By Desmond Boyle, Kyle Craig and Josh Folck

It’s time to place our 20 Athlete of the 12 months semifinalists underneath the highlight.

Listed here are profiles on the seniors who’re up for the lehighvalleylive.com Athlete of the 12 months award, offered by Lehigh Valley Well being Community and Coordinated Well being.

The dignity acknowledges senior female and male athletes who’ve excelled in multiple varsity sport.

Standouts from faculties in lehighvalleylive.com’s protection space are eligible. That features faculties in Northampton, Lehigh and Warren counties, Palmerton in Carbon County, Palisades in Bucks County, and Delaware Valley, North Hunterdon and Voorhees in Hunterdon County.

No stone was left unturned as these youngsters mentioned all the pieces from their prime sporting recollections to their favourite sort of sweet.

Learn extra in regards to the semifinalists and assist choose our total winners by voting within the polls beneath. The polls will shut midday Sunday. The outcomes shall be mixed with workers alternatives to find out the Athletes of the 12 months.

2020 Athlete of the Year

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Voorhees’ Hailey Ader.Saed Hindash | For lehighvalleylive.com

Hailey Ader

Volleyball, basketball

Voorhees

Califon, in Hunterdon County, isn’t precisely a bustling metropolis.

So, Voorhees Excessive Faculty’s Hailey Ader used athletics to make bonds exterior of the tiny borough.

“I am from a small city,” the Vikings senior mentioned. “… Sports activities allowed (me) to department out, make new associates and discover belief inside that workforce, which grew to become your loved ones.”

Ader contributed on the courts for Voorhees as a member of the volleyball and basketball squads, two applications that recorded double-digit win totals this previous season.

“I all the time wished to attempt totally different sports activities,” she mentioned. “I bought into volleyball (as a freshman) as a result of my buddy was telling me about it and telling me how a lot enjoyable it was. I figured I might be good at it as a result of I used to be fairly tall.”

Top helps (Ader is listed at 6-foot), after all, nevertheless it’s not the one merchandise that interprets between the autumn and winter.

“They’re each actually communicative sports activities,” Ader mentioned. “… It interprets … You simply must maintain speaking to ensure you know all the pieces that is occurring on the courtroom.”

Ader, who performed her AAU hoops with the Jersey Cardinals, can lean on athletics once more as she takes the following steps of her journey. She is going to be part of the basketball workforce at Salisbury College.

High athletic highlights: Beating Warren Hills, Phillipsburg (within the Factors for Ache fundraiser recreation), and rival North Hunterdon in basketball this previous season.

Athletic mentors who made a distinction: “In all probability the entire coaches I’ve ever had, from my AAU coaches to my fall league coaches … They’ve helped me enhance each single yr.”

Ader off the courtroom

High quarantine exercise: Water Wars (a water gun-based recreation between seniors).

Favourite topic at school: Historical past.

Favourite instructor: Ms. Karine Polgar (geometry).

Greatest position fashions: Her dad and mom, Jen and Walt.

School plans: Salisbury College to review training or social work and play basketball.

Favourite TV or streaming present: Scooby-Doo.

Favourite social media platform: VSCO.

Favourite musical artist or band: Florida Georgia Line.

Pregame entrance music: “Dancing Queen” by ABBA.

Hidden expertise: She will roll her abdomen.

Favourite sweet or snack: Bitter Skittles.

Favourite restaurant: Uncle Ike’s (Outer Banks, North Carolina).

No. 1 film: Mamma Mia!

Favourite train on the gymnasium: Step machine.

One thing you assume everybody loves, however you hate: Justin Bieber.

Teammate that may get you probably the most hyped for a recreation: Cat Pettegrove.

Favourite place on the planet: Greece.

Most irrational worry: Spiders.

iPhone or Android: iPhone.

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Phillipsburg’s Jewel Gonzalez.Saed Hindash | For lehighvalleylive.com

Jewel Gonzalez

Wrestling, softball

Phillipsburg

Whether or not or not Phillipsburg Excessive Faculty’s Jewel Gonzalez can crush her opponent immediately or not directly is dependent upon the season.

On the wrestling mat, the trailblazing two-time NJSIAA women champion can take the direct strategy.

On the softball subject, she has to accept smashing the ball as an alternative.

“Wrestling undoubtedly retains me in actually wonderful form … I attempt to maintain the identical psychological (strategy) into softball, though it’s a huge transition,” Gonzalez mentioned. “However mentally, you continue to have these two groups on the diamond. One in all you goes to come back out victorious and it’s about who desires it extra.”

The lack of the spring season saved the senior slugger 20 hits away from the college document. She, nonetheless, understands the choice. That’s as a result of Gonzalez retains issues in perspective after overcoming a critical head damage, which put her athletic future unsure, on the finish of her eighth-grade yr.

That perspective revolves round doing the very best for her neighborhood, whatever the hardships.

“We have now the very best followers, particularly wrestling-wise, I wish to assume, in the whole state,” she mentioned. “We have now followers which are coming which are like 98 years previous … My huge factor this yr was simply making everybody happy with me.”

High athletic spotlight: Profitable her varsity bout vs. Ridge – “To have the ability to step out on the mat with my brothers and put six factors on board meant loads.”

Athletic mentors who made a distinction: Assistant wrestling coach Scott Silvis, head wrestling coach Dave Submit, girls’s sports activities icon Ruth Gibbs, head softball coach Kristin Boyer, Alison Attinello, and Kasey Kruczek.

Gonzalez off the sphere (and mat)

High quarantine exercise: Understanding.

Favourite topic at school: Math.

Favourite instructor: Theresa Peralsky, biology and anatomy.

Greatest position fashions: Kruczek.

School plans: Gannon College.

Favourite TV or streaming present: Gray’s Anatomy.

Favourite social media platform: Instagram.

Favourite musical artist or band: Ladies in Purple.

Pregame entrance music: “Right here Comes The Increase.”

Hidden expertise: Sizzling dog-eating contest champion.

Favourite sweet or snack: Reese’s peanut butter cups.

Favourite restaurant: Nicolosi’s Pizza (Lopatcong Township).

No. 1 film: The Nice Gatsby.

Favourite professional sports activities workforce: New York Giants.

Favourite train on the gymnasium: Bench press.

One thing you assume everybody loves, however you hate: Working.

Teammate that may get you probably the most hyped for a match: Jacob Wicks.

Favourite place on the planet: Phillipsburg.

Most irrational worry: The darkish.

iPhone or Android: iPhone.

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Bangor’s Morgan Karasek.Saed Hindash | For lehighvalleylive.com

Morgan Karasek

Soccer, basketball, softball, monitor and subject

Bangor

Morgan Karasek doesn’t let issues sluggish her down.

