Ste­wart on a roll for Cheyney bowl­ing team

The Hamburg Area Item - - Sports - By Bill Arse­nault For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

COURT­NEY STE­WART ( HAM­BURG) » The sopho­more is a mem­ber of the Cheyney Uni­ver­sity women’s bowl­ing team. The 5- foot- 6 right- han­der was the thirdbest fin­isher for the Wolves at the In­ter­col­le­giate Sin­gles Cham­pi­onships with a 161.2 av­er­age. A psy­chol­ogy ma­jor, Ste­wart earned Na­tional Ten­pin Coaches As­so­ci­a­tion Aca­demic All- Amer­i­can hon­or­able men­tion for car­ry­ing a 3.4 or bet­ter grade point av­er­age dur­ing the 2016- 2017 sea­son. KALI HEPNER ( HAM­BURG)

» It’s been a month since the se­nior broke the Ship­pens­burg pole vault record when she cleared 12 feet, 3 ½ inches to cap­ture the ti­tle at the Bi­son Opener on Dec. 2 in Lewis­burg. She bet­tered the pre­vi­ous record of 12 feet, 1 ¼ inches set in 2012 and earned a spot on the NCAA Di­vi­sion II per­for­mance list. Hepner and the Raiders will head to Lewis­burg for two more meets this month – the Guiden In- vi­ta­tional on Satur­day, Jan. 20 and the 20th an­nual Bi­son Open on Fri­day, Jan. 26. LU­CAS WARN­ING ( KUTZ

TOWN) » The for­mer Le­high track stand­out re­turned to Beth­le­hem for two meets to kick off the in­door sea­son. Com­pet­ing with Garage Strength out of Fleet­wood, Warn­ing cap­tured the shot put at the Le­high Sea­son Opener on Dec. 1 with a per­sonal best in­door toss of 61 feet, 4 ¼ inches. On Dec. 8, he fin­ished first in the shot put at the Fast Times Be­fore Fi­nals meet with a 61- foot ef­fort. He holds Le­high records both in­doors ( 59 feet, 10 ½ inches) and outdoors ( 62 feet, 3 ¼ inches). KAIT­LYN FLOYD( KUTZ­TOWN)

» The sopho­more com­peted with the Blooms­burg women’s swim team . at the an­nual Zippy In­vi­ta­tional on Dec. 1- 3 in Akron, Oh to wrap up the first se­mes­ter. The Huskies fin­ish­ing sev­enth out of nine teams in­clud­ing seven from Di­vi­sion I. Floyd led off the 800 free re­lay which fin­ished 10th ( 7: 42.67) and the 200 med--

ley re­lay which fin­ished 17th ( 1: 39.76). She qual­i­fied for the PSAC Cham­pi­onships in the 100 freestyle with a time of 54.84 and was 35th out of 50 in the 500 freestyle in 5: 13.50.


Brianna ‘ Bri’ Bieber is just a fresh­man but she’s com­pet­ing like an up­per­class­man with the East Strouds­burg women’s swim team.

Bieber, from Mohn­ton ( Gov­er­nor Miff lin), had a solid meet as the War­riors fin­ished third out of seven teams at The Col­lege of New Jer­sey In­vi­ta­tional Dec. 1- 3 in Ewing, N. J. Fac­ing a num­ber of Di­vi­sion I ath­letes, she fin­ished fourth in the 400 IM in 4: 48.24 and sixth in both the 200 IM in 2: 15.28 and the 200 back­stroke in 2: 14.93. An in­di­ca­tion of just how well she did is il­lus­trated in the PSAC per­for­mance list. She was 25th in the 400 IM but now is ninth. She was 32nd in the 200 IM and is now 25th. And she was 35th in the 200 back and is now up to 18th.

“Brianna Bieber has brought a wide range of tal­ent to our pro­gram this year,” coach Brie Gol­big said. “She ex­cels in mul­ti­ple strokes and has been ben­e­fi­cial to our team’s suc­cess. She has qual­i­fied for the PSACs in mul­ti­ple events and I look for­ward to see­ing her fresh­man year progress through the end of the sea­son.”

East Strouds­burg is 4- 1 in dual meets at the break and the team is cur­rently do­ing win­ter train­ing in Florida. The War­riors will com­pete in the Tampa Re­lays In­vite on Satur­day in Tampa and then re­turn home for a PSAC dual meet at Millersville on Satur­day, Jan. 13.


The Penn State se­nior is ready for ac­tion af­ter kick­ing off the in­door track sea­son at Penn State’s an­nual Blue & White In­trasquad meet on Dec. 8- 9 in Uni­ver­sity Park. Smith, with the White team, fin­ished first in the 55 me­ter dash ( 6.31) and sec­ond in the 300 me­ter dash ( 33.54). He fin­ished first in the 60 me­ter dash with a school record time of 6.66 and helped the 4x400 take first with a school record time of 3: 04.80 at last year’s Big Ten In­door Cham­pi­onship. He’s face ‘ real’ compe­ti­tion when Penn State hosts the Nit­tany Lion Chal­lenge Satur­day, Jan. 13 in Uni­ver­sity Park.


