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The Mercury (Pottstown, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Bill Arse­nault For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

Chris­tian Kelly has been a solid per­former all sea­son long with the Lock Haven men’s bas­ket­ball team, but the 6-foot4, 210-pound ju­nior guard has stepped it up a notch this month.

Kelly, at Phoenixville High grad, has av­er­aged 20 points and 8.7 re­bounds in four games in Jan­uary. He had 21 and nine re­bounds in an 83-65 PSAC East loss to East Stroudsburg last Wed­nes­day in East Stroudsburg and 15 points and nine re­bounds in a 78-74 league loss to Cal­i­for­nia last Satur­day in Lock Haven. Kelly has scored in dou­bles fig­ures in all 12 games with a ca­reer-high 28 in an 8865 league win over Clar­ion on Dec. 1 in Lock Haven.

On the sea­son, Kelly leads the Bald Ea­gles in scor­ing (18.0) and re­bound­ing (6.5) with 19 as­sists, eight steals and six blocked shots.

“Chris­tian has done a great job this year so far on and off the court,” coach Mike Nester said. “His num­bers re­ally jump out at you in terms of scor­ing and re­bound­ing. I think he is fi­nally com­fort­able not just with the style of play but with his sit­u­a­tion with school and the team. I re­ally think he is go­ing to con­tinue to im­prove and I’m ex­cited to watch him grow.”

Lock Haven is 5-7 over­all and 4-5 in league play af­ter the losses to East Stroudsburg and Cal­i­for­nia.

NATALIE WOJCIK (21ST CEN­TURY CY­BER CHAR­TER ACADEMY) >> The fresh­man from Dou­glassville was named Big Ten Con­fer­ence Gym­nast of the Week and Fresh­man of the Week af­ter kick­ing off her col­lege ca­reer with the Michi­gan women’s gym­nas­tics team with a big ef­fort as the Wolver­ines opened the sea­son by cap­tur­ing the ti­tle at the Can­cun Clas­sic on Jan. 4 in Can­cun, Mex­ico. Wojcik set a school record for a fresh­man in her de­but by win­ning the all-around ti­tle with a score of 39.625. She won three of the four in­di­vid­ual events – 9.975 in the vault, 9.900 on un­even bars and 9.925 on bal­ance beam. She also had a 9.800 score on floor ex­er­cise. Wojcik fol­lowed that up by win­ning all-around (39.450), vault (9.950) and bal­ance beam (9.875) as the Wolver­ines fin­ished third in a quad meet last Fri­day in Tuscaloosa, Ala. be­hind Den­ver and host Alabama.

JAKOB CAMP­BELL (BOYERTOWN) >> The sopho­more scored an 8-3 de­ci­sion at 125 pounds, but the Buck­nell wrestling team dropped a 34-12 de­ci­sion to Le­high in an East­ern In­ter­col­le­giate Wrestling As­so­ci­a­tion match last Fri­day in Lewis­burg. That lifted his record to 10-4 over­all and 4-0 in dual matches with a fall and three ma­jor de­ci­sions. His twin brother, David, com­petes at 133 pounds for the Bi­son and is 2-8 over­all and 0-4 in dual matches. Buck­nell is 2-5 over­all stands 0-2 in EIWA ac­tion, hav­ing opened the league sea­son with a 26-9 loss to Navy on Jan. 5, also in Lewis­burg.

PAY­TON MILES (THE HILL SCHOOL) >> The ju­nior from Lim­er­ick had an­other big meet as the Le­high women’s swim team opened its sec­ond se­mes­ter with a 164.5-133.5 Pa­triot League vic­tory over Army last Fri­day in Beth­le­hem. Miles cap­tured the 100 free in 51.75 and fin­ished sec­ond to a team­mate in the 50 free in 23.74. She also swam the an­chor legs on both the 200 med­ley re­lay which fin­ished first in 1:46.77 and the 500 freestyle which touched the wall first in 3:31.06. The Moun­tain Hawks are 7-1 over­all and 4-0 in league meets.

AU­TUMN SANDS (OWEN J. ROBERTS) >> The Lafayette fresh­man opened her track sea­son with the women’s team by fin­ish­ing first out of 18 run­ners in the 1,000 me­ter run at the Spar­tan In­vi­ta­tional last Fri­day at the Ocean Breeze Ath­letic Con­fer­ence in Staten Is­land, N.Y. Her time was 3:06.46. Sands had a good sea­son in her first year with the cross coun­try team last fall. She fin­ished 33rd in the Pa­triot League Cham­pi­onships in Oc­to­ber with a 6,000 me­ter time of 23:04.8 and was 97th in the NCAA Mid-At­lantic Re­gional in Novem­ber with a per­sonal best 6k time of 23:02.8.

