10 hurdles and also ran a big second leg on the 4x400 relay which set a school record at the recent PSAC Championships. Her times in the 400 (1:00.02) and 100 (14.39) were personal records and for her efforts, she was named the Women’s Outstanding Track Athlete.

And, recently, Matsko was named to the All-Atlantic Region squad by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

“Krista had an amazing performance in the PSACs,” coach Michelle Burgher said. “All her hard work is paying off. She’s a wonderful young lady who deserves all of her accolades. I am proud to be her coach.”

Matsko is seeded 11th in the 400 hurdles, the top eight finishers in each event earn All-American honors.

PALMER’S A LEADER – Joshua Palmer (Abington Heights) joined the Connecticut men’s tennis team as a freshman walk-on. He recently wrapped up his junior season and is one of the top performers on the Huskies. He was 6-4 in singles and 6-4 at No. 3 doubles.

“Josh embodies what it means to be a great teammate and a hard worker,” coach William Peterson said. “Every day he came to practice to help make his teammates better and look to take the next challenges head on. And, all the while, he has been managing an extremely difficult academic schedule and the demands of the Division I student-athlete.”

The coach feels that Palmer has grown into a leadership role with the team.

“I’m very proud of how Josh has managed himself, academics and his teammates this past season,” Peterson said.

HONOR FOR LACOE – Senior Sam LaCoe (Abington Heights) was named to the All-Landmark Conference second team for her play with the Susquehanna softball team. She hit .320 (31-for-97) with four doubles, four home runs and 19 RBI. She was second on the squad in runs scored (25) and was nine-for-nine in stolen bases.

“After being an outfielder for three seasons, Sam finished her senior year as our starting shortstop,” coach Kathryn Kroupa said. “Her leadership and dedication to the team were essential to our success, not just this year, but in her four years here. She filled in where we needed someone and did a tremendous job doing it. The conference honor recognizes what she meant to the team and she will be truly missed next year both as a player and a person.”

The Crusaders finished 23-16 and took the Landmark regular-season title with a 12-0 mark. The team saw its bid to capture the league tourney title and a trip to the NCAA Division III Tournament end with a 7-5 loss to Catholic University in the tourney finals.

ROSENCRANCE WRAPS IT UP – Joel Rosencrance led the St. Bonaventure baseball team in hitting with a .354 average. Rosencrance, from Clark Summit (Holy Cross High), had 51 hits in 144 at-bats with a team-high 13 doubles, a triple and a team-high five home runs. He scored 23 runs and was second on the squad with 26 RBI.

Serving as a third baseman and designated hitter, the 6-foot-5, 230-pounder also pitched in 11 games with seven starts. He was 2-5 with a 7.15 earned run average. In 50.1 innings, he gave up 66 hits and 50 runs, 40 earned, with 25 walks and 30 strikeouts.

The Bonnies were 12-30 overall and 6-17 in Atlantic-10 Conference play.

ELWELL PITCHED IN – Freshman Kevin Elwell (Abington Heights) had a solid first season on the mound for the Elizabethtown baseball team.

The left-hander pitched in nine games and started six for the 18-19 Blue Jays and was 4-2 with a 2.39 earned run average. In 49 innings, he gave up 53 hits and 23 runs, 13 earned, with 12 walks and 23 strikeouts. He had two complete games – a 3-0 victory over Misericordia and a 4-0 triumph over Lebanon Valley. In the Misericordia game, he gave up just two hits.

MALHOTRA HELPED HAWKS – Senior Paranjay Malhotra of Clark Summit (Scranton Prep) competed in both singles and doubles with the St. Joseph’s men’s tennis team, the Hawks posting a 17-6 record for the fall and spring seasons.

Malhotra finished 8-7 in singles, playing anywhere from No. 3 to No. 6. He was also 9-9 in doubles with a 7-5 record at No. 3. This was his fourth season with the Hawks, but the first season where he saw considerable action both in singles and doubles.

O’DONNELL RAN WELL – Freshman Kelsey O’Donnell (Abington Heights) was a member of the Misericordia women’s track team and was a part of the 4x100 relay which captured the title at the Middle Atlantic Conference Outdoor Track Championship. The unit’s time (48.42) is the 28th fastest time recorded in Division III this season.

O’Donnell also finished ninth in the 100 meter dash (13.11) and 10th in the 200 meter dash (26.59).

The Cougars finished third in the team standings.

BERARDELLI COMPETED – Hamilton sophomore Dylan Berardelli (Abington Heights) finished eighth in the shot put at the New York State Collegiate Track Conference Championships. He posted a distance of 43-3 ½.

Berardelli finished sixth in the hammer (148-04) and 10th in the shot put (41-0 ¼) to help the Continentals finish 10th in the New England Small College Athletic Conference Championship.

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