After recording more than 300 career victories 25 years, Ernie Yates retired as head wrestling coach.
“I thought it it would be a good time to catch up with the family,” Yates said. “It was a tough decision because of the great relationships I had with the assistant coaches but there has to be a finish to everything.”
Wrestling entered the Yates family in 1964 when his brother started an intramural team. Yates and his two brothers learned wrestling from their father and have passed it through the generations.
“We’ve been a wrestling family and we’re happy to be a part of it,” Yates said. “Wrestling has been a big part of my life. It’s is the reason I ended up in Berwick.”
Yates applied for a job a Berwick and started off as an elementary school teacher and the coach of the junior high wrestling team. He moved on to serve as assistant coach for six years before earning the head coaching position. He soon fell in love with the school and the people with whom he came in contact.
“They are great athletes and great students,” Yates said. “The personal relationships you build with your wrestlers is the best part of coaching. It’s really a rewarding job.”
After taking over as head coach, Yates led Berwick to its 600th victory in program history.
Although Yates retired to spend more time with his family, he will continue to support the sport and Berwick wrestling.
“I’ll still be a fan,” Yates said. “I’ll follow Berwick wrestling and I coached with a lot of great guys.”
With a two-run homer in game one of a doubleheader against Wilkes University, Chris Sweeney became the second player in King’s College history to reach 200 hits for his career.
Despite the milestone, Wilkes swept the doubleheader 11-7, 10-9.
Joe Dantas broke the tie in game two with a bases loaded single en route to the sweep over the Monarchs at Artillery Park.
Sweeney, a Crestwood graduate, finished off the doubleheader with two more hits including a solo shot in game two. Sweeney ranks among the national leaders with a .576 batting average and a 1.153 slugging percentage on the season.
With an RBI double in game one of a doubleheader against DeSales University, Kenny Durling broke the Misericordia University all-time RBI record as the Cougars dropped the opener 7-6, but earned a 5-4 victory in eight innings in game two.
Durling passed Nate Hamlin on the all-time RBI list with his 155th career RBI.
COLLEGE MEN’S TENNIS
Elizabethtown 8, King’s 1
Tony Bevevinoas earned the lone victory for King’s College in straight sets in his singles match as the Monarchs dropped to 5-6 on the season.
Wilkes 7, Marywood 2
Wilkes University won two of three doubles matches en route to a victory at Marywood University on Sunday afternoon.
The Colonels also added five wins in singles matches to secure the victory. Steven Wilson, Alex Makos, Max Appello, Connor Peckham and Brendon Blachowski earned singles victories for Wilkes.
Dallas swimmers Brian Stepniak and Marcus Wagner were named to the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association.
This honors student/athletes who earn a 3.75 GPA or better for seven semesters. The student/athlete also must be a graduating senior and letter in his senior year.
Misericordia University dropped two games to Freedom Conference foe DeSales University Sunday with 1-0 and 4-2 losses.
In the opener, Caitlin Cromley recorded a hit on offense for the Cougars while striking out four from the circle in the loss.
In the nightcap, Kristi Seiler blasted a solo home run, while Mallory Getts and Whitney Ellenberg each added doubles.
2013 SPARTAN CLASSIC VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT
Easton Area High School defeated North Pocono High School in the championship match of the 2013 Spartan Classic Volleyball Tournament 25-23 Saturday.
John Pietrzyk of Nanticoke High School, Nick Banos of Crestwood High School and Mark Burridge of Wyoming Valley West High School each earned all-tournament team honors.