Last updated: February 11. 2014 1:51PM - 1915 Views
By Bill Arsenault For the Times Leader



Tunkhannock product Ryan Karnopp pole vaults for Moravian's indoor track team.
Tunkhannock product Ryan Karnopp pole vaults for Moravian's indoor track team.
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The high-flying East Stroudsburg men’s basketball team dropped its first game of the season last week but Rasheed Moore and his teammates made sure that the Warriors didn’t make it two straight.


Freshman Moore (Meyers) had 17 points and six rebounds to lead East Stroudsburg to a 93-64 victory over Millersville last Saturday to bounce back from an 82-80 loss to Lock Haven. The Warriors, 21-1 overall and 11-1 in the PSAC, were the last unbeaten team in Division II.


Moore, a 6-foot-5, 215-pound forward, has been outstanding for the Warriors. He’s second on the team, behind All-League performer Whis Grant, in scoring (14.2), leads the team in rebounding (6.9) and blocked shots (18) and has 26 steals.


“Rasheed recently earned his fourth Rookie of the Week honor of the season,” coach Jeff Wilson said. “He has continued to be our primary post presence and has been great at both ends of the floor. He has shown amazing consistency for a freshman.”


The Warriors are currently ranked third in Division II.


“I look for Rasheed to continue his high level of play and further improve down the stretch,” Wilson said. “His attention to detail and high IQ allow for great growth.”


The team returns to action in a home league game against Shippensburg Wednesday night in East Stroudsburg.


KARNOPP FLYING HIGH – Junior Ryan Karnopp continues to soar to new heights as a pole vault performer for the Moravian men’s indoor track team.


Karnopp (Tunkhannock) cleared 15-3 to finish fifth in the Princeton Open and then followed that up by winning at Lehigh (the John Covert Classic) with a 15-foot effort and last Saturday finished first in the Crusader Classic in Selinsgrove with a leap of 14-11.


According to Karnopp, the key for the solid stretch run came when he qualified for the ECAC Championship at Princeton.


“Making ECACs at Princeton helped take some of the pressure off and helped me relax,” he said. “I would like to continue jumping with a clear mind so it feels like I’m doing my job a little easier.”


The 15-3 ranks him ninth in the country in Division III. At Princeton, he finished behind a club jumper, an unattached jumper and two Division I jumpers. It also tied his personal best indoors.


“I came close to a vault of 15-9 at Princeton,” Karnopp said. “So I went big at Lehigh and I was so close, but I came down on the bar. First place is a nice thing to see but beating my old marks is always the best feeling.”


HONOR FOR ALEXIS – Philadelphia University men’s basketball standout Peter Alexis is also a star in the class room.


Alexis (Holy Redeemer), was selected to the Capital One Division II Academic All-District 1 in men’s basketball by the members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). A psychology major with a 3.57 grade point average, he now advances to the national ballot for Academic All-America consideration. That will be announced later this month.


On the court, the 6-foot-10, 225-pound forward leads the Rams in scoring (18.5), rebounding (9.6) and blocked shots (35).


Philadelphia is currently 18-5 overall and leads the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference South Division with a 12-2 mark.


KLEPADIO LEADS THE WAY – Dana Klepadio of Pittston (North Pocono High) is a co-captain with the Chestnut Hill women’s indoor track team. She’s a leader but also a key middle distance runner for the Griffins, who are fielding an indoor track team for the first time.


Klepadio competes in the 800 and mile and was a member of the first 4x800 relay team to take the track last weekend when it finished seventh and scored points at the Frank Gulden Invitational.


“Dana has been a tremendous leader,” coach Phil Reilly said. “She is the only senior on our roster and helps the freshmen and sophomores learn what it takes to be successful in college. And, she’s one of our top middle distance runners.”


Paige Antell (Hanover Area) is one of those freshmen.


“Paige has been rehabbing and should be back on the track soon,” Reilly said.


WOOTTEN GETTING BETTER – Junior Chelsea Wootten (Tunkhannock) is competing in the 5,000 meter run for the East Stroudsburg women’s indoor track team. Last weekend, she finished fourth in the event in the DeSchriver Invitational at East Stroudsburg with a PSAC qualifying time of 19:20.74.


“Chelsea put in some serious training over the summer and ended up being a consistent top 5-6 runner for our cross country team in the fall,” coach Chris Merli said. “Her performance so far this indoor season has been 60 to 90 seconds faster over last year in her 3k and 5k races.”


According to Merli, Wootten has an incredible work ethic and is extremely focused.


Longtime former head coach Joe Koch, who works with the distance runners, is not only impressed with Wootten on the track but in the class room.


“Chelsea will graduate in May with a 3.9 GPA in just three years,” Koch said. “This is the first time in my 25 year career at ESU that a team member graduated in three years.”


SPENCER SET TO GO – Freshman Ben Spencer (Tunkhannock) is out to better his seeding in three events at the PSAC Men’s Swimming Championships Feb. 20-24 in York. Spencer is seeded fifth in the 200 backstroke (2:01.29), eighth in the 100 backstroke (56.43) and 17th in the 200 IM (2:05.95). He also competed in the 100 breaststroke during the season but figures to enter the first three events.


“Ben has been doing an outstanding job the second semester,” coach Mark Vandyke said. “We expect him to be a major scorer at the PSACs.”


The Golden Eagles also figure to get scoring from a pair of area divers – freshman Collin Vest (Wyoming Valley West) of the men’s team and sophomore Sarah Zerfoss (Dallas) of the women’s team.


WINGERT VALUABLE BACKUP – Sophomore Robert Wingert (Holy Redeemer) is seeing action as a setter with the Stevenson men’s volleyball team. In three matches and six sets thus far, he has 35 assists, three digs and three blocks.


“Rob just fell short of stealing the starting job from Dave Moler during camp this season,” coach Joe Tagye said, Moler a returning all-league performer and team MVP. “Rob has done a great job in the off season in becoming more consistent and a force at the net. We have packages with Rob this year to utilize his height (6-feet-4) and attacking ability as we have full faith in his ability to run our offense at a high level.”


The Mustangs are 5-3 on the season.


PISANO, MISSAL HELP PACERS – The Marywood men’s swim team finished fourth in the Landmark Conference Championships and junior Anthony Pisano (Hanover Area) and freshman Thomas Missal (Wyoming Valley West) contributed to the Pacers effort.


Pisano finished seventh in the 50 free and 10th in the 100 free and also helped the 800 free relay finish fourth and the 200 free relay and 200 medley relay finish fifth.


Missal was fourth in the 100 butterfly and helped the 200 medley relay finish fifth and the 400 medley relay finish sixth.


The Marywood women also finished fourth and the Greg Brown and his staff earned Co-Coach of the Year honors.


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