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Sports Shorts from Around the Valley: Week of January 29th

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Local Field Hockey Teams Win at Florida Showcase

Last weekend at the Sunshine Showcase, Field Hockey teams from around the country descended upon ESPN’s Wide World of Sports. Among those in Orlando were teams representing PA United, the Palmyra-based club. Two of their teams left Florida with championships. The U14 team went 5-0-1 on their way to defeating Jersey Intensity by a score of 6-3 in the finals. The U19 squad also won, going 4-2 to win gold, beating a team out of Virginia. (published 2/3, 11 pm)


PA United U14 Team



Marquez Announces Decision

While a large number of local football stars recently announced their college plans, there was one who had not. The absence of Fernando Marquez from this list left many questioning what colleges weren’t seeing when looking at the Cedar Crest running back. All those questions were put to rest on Friday when Marquez took to social media to announce that he had committed to continuing his football career at IUP. With his decision, Marquez will be joining Jake Williams (ELCO/Bloomsburg), Luke Shaffer (Northern Lebanon/Clarion), Josiah Wright (Lebanon/Seton Hill), Mina Elzek (Annville-Cleona/Seton Hill), Caleb Dorshimer (Cedar Crest/Lock Haven), and Jonathan McDannell (Palmyra / Mansfield) as members of the Class of 2024 who plan to play NCAA DII Football in the PSAC. (published 2/3, 11 pm)




District 3 Team Wrestling Tournament Takes Shape

This week marked the beginning of District 3 Wrestling’s team competition. In the 3A competition, a banged-up ELCO faced Central Dauphin on Tuesday, resulting in a loss that included having to forfeit three weight classes. On Wednesday, Northern Lebanon opened up in the quarterfinals against Eastern York. The Vikings earned a 41-21 and then immediately met Berks Catholic on the mats. Northern Lebanon lost that match-up 40-20, sending them into the consolation round. On Saturday, they will face Newport for a chance to compete in the 3rd place round. Also, if they beat Newport, they will qualify for States. (published 1/31, 11 pm)



Another Local Athlete Commits to PSAC

As of late, a string of local football stars have announced commitments to take a chance at playing for Division II PSAC schools. The list includes Jake Williams (ELCO/Bloomsburg), Luke Shaffer (Northern Lebanon/Clarion), Josiah Wright (Lebanon/Seton Hill), Mina Elzek (Annville-Cleona/Seton Hill), and Caleb Dorshimer (Cedar Crest/Lock Haven). On Wednesday, Palmyra’s Jonathan McDannell added his name to the list, as the senior announced his commitment to play next season at Mansfield. He will also be running Track. (published 1/31, 11 pm)





Williams Makes His Decision

On Monday, Jake Williams made his decision known as to where he intends to play college football. Announcing his commitment via X/Twitter, the ELCO running back let the world know that he will attend Bloomsburg University, a member of NCAA’s Division II PSAC. The All-State selection, who rushed for 2,402 his senior year, will join his brother, who is already a vital member of the Husky defense. For father, Bob “Bo” Williams, who played linebacker for the University of Delaware in the 1980s, this will be his third son playing collegiately as Erik Williams just finished his senior season playing at LVC. There are still two more boys in ELCO’s system, including Paul, who just finished a successful sophomore season playing both sides of the line. Jake’s mother and sister both played field hockey at the collegiate level.


Speaking of field hockey, Cedar Crest’s Anna Moyer announced on Monday her plans to  continue her playing career while attending PSU-Harrisburg. She will be a member of the first PSU-Harrisburg team to  officially compete in the NCAA.

(published 1/31, 5 am)



ELCO Great Inducted Into LL Wrestling HOF

Last weekend, at the Lancaster Lebanon League Wrestling Championships, ELCO alumnus David Ziegler was inducted into the Hall of Fame. In his four years of wrestling for the Raiders, Ziegler collected a school record 162 wins. At the time, his win total was a Lancaster Lebanon League record. Wrestling at 135-pounds, Ziegler was a 2007 District 3 Champion and placed 5th at the PIAA State Championships. After high school, Ziegler went to Slippery Rock before transferring to continue wrestling at Liberty University, where he joined ELCO teammate Brandon Lawrence. Ziegler now owns his family’s dairy farm and serves on the ELCO School Board. Still actively involved in wrestling, he helps train the next generation of grapplers, serving as a volunteer assistant coach for ELCO. (published 1/31, 5 am)



Ayo-Faleye Named America East Player of the Week

On Monday, it was announced that Cedar Crest product Ileri Ayo-Faleye was named an America East Player of the Week for his outstanding play. His effort helped to lead the University of Vermont to wins over UMass-Lowell and Bryant as they improved their conference record to 6-0 and 16-5 overall. The 6’8” Ayo-Faleye is currently a redshirt junior for the Catamounts. He is a 2020 graduate of Cedar Crest. (published 1/31, 5 am)



CPIHL All-Star Game Featured LebCo Talent

Last Wednesday, the 30th CPIHL All-Star Game was played at Twin Ponds. Four LebCo ice hockey players were chosen for the event. Selected for the National team were Annville-Cleona’s Ethan Ritchie and Jonathan Breinich. Nick Dove and Noah Poleshuk represented Palmyra on the American team. In the game, Dove had a goal and four assists as the American squad won 9-5. Ritchie had an assist in the losing effort.

For the middle school game, Palmyra’s Chase Pavlesich and Cameron Kocuba were selected for the American team. Annville’s Jaxon Bucher, Carson Aller, and Zaden Latkovich were chosen for the National team winning, 7-5. Bucher scored a goal and had two assists, while Aller added a goal. Latkovich missed the game due to an injury. On the other side, Pavlesich had two goals and Kocuba also added a goal. (published 1/31, 5 am)



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