FRANKIE KRAUSS (SPRING-FORD) >> The se­nior is hav­ing a great sea­son with the No. 13-ranked York wrestling team and he has been out­stand­ing in the Spar­tans’ lat­est two tour­na­ments. Krauss, ranked No. 4 in Di­vi­sion III at 184 pounds, went 5-0 in the Budd White­hall Duals last Fri­day and Satur­day in Wil­liamsport. He had a fall, a ma­jor de­ci­sion, a tech­ni­cal fall and two de­ci­sions, one 3-1 in over­time. At the Multi-Na­tional Duals on Jan. 4-5 in Lex­ing­ton, Ky., Krauss went 4-0 with three de­ci­sions, one in over­time, and a for­feit vic­tory. On the sea­son, he’s 22-1 with three falls, three tech­ni­cal falls and three ma­jor de­ci­sions.

BECCA PAINTER (OWEN J. ROBERTS) >> The 5-foot-7 se­nior guard had a sea­son-high 16 points with nine re­bounds and four as­sists to lead the Ly­coming women’s bas­ket­ball team to a 77-55 MAC Com­mon­wealth vic­tory over King’s on Jan. 5 in Wilkes-Barre. She had four points, five re­bounds and three steals in a 59-47 tri­umph over Hood last Satur­day in Fred­er­ick, Md. to lift the War­riors to 13-4 over­all and 7-1 in league play. Painter is av­er­ag­ing 7.4 points and 2.8 re­bounds with 43 as­sists. She’s hit 17 of 47 from 3-point range (36.2 per­cent).

ALEX EPPS-OR­TIZ (SPRING-FORD) >> The 6-foot-3 se­nior for­ward had a sea­son­high and team-high 19 points to help the 5-10 Rose­mont men’s bas­ket­ball team post an 86-56 Colo­nial States Ath­letic Con­fer­ence vic­tory over Bryn Athyn last Tues­day in Rose­mont. He had 10 points in a 94-83 league loss to Key­stone last Satur­day in La Plume. Epps-Or­tiz, who has played in 13 games with 11 starts, is av­er­ag­ing 7.0 points and 3.8 re­bounds with 14 as­sists and 19 steals.

GABRIELLE TROISI (POPE JOHN PAUL II) >> The 5-foot-7 ju­nior point guard helped the West Ch­ester women’s bas­ket­ball team post a pair of PSAC East road vic­to­ries – 66-64 over Millersville on Jan. 5 and 62-43 over Mans­field last Wed­nes­day. Troisi had six points, nine re­bounds, seven as­sists and two steals against Millersville and three points, nine re­bounds and six as­sists against Mans­field. She’s sec­ond on the team in scor­ing (11.6) and first in re­bound­ing (8.5), as­sists (76) and steals (27), Golden Rams 7-10 over­all and 3-6 in league play.

MITCH DOWD (OWEN J. ROBERTS) >> The sopho­more was the best fin­isher for the Pitt-Brad­ford wrestling team at the Way­nes­burg In­vi­ta­tional which drew 18 squads on Jan. 5 in Way­nes­burg. Dowd, who fin­ished sixth, posted a 3-1 over­time de­ci­sion in the first round at 197 pounds, had byes in the next two rounds but was beaten 2-1 to fall into the con­so­la­tion bracket. He saw his tour­na­ment come to an end with a 5-2 loss in the fifth-sixth match. Dowd is 6-8 on the sea­son.

MIKE CIANCIULLI (POPE JOHN PAUL II) >> The 6-foot ju­nior guard had a teamhigh 15 points but it wasn’t enough as the Delaware Val­ley men’s bas­ket­ball team dropped a 76-66 de­ci­sion to Mis­eri­cor­dia in a MAC Free­dom con­test last Wed­nes­day in Dal­las. Cianciulli is third on the on the team in scor­ing with a 12.7 av­er­age. He also is av­er­ag­ing 3.5 re­bounds with 20 as­sists and 17 steals. He’s scored 27 points on two oc­ca­sions this sea­son and has hit 23 of 74 3-point at­tempts (31.1 per­cent), the Ag­gies 6-9 over­all and 2-2 in league play.

Lock Haven’s Chris­tian Kelly

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