Kisthardt wins field hockey award

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The Em­maus field hockey pro­gram is the gold stan­dard of Le­high Val­ley scholas­tic athletics. The Green Hor­nets have won 30 con­sec­u­tive District 11 ti­tles and 12 state cham­pi­onships un­der coach Sue Butz-Stavin and they have gone 945-81-35 since 1976.

Butz-Stavin was a slam dunk choice as a mem­ber of the first District 11 Hall of Fame in­duc­tion class, but she said her pro­gram starts with great kids.

One of the kids fit­ting that cat­e­gory is Kayla Kisthardt.

Kisthardt was an al­l­league, all-area and al­ls­tate player this fall as a se­nior af­ter reg­is­ter­ing 19 goals and 14 as­sists. She has been on the Max­field List of the top 50 play­ers in the coun­try as a ju­nior and se­nior.

But her value goes be­yond statis­tics.

Kisthardt is not only a leader on the field but also in the class­room and com­mu­nity.

That's why she is the 2018-19 win­ner of the Den­nis Schantzen­bach Field Hockey Schol­ar­ship Award spon­sored by the Le­high Val­ley Chap­ter of Field Hockey Of­fi­cials.

Kisthardt, a Buck­nell re­cruit, had a dis­tin­guished GPA of 4.1874 and ranks in the top six per­cent of her se­nior clas­sic.

She plans to ma­jor in neu­ro­science to work to­ward a de­gree in psy­chi­a­try. De­spite the time de­mands of field hockey and aca­demics, she finds time to vol­un­teer with the Rich­land Town­ship Po­lice Depart­ment's Shop with a Cop pro­gram. She also works with the Quak­er­town/Rich­land Town­ship Po­lice depart­ment Bike Rodeo.

Kisthardt has also been in­stru­men­tal with the Bucks County Depart­ment of Health, Tobacco Com­pli­ance Checks.

In her nom­i­na­tion, Butz-Stavin said of Kisthardt: “She is a won­der­ful per­son, soft-spo­ken and very hum­ble. Her de­meanor on the field and with her team­mates is just as amaz­ing.”

Other nom­i­nees in­cluded Josie Sweeney of Strouds­burg, Mor­gan Pysher of Ban­gor and Alena Smar­giassi from North­west­ern Le­high. White­hall's first District 11 wrestling champ. He won the ti­tle in the 168-pound class in 1960. A dual-sport ath­lete in wrestling and track and field, Gantz led the Ze­phyrs track team in scor­ing as a se­nior.

class of 1983, holds the school record in the javelin with a throw of 127 feet, 11 inches. She was also a PIAA qual­i­fier. Golly was also a mem­ber of the White­hall cheer­lead­ing team.

class of 1990, stood out on the basketball court and base­ball di­a­mond. He was White­hall's male ath­lete of the year in 1990. Nick­named “Gun­ner,” Gon­tkosky was se­lected first-team to all-EPC all-star squads as a se­nior. Af­ter a suc­cess­ful base­ball ca­reer at Rider Univer­sity, Gon­tkosky was drafted by the New York Mets and pitched in their farm sys­tem for two sea­sons. He joins his father, Bob, into the White­hall-Co­play Ath­letic Hall of Fame.

made his mark as the Ze­phyrs head boys basketball coach, lead­ing White­hall to seven cham­pi­onships (four league and three District 11). He won 193 games over 11 sea­sons from 1996-2007. He was the 2004 Morn­ing Call Coach of the Year and his 2003-04 and 2004-05 teams won back to back Le­high Val­ley Con­fer­ence and

Tracy (Golly) Becker, Rob Gon­tkosky, Jerry Radocha

District 11 4A ti­tles. He coached at White­hall for 25 sea­sons over­all, serv­ing as an as­sis­tant on staffs headed by Dick Tracy and Ron Hassler. Radocha came into the area as a pro­fes­sional player with the Al­len­town Jets af­ter an out­stand­ing ca­reer at Blooms­burg Univer­sity.

class of 1999, was an ac­com­plished three-sport ath­lete for the Ze­phyrs, ac­cu­mu­lat­ing nu­mer­ous hon­ors along the way in­clud­ing Morn­ing Call Player of the Year, Big 33 player, and five first-team all-league hon­ors in his sports. He was White­hall's male ath­lete of the year in 1999. Sch­wenk played Quar­ter­back at Rut­gers Univer­sity and Le­high Univer­sity and earned Big East and ESPN player of the week hon­ors.

Chad Sch­wenk,

two-time All-Amer­i­can, a three-time ACC cham­pion and a na­tional champ at North Carolina State in 1988.

Michael Lawrence

The all-time ca­reer lead­ing rusher at Free­dom, Lawrence gained 2,459 yards from 1981-83. He also set the record for points scored with 184 and had 30 ca­reer touch­downs.

Beth (Cro­cus) Kon­dorossy

Won the state cham­pi­onship in the javelin in 2001 and 2002.

Lau­retta Dezubay Har­bilas

Won the state cham­pi­onship in the 1600 me­ters in 2003 and was a two-time state champ in the 3200 me­ters in 2004-05.

The 1973 base­ball team

Coached by Ray Sal­ab­sky and as­sisted by Ted Meix­ell, the Pa­tri­ots went 19-2 and won East Penn League and District 11 cham­pi­onships.

KISTHARDT FAM­ILY/CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Em­maus se­nior Kayla Kisthardt is the re­cip­i­ent of the Den­nis Schantzen­bach Field Hockey Schol­ar­ship Award. Kisthardt, a Buck­nell re­cruit, had 19 goals and 14 as­sists for the Eastern Penn­syl­va­nia Con­fer­ence and District 11 cham­pion Green Hor­nets.

Keith Groller

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