Last updated: February 17. 2014 11:07PM - 2424 Views
By Bill Arsenault For The Times Leader

Tunkhannock graduate Ray Yagloski is currently fourth in Johns Hopkins wrestling history in career victories with 87.
Tunkhannock graduate Ray Yagloski is currently fourth in Johns Hopkins wrestling history in career victories with 87.
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Ray Yagloski had two goals at the start of the season and nothing has changed as he heads into the championship part of the campaign.

Senior Yagloski (Tunkhannock) is a key performer with the Johns Hopkins wrestling team. His goals at the start were to be a National Wrestling Coaches Scholar All-American and an NCAA Division III Champion.

“Ray’s goals are still the same,” coach Keith Norris said. “There are three more events left. We’re taking them one at a time and not getting ahead of ourselves.”

The first will be Saturday when the Pride competes in the Centennial Conference Championships in Collegeville. That will be followed by the NCAA East Regional (March 2 in Wilkes-Barre) and the NCAA Championships (March 14-15 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa).

“Ray stands fourth in school history in career victories (87) and sports a 24-3 record in league dual meets,” Norris said. “And, he finished third in the league championships as a freshman and as a junior.”

Yagloski is almost a shoe-in for the academic honor. A two-time NWCA Scholar All-American, he has a 3.37 grade point average and will graduate in May with a degree in chemical and biomolecular engineering.

HONOR FOR MARSHALL – George Mason senior Mandissa Marshall (Crestwood) was named Atlantic-10 co-Performer of the Week after capturing her fifth straight title in the pole vault.

Marshall cleared 14-1 ¼ at the Armory Collegiate Invitational in New York City. That’s the all-time record at George Mason and places her 10th in the country in Division I and first in the A-10. This is the third time that Marshall has earned A-10 honors this indoor season.

The Patriots had last weekend off to prep for the league championships Saturday and Sunday in Kingston, R.I. This is George Mason’s first season in the Atlantic-10. Prior to this, they were members of the Colonial Athletic Association and Marshall captured the pole vault title in that championship in 2011 and 2012. She fell short last season but rallied to capture the ECAC Division I title.

BULL LEADS THE WAY – Senior Alex Bull (Berwick) is captain of the Gettysburg women’s indoor track team. Bull is also one of the top distance runners with the Bullets.

Her 5k time of 18:21.19 (at Lehigh on Feb. 1) ranks fifth all-time. She also competes in the mile and finished seventh (5:34.11) at last weekend’s Dickinson Invitational and a week earlier, finished third in the 3k (10:58.66) at Susquehanna.

“Alex is a dedicated and committed leader who has made herself into an outstanding distance runner,” coach Aubrey Shenk said. “She was also cross country team captain and our top runner at the end of the season.”

Abby Bull, Alex’s sister, is also a distance runner with the Bullets. She’s a sophomore.

Gettysburg will compete next in the Centennial Conference Championships March 1-2 in Haverford.

ALGUIRE’S VERSATILE – Freshman Gabrielle Alguire (Tunkhannock) is competing in the sprints this winter with the Susquehanna women’s indoor track team. In the spring, she will be competed in the javelin.

“Gabby has been training with our sprinters and competing in the 60 and 200,” coach Marty Owens said. “She is a very hard worker and always gives her best.”

At last weekend’s Susquehanna Invitational, Alguire finished sixth in the 60 (8.57) and ran a leg on the winning 800 relay (1:52.60).

“Aside from the sprinting, Gabby has also been working with our throws coach on her javelin technique,” Owens said. “We look forward to watching her throw this spring. Given her results in high school, she has the abilities to be a great javelin thrower, especially on the Division III level.”

HONOR FOR LIGOTSKI – University of the Sciences in Philadelphia sophomore cross country standout Brianna Ligotski (Holy Redeemer) was named to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic team.

It was the second straight year that she has earned the honor.

Ligotski, a physical therapy major, had a 3.72 grade point average for the fall semester. She was the top finisher for the Devils and 20th overall at the NCAA East Regional Cross Country Championships. She covered the 6k race in 23:23.3 to break her own school record and earn All-Region honors — the first Devils’ cross country woman to earn that honor.

VEST, ZERFOSS TO WATCH – Freshman Collin Vest (Wyoming Valley West) and sophomore Sarah Zerfoss (Dallas) will be in the stands rooting for their teammates when Clarion competes in the PSAC Swimming Championships on Thursday and Friday in York.

The PSAC hasn’t had diving in its championship meet since the 1990s.

But the two standouts are not finished this season by any means.

“Both Collin and Sarah have reached the qualifying score that qualifies them to dive in the NCAA Division II Pre-Qualifying meet (March 11 in Geneva, Ohio),” Clarion diving coach Dave Hrovat said. “The top 18 men and the top 22 women there will then qualify for the NCAA Championships.”

The NCAA Division II Championships will be held March 12-15, also in Geneva.

SZPYNDA GETTING READY – If her form holds, Widener senior Erica Szpynda has three more dates on her calendar in indoor track.

Szpynda (Berwick) is the top performer in the shot put heading into the Middle Atlantic Conference Championships on March 1 in Bethlehem. After that, there is the ECAC Division III Championship on March 7-8 in Boston and the NCAA Division III Championship on March 14-15 in Lincoln, Neb.

“Erica is in her buildup to the MAC Championships and the ECAC Championships,” coach Kevin Cunningham said. “She is currently 11th in Division III.”

Szpynda hit 44 feet in the opening meet of the season, the Jack Pyrah Indoor Invitational in Haverford, and that distance has held up all winter.

BAKER 5TH AND 7TH – Marist junior Jacob Baker of Shavertown (Wyoming Seminary) finished fifth in the 3-meter dive and seventh in the 1-meter dive at last weekend’s Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Swim Championships in Buffalo, N.Y. The Red Foxes finished second to Rider in the team standings.

Baker totaled 276.10 points in the 3-meter and 251.95 in the 1-meter. Both marks earned him a berth in the ECAC Division I Championships Feb. 28-March 2 in Annapolis, Md. Baker finished third in the 3-meter and fourth in the 1-meter at last year’s ECAC meet.

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