So, when the Bangor Slater was nursing a hand damage that saved her off the softball diamond, did she kick up her toes and chill out?

Heck no. She joined the monitor and subject workforce.

Karasek became a uncommon four-sport athlete for the Slaters, taking part in soccer and basketball in addition to her two spring ventures.

“I undoubtedly similar to to maintain busy,” she mentioned. “Having a sport each season and mixing that with college work gave me a schedule to work off of, and that basically helped me keep on monitor with college and sports activities. I believe every sport contributes to the opposite ones in numerous areas. I believe being well-rounded actually helped me.”

Not solely was Karasek always on the transfer, however she was additionally persistently constructing new bonds together with her schoolmates.

“I had associates in each grade … It gave you somebody new to speak to each season and you then nonetheless speak to them as you undergo your different seasons,” the senior mentioned.

Now, the query turns into: What is going to Karasek do when restricted to only softball at Lock Haven College?

“Sports activities had been my complete life in highschool,” she mentioned with amusing.

High athletic highlights: Making an influence throughout her sophomore softball season after coming back from damage, spending high quality time together with her basketball teammates, turning into a captain throughout her senior soccer season.

Athletic mentors who made a distinction: Jenna Study (an Athlete of the 12 months semifinalist in 2019) – “Final yr, she was with me in each sport and each season. She was simply somebody I all the time regarded as much as.”

Karasek off the sphere (and courtroom)

High quarantine exercise: Portray.

Favourite topic at school: Biology.

Favourite instructor: Ms. Megan Reenock (ceramics).

Greatest position fashions: Her household. “Everybody in my household has one thing that they are good at … We simply encourage one another in numerous areas.”

School plans: Lock Haven College to review well being sciences (pre-physical remedy monitor) and play softball.

Favourite TV or streaming present: Legal Minds.

Favourite social media platform: Snapchat.

Favourite musical artist or band: Submit Malone.

Pregame entrance music: “Hey Look Ma, I Made It” by Panic! At The Disco.

Hidden expertise: She will lick her elbow.

Favourite sweet or snack: Bitter Patch Youngsters.

Favourite restaurant: Cheesecake Manufacturing unit.

No. 1 film: The Conjurning.

Favourite professional sports activities workforce: New York Mets.

Favourite train on the gymnasium: Squats.

One thing you assume everybody loves, however you hate: Carrying socks over joggers.

Teammate that may get you probably the most hyped for a recreation: Dani Hess.

Favourite place on the planet: “Anyplace on the seaside.”

Most irrational worry: Stink bugs.

iPhone or Android: iPhone.

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Bethlehem Catholic’s Jaleesa Lanier.Saed Hindash | For lehighvalleylive.com

Jaleesa Lanier

Subject hockey, basketball, monitor and subject

Bethlehem Catholic

Jaleesa Lanier had loads of memorable moments throughout her Bethlehem Catholic athletic profession.

However it’s not nearly all of the championships she was part of as a Golden Hawk.

“My profession at Beca has been nice, truthfully,” Lanier mentioned. “It was thrilling. It was difficult at instances, particularly with each subject hockey and basketball. However I believe it actually was a blessing to my life as a result of it helped me do extra than simply sports activities. Assembly new individuals. Creating bonds with totally different women and totally different coaches. Simply experiencing championships. It simply actually was wonderful.”

“The tradition was wonderful. That was all the pieces for us,” Lanier added. “That’s going to stay with me for school.”

She is going to attend and play Division II basketball at Lincoln College in Chester, Pennsylvania.

“It’s an HBCU (traditionally black college) and I wished to be taught extra about my tradition,” Lanier mentioned. “The coaches had been very nice recruiting me, they wished me. Basketball is absolutely aggressive there and the teachers are nice. So, it was only a cool package deal.”

Lanier plans on staying related to Bethlehem Catholic.

“I believe we’re going to be longtime associates. I’m truthfully excited to come back again sooner or later to see how the groups are doing,” Lanier mentioned.

High athletic highlights: “I believe profitable states as a junior, that was the highest. Breaking probably the most objectives document and turning into the all-time main scorer for subject hockey must be No. 2.”

Athletic mentors who made a distinction: Ladies basketball assistant coach Arnold Alleyne, subject hockey head coach Lucas Wilde, basketball head coach Jose Medina.

Lanier off the sphere (and courtroom)

High quarantine actions: Coloring, understanding, watching motion pictures.

Favourite topic at school: Accounting.

Favourite instructor: Ms. Sarah Kaczor (world historical past).

Greatest position fashions: Her cousin, Arnel Lewis, an Easton graduate who now performs basketball at Penn State-Lehigh Valley. LaWanda Johnson, her aunt who’s a CFO and was within the Military. Dwyane Wade, retired basketball star.

School plans: Lincoln College to review accounting and play basketball.

Favourite TV or streaming present: A Completely different World.

Favourite social media platform: Instagram.

Favourite musical artist or band: A Boogie.

Pregame entrance music: “Goals and Nightmares” by Meek Mill.

Hidden expertise: She will curl her tongue.

Favourite sweet or snack: SweeTarts.

Favourite restaurant: On The Border.

No. 1 film: The Hate U Give.

Favourite professional sports activities workforce: Philadelphia Eagles.

Favourite train on the gymnasium: Abs.

One thing you assume everybody loves, however you hate: Fruit — “Most fruits I actually don’t like.”

Teammate that may get you probably the most hyped for a recreation: Oneviah Scott.

Favourite place on the planet: Caribbean seashores.

Most irrational worry: Loss of life.

iPhone or Android: iPhone.

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Easton’s Pia Mazzella Di Bosco.Saed Hindash | For lehighvalleylive.com

Pia Mazzella Di Bosco

Cross nation, monitor and subject

Easton

Similar to so many different Easton college students, Pia Mazzella Di Bosco will bear in mind one factor greater than the rest.

“Out of all of the recollections I had at Easton, I’ll bear in mind Turkey Week probably the most, particularly amassing wooden, constructing a bonfire and the sleepout,” Di Bosco mentioned.

“I loved being a part of the Easton vs. Phillipsburg rivalry,” she added. “Going to the annual soccer recreation is a reminiscence I’ll always remember. Additionally, profitable the Easton vs. Phillipsburg race for cross nation junior and senior yr was an incredible expertise.”

The Easton women defeated Phillipsburg 15-49 in cross nation within the fall. Di Bosco gained the ladies rivalry race with a time of 22 minutes, 10 seconds. The Purple Rovers took the highest six spots within the race in opposition to the Stateliners.