The sopho­more fin­ished third in the 100 back­stroke ( 1: 03.54), eighth in the 200 IM ( 2: 24.19) and swam a leg on the 200 med­ley B squad which fin­ished fourth ( 1: 53.80) for the Ge­or­gia South­ern women’s swim team in a 14894 loss to Florida In­ter­na­tional on Dec. 14 in Miami, Fla. Chemey helped the Ea­gles fin­ish first out of six teams at the Florida Tech In­vi­ta­tional Nov. 17- 19 in Mel­bourne, Fla. She fin­ished 11th in both the 100 back ( 59.87) and 200 back ( 2: 09.76) and helped the 200 med­ley B team fin­ish sev­enth ( 1: 47.21).


The se­nior helped the Get­tys­burg women’s swim team fin­ish sec­ond out of six schools at the Get­tys­burg In­vi­ta­tional on Dec. 1- 2 in Get­tys­burg. She swam a leg on the 200 med­ley re­lay which fin­ished sec­ond ( 1: 49.39) and swam with three B squads, the 400 med­ley which fin­ished fourth ( 4: 09.49), the 200 free which fin­ished sev­enth ( 1: 44.30) and the 400 free re­lay which fin­ished sev­enth ( 3: 48.33). In­di­vid­u­ally, Mueller fin­ished sev­enth in the 100 breast­stroke ( 1: 09.70) and 20th in the 50 freestyle ( 57.90).


The se­nior dis­tance run­ner opened the in­door sea­son with the Roberts Wes­leyan women’s track team by cap­tur­ing the 800 me­ter run at the Brock­port Early Sea­son In­vi­ta­tional on Dec. 2 in Brock­port, N. Y. Durso topped a field of 15 with a time of 2: 29.22 to help the Red­hawks, out of Rochester, N. Y., fin­ish first out of nine teams. The team opens the sec­ond half of the sea­son on Jan. 13 when they com­pete in the Rochester Tech In­vi­ta­tional in Rochester.


The sopho­more con­tin­ues to do the job for the Cedar Crest women’s bas­ket­ball team which is 2- 6 af­ter a 0- 5 start. The 5- foot- 8 guard ended the first se­mes­ter with two solid games – 17 points and seven re­bounds in a 61- 54 vic­tory over Clarks Sum­mit on Dec. 2 and 19 points and nine re­bounds in a 53- 49 tri­umph over Mitchell on Dec. 4. She had six points and eight re­bounds in a 70- 41 loss to Drew on Dec. 8 in Al­len­town. Twin sis­ter Venus also starts for the Fal­cons and is av­er­ag­ing 2.6 points and 4.5 re­bounds.


The Cabrini fresh­man picked up her fourth award for her play with the Cabrini women’s vol­ley­ball team when she was named to the ECAC sec­ond team. Ear­lier, the 5- foot- 6 set­ter had been named to the Colo­nial States Ath­letic Con­fer­ence first team, the Amer­i­can Vol­ley­ball Coaches As­so­ci­a­tion Mid At­lantic first team and an AVCA All- Amer­i­can hon­or­able men­tion. Af­ter miss­ing her fresh­man year with an in­jury, Blankenbiller fin­ished 13th in Di­vi­sion III with 1,719 as­sists, the sec­ond most in Cabrini his­tory.


The ju­nior helped the Sim­mons women’s swim team cap­ture its 14th straight Great North­east Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Cham­pi­onship on Dec. 2- 3 in Bos­ton, Mass. Simp­son swam the lead­off leg on the 400 free re­lay which fin­ished first with a GNAC record time of 23: 39.52. She also added 65 in­di­vid­ual points by fin­ish­ing sec­ond in the 500 freestyle ( 5: 20.84) and the 1,650 freestyle ( 18: 17.17), third in the 200 back­stroke ( 2: 16.54) and fourth in the 200 freestyle ( 2: 01.89). The Sharks to­taled 1,104 points.


The se­nior was a key per­former as the Wash­ing­ton Col­lege men’s swim team fin­ished sec­ond out of nine teams at Ran­dolph- Ma­son’s Yel­low Jacket In­vi­ta­tional on Dec. 1- 2 in Rich­mond, Va. He swam lead­off on the win­ning 400 free re­lay ( 3: 07.12) and an­chored the 200 med­ley re­lay which fin­ished fifth ( 1: 39.33). In­di­vid­u­ally, he had four top 10 fin­ishes – fourth in the 200 free ( 1: 26.37), fifth in the 100 free ( 47.30), sev­enth in the 50 free ( 21.71) and 10th in the 100 but­ter­fly ( 53.97).


Cheyney sopho­more Court­ney Ste­wart ( Ham­burg).

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