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Garrett Burns, Bald Eagle Region
Bald Eagle Area claimed their second blowout and shutout victory in two straight weeks with a 48-0 victory over Bellefonte on Friday night. Burns had another solid game with a two touchdown performance against the Raiders. He had 21 carries, 178 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns. Burns now has 125 carries for 885 rushing yards and eight rushing touchdowns, as well as seven catches for 73 rushing yards. Defensively, he has 45 tackles (seven for losses) and one interception.
Kalista Butler, Philipsburg-Osceola
Philipsburg-Osceola volleyball dominated Bellefonte on Tuesday with scores of 25-11, 25-10 and 25-18 for a clear sweep. Part of the team’s dominance came from play by Kalista Butler, who collected 36 assists on the evening to take the team to 10-0 in the Mountain League and 11-0 in aggregate. The Mountaineers took the win with scores of 25-20, 25-22 and 25-18 on Thursday against Penns Valley. Butler had 35 assists to lead the team to 12-0 (11-0 in the league).
Jackson Romig, Penns Valley
Penns Valley crushed Everett by a score of 55-0 on Friday. Romig had five touchdowns in the performance, his best game of the season. Miles Brooks, Logan Crater and Ty Watson all picked up one of Romig’s touchdown passes and John Meyer received two. Penns Valley football is now 4-4 on the year and will face Philipsburg-Osceola (2-6) next week.
State College Girls cross country
State College beat Saint Joseph’s Academy on Monday with 15 points to 48 points. The Little Lions defeated Penns Valley with a score of 20 points to 43 points. State College also beat Grier School 17 points to 46 points. Marlee Kwasnica was second overall with a time of 18:57, behind Anna Stitzer of Penns Valley, who finished with a time of 18:50. Junior Grace Morningstar placed third overall with a time of 19:57, Amy Devan placed fourth with a time of 20:27, junior Alex Antoniono placed sixth overall with a time of 20:59, sophomore Abigail Bigger placed seventh overall with a time of 21:06, senior Maya Ikenberry placed ninth overall with a time of 21:11 and junior Ava Langelaan s ‘is ranked 10th overall with a time of 21:36.
After the Mid Penn Championships, the State College girls won with 55 points on Saturday. Kwasnica finished fifth overall, clocking 19:01 in the rain. Second student Chloe Poindexter (20:17), junior Amy Devan (20:18) and junior Natalie Koncoski (20:21) finished 14th, 15th and 16th. junior Alex Antoniono, ranking 23rd overall with a time of 20:38. Sophomore Abigail Bigger and junior Grace Morningstar finished 29th and 31st with race times of 20:57 and 21:06 respectively. Junior Ava Langelaan finished eighth in the team’s top-8, finishing 45th overall with a time of 21:46.
State University Girls Tennis
The State College women’s tennis team put on a solid week with a District 6A championship victory. As the first seed, State College defeated Shikellamy 5-0. In singles, Quiana Guo defeated Melanie Minnier 6-0, 6-0, Kelly Steel followed with a victory over Kiersten Strohecker 6-1, 6-2 and Madeline Miller defeated Olivia Weaver 6-1, 6-1. In doubles, State College’s Emily Zhang and Allison Norloff team beat Allie Minnier and Lily Weist 6-1, 6-0, Marissa Xu and Juju Dye then beat Megan Strohecker 6-0, 6-1 for State College to move to 15-3 as a team over the season.
The Little Lions beat Hollidaysburg 3-0 to win the District 6A Championship on Wednesday. Guo led Gretta Rhodes 7-5, 4-2, but they didn’t finish, Steel beat Ella Jodon 6-1, 6-3, Miller won over Reagan McKee 6-1, 6-2 for the win in singles. Zhang and Norloff did the job for State College against Megan Farris and Rachel Gallegar 6-2, 6-2 to win the doubles, Xu and Dye (State College) taking on Talia Delerme and Nina Meadows 5-7, 3-1, ending with a DNF.
Cammie Upcraft and Kailen Winklebach, Penns Valley
Senior center blocker Cammie Upcraft claimed his 500th career victory for Penns Valley volleyball on Tuesday night against Huntingdon. Her 10 eliminations in the game saw her become the second Lady Ram to pass the 500 elimination mark. She added eight more blocks, a stat where she is both the all-time career leader and leading the way with blocks in a single Penns Valley season. Kailen Winkelbach also had three kills in the loss to Huntingdon. Winklebach won his 500th career dig for Penns Valley on Thursday night. Her nine recoveries in the game against Philipsburg-Osceola put her in fourth place in school history.