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Sports Shorts from Around the Valley: Week of February 19th

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Palmyra’s Blaszynski, Yingling Award Finalist

Palmyra Cougar Ice Hockey has had quite a season. On Wednesday night, they lost a playoff matchup against Hershey. However, they are not done yet. The Cougars will play against Lower Dauphin on Friday for their chance for a rematch against Hershey in the Championship, which will take place next Wednesday at Hershey Park Arena.

Beyond the competition, one of the team members, Zachary “Blaz” Blaszynski, was named one of three finalists for the Justin Yingling Award. The honor is described as a “prestigious award that annually recognizes a senior CPIHL player who demonstrates exceptional dedication, performance, and a commitment to excellence, mirroring Yingling’s legacy both on and off the ice.” The winner will be announced next Wednesday as part of the Championship festivities. (published 2/22, 5 am)



LebCo Athletes Set for Indoor State Track & Field Championship

The Pennsylvania Indoor Track & Field State Championship is set to take place on Sunday. Six LebCo athletes are among the qualifiers competing at State College. Defending 400m State Champion Kaddel Howard (So.) of Cedar Crest qualified for the 400m and the 200m. Lebanon’s Ramon Urena Batista (Sr.) will be competing in the 800m. ELCO’s Makenna Haas (Jr.) made it for the Triple Jump. Palmyra will have a trio of athletes competing made up of Mason Bucks (Pole Vault / Sr.), Tyler Burgess (60m Hurdles / Jr.), and Jacob Burgess (Long Jump / Jr.). Bucks and Burgess are both outdoor medalists. Bucks is also a wrestler and will compete at the South Central Wrestling Regionals earlier in the weekend. Join us in wishing these athletes the best of luck at States! (published 2/22, 5 am)



Chernich Chooses Lebanon Valley

After helping to lead the Cedar Crest Falcons to the Lancaster Lebanon League Boys Basketball Championship, Owen Chernich took to social media on Sunday to announce his intention to attend Lebanon Valley College as a two-sport athlete. Chernich was a key member of the Falcon Football team, serving as a wide receiver as they qualified for Districts. He is also one of the talented guards on the Basketball team, currently headed into the District 3 Quarterfinals. For more, check out our profile of Chernich from the Football season when he was named the LebCo Athlete of the Week. (published 2/22, 5 am)


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