Goalie wants to save lives

Northamp­ton Mid­dle School’s Green is up for the Chal­lenge

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Ai­dan Green loves the game of ice hockey.

The 11-year-old plays for his Northamp­ton Mid­dle School team and the Scran­ton/

WilkesBarr­e Ju­nior Knights of the At­lantic Youth Hockey League.

“I love hockey a lot … it’s my life,” he said. “I started play­ing when I was four. I tried foot­ball and I didn’t like it that much, and then I tried hockey and I loved it. I es­pe­cially like be­ing a goalie so I am in a po­si­tion to help my team win.”

Green’s saves have helped his teams win and now he’d like to make more saves in the game of life.

That’s why he got in­volved in the Oc­to­ber Saves Goalie Chal­lenge, a pro­gram that raises money for the Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal of Philadel­phia, the Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal of East­ern On­tario, INOVA of Vir­ginia and Stand Up To Can­cer.

The money raised goes to re­search and fa­cil­i­ties of­fer­ing sup­port in the fight against can­cer, es­pe­cially pe­di­atric can­cer. The idea is to make every save count via pledges.

Do­na­tions can be made on a per-save ba­sis or with a flat con­tri­bu­tion.

“I got in­volved be­cause I want to help peo­ple beat can­cer,” Green said. “I wanted to make a dif­fer­ence.”

This is the third year Green is in­volved and his goal for this Oc­to­ber is $3,000 and, as of last week, he had raised $1,579. In 2017, he raised $1,275 and last year he raised $1,830.

“Our whole fam­ily has got­ten be­hind it,” said Chris Green, Ai­dan’s fa­ther. “You al­ways look to see what you can do to help, but you don’t al­ways have time to do it. This is a great way for my fam­ily to get in­volved be­cause we’re so busy with ice hockey. I’ve had two or three fam­ily mem­bers who have beaten breast can­cer and they’re free and clear at this point.

Ai­dan saw first-hand how tough an op­po­nent pe­di­atric can­cer can be when one of his Le­high Val­ley Phan­toms Youth team­mates had to deal with it.

“That fam­ily is good friends of ours and when we saw what they were do­ing and what they went through, we felt we needed to find a way to help so other kids don’t have to go through this,” Chris Green said.

Green is play­ing against some of the top teams in the coun­try with the Scran­ton/WilkesBarr­e team with the Rev­o­lu­tion Ice Cen­tre in Pittston be­ing the home base. He is in a pro­gram filled with some of the game’s ris­ing stars and his coach is also the per­sonal coach for Fly­ers stand­out Ivan Provorov.

His dream is to play NHL hockey one day, but at the mo­ment his fo­cus is on help­ing other kids get a chance to live out their dreams by beat­ing can­cer.

Green said he hopes other goalies will sign up and get in­volved.

“They can sign up at oc­to­ber­saves.org and they can start rais­ing money for a great cause or those who want to help can sup­port the goalie of their choice,” he said. “The more peo­ple in­volved, the bet­ter.”

BML Hall adds 2

Jay Rothen­hausler and Adam Sandt were in­ducted into the Blue Moun­tain League Hall of Fame Wed­nes­day night at Ste­fano’s Restau­rant in Beth­le­hem. It was the Hall of Fame’s 36th an­nual in­duc­tion ban­quet.

Rothen­hausler played 22 sea­sons in the Le­high Val­ley’s premier am­a­teur base­ball league and was a 12-time all-star and five-time all-league catcher.

He fin­ished with a .330 ca­reer bat­ting av­er­age with 100 home runs and 512 RBIs. His best sea­sons were with Martins Creek in 1998 and 1999 when he bat­ted .402 and .421, re­spec­tively, with com­bined to­tals of 88 hits, 11 dou­bles, 26 home runs, and 80 RBIs. He also was an out­stand­ing de­fen­sive catcher and helped four teams win league ti­tles.

“He was just a great player of­fen­sively and de­fen­sively who showed up for every game, which was the way it was in the Blue Moun­tain League back in the day,” said Chris Sule, a for­mer team­mate who in­tro­duced Rothen­hausler at the ban­n­quet. “I was proud he was my team­mate for all of those years.”

Sandt played for 11 sea­sons, all but one with the Egypt­based Ori­oles, and won an un­prece­dented three straight MVP awards. In 2012, he won the BML’s triple crown by hit­ting .452 with seven home runs and 31 RBIs. He was the first player to ac­com­plish that feat since 1965.

He fin­ished his ca­reer af­ter the 2013 sea­son with a .383 bat­ting av­er­age and 1.117 OPS.

“He could hit and was also an in­cred­i­ble in­fielder,” said team­mate and man­ager Dave Stoudt. “But the most im­por­tant thing about Adam is that he loved to play base­ball. Every day of the week, Adam was play­ing base­ball.”

When he wasn’t play­ing for the Ori­oles, he played for the North­ern Yan­kees in the TriCounty League be­fore the Yan­kees joined the BML in 2014.

“I wish I wasn’t stand­ing up here at this point of my life be­cause it means my BML play­ing days are over,” Sandt said. “I had to move out of the Le­high Val­ley for my job. Now, I re­al­ize how unique the Blue Moun­tain League is and how lucky I was to play in the BML. All of the places in the league are spe­cial places with a ton of his­tory. There’s also great com­mu­nity sup­port. I play in some leagues in North Carolina and it’s not even close.”

In ad­di­tion to Rothen­hausler and Sandt, 1996 BML-cham­pion Martins Creek was hon­ored and Caleb Tereska was saluted as the BML Hall of Fame’s Schol­arAth­lete Award win­ner.

Tereska, a Lib­erty High grad­u­ate, is at­tend­ing Muh­len­berg af­ter grad­u­at­ing in the top 10 per­cent of his class at Lib­erty. He also was a Morn­ing Call All-Area hon­or­able men­tion se­lec­tion and third-team all-league.

Le­high play­ers hon­ored

Le­high’s 21-14 win at Col­gate Satur­day al­lowed two Moun­tain Hawks to be hon­ored by the Pa­triot League.

Se­nior line­backer Keith Woet­zel, who had 13 tack­les and 2½ sacks, was named the league’s de­fen­sive player of the week and fresh­man run­ning back Nate Hope was named rookie of the week.

Woet­zel’s ef­fort spear­headed a de­fen­sive charge that lim­ited Col­gate to one touch­down, nine yards rush­ing and reg­is­tered seven sacks.

Hope had 13 car­ries for 33 yards and two re­cep­tions for 79 yards, in­clud­ing a 60yarder on a 99-yard scor­ing drive and a 19-yard TD re­cep­tion.

Le­high (2-3) has its sec­ond bye week this week­end and re­turns to ac­tion Oct. 19 at Ford­ham.

HOLLY GREEN

Ai­dan Green, an 11-year-old Northamp­ton Mid­dle School stu­dent and goal­tender for sev­eral ice hockey teams, is rais­ing money to fight can­cer through the Oc­to­ber Saves Goalie Chal­lenge.

KEITH GROLLER/THE MORN­ING CALL

Jay Rothen­hausler, left, and Adam Sandt were in­ducted into the Blue Moun­tain League Hall of Fame last week in Beth­le­hem.

Keith Groller

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