Sadly for the Purple Rover and so many different athletes throughout the nation, her highschool athletic profession was minimize quick because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“This can be very robust and unhappy to not compete for my final official season of highschool,” Di Bosco mentioned. “I’ve missed my monitor workforce and I’ve saved in contact with a few of them throughout quarantine by way of FaceTime and cellphone calls.”

High athletic highlights: “My prime athletic highlights had been racing in opposition to Phillipsburg and profitable the race whereas maintaining our trophy and profitable streak going. Working at Hershey for the cross nation state championships 4 years in a row was additionally unforgettable. Most of all, my workforce as underdogs took the district title two years in a row.”

Athletic mentors who made a distinction: “Coach Bobbi Jo (Powell) and all of the assistant coaches of the cross nation workforce had been nice athletic mentors for me. They taught me all the pieces there may be to find out about cross nation and made me develop a real love for the game. I additionally want to thank my monitor and subject coaches for motivating me. Most of all, I want to thank my dad and mom (Domenico and Lucia Mazzella) for encouraging me to do my greatest and being the very best athletic mentors I can ask for.”

Di Bosco off the monitor (and course)

High quarantine exercise: Spending time with household, operating.

Favourite topic at school: English.

Favourite instructor: Mr. Bryan Falcone — “He’s such a motivational instructor who enjoys his job. He would inform my class life tales and tie it to AP U.S. authorities and politics.”

Greatest position fashions: My dad and mom Domenico and Lucia Mazzella — “They’ve been probably the most supportive in my operating and taught me to by no means surrender irrespective of how onerous life could get.”

School plans: Moravian School to learning nursing.

Favourite TV or streaming present: Outer Banks, North Carolina.

Favourite social media platform: Instagram.

Favourite musical artist or band: Coldplay.

Pregame entrance music: Motivational songs.

Hidden expertise: Doing karaoke with family and friends — “I all the time had a love for singing and have danced since I used to be Four years previous.”

Favourite sweet or snack: Hershey’s milk chocolate bar.

Favourite restaurant: “My household’s restaurant LaBella Pizza (in Easton) as a result of it has turn into a second residence for me.”

No. 1 film: 13 Happening 30.

Favourite professional sports activities workforce: U.S. girls’s soccer workforce.

Favourite train on the gymnasium: Weekly spin courses — “My dad and I might join courses collectively. We’re each aggressive and it was a means for us to bond extra.”

Teammates that may get you probably the most hyped for a recreation: “My complete workforce is so supportive and hypes me up in all my races. I’m so grateful to have had such an incredible workforce. Teammates that I’ll acknowledge which have hyped me up are Allison Berlet, Claudia Gross sales, Morgan Keegan and Nina Vigliante.”

Favourite place on the planet: Italy. “My father was born in Italy and so was quite a lot of my household. I really like the meals in Italy, the gorgeous surroundings and historic artwork.”

Most irrational worry: Bugs, particularly spiders.

iPhone or Android: iPhone.

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Easton’s Riley McDonald.Saed Hindash | For lehighvalleylive.com

Riley McDonald

Subject hockey, lacrosse

Easton

Riley McDonald’s profession as a multisport standout lacked a ultimate act.

The 2019 lehighvalleylive.com Ladies Lacrosse Participant of the 12 months was robbed of an opportunity to defend her title because of the coronavirus pandemic.

McDonald, nonetheless, plans to make use of the setback as gas.

“I’ll undoubtedly use it as motivation. Once we first discovered that we weren’t having a season, clearly, emotions of frustration, anger – all that – had been coming to the floor,” she mentioned. “You permit your self to really feel these emotions, take a deep breath and transfer on from it. Subsequent time you go work out, you assume, ‘I did not get to do that or this on the sphere, so I am going to verify I work 10 instances tougher immediately, when no person is watching.’”

The senior was a key contributor throughout tremendously profitable durations for the sphere hockey and women lacrosse applications, together with smashing Easton’s single-season objectives document final spring with 97 scores.

Whereas the bubbly McDonald helped the Purple Rovers to victory, her teammates and coaches enriched her highschool years.

“All my associates come from sports activities, mainly,” she mentioned. “Each my coaches, Coach (Casey) Eck and Coach (Michelle) Mihalko have been wonderful position fashions that I’ve had the previous 4 years. I might undoubtedly say it has been an enormous think about character improvement. The individuals you encompass your self with are sort of who you turn into.”

High athletic highlights: Profitable the EPC women lacrosse championship in 2018 and profitable Easton subject hockey’s first state playoff recreation in 30 years in 2019, but in addition the little moments (“laughing with associates on the bus, shedding your self within the recreation”).

Athletic mentors who made a distinction: Coach Mihalko, Coach Eck and her dad, James McDonald.

McDonald off the sphere

High quarantine exercise: Studying methods to embroider.

Favourite topic at school: Science (notably physics).

Favourite instructor(s): Mrs. Karen Rose (English), Mrs. Andrea Stroble (math) and Mr. Michael Welsh (biology).

Greatest position fashions: Her dad and mom, Christine and James.

School plans: College of Delaware to play subject hockey.

Favourite TV or streaming present: Euphoria or The Midnight Gospel.

Favourite social media platform: None.

Favourite musical artist or band: Daniel Caesar.

Pregame entrance music: Undecided, however one thing by Rico Nasty.

Hidden expertise: Juggling.

Favourite sweet or snack: Jelly beans.

Favourite restaurant: Poke Bowl (Forks Township).

No. 1 film: Battle Membership.

Favourite professional sports activities workforce: U.S. girls’s soccer workforce.

Favourite train on the gymnasium: Pullups.

One thing you assume everybody loves, however you hate: Peanuts.

Teammate that may get you probably the most hyped for a recreation: Caroline Garrett or Hanna Doerner.

Favourite place on the planet: Her grandfather’s home (Tom McDonald).

Most irrational worry: Individuals on stilts.

iPhone or Android: iPhone.

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Catasauqua’s Montana Muller.Saed Hindash | For lehighvalleylive.com

Montana Muller

Cross nation, monitor and subject

Catasauqua

Being a gymnast isn’t a passion; it’s a way of life.

However, so is being a Tough Rider.

So, regardless of the complete plate that comes with gymnastics, Montana Muller nonetheless leapt on the alternative to characterize her college when Catasauqua cross nation coach Kyle Rusnock requested her to hitch the workforce.

“It was an effective way to get related with different youngsters from our college,” she mentioned. “It was an effective way to be part of an unbelievable program and our historical past.”

Muller was a contributor to an effort to revitalize the Tough Riders operating program and he or she could be very happy with the way it grew over her highschool profession. Catasauqua positioned third in District 11 Class A in 2019.

That wasn’t all, although.

Muller was referred to as upon by Rusnock once more, and this time employed her power and acrobatic abilities for Catasauqua’s monitor and subject workforce by taking over the pole vault.

