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Katie Snee is off to a solid start with the La Salle women's swim team.


Snee (Coughlin) is a junior sprinter for the Lady Explorers who finished third out of seven teams in the recent Bucknell Invitational in Lewisburg.


Snee finished second behind record-setting Liz Jordan in the 100 free (51.23) and third in the 50 free (23.88) after being first in the prelims in 23.63. She also swam leadoff legs in the winning 200 (1:35.46) and 400 (5:28.30) relays and anchored the winning 200 (1:44.71) and 400 (3:49.82) medley relays.


Katie has developed into a leader for the women's swim program, coach Matthew Nunnally said. She is someone we can count on to put up big performances on a weekly basis.


The coach was impressed with her performance at Bucknell.


She posted personal best times in her individual events and anchored our winning medley relay teams, Nunnally said. I look for Katie to be a top contender in the sprint events at the upcoming Atlantic-10 Championships.


The Explorers are idle until Friday, Jan. 11 when they travel to Kingston, R.I. for the Rhode Island Invitational.



A LONE MESSINGER – After playing alongside brother Myer for three seasons, Henry Messinger (Dallas) is carrying on the family tradition alone this season with the University of Sciences in Philadelphia men's basketball team.


With Myer graduated, the 6-foot-5, 190-pound Henry is ready for a big season with the 2-2 Devils. The senior forward is averaging 12.5 points and 4.3 rebounds and leads the team in blocked shots with eight. He had 17 points in a 56-55 loss to Goldey-Beacom and 17 points in a 64-52 setback to Lincoln.


Henry will be a key component for the squad this season, coach David Pauley said. His play at both ends of the floor will dictate our overall success. His ability to score inside and outside as well as defend both inside and outside will be counted on heavily this season.



MYERS AN ALL-STAR – For the second straight season Mansfield junior Jake Myers (Nanticoke Area) has earned second-team honors in the Collegiate Sprint Football League. He was an honorable mention selection as a freshman.


The 6-foot linebacker led the 2-5 Mountaineers in tackles with 61, including 28 solo, and two sacks. He was named CSFL Defensive Player of the Week after he returned an interception 67 yards for a touchdown that assured the team a 23-16 victory over Princeton the opening week of the season. He had season-high 13 tackles in a 52-6 loss to Army, had 12 tackles in a 28-3 loss to Post and 10 tackles in a 16-13 setback to Penn.


Myers also led the team in tackles last season with 68 and will head into his senior season with 148 career tackles, including 65 solos.



LAPUTKA GETS TO START – After seeing action in 54 games off the bench his first two seasons, junior Christian Laputka is starting at point guard for the Hartwick men's basketball team.


Laputka (Hazleton Area) is averaging just 3.8 points per game for the 2-2 Hawks but leads the team in assists (20) and steals (six). He also has 20 rebounds.


Christian was a key bench player the past two years but played starters minutes at times, coach Todd McGuinness said. He's starting this year and doing a great job as a floor general. He's very quick and a great on-ball defender. He has done a good job of getting the right guys shots.


The coach also points out that Laputka is doing the job off the court as well.


He carries a 3.7 grade point average in biology and is a tutor in his spare time, McGinness said.


The Hawks are in action Wednesday night in a non-league contest against SUNY-Oneonta in Oneonta, N.Y.



GOOD START FOR BARLETTA – The Castleton men's basketball team has played just two games thus far but sophomore Chris Barletta is doing the job starting for the 1-1 Spartans.


Barletta, from Hazleton (Marian Catholic), is averaging 7.0 points and 5.0 rebounds and leads the team in assists with 11.


He had 12 points, seven assists, three rebounds and a steal in 20 minutes of action in a 95-89 victory over Plymouth State last week.


Chris is playing very well, coach Paul Culpo said. He is our starting point guard and his floor game is strong and so far he is knocking in his jump shot which opens up the floor for him.


The 6-foot, 165-pounder averaged 2.5 assists a game last season and had 33 steals.



MITCHELL LED THE WAY – Junior Shane Mitchell (Crestwood) was the leading tackler on the Dickinson football team. The 5-foot-11, 205-pound linebacker had 73 tackles with 34 solos. He had 5.5 tackles for 16 yards in losses and a sack for a 10 yard loss. He also forced a fumble and recovered it in a 23-13 victory over Gettysburg.


The Red Devils finished 4-6 on the season and Mitchell had his best games in victories – 13 tackles in a 17-14 triumph over Susquehanna, 11 tackles in a 38-31 victory over McDaniel and 11 tackles in a 24-17 triumph over Juniata.


Junior running back Mike Capone (Pittston Area) rushed 48 times for 140 yards and two touchdowns. And, both his scores came in victories – a 3-yard run in the victory over Juniata and a 9-yard run in the triumph over McDaniel.



JOHNSON SAW ACTION – Sophomore Nikole Johnson (Holy Redeemer) played in 22 matches and 77 sets with 13 starts for the Cedar Crest women's volleyball team.


The defensive specialist was fourth on the team in digs with 180 and also had 11 kills, eight service aces and five assists.


The Falcons finished 13-15 overall and 6-5 in the Colonial States Athletic Conference and saw the season come to an end with a 3-0 loss to Baptist Bible in the first round of the league playoffs.



CANNON, MATES FALL SHORT – Junior Erik Cannon (Dallas) was a member of the Lafayette men's soccer team which captured the Patriot League title but was beaten 1-0 by Villanova in the first round of the NCAA Division I Tournament, the goal coming in the 87th minute.


Cannon, a 5-foot-11, 160-pound defender, saw action in 13 games with three starts for the Leopards, who finished 9-8-4 overall. A biochemistry major, he earned All-Patriot academic honors both as a freshman and sophomore and figures to make the list again this year.



GRULA ON LIST – Senior tennis player Rachel Grula (Hazleton Area) was one of a school-record 145 Kutztown athletes named to the All-PSAC Scholar-Athlete team. It's the sixth straight time that the school has better the 100 mark in honorees.


Grula, an elementary education major, posted a 1-1 record at No. 2 singles and a 1-0 mark at No. 1 doubles during the fall season which was hammered by the weather. The final six matches were either cancelled or postponed, the latter to be made up during the spring season.



ROCCOGRANDI DID THE JOB – Freshman James Roccograndi (Dallas) finished second on the Ursinus football team in tackles. The 5-foot-10, 195-pound linebacker had 46 including 34 solos. He had four tackles for losses (27 yards) and a sack (12 yards). He also recovered a fumble.


Roccograndi had 10 tackles in his first college game, a 24-20 victory over the College of New Jersey. He also had 10 tackles in a 35-17 loss to Johns Hopkins.


The Bears finished 6-4 overall and 5-4 in the Centennial Conference.


Bill Arsenault covers area athletes competing at the collegiate level. Reach him at billarsenault70@msn.com


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