Wil­son liv­ing up to ex­pec­ta­tions be­hind dy­namic striker Turner

The Morning Call - - SPORTS - By Michael Blouse Michael Blouse is a free­lance writer.

The coaches called it.

Sev­eral Colo­nial League coaches said dur­ing the pre­sea­son that Wil­son looked like the league’s up-and-com­ing team this year.

And, to date, they’ve been proven cor­rect. Coach Mike Buskirk’s War­riors own a solid 5-1 over­all record and a 3-1 mark in league ac­tion en­ter­ing Thurs­day’s non­league game against Notre Dame-East Strouds­burg.

Wil­son, which went 11-24-1 vs. league com­pe­ti­tion over the pre­vi­ous three sea­sons, opened up Colo­nial League ac­tion with a lop­sided 4-0 loss to un­beaten South­ern Le­high.

The War­riors, though, are 3-for-3 since then, in­clud­ing a 3-2 tri­umph over four-time de­fend­ing cham­pion North­west­ern Le­high. Sopho­more Wil­son Bib­iano came up with Wil­son’s de­ci­sive tally against the Tigers.

They also routed Palmer­ton 11-2 on Tues­day. “The ef­fort vs. South­ern Le­high was there,” Buskirk said, “but we’re try­ing to play a high-paced game and we were still work­ing on our lineup at that stage. We made some ad­just­ments against North­west­ern and took some time at prac­tice to work on those things.”

Ju­nior Ta­jae Turner, a striker who was a league all-star last sea­son, re­tains his role as Wil­son’s dy­namic No. 1 of­fen­sive op­tion.

Turner has 11 goals and three as­sists in six games. Bib­iano has five goals and four as­sists, se­nior Lorenzo Sigue has two goals and an as­sist and se­nior Kolton Ap­pleby has four as­sists.

“We set high goals at the start of the sea­son,” said Buskirk, in his first year at Wil­son. “We have the best of­fen­sive player in the league and we ex­pect to win our league and then dis­tricts.”

Low-scor­ing EPC show­down: The Lib­erty boys edged Park­land 1-0 in Wed­nes­day night’s EPC show­down in South White­hall Town­ship.

Christo­pher Schray had the lone goal for the Hur­ri­canes, who out­shot the Tro­jans 5 to 4.

Pan­ther prow­ess I: Coach Shaun Be­low’s pa­tience is pay­ing off this sea­son at Po­cono Moun­tain West.

In his 12th sea­son at the school, the Pan­ther boys are off to their best start in school his­tory. They are 6-1 over­all and 4-1 in the EPC’s Moun­tain Di­vi­sion en­ter­ing Fri­day’s tough test against White­hall.

Se­nior striker Chris Tam­basco, an all-state per­former last sea­son, is off to a stel­lar start with 13 goals and an as­sist.

“We are elated with the way this sea­son has started,” Be­low said, “and the prospects that we may get back to the dis­trict tour­na­ment. But in the same breath, we know we have huge tests ahead and noth­ing is won or lost in the third week of the sea­son.

“I just hope we can stay healthy and im­prove on this great start.”

Toothy Tigers: North­west­ern Le­high’s girls are off to a siz­zling 7-0 start over­all this sea­son thanks in part to a new-look at­tack.

Sara Hath­away and Mag­gie Mo­tolese grad­u­ated and left be­hind a void, as they teamed for 116 goals over the pre­vi­ous two sea­sons. This year, 13 play­ers have scored goals. Ju­nior for­ward Kylie Zentz leads with eight goals and three as­sists, Kayla Bar­don­ner has to­taled six goals and two as­sists and Lexi Bleam has net­ted four goals and seven as­sists.

“I men­tioned [in the pre­sea­son] that this team’s strength is go­ing to be its abil­ity to share the ball with ev­ery­one on the field and cre­ate scor­ing chances for sev­eral dif­fer­ent play­ers, not just two,” said Tigers coach Kelly Bleam, in her 22nd sea­son at the school.

North­west­ern and Saucon Val­ley en­tered play Thurs­day tied atop the Colo­nial League at 3-0.

“The Colo­nial League looks to be very com­pet­i­tive again this year,” Bleam said. “There are sev­eral teams who are com­pet­ing for one of the six spots in our newly aligned league tour­na­ment. We, as a team, look for­ward to the com­pe­ti­tion over the up­com­ing weeks.”

Pan­ther prow­ess II: Saucon Val­ley’s boys scored a solid 1-0 over­time win over North­west­ern Le­high on Tues­day.

Se­nior Zach Ni­cholas tal­lied his sixth goal of the sea­son in the OT pe­riod for the Pan­thers, who are 4-2 over­all and 4-0 in the Colo­nial League.

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