Lehighton Area High School senior football player Nolan Ryan Wentz became the second Lehighton football player in the past 12 years to earn the Lehigh Valley Football Scholar-Athlete Award.
Wentz earned the honor on March 4 at the 58th annual National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Lehigh Valley Chapter banquet.
The annual banquet honors a high school football senior from one of 33 schools that best represents achievements both on and off the football field.
Moments after Jonah Niesenbaum’s run in the PIAA Class 2A Wrestling Championships ended, his mind was already moving forward.
“Next season starts today,” said the second-year wrestler. He just wishes 2018 hadn’t ended as quickly as it did.
Niesenbaum dropped his first two matches in Hershey over the weekend, and his memorable season came to a close. He closed out his junior season with an 18-14 record after earning medals at districts and regionals prior to his run in states.
Salisbury’s Sarah Bobeck burst onto the swimming scene as a sophomore, and was fortunate enough to earn a trip to states last winter.
But one thing was missing. She had to take that trip to Bucknell University alone last winter as the only Falcon female, with some of her teammates just missing the cut to compete at states.
Saint Joe’s pitcher Justin Aungst, a 2014 graduate of Salisbury High School, spent his first two college seasons on the mound in a variety of roles. While he earned four starts as a freshman, Aungst largely made his appearances out of the bullpen in his first two seasons.
But Aungst became one of the Hawks’ regular starters in 2017, and the former Falcon has thrived in that role. In this his final college season, he’s hoping to build on that momentum even more and put a stamp on an impressive career.
Jonah Niesenbaum had a note on his locker all season reminding him of his primary goal for the season. It simply reads “State Qualifier.”
He punched his ticket to next week’s state championships in Hershey by going 4-2 and taking fifth place at 220 pounds at last weekend’s Southeast Regional Championships at Wilson West Lawn.
“My goal all season was to be a state qualifier,” Niesenbaum said. “Now that I got it I want to get on the podium [at the state championship meet.”
Sarah Bobeck is that rare swimmer who competes at high levels in both sprints and long distance.
She showed that once again last weekend, taking gold in both the 50-yard and the 500-yard freestyle events at the District 11 Class 2A Swimming Championships. The event was abruptly moved to Emmaus High School after a power outage at Parkland High School disrupted the meet’s opening night scheduled for Friday.
Whitehall AD Bob Hartman annouced that due to road conditions from Winter Storm Riley, Friday’s Northeast Regional Wrestling Tournament will be moved to all day Saturdary at Liberty High School.
Below is an updated schedule for Saturday’s action:
Revised Northeast AAA Regional Wrestling Schedule
Saturday, March 3, 2018
8 a.m. – Weigh-ins and Skin Checks – 1 pound allowance
9 a.m. – Preliminaries
11 a.m. – Quarterfinals
1 p.m. – 1st Round Consolations
2 p.m. – 2nd Round Consolations
3:30 p.m. – Semifinals / 3rd Round Consolations
The Salisbury boys and girls swim teams are set to compete in this weekend’s District 11 Class 2A Swimming Championships. Competition is set to begin on Friday at Parkland High School, with events wrapping up on Saturday night.
Salisbury’s top seeded swimmer is on the girls’ side in junior captain Sarah Bobeck. She leads all 2A competitors in both the 50- and 500-yard freestyle events.
Bobeck’s seed time of 24.76 seconds is the only sub 25-second time in the 50-yard freestyle. It looks like the path to gold will go through her.
The Lady Falcons knew they would have a big challenge facing top-seed North Schuylkill in Saturday’s District 11 Class 3A quarterfinal.
The Lady Spartans came into the tournament as the top seed with a 22-2 overall record averaging 66 points per game. They had won 14 straight before losing in the Schuylkill League title game.
Salisbury grabbed an early lead and stuck with North Schuylkill through the first quarter, but the Spartans started to pull away in the second period and went on to a 71-34 victory.
A year and a half ago Jonah Niesenbaum had never been part of a wrestling team at any level. But after taking up the sport as a high school sophomore, Niesenbaum advanced through last weekend’s district tournament with a third-place finish and is only a few wins away from a trip to the state championships.
“We’ve been training really hard,” said the Salisbury High School junior. “It’s partly expected. I knew in my head that I was going to regionals. I put in that work, whatever it took to get there.”