She positioned fifth in D-11 Class 2A as a junior.

“To characterize Catasauqua Excessive Faculty has been a prestigious honor, to proceed the lasting legacy that we have now at this college, and to assist educate the youthful technology what it’s wish to be a Tough Rider and assist them develop as student-athletes,” Muller mentioned.

High athletic highlights: Seeing the numbers develop yr after yr for the cross nation workforce, culminating in a profitable senior season.

Athletic mentors who made a distinction: Her mother, Andrea – “She helped me develop and inspired me in all my totally different sports activities.”

Muller off the course (and monitor)

High quarantine exercise: Working.

Favourite topic at school: Science (notably biology).

Favourite instructor: Ms. Paula Semmel (chemistry).

Greatest position fashions: Her grandfather, Tony Mutarelli.

School plans: Gannon College to take part in acrobatics and tumbling.

Favourite TV or streaming present: Parks and Recreation.

Favourite social media platform: Instagram.

Favourite musical artist or band: Grouplove.

Pregame entrance music: “Mess Round” by Cage The Elephant.

Hidden expertise: She has double-jointed shoulders.

Favourite sweet or snack: Darkish chocolate.

Favourite restaurant: Tony’s High Cat Bar and Grill (Catasauqua).

No. 1 film: Kingsman.

Favourite professional sports activities workforce: Pittsburgh Steelers.

Favourite train on the gymnasium: Squats.

One thing you assume everybody loves, however you hate: Peanut butter.

Teammate that may get you probably the most hyped for a meet: Lianna Schultz.

Favourite place on the planet: Her household’s cabin on the Delaware River.

Most irrational worry: Injuring herself falling off the sidewalk.

iPhone or Android: iPhone.

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Northern Lehigh’s Reagan Pender.Saed Hindash | For lehighvalleylive.com

Reagan Pender

Cross nation, monitor and subject

Northern Lehigh

Reagan Pender wasn’t precisely thrilled together with her freshman marketing campaign operating for Northern Lehigh Excessive Faculty.

However, she didn’t let that discourage her.

“There was nonetheless that drive inside me that simply mentioned: ‘Preserve going, it’s going to all repay. Work tougher.’”

Her willpower paid off and now the Bulldogs senior, a multiple-time Colonial League and District 11 champion, is a lehighvalleylive.com Athlete of the 12 months semifinalist.

Pender took each league and district gold as a junior and senior in cross nation. She captured two first-place league finishes throughout her junior monitor marketing campaign.

Subsequent, Pender, who’s headed to West Chester College, will attempt to present her resilience once more as she seems transfer on after a misplaced spring season, like hundreds of different athletes throughout the nation.

“It was undoubtedly onerous to course of at first. As soon as we left college, I believe all of us had the sensation that this is perhaps it, we’re in all probability not coming again,” the senior mentioned. “It is undoubtedly given me the drive to exit and run every race prefer it’s my final one. I attempted to maintain that as my mentality all through all of the races that I’ve performed, to push it as a lot as I can … Now, with this pandemic and shedding our monitor season, it is created extra of that fireplace inside me.”

High athletic highlights: Profitable a District 11 championship in 2019 and celebrating together with her household and coaches – “That is the one race that I can say that I vividly bear in mind operating.”

Athletic mentors who made a distinction: Coach Dave Oertner, her dad and mom (Richard and Shelly) and her siblings (Matthew, Darby, Aaron, Adam).

Pender off the monitor (and course)

High quarantine exercise: Watching Netflix.

Favourite topic at school: English.

Favourite instructor: Mrs. Donna Marushak (fifth grade), Mrs. Jamie Bigley (first grade).

Greatest position fashions: Her dad and mom.

School plans: West Chester College for vitamin and dietetics, and to run monitor and cross nation.

Favourite TV or streaming present: Associates.

Favourite social media platform: Snapchat.

Favourite musical artist or band: Taylor Swift.

Pregame entrance music: “The Champion” by Carrie Underwood.

Favourite sweet or snack: Reese’s peanut butter cups.

Favourite restaurant: Purple Robin.

No. 1 film: Saving Mr. Banks.

Favourite professional sports activities workforce: Philadelphia Eagles.

Favourite train on the gymnasium: Any type of ab exercise.

One thing you assume everybody loves, however you hate: Cheese.

Teammate that may get you probably the most hyped for a recreation: Katie Guelcher.

Favourite place on the planet: Myrtle Seashore, South Carolina.

Most irrational worry: Airplanes.

iPhone or Android: iPhone.

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Pen Argyl’s Macie Weber.Saed Hindash | For lehighvalleylive.com

Macie Weber

Subject hockey, basketball

Pen Argyl

The Pen Argyl neighborhood helps its athletes on the sphere, on the courtroom, on the mat.

And, because it seems, throughout photoshoots, too.

A small group of college directors watched as Macie Weber had her picture snapped as an Athlete of the 12 months semifinalist.

That’s the type of backing that Weber appreciated probably the most throughout her time as a Inexperienced Knight, and it’s a part of the rationale she wished to characterize the Inexperienced and White in a number of seasons, as a subject hockey and basketball participant.

“I simply wished to be concerned in as a lot as a might,” the senior mentioned.

Weber was definitely concerned as one of the vital prolific subject hockey goalies within the space, a place she relished since her sophomore season.

“I really feel like it could stress lots of people out, however I simply took the stress and ran with it, mainly,” she mentioned. “I did not let it have an effect on me. In a means, I preferred it as a result of … I used to be answerable for what was going to occur.”

Even when she wasn’t defending the cage, her athletic profession helped the senior generate significant connections within the tight-knit Slate Belt neighborhood.

“It undoubtedly formed me socially. I made so many new associates,” Weber mentioned. “Everybody within the college, in a way, knew who I used to be due to sports activities and it allowed me to fulfill so many new individuals.”

High athletic spotlight: Profitable subject hockey coach Fran Rowley’s 200th recreation.

Athletic mentors who made a distinction: Rowley – “Ever because the time I used to be in center college, she all the time tried to incorporate me in all the pieces and make me higher as an individual and an athlete.”

Weber off the sphere (and courtroom)

High quarantine exercise: Bodily remedy (rehabbing a torn ACL).

Favourite topic at school: Math.

Favourite instructor: Mrs. Spring Shank (English).

Greatest position fashions: Her dad and mom, Ryan and Nicole Shafer.

School plans: Moravian School to main in nursing.

Favourite TV or streaming present: Legal Minds.

Favourite social media platform: TikTok.

Favourite musical artist or band: David Shea.

Pregame entrance music: “Physique” by Loud Luxurious.

Hidden expertise: She will crack all of her joints.

Favourite sweet or snack: Gummy bears.

