Two former Crestwood High athletes are playing a big part in the fifth-ranked Penn State field hockey team’s big season.
Junior Kylie Licata has started every game in goal while Jenna Chrismer is one of the top offensive players on the team, which defeated Michigan State 4-3 in an overtime shootout last Saturday to run its record to 11-3 overall and 4-0 in the Big Ten. The team has won 10 straight.
“Much of our success is due to the fact that both Kylie and Jenna have come into their own the past few weeks,” coach Charlene Morett said.
Licata, who had seen action in 14 games off the bench her first two seasons with the Nittany Lions, has played every second in goal this season. She has given up 20 goals and has 49 saves with six shutouts.
“Kylie has become more consistent in her play and has developed a great sense of game knowledge,” Morett said. “She is a naturally aggressive goalkeeper who has learned to blend discipline and game sense into her repertoire.”
Chrismer has five goals and an assist, with a game-winner.
“Jenna has started to take the ball to goal with more of a vengeance,” Morett said. “She’s a fighter around the cage and ready to do whatever it takes to get her stick on a ball headed toward the cage.”
GLOWINSKI A LATE BLOOMER – Red-shirt junior Mark Glowinski (GAR) is starting at right guard for the West Virginia football team. The 6-foot-5, 305-pounder has helped the 3-4 Mountaineers average 399.1 yards per game (246.6 passing and 152.6 rushing). He was a two-year starter at Lackawanna College and was red-shirted last season.
“Mark has come light years in one year,” head coach Mike Montoro said. “He did not have a great high school career and was a late bloomer. “
The coach feels that the redshirt year was good for Glowinski, who hadn’t played the offensive line since he was a kid.
“A red-shirt year helps a guy like Mark,” Montoro said. “He’s a physical guy and I anticipate he is going to be a pretty productive player for us the next couple of years.”
PROCTOR’S STARTING – The Shippensburg field hockey team, ranked first in Division II, has a 14-0 record and a 7-0 mark in PSAC play, and starting on defense for the Raiders is senior Danielle Proctor (Wyoming Valley West). The team has given up just 14 goals and has four shutouts.
Prior to this season, she had played in 23 games – all off the bench.
“Danielle worked herself into a starting position at right halfback,” veteran coach Bertie Landes said. “Her ability to mark and tackle in midfield has stopped our opponents game-after-game. Daniell is a quiet player but speaks loudly with her stick.”
Proctor and eight others were honored at Senior Day last Saturday in Shippensburg. The team celebrated by blanking Mercyhurst 8-0.
VEGA’S A VETERAN – Senior defensive back Chris Vega (Crestwood) is starting for the Delaware Valley football team. The 5-foot-8, 180-pounder has 31 tackles, 19 solo, two interceptions and a fumble recovery.
“Chris has been a starter at cornerback since week seven of his sophomore year,” coach James Clements said. “He’s had two big interceptions this season and it seems that whenever we need a big play in the secondary, Chris is there to get it done.”
Vega is passing along some of his experience to the newer members of the squad.
“Chris is a leader both on and off the field and is very helpful to our younger players,” Clements said.
Vega had eight tackles in last Saturday’s 45-30 victory over FDU-Florham to push the Aggies record to 5-1 overall and 4-1 in Middle Atlantic Conference play.
ZALEWSKI HELPS PACERS – Junior Ashley Zalewski (Tunkhannock) is a key member of the Marywood women’s volleyball team. The 6-foot outside hitter leads the Pacers in kills (157) and has 53 digs, 20 service aces and 14 blocks. And, she has a solid .249 attack percentage.
“Ashley is a great athlete and she’s come a long way and continues to work extremely hard to develop her game at every practice,” coach Sharon Uliana said. “Her speed increased a lot of the summer and we are able to run her on a much quicker offensive attack now. She’s also tuned her serve and has become an offensive threat from the serving line.”
The Pacers are 12-8 overall and 3-2 in the Colonial States Athletic Conference.
“Ashley is a go-to hitter that coaches in the conference look to avoid,” Uliana said. “I’m proud to be the coach of an athlete like her.”
DUO WITH TOWSON – The Towson field hockey team is having a tough season (1-13 overall and 0-3 in the Colonial Athletic Association), but the Tigers are getting solid efforts from senior Kate Williams and sophomore Kelsey Jones. Williams (Lake-Lehman) has two goals and an assist, while Jones (Crestwood) has two goals on a team that has scored 10 total goals this season.
“Kate is a very active student-athlete,” coach Carly Powell said. “Not only does she commit herself to playing field hockey, she is involved in a number of campus things. We moved her from defense to attack and she has done a good job organizing our forwards.”
Jones has a sincere desire to win, according to the coach.
“Kelsey is passionate about field hockey,” Powell said. “Her biggest asset is her ability to control the ball and I look forward to seeing how she continues to develop.”
PYROS HELPING BULLETS – Christian Pyros (Dallas) is starting on defense for the Gettysburg men’s soccer team. The Bullets are 2-10-1 overall and 2-3-1 in the Centennial Conference, but the defense has given up just seven goals in the last five games. Unfortunately, the offense has scored just three times and the team was 0-4-1 over that stretch.
“Christian is starting at right back this year,” coach Brett Kelly said. “His talent and athleticism has made him a key part of our defense and counter attack. He possesses phenomenal one-on-one defensive skills.”
The coach feels that Pyros has really developed in his motivation and attitude this season.
“Christian demands as much from himself in practice as he does in games,” Kelly said. “The other players recognize this and respect him for it.”
SEMENZA SHAKES INJURY – Sophomore Nicole Semenza (Hazleton Area) is starting for the Mansfield women’s soccer team. She’s a defender but has picked up an assist this season. She started all 17 games as a freshman.
“Nicole started slow because of a quad injury but has been starting and playing 75 to 90 minutes a game,” coach Tim Dempsey said. “She’s a tough defender with quick feet. She is pretty solid in the air and does a great job of providing service on her overlapping runs.”
The Mountaineers are 4-9-1 overall and 3-9-1 in PSAC play and are at Edinboro for a league game Saturday.