First Posted: 5/12/2014
Candice Van Horn had a standout season with the Coppin State softball team.
Van Horn (Hazleton Area) was named to the Mid-East Athletic Conference first team after hitting .410 for the Eagles. The junior shortstop had 48 hits in 117 at-bats, with seven doubles, three triples and a team-high eight home runs. She led the Eagles in runs with 38, was 18-for-22 stealing bases and had 19 RBI. She had a .726 slugging percentage and a .504 on-base average.
“This is really special considering that I didn’t have a good freshman year and last season since I was hurt for most of it,” Van Horn said. “I worked really hard to come back, so it’s definitely a great honor to receive this type of recognition.”
Coppin finished 13-27 overall and 7-10 in the MEAC. The Eagles, who were eliminated in the MEAC tourney last weekend, also got a solid season from senior Gabriel Ziller (Hazleton Area). The catcher-designated player hit .238 (24-for-101) with six doubles, three home runs, 14 runs and 17 RBI. On defense, she made one error on 100 chances (.990).
FURMAN NAMED AGAIN – For the second straight season, Bucknell senior Corey Furman (Wyoming Area) has been named to the Patriot League first team as a designated hitter.
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound left-handed hitter will take a team-high .388 average into this weekend, when the 27-17-1 Bison face Lehigh in a best-of-three playoff for the league title in Lewisburg and a berth in the NCAA Division I Tournament. Furman has 45 hits in 116 at-bats with four doubles, five triples, two home runs, 18 runs and 24 RBI. He’s been the key performer the last half of the season, helping Bucknell capture 19 of its last 25 games.
BULL GOES THE DISTANCE – Gettysburg senior Alex Bull (Berwick) accomplished a very rare feet in the Centennial Conference Outdoor Track Championships. She competed in the three longest track events – the 3,000 steeplechase and the 5,000 and 10,000 runs. And, she set personal records and scored points for the Bullets in all three events.
Bull finished third in the 10k with a time of 37:03.23, just 52 seconds shy of the school record. She was seventh in the 5k (18:02.87) and 3k steeplechase (11:43.15) to help Gettysburg finish fifth in the team standings.
BOICH KEEPS IMPROVING – Boston College freshman Fallyn Boich (Holy Redeemer) finished second in the javelin throw at last weekend’s New England Outdoor Track Championships. She had a 136-9 effort.
Boich, in only her third try in the javelin, set a Boston College record in the school’s first outdoor meet of the season when she hit 131-6 at the Raleigh Relays. She’s improved every meet since and will try to better her newest mark in the ECAC Championships this weekend in Princeton, New Jersey.
RECORD FOR ALGUIRE – Susquehanna freshman Gabby Alguire (Tunkhannock) captured the javelin at the Landmark Conference Outdoor Track Championships and she did it in record style. Her 136-7 effort set a meet record. It fell short of her school record (145-10) which she set at the Bison Outdoor Classic earlier this season.
Alguire showed her versatility by running a leg on the 400 relay which finished second (51.94) at the Landmark meet. The Crusaders finished second in the team standings.
BERTONI, YANORA NAMED – Bloomsburg juniors Sarah Bertoni and Erica Yanora earned All-PSAC second team honors for their play with the Huskies softball team.
Bertoni (Nanticoke) was named as the designated player. She hit .381 (40-for-105) with four doubles, two triples and six home runs. She had 23 RBI and 29 runs. She also posted an 8-3 record with a save in 19 games with 14 starts in the circle.
Yanora (Tunkhannock) hit .351 (53-for-151) with 15 doubles, two triples, four home runs, 26 RBI and 30 runs.
The Huskies finished 28-19 after losing two of three games in the NCAA Division II Regionals.
KRACUM, MATES FALL SHORT – Junior Nicole Kracum (Hazleton Area) and partner Mary Kate Lemon of Cleona won their No. 2 doubles match 8-4 but the Lebanon Valley women’s tennis team dropped a 5-3 decision to Elizabethtown in the Commonwealth Conference championship.
Kracum won No. 5 singles and No. 2 doubles in a 5-0 victory over Albright in the semifinals. She finished 8-6 in singles and the Kracum-Lemon duo posted a 10-3 doubles mark, including seven straight victories to close out the season.
STASKIEL CHIPPED IN – Sophomore Abby Staskiel (Holy Redeemer) hit .253 (21-for-83) with two doubles, a triple, 19 RBI and 16 runs for the PSU-Berks softball team. She also posted a 4-4 record in eight games with seven starts in the circle.
Staskiel had four hits in six at-bats in two games to help the Nittany Lions capture the North Eastern Athletic Conference title and earn a berth in the NCAA Division III Tournament, where they dropped games to Salisbury (5-2) and Manhattanville (15-10). The team finished 29-10.
YANORA HELPS HAWKS – St. Joseph’s senior Mercedes Yanora (Holy Redeemer) was a member of the 1,600 relay which finished fourth at the Atlantic-10 Outdoor Track Championships with a time of 3:49.21. She also ran a leg on the 400 relay which finished 10th (49.59) and was 16th in the 200 meters (25.47).
Sophomore Sara Radzwilka (Wyoming Area) also competed for the Hawks. She finished 16th in the 800 meters (2:15.68). St. Joseph’s totaled 16 points to finish 11th in the team standings.
SICK PACED GIANTS – Freshman Race Sick (Tunkhannock) posted a pair of 80s to finish tied for eighth place in the Colonial States Athletic Conference Men’s Golf Championship in Lebanon. He earned All-CSAC second team honors while the Giants finished sixth in the team standings.
The 6-foot-3, 155-pound right-hander played 17 rounds this season and had an 84.8 average with a low round of 77. He had a top-five finish, three top-10 finishes and four top-20 finishes.
INMAN A RELIEF ACE – Sophomore Ashley Inman (Tunkhannock) was a key performer for the Mansfield softball team which finished 24-19 after going 1-2 in last weekend’s NCAA Division II Regionals in Shippensburg.
Inman worked in 20 games in relief and posted a 7-2 record with two saves. In 54.1 innings, she gave up 39 hits and 21 runs, 11 earned, with 26 walks and 39 strikeouts. She also saw action in the field and hit .191 (22-for-115) with 10 RBI.
MENTION FOR MEDVECKY – Junior third baseman John Medvecky (Hazleton Area) earned Commonwealth Conference honorable mention honors for his play with the Albright baseball team. The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder hit .311 (28-for-90) with four doubles, 11 runs and 14 RBI. He’s played in 85 games and started 70 in his career with the Lions.
Albright finished 13-16-1 overall and 10-12 in league play.