Favourite restaurant: Jasmine Sushi Hibachi & Thai (Forks Township).

No. 1 film: How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000).

Favourite professional sports activities workforce: Philadelphia Eagles.

Favourite train on the gymnasium: Lifting (“Something that is not cardio”).

One thing you assume everybody loves, however you hate: Pizza.

Teammate that may get you probably the most hyped for a recreation: Megan Guthrie.

Favourite place on the planet: Disney World.

Most irrational worry: Cotton balls.

iPhone or Android: iPhone.

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Saucon Valley’s Camryn Zavacky.Saed Hindash | For lehighvalleylive.com

Camryn Zavacky

Subject hockey, lacrosse

Saucon Valley

It didn’t take lengthy for Saucon Valley’s Camryn Zavacky to understand that she’d be part of one thing particular if she continued to play sports activities within the space; she’s been taking part in lacrosse because the second grade.

“At Saucon Valley we even have a very good youth league. I’ve been taking part in since I used to be a bit of woman — having the ability to simply play with these wonderful athletes and we’ve all constructed such an incredible bond,” Zavacky mentioned. “I characterize a Saucon Valley athlete, we’re all all the time attempting our hardest and placing all our effort on the sphere. I believe that’s what taking part in a sport at Saucon is absolutely about.”

By the point she bought to highschool, Zavacky selected to characterize the Panthers in subject hockey, too.

“With recruiting, having the ability to be a multisport athlete is absolutely essential. Coaches additionally see, ‘Oh, she will play totally different sports activities.’ That exhibits athleticism and it additionally retains me in form,” Zavacky mentioned. “I really like lacrosse however generally I like switching it up a bit of bit and subject hockey was the choice.”

Whether or not it was taking part in a number of sports activities, racking up 50 objectives from midfield or serving to ship three straight District 11 Class 2A titles for the Panthers in lacrosse, Zavacky will be part of a Lehigh Valley contingent on Temple College’s lacrosse workforce subsequent spring.

High athletic highlights: “Undoubtedly profitable districts in lacrosse… My freshman yr was the primary yr Saucon lacrosse had ever gained in districts. Profitable the previous three years has been actually superior. In subject hockey, I must say simply getting higher as a result of I began so late.”

Athletic mentors who made a distinction: Subject hockey coaches Sarah Hawk and MK Omdahl, lacrosse coach Jane Hoff, and her mother Jennifer Zavacky.

Zavacky off the sphere

High quarantine exercise: Baking.

Favourite topic at school: Math.

Favourite instructor: Mr. Robert Svitilla and Mr. Jeremy Kittek.

Greatest position fashions: Her youthful brother Colin Zavacky and fogeys Louis and Jennifer Zavacky.

School plans: Temple College to review enterprise and play lacrosse.

Favourite TV or streaming present: Fairly Little Liars.

Favourite social media platform: Instagram.

Favourite musical artist or band: Rihanna.

Pregame entrance music: Any pump-up songs by Drake.

Hidden expertise: Used to sing in a band.

Favourite sweet or snack: Path Combine.

Favourite restaurant: KOME Japanese Delicacies (Higher Saucon Township).

No. 1 film: Sixteen Candles.

Favourite professional sports activities workforce: Philadelphia 76ers.

Favourite train on the gymnasium: Dangle cleans.

One thing you assume everybody loves, however you hate: Snow.

Teammate that may get you probably the most hyped for a recreation: Katherine Naiburg.

Favourite place on the planet: Sea Isle Metropolis, New Jersey.

Most irrational worry: Holes.

iPhone or Android: iPhone.

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Easton’s Marco Cardone.Saed Hindash | For lehighvalleylive.com

Marco Cardone

Cross nation, monitor and subject

Easton

Perhaps in a distinct world, Easton’s Marco Cardone would have been sprinting previous defenders at Cottingham Stadium on Friday nights as an alternative of captaining the cross nation workforce to an undefeated dual-meet season.

“I didn’t run cross nation till I used to be in ninth grade. I really performed soccer in center college, and I bought to highschool and I used to be means too small. My brother ran cross nation, so I took that up,” Cardone mentioned. “I began to do cross nation in ninth grade … (The) subsequent yr, I noticed how good I used to be after I bought (my) first faculty letter, then I noticed I might make one thing out of this even after highschool ended.”

Now that his highschool operating days are over, Cardone cannot solely stay up for operating cross nation at Indiana College of Pennsylvania but in addition look again on a stellar profession representing the Purple Rovers.

Cardone completed second at each the EPC and District 11 cross nation meets this previous fall. Extra essential than any particular person accomplishment, Cardone felt part of one thing larger whereas at Easton.

“Working for Easton meant you had been a part of a household for me. Aside from being at residence, it was the one different place the place I felt like I used to be part of an enormous household.”

High athletic highlights: “My most memorable race was undoubtedly after I was in 10th grade at Lehigh College’s Paul Shore (Invitational) in cross nation. My brother (Cosmo) and I bought first and second for the workforce. He ran a 16:13 and I ran 16:14. We each really ran a (private document) that day. That meant loads to me.” Cardone additionally listed going undefeated within the cross nation twin meet season, inserting 30th on the PIAA 3A cross nation meet and breaking 4:30 within the mile in winter monitor throughout his senior yr.

Athletic mentors who made a distinction: Cosmo Cardone, teammate Joey Ozgar, and former Easton distance operating standout Colin Abert.

Cardone off the course (and monitor)

High quarantine exercise: Biking with associates.

Favourite topic at school: Historical past.

Favourite instructor: Mr. Alfred Jones (historical past).

Greatest position fashions: His dad and mom Marcella and Robert Cardone, and older brother Cosmo.

School plans: Indiana College of Pennsylvania to main in political science and run.

Favourite TV or streaming present: The Workplace.

Favourite social media platform: Instagram.

Favourite musical artist or band: Travis Scott.

Pregame entrance music: Outdated Kanye West or Drake.

Hidden expertise: He can spin a basketball on his finger.

Favourite sweet or snack: Pretzels.

Favourite restaurant: Chick-fil-A.

No. 1 film: Rocky.

Favourite professional sports activities workforce: Boston Celtics.

Favourite train on the gymnasium: Treadmill.

One thing you assume everybody loves, however you hate: Horror motion pictures.

Teammate that may get you probably the most hyped for a meet: Andrew Basile.

Favourite place on the planet: The seaside and Jersey Shore.

Most irrational worry: Spiders.

iPhone or Android: iPhone.

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Hackettstown’s Tyler Gorczyca.Saed Hindash | For lehighvalleylive.com

Tyler Gorczyca

Soccer, basketball, monitor and subject

Hackettstown

Tyler Gorczyca is a little bit of a Renaissance man.

