Emmaus’ Reid, Easton’s Hall earn top honors
Easton center midfielder Bethany Hall and Emmaus center back Callen Reid were named the 2018 Lehigh Valley Soccer Scholar Athletes on Sunday at the annual awards banquet in Northampton.
“It was exciting,” said Reid. “I was very honored because there are a lot of people in this room who are very intelligent and very skilled in soccer.”
Reid played varsity soccer for three years and was named 2018 All Conference First Team. Academically, Reid is a member of the National Honor Society and Math League.
Reid and the Hornets made it to the District 11 final this past fall and qualified for the state tournament as the district runner-up.
“It was just a great experience being with all the guys,” said Reid. “It was a strong team, good coaching, overall fun, and a competitive level of soccer.”
Reid plans to study engineering in college but is undecided on a college choice at this time.
Hall, whose father Tim is head coach of the Red Rovers, was named All Conference Third Team, and is a member of the National Honor Society and Latin Club.
“I was really excited because of all the hard work I’ve done over the past four years. It’s nice to get recognized,” said Hall. “I think I’ll miss going to practice every day because I love playing soccer.”
Highlights for Hall were qualifying for states, defeating Whitehall in overtime, team bonding, and playing for her father.
“I think it worked because he always draws a fair line,” she said. “He tries to treat me evenly with the other girls on the team and when we go home I’m his daughter, and I definitely will miss playing for him.”
Hall plans to attend Cornell, Rice or Clemson where she will major in biological sciences and minor in political science.
Eighty Lehigh Valley soccer scholar athletes were honored at the Northampton Memorial Community Center.
Representing Salisbury at the banquet were Rylee Donaldson and Patrick To.
Donaldson is a four-year varsity player and was a senior captain last fall. She was named second-team all league as a sophomore and made the first team in her last two seasons at Salisbury. She will continue her education and soccer career at Bucknell University where she will study civil engineering.
To was a two-year varsity player. He also competes on the rifle team. He plans to study economics in college.
Brittney Ruggieri, founder of WPSL franchise, the Lehigh Valley Tempest, was the guest speaker.
Ruggieri encouraged the soccer scholar athletes to keep soccer as part of their lives.
“When you have an opportunity, say yes. There are people out there who will help,” Ruggieri told them.
The following seniors were nominated for this year’s Lehigh Valley Soccer Scholar-Athlete Award: Central Catholic - Madison McFillin, Samuel Vaughn; Bangor - Jenna Lehr, Nicholas Mazella; Bethlehem Catholic - Julia Rosa Zambo, Steven Joseph Santostefano; Blue Mountain - Jason Brauer; Catasauqua - Hailey Baez, Devon Troxell; East Stroudsburg North - Drexler Attram, Reggie Gesicho; East Stroudsburg South - Mackenzie Kross, Ethan Bowers; Easton - Bethany Hall, Zachary Stergio; Emmaus - Sarah Smith, Callen Reid; Faith Christian - Faith Steward, Aaron Smith; Freedom - Gianna Montesano, Derek Best; Jim Thorpe - Brielle Long, Roger Wallace; Lehighton - Alexandria Hydro, Victor McCandless; Liberty- Bridget MacDonald, Spencer Koski; Dieruff - Jennifer Wu, Jouny Zedan; Moravian Academy- Elizabeth Stifel, Amol Sanghera; Nativity BVM - Haley Zimerofsky, Sean Crane; Nazareth - Caitlyn Lazzarini, Alexander Luancing; Northampton - Gabrielle Demchak, Aaron Eberts; Northern Lehigh - Molly Wilk, Quinton Mack; Northwestern - Allyson Hinks, Zachary Creighton; Notre Dame (East Stroudsburg) - Kennedy Brown, Noah Wickenheiser; Notre Dame (Green Pond) Mikayla Bates, Ben Gormley; Palisades - Stacy Badman, Daniel Muth; Palmerton - Mia Fantasia, Chase Dailey; Parkland - Louise Gottwald, Nate Berger; Pen Argyl - Stu Kernosh; Phillipsburg - Ashley Griesmeyer, Eric Stazzone; Pleasant Valley - Kelly Whalen, Jack Robinson; Pocono Mountain East - Allison Bone, Trevor Yacuboski; Pottsville - Alexis Yoder; Quakertown - Haley Pursel, Nathaniel Besch; Salem Christian - Justin Rosak; Salisbury - Rylee Donaldson, Patrick To; Saucon Valley - Serafina Johnstone, Evangelos Hahalis; Schuylkill Haven - Abigail Mills, Max Mueller; Southern Lehigh - Elizabeth Cassel, Maxwell Johnston; Stroudsburg - Emily Irlbeck, Zachary Ossman; Tamaqua - Jacob Rudy; Weatherly - Nicole Gordon, Ryan Fairchild; Whitehall - Erica Juliano, Aziz Atiyeh; Allen - Chelsea Garcia, Joshua Nycz; Wilson - Gabrielle Gallagher, Robert Swaitek.