Fleet­wood’s Shigo re-sets Penn St. ham­mer throw record

Northern Berks Patriot Item - - SPORTS - By Bill Arse­nault

MOR­GAN SHIGO (FLEET­WOOD) » The Penn State ju­nior broke his own school record when he cap­tured the ham­mer throw at the Tri­ton In­vi­ta­tional April 1314 in San Diego, Calif. He ac­tu­ally broke his record (222 feet, 11 inches) twice dur­ing the meet. On his first at­tempt, he posted a dis­tance of 224 feet, 7 inches and then on his fi­nal toss of the day, he set the newest stan­dard when he beat out a field of 34 throw­ers with a 225 foot, 7 inch ef­fort. He cur­rently stands third in the Big Ten and is 12th on the NCAA Divi­sion I East qual­i­fy­ing list.

COURT­NEY STUMP (KUTZ­TOWN) » The sopho­more con­tin­ues to do the job at short­stop for the West Ch­ester soft­ball team, the Golden Rams 30-11 over­all and 10-2 in PSAC East play af­ter split­ting a league dou­ble­header with Ship­pens­burg on April 20 in West Ch­ester. Stump has made nine er­rors on 150 chances (.940) with four dou­ble plays. At the plate, she is hit­ting .213 in 41 games with 40 starts with 23 hits in 108 at-bats with a dou­ble, 12 runs scored and 10 runs bat­ted in.

NIKO HULSIZER (GOV. MIF­FLIN) » More­head State base­ball coach Mike McGuire couldn’t wait to see what ju­nior Niko Hulsizer would do this sea­son af­ter his All-Amer­i­can cam­paign with the Ea­gles as a sopho­more. But the coach didn’t fig­ure on his hit­ting star get­ting in­jured.

Hulsizer, a 6-foot-2, 225-pounder from Mohn­ton (Gov­er­nor Mif­flin), started and played in nine games to start the sea­son but it was found out that he was playing with a bro­ken bone in his hand and he missed a month get­ting it re­paired and re­habbed. He re­turned on April 5 against Ten­nessee-Martin and hit a home run on the first pitch he saw. Since his re­turn, the Ea­gles are 7-1 and he has bat­ted .387 with four home runs and nine RBI in that span. The team is 24-14 over­all and 11-4 in the Ohio Val­ley Con­fer­ence af­ter top­ping West Vir­ginia Tech 18-1 in a non-league game on April 18 in More­head, Ky.

“Niko has worked very hard to de­velop him­self into an elite player at the col­lege level as well as a bona fide pro prospect,” McGuire said. “He con­tin­ues to grow as a hit­ter. He can change games with one swing of the bat, but he is more than just a power hit­ter. He can run and de­fend as well.”

Over­all this sea­son, Hulsizer is hit­ting .339 in 17 games. He has 21 hits in 62 at-bats with four dou­bles, a triple, five home runs, 22 runs scored and 15 runs bat­ted in.

Last year, the Ea­gles rode Hulsizer’s big bat to a 36-23 sea­son. He hit .349 and led Divi­sion I with 27 home runs, 82 runs bat­ted in and 193 to­tal bases. He was named a Col­le­giate Base­ball, a Na­tional Col­lege Base­ball Writ­ers and a Rawl­ings Coaches As­so­ci­a­tion first-team All-Amer­i­can and was the OVC Co-Player of the Year and a first-team se­lec­tion.

ANABELLE DIS­TE­FANO (EX­ETER) » The 5-foot-5 sopho­more mid­fielder scored the sec­ond goal of her ca­reer to help the Jef­fer­son women’s lacrosse team get by Feli­cian 10-0 Cen­tral At­lantic Col­le­giate Con­fer­ence vic­tory on April 19 in Philadel­phia. DiS­te­fano, who scored her pre­vi­ous goal as a fresh­man, has played in all 15 games with 11 starts and the de­fender has seven ground balls and five caused turnovers. The Rams are 8-7 over­all and are sec­ond in the CACC with a 7-1 record.

TAN­NER DELU­CIA (GOV­ER­NOR MIF­FLIN) » The se­nior is a righthanded re­lief spe­cial­ist for the Feli­cian base­ball team, the Fal­cons 19-19 over­all and 17-15 in the Cen­tral At­lantic Col­le­giate Con­fer­ence af­ter sweep­ing league foe Goldey Beacom 6-5 and 4-0 in a home dou­ble­header on April 17 in Lyn­d­hurst, N.J. DeLu­cia has pitched in 13 games with no de­ci­sions and a 3.07 earned run av­er­age. In 14.2 in­nings, he’s given up 12 hits and five runs, all earned, with two walks and nine strike­outs. DeLu­cia has pitched in 48 games out of the bull pen in his ca­reer.

KALI HEPNER (HAM­BURG) » The se­nior stands all alone as the top pole vaulter in his­tory with the Ship­pens­burg women’s track team af­ter she fin­ished first at the Raiders’ SU Mid-Week In­vi­ta­tional on April 19 in Ship­pens­burg. She pre­vi­ous shared the record with All-Amer­i­can Megan Breski with a 12 foot, 9 1/2 inch ef­fort but bet­tered that with a leap of 12 feet, 10 inches. Hepner’s record jump stands eighth on the Divi­sion II per­for­mance list.


Penn State’s Mor­gan Shigo com­petes in the ham­mer throw dur­ing the 2016 Big Ten Track and Field Cham­pi­onships.

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