The college golf season is short – broken up into a fall and spring schedule — but freshman Brandon Matthews is making good use of the combined seasons for the Temple University men’s team.
Matthews (Pittston Area) was recently named Atlantic-10 Conference Rookie of the Week after he led the Owls to their first tournament title in two seasons at Villanova’s Wildcat Invitational in Malvern. He finished sixth overall with a 220 total on rounds of 69, 77 and 74. He earned the league’s rookie honor four times during the fall.
Matthews celebrated his latest honor by helping the Owls finish fourth in the 12-team Yale Spring Opener last Saturday in New Haven, Conn. He shot rounds of 72 and 74 for a 146 total which tied him for seventh place individually.
“Brandon is a tremendous player but more importantly a super young man,” coach Brian Quinn said. “He has without a doubt the best work ethic of any student athlete I have ever seen. He is a great teammate and leader.”
The coach feels that Matthews is even better than before because of the huge improvements he’s made with his setup and swing.
“Those things will make him a better and more consistent player,” Quinn said. “In my opinion, he is without a doubt one of the best college players in the country.”
Matthews and the Owls return to action this weekend when they compete in the Princeton Invitational Saturday and Sunday in Princeton, N.J.
ROGERS TO NATIONALS – The Washington women’s gymnastics team finished third in the Regionals last weekend in Norman, Okla., but fell short of earning a bid to the NCAA Division I Gymnastics Championships next week in Los Angeles. However, the Huskies will have one representative in the nationals – Lauren Rogers.
Senior Rogers (Holy Redeemer) finished second in All-Around to earn the NCAA bid. She totaled 39.375 and had scores of 9.875 in the vault and the bars, 9.825 on floor exercise and 9.800 on the balance beam.
“Lauren has been a great co-captain of our team and shows it by how she competes, practices and handles her academics,” coach Joanne Bowers said.
Prior to the Regionals, Rogers was named to the Pac-12 All-Conference team. She set a career high 39.425 total at the league championships and finished the season with nine individual event titles and four All-Around titles.
“It is such an honor for Lauren and the program for her to be named to the first team,” Bowers said. “She is very deserving and we couldn’t be more proud.”
EDWARDS BOUNCES BACK – Mansfield grad student Brenae Edwards (Hazleton Area) was recently named PSAC Women’s Track Athlete of the Week after setting a school record in the 10k at the Shamrock Invitational in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Her time of 34:51.5 not only broke the school mark but was an NCAA qualifying time and is the top time in the national throughout all three NCAA divisions.
Edwards, who missed most of last season with an injury, not only won the race but managed to lap the field during it. The three-time All-American now holds three school records (3K, 5K and 10K).
“We are truly happy that Brenae was able to return for one more season,” head coach Nadine Parker said. “She’s a role model for our program and we are looking forward to an All-American performance from her to end her collegiate running career.”
Distance coach Mike Rohl is also happy to have Edwards back for another year.
“Brenae has overcome quite a bit but she’s ecstatic to be able to finish her career here,” the coach said. “She’s off to a great start and we are hoping for another great season from her.”
MARO MAKING HER MARK – Freshman Kim Maro (Tunkhannock) has already made an impact with the Defiance (Ohio) women’s outdoor track team.
Maro opened the season by finishing second in the javelin at the Mount St. Joseph’s Invitational with a toss of 28.23 meters (92-feet, 6 ¼-inches). She followed that up by finishing third in the javelin at the Adrian Invitational last weekend with a personal record toss of 29.55 meters (96-9 ½).
“Kim has really turned the corner,” coach Marcus Matyas said. “She came in like most freshmen, enjoying her freedom and making some questionable choices. But once the second semester started, she has made better choices, better friends and has turned up the intensity in her training.”
The coach feels that Maro can see her potential in the javelin.
“Kim’s working extremely hard and she comes in for treatment on her shoulder daily before practice to make sure it is in great shape for her to train. Her weight room numbers are way up and her strength and speed has increased dramatically.”
Maro is currently ranked in the top five in the javelin in the Ohio’s Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.
“For a freshman, that’s pretty impressive,” Matyas said. “She is a hard worker and no doubt will be a strong addition to our program for the next few years.”
BERTONI IMPRESSIVE – Sophomore Sarah Bertoni (Nanticoke) has a standout record with the Millersville softball team. The 5-foot-6 right-hander is 12-4 with a 0.93 earned run average for the Marauders who are 23-9 overall and 3-3 in the PSAC.
Bertoni has pitched in 16 games and started 15 and has 13 complete games. In 90.2 innings, she’s given up 81 hits and 26 runs, 12 earned. She’s walked just 12 and has 80 strikeouts. And, she has five complete-game shutouts.
“Sarah has a great deal to do with the strong start we’ve had and I only see her continuing to grow and excel throughout her career,” coach Kathleen Cummings said.
The coach feels that there’s more than Bertoni’s pitching that makes her an asset to the team.
“Sarah is the ultimate team player and one of the most coachable players I have ever had,” Cummings said. “She has gone above and beyond to work hard to make sure she produces at a high level and is extremely self-motivated. She has really stepped up as a leader, verbally and by example.”
Bertoni was 8-14 in 24 games as a freshman.
“I believe that Sarah’s experience as a freshman gave her the understanding of what it takes to be successful at this level and she set her goals to work hard this season,” Cummings said.
CHRISMER A GOOD CATCH – Senior Derek Chrismer is doing a good job hitting and catching for the DeSales baseball team.
Chrismer (Crestwood) is hitting .286 (22-for-77) with six doubles, 16 runs scored and 19 RBI. Behind the plate, he’s made just two errors on 108 chances (.981) for the 17-6 Bulldogs who are 9-1 in the Freedom Conference.
“”Derek has been outstanding both behind the plate and getting clutch hits for us out of the number five spot in the order,” coach Tim Neiman said.
According to the coach, Chrismer has overcome the shoulder problems that plagued him over the last year.
“Derek continues to provide leadership and inspiration to our team both on and off the field,” Neiman said. “Being healthy has allowed him to flourish in his final year at DeSales.”