He appears to excel at no matter sport he tries, and that was excellent news for Hackettstown Excessive Faculty followers.

“I really like to assist my highschool probably the most in any means that I can, so I discovered that to be taking part in a number of sports activities,” the senior mentioned. “I’ve by no means been an individual that performs one sport, as a result of I like the concept of having the ability to transfer from sport to sport, so it doesn’t actually get boring. The fixed change … is so enjoyable for me.”

Gorczyca had stellar soccer and basketball careers, incomes statewide recognition in each sports activities for the Tigers. Nonetheless, it’s his latest pursuit – the javelin – which he’ll proceed at Rowan College, and that truth highlights his athletic versatility probably the most.

“I discovered it and I fell in love with it,” mentioned the senior, who stepped away from lacrosse after a standout freshman marketing campaign and picked up the javelin as a junior. “I simply actually wished to verify I really like what I do, if I’m going to proceed doing it for 4 extra years. I simply felt javelin was my favourite factor to do … I couldn’t be extra pleased with choice.”

High athletic highlights: Profitable two sectional championships (one in basketball and one in soccer), being named All-Group 2 twice in soccer and as soon as in basketball, and crafting lasting recollections throughout the basketball workforce’s annual journeys to Florida.

Athletic mentors who made a distinction: His dad, Craig (who performed Division I basketball at Colgate) and his mother, Kelly. However most significantly, his sister Molly, who’s on the Rowan subject hockey workforce – “Every thing me and my sister do is a contest, which makes it higher for me, as a result of then I carry out at the next stage to attempt to sustain together with her.”

Gorczyca off the sphere (and courtroom)

High quarantine exercise: Enjoying Apex Legends (online game).

Favourite topic at school: Math.

Favourite instructor: CJ Robinson (math).

Greatest position fashions: His grandmother, Paulie Murphy.

School plans: Rowan College to take part in monitor and subject.

Favourite TV or streaming present: SpongeBob SquarePants.

Favourite social media platform: Instagram.

Favourite musical artist or band: Likelihood The Rapper.

Pregame entrance music: “Favourite Tune” by Likelihood The Rapper.

Hidden expertise: Enjoying tennis and singing (“Some individuals in all probability would not take into account it a expertise, however I do.”)

Favourite sweet or snack: Equipment Kat.

Favourite restaurant: Moe’s Southwest Grill.

No. 1 film: Jaws.

Favourite professional sports activities workforce: Chelsea F.C.

Favourite train on the gymnasium: Biceps curls.

One thing you assume everybody loves, however you hate: Spicy meals.

Teammate that may get you probably the most hyped for a recreation: Jalen Baptiste.

Favourite place on the planet: Costa Rica.

Most irrational worry: His automobile blowing up out of nowhere.

iPhone or Android: iPhone.

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Nazareth’s Anthony Harris.Saed Hindash | For lehighvalleylive.com

Anthony Harris

Soccer, basketball, baseball, monitor and subject

Nazareth

It wasn’t all the time simple for Nazareth quarterback Anthony Harris along with his dad, Jeff Harris, watching from the sideline as an assistant coach.

“Having my dad as an assistant coach was an incredible expertise as a result of regardless that he can be tougher on me than anybody else, I knew he was doing it for my greatest curiosity,” Harris mentioned.

The robust, fatherly love on the soccer subject paid off because the Blue Eagle set profession program data in completions (642), makes an attempt (1,048), passing yardage (7,942) and passing touchdowns (81).

Jeff Harris performed large receiver at Division II Mansfield College, was invited to the NFL Mix and later performed for the semi-pro Scranton Eagles.

Like his father, Anthony Harris, who will play at FCS College of Maine, hopes to proceed his gridiron profession after faculty.

“Ever since I used to be little, my dad and mom all the time instructed me that I had some sort of ball in my hand, it doesn’t matter what, whether or not or not it’s a soccer, baseball, basketball, any ball,” mentioned Harris, who exhibited his athleticism throughout every season. “As soon as I heard these tales about my dad and the way good he was, I wished to sometime be nearly as good as him or probably even higher as a result of I knew his aim was to make it to the NFL, however didn’t get there. So, I need to have the ability to get there and make him proud and finally full my dream of taking part in within the NFL.”

High athletic highlights: The Nazareth soccer workforce profitable the Japanese Pennsylvania Convention South Division title and the District 11 Class 6A championship in 2019.

Athletic mentor who made a distinction: “A mentor who made an enormous distinction was (former Nazareth and present Penn State large receiver) Jahan (Dotson) simply because he was a senior after I was a sophomore and in my first yr of beginning, so he might just about simply all the time bail me out. He all the time has good recommendation on what to do and he’s finally in the very best place proper now to do what it’s I’m attempting to do and that’s get to the NFL.”

Harris off the sphere (and courtroom)

High quarantine exercise: “My favourite factor to do throughout quarantine can be taking part in video video games or go to a subject with possibly one, two receivers and simply get some throws and work in.”

Favourite topic at school: Math or English.

Favourite instructor: Mr. Joe Marsilio (seventh-grade historical past instructor). He additionally performed quarterback on the College of Maine.

Greatest position fashions: Mother and father Jeff and Tara Harris, Kansas Metropolis Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

School plans: College of Maine to review enterprise and play soccer.

Favourite TV or streaming present: Cash Heist.

Favourite social media platform: Instagram.

Favourite musical artist or band: Lil Tjay.

Pregame entrance music: “Warfare” by Pope Smoke that includes Lil Tjay.

Favourite sweet or snack: Bitter Skittles or Nutella Uncrustables.

Favourite restaurant: Chick-fil-A.

No. 1 film: Step Brothers.

Favourite professional sports activities groups: New York Giants, Memphis Grizzlies, due to Ja Morant, and New York Yankees.

Favourite train on the gymnasium: Biceps curls.

One thing you assume everybody loves, however you hate: TikTok.

Teammate that may get you probably the most hyped for a recreation: “I didn’t actually have anybody like that, however this yr Sonny Sasso undoubtedly tried to take that place if one thing wasn’t going proper.”

Favourite place on the planet: The seaside.

Most irrational worry: Spiders, any bug.

iPhone or Android: iPhone.

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Southern Lehigh’s Kyle Hoff.Saed Hindash | For lehighvalleylive.com

Kyle Hoff

Soccer, basketball, lacrosse

Southern Lehigh

Southern Lehigh’s Kyle Hoff is fast to speak about two issues when he displays on his athletic profession: how a lot he appreciated being at Southern Lehigh and the way grateful he was for his coaches.

“It was completely unbelievable to characterize Southern Lehigh on and off the sphere. We simply have such an incredible neighborhood right here. Me taking part in three totally different sports activities and attempting to characterize (Southern Lehigh) was simply unbelievable,” Hoff mentioned. “Just about each workforce I’ve been part of by way of Southern Lehigh, my coaches have been completely wonderful.”

Hoff’s final season in every sport was memorable, profitable a District 11 2A title and making the PIAA 2A quarterfinals final spring in lacrosse, reaching each the Colonial League and district finals in soccer, earlier than profitable one other district title for the Spartans on the hardwood.

Whereas Hoff had huge accomplishments in all three sports activities, his cause for being a year-round athlete was less complicated than that.

“I simply liked taking part in these three sports activities my complete life,” Hoff mentioned. “It wasn’t me feeling the necessity to play, it was simply I liked taking part in these sports activities. My teammates had been unbelievable on each single one of many groups I used to be on. In the end, it was simply enjoyable for me.”

High athletic highlights: “Final yr for lacrosse, clearly profitable the district championship, then making it the furthest any (Southern Lehigh) workforce has gone by way of in states. Shedding within the quarterfinal recreation to the reigning state champions (Bishop Shanahan) who later grew to become state champions once more. I believe that was very spectacular for us as a result of we needed to play our first-round recreation after which head as much as play (the quarterfinal) the following day. I used to be very happy with my teammates and everybody for actually stepping up.”

Athletic mentors who made a distinction: Soccer coaches Mark Evans, Terry Neville and Richard Dreves, basketball coach Ben Tannous, and lacrosse coaches Ty Souders and Lucas VanEmburg.

Hoff off the sphere (and courtroom)

High quarantine exercise: Lifting.

Favourite topic at school: Science.

Favourite instructor: Mr. Matt Cooper (AP psychology)

Greatest position fashions: His dad and mom Gretchen and Jim Hoff.

School plans: College of Maryland, Baltimore County to play lacrosse and take conditions for graduate college to review bodily remedy.

Favourite TV or streaming present: Associates.

Favourite social media platform: Instagram.

Favourite musical artist or band: Bruno Mars.

Pregame entrance music: Upbeat Rap.

Hidden expertise: Juggling.

Favourite sweet or snack: Goldfish.

Favourite restaurant: Purple Robin.

No. 1 film: Step Brothers.

Favourite professional sports activities workforce: Pittsburgh Steelers.

Favourite train on the gymnasium: Bench press.

One thing you assume everybody loves, however you hate: Tomatoes.

Teammate that may get you probably the most hyped for a recreation: Andrew Smith.

Favourite place on the planet: Bethany Seashore, Delaware.

Most irrational worry: Heights.

iPhone or Android: iPhone.

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Wilson’s Lorenzo Sigue.Saed Hindash | For lehighvalleylive.com

Lorenzo Sigue

Soccer, soccer, basketball, monitor and subject

Wilson

There’s little question that Lorenzo Sigue was busy throughout his Wilson athletic profession.

If he wasn’t within the classroom, he was on the soccer subject or the soccer subject or the basketball courtroom or operating on the monitor.

“Enjoying 4 sports activities isn’t simple, particularly taking part in two on the identical time,” Sigue mentioned. “However it takes onerous work, dedication, good teammates, good coaches. I used to be captain for soccer. It was onerous as a result of generally you need to make robust choices about lacking video games. After which going from observe to observe … It was troublesome. It put me within the place to be Athlete of the 12 months. You bought to be within the place that you may deal with all these 4 sports activities and I believe that I did.”

“I missed two soccer video games,” Sigue added. “I’d be within the soccer locker room earlier than the sport begins, texting my coach. ‘Is the workforce profitable? How’s the sport going?’ Being lively. One time at Northwestern, we performed a tough soccer recreation, went into time beyond regulation. We beat them. Then, I needed to shortly become my soccer gear and drive all the best way to Salisbury … Enjoying two sports activities, it’s enjoyable to me. I find it irresistible. I really like being busy.”

And what if the Warrior had to decide on his prime sport?

“My favourite sport is monitor and subject,” Sigue mentioned. “I fell in love with monitor — the ambiance. All people is hyping you up. The factor with monitor is you’re by your self and the mindset is you simply must win. I simply have a superb mindset to win. And after I’m off these blocks and prepared and pushing myself, I really like that. I really like the adrenaline rush. I really like profitable races.”

High athletic highlights: Hitting the game-winning subject aim in opposition to Saucon Valley on homecoming as a senior, scoring the game-winning soccer aim in opposition to Notre Dame-East Stroudsburg as a senior, profitable districts in monitor as a junior, breaking Saquon Barkley’s cut up time (10.8) within the 400 relay within the league championship meet in 2019.

Athletic mentors who made a distinction: Final season’s Athlete of the 12 months winner Robbie Swiatek, who went to Wilson, and junior Tajae Turner.

Sigue off the sphere (or courtroom)

High quarantine exercise: Working.

Favourite topic at school: Science.

Favourite instructor: Mr. Paul Stewart (chemistry).

Greatest position fashions: His mother Peggy Olivier. “The factor about my mother, she’s my position mannequin as a result of she got here from nothing and turned it into one thing. She all the time labored onerous. And I really feel like that’s the place I bought my onerous work and willpower from.”

School plans: Kutztown College to main in psychology and compete in monitor and subject and soccer.

Favourite TV or streaming present: All people Hates Chris.

Favourite social media platform: Instagram.

Favourite musical artist or band: 21 Savage.

Pregame entrance music: “Wins & Losses” by Meek Mill.

Hidden expertise: He performs saxophone.

Favourite sweet or snack: Bitter Patch Watermelons.

Favourite restaurant: Olive Backyard.

No. 1 film: Moana.

Favourite professional sports activities workforce: Philadelphia 76ers.

Favourite train on the gymnasium: Bench press.

One thing you assume everybody loves, however you hate: Honey and Harry Potter.

Teammate that may get you probably the most hyped for a recreation: Senior Kolby Flank in soccer, senior Jihad Vary in basketball.

Favourite place on the planet: The Bahamas.

Most irrational worry: Canines.

iPhone or Android: iPhone.

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Wilson’s Alec Snyder.Saed Hindash | For lehighvalleylive.com

Alec Snyder

Soccer, wrestling, baseball

Wilson

For an athlete with some main accomplishments in three totally different sports activities, Wilson’s Alec Snyder was extra happy with the turnaround he noticed within the Warriors than any particular person achievement.

“For the sports activities that I did play, (Wilson) was sort of on the downfall when my grade got here in,” Snyder mentioned. “For me to characterize Wilson, my 4 years, meant loads as a result of we turned across the sports activities applications at Wilson. We introduced it to the highest aggressive stage within the Colonial League.”

Snyder grew up in a family of athletes, so it’s not a shock that he excelled at three sports activities for the Warriors. The senior grew to become the soccer workforce’s all-time chief in tackles and earned 116 wins on the wrestling mat.

“I come from an athletic household and we’ve all been in sports activities, so it’s been there for me. Being in three sports activities undoubtedly helps me throughout,” Snyder mentioned. “There’s totally different adversity you could overcome, and each sport helps otherwise. Particularly in the case of life, there are conditions that come up in life that apply to sports activities and vice versa.”

Whereas he had loads of success on the gridiron and wrestling mat, Snyder will proceed his profession on East Stroudsburg College’s baseball workforce.

High athletic highlights: Beating Saucon Valley 29-26 in soccer his senior yr and making it to the state wrestling event in Hershey together with teammates Kolby Flank and Anthony Micci this previous winter.

Snyder off the sphere (and mat)

High quarantine exercise: Netflix.

Favourite topic at school: Math.

Favourite instructor: Mr. Bret Comp.

Greatest position fashions: His oldest brother Ray Snyder.

School plans: East Stroudsburg College to main in accounting and play baseball.

Favourite TV or streaming present: The Workplace or Impractical Jokers.

Favourite social media platform: Fb.

Favourite musical artist or band: Christian music.

Favourite sweet or snack: Reese’s Items or Bitter Patch Youngsters.

Favourite restaurant: Purple Lobster.

No. 1 film: When the Sport Stands Tall.

Favourite professional sports activities workforce: Philadelphia Phillies.

Favourite train on the gymnasium: Deadlift.

One thing you assume everybody loves, however you hate: Pickles.

Teammate that may get you probably the most hyped for a recreation: Kolby Flank.

Favourite place on the planet: Roman Coliseum.

Most irrational worry: Bugs.

iPhone or Android: iPhone.

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Freedom’s Nick Stannard. Saed Hindash | For lehighvalleylive.com

Nick Stannard

Soccer, soccer, basketball, baseball

Freedom

Solely a handful of student-athletes within the Lehigh Valley play 4 sports activities in a single educational yr.

Freedom’s Nick Stannard is likely one of the solely athletes amongst that elite group to win one district title in all 4 sports activities he performed.

“It’s undoubtedly an honor. There’s lots of people who undergo their highschool profession who don’t get to win any,” Stannard mentioned. “To not solely to win one, however to win 4 in 4 totally different sports activities is certainly an honor. I’m grateful for all these groups and all these coaches.”

Stannard was direct about what permits a student-athlete to play 4 sports activities.

“The most important key to taking part in 4 sports activities is working onerous,” Stannard mentioned. “It’s undoubtedly not simple, you need to put the time in. There’s days you’re going to go to basketball observe and you then’re going to must go residence at evening and get some swings in to prepare for baseball season. It’s undoubtedly onerous, nevertheless it’s very nicely value it.”

It’s a testomony to Stannard’s dedication that he excelled on the solely sport he didn’t play previous to highschool, soccer. Stannard transformed greater than 100 further factors in two seasons and plans on taking part in each soccer and baseball at Muhlenberg School.

High athletic highlights: Profitable the District 11 Class 6A baseball championship his sophomore season as a seventh seed over top-seeded Parkland.

Athletic mentors who made a distinction: His dad and Freedom athletic director Nate Stannard, soccer coach Matthew Reightler, soccer coach Jason Roeder, basketball coach Joe Stellato, baseball coach Nick D’Amico and power and conditioning coach Imad Azar.

Stannard off the sphere (and courtroom)

High quarantine exercise: Biking with associates and his dad.

Favourite topic at school: Math.

Favourite instructor: Mr. Jeff Younger (AP calculus).

Greatest position fashions: His dad and mom, Nate and Jeanne Stannard, and soccer coach Jason Roeder.

School plans: Muhlenberg School to main in finance and accounting, and play soccer and baseball.

Favourite TV or streaming present: The Workplace.

Favourite social media platform: Twitter.

Favourite musical artist or band: Lil Uzi Vert.

Pregame entrance music: Rap.

Hidden expertise: Can play sports activities each right-handed and left-handed.

Favourite sweet or snack: Skittles.

Favourite restaurant: R & S Keystone Diner (Telford, Pa.).

Favourite professional sports activities workforce: Philadelphia Phillies.

Favourite train on the gymnasium: Bench press.

One thing you assume everybody loves, however you hate: Watching motion pictures.

Teammate that may get you probably the most hyped for a recreation: Jalen Stewart.

Favourite place on the planet: The seaside.

Most irrational worry: Spiders.

iPhone or Android: iPhone.

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Nazareth’s Nathan Stefanik.Saed Hindash | For lehighvalleylive.com

Nathan Stefanik

Soccer, wrestling

Nazareth

It actually boils down to at least one factor for Nazareth Space Excessive Faculty’s Nathan Stefanik.

Beat the man in entrance of you.

That rule applies to the soccer subject and the wrestling mat.

“Each sport you do, you possibly can be taught little issues that may assist you with different sports activities,” Stefanik mentioned. “For me, wrestling helps with soccer loads and brings a aggressive edge.”

That mentality definitely paid dividends for the senior, who grew to become Nazareth’s all-time chief in receptions and interceptions on the gridiron, whereas serving to the soccer workforce seize a District 11 Class 6A championship final fall.

He additionally gained greater than 100 matches in a Blue Eagles singlet, was a three-time state qualifier, and featured in his workforce’s PIAA Class 3A triumph on the Big Heart in February.

Extra importantly, Stefanik’s athletic pursuits opened a path, which led him to signing with the Princeton College wrestling workforce, the place he’ll be part of his older brother Travis, the lehighvalleylive.com Boys Athlete of the 12 months in 2017.

“Once I was simply beginning highschool, I noticed that athletics might assist me loads with schools and different issues,” Stefanik mentioned. “I knew if I might follow college, be a superb athlete and play a number of sports activities, I might undoubtedly get a superb faculty alternative.”

High athletic highlights: Profitable the PIAA workforce wrestling title as a freshman along with his brother and different youngsters with whom he grew up, profitable the D-11 soccer championship on 2019 courtesy of the memorable “Nazareth Particular” play, having the ability to compete at a excessive stage along with his associates all through his complete highschool profession.

Athletic mentors who made a distinction: Wrestling coach David Crowell – “I take into account him top-of-the-line coaches within the nation … He actually makes you into a greater human being.” Additionally assistant soccer coaches Jeremy Eberhardt and Jeff Harris, and assistant wrestling coaches Adam Columbo and Joe Provini.

Stefanik off the sphere (and mat)

High quarantine exercise: Capturing hoops.

Favourite topic(s) at school: Historical past and math.

Favourite instructor: Mrs. Kate Zumas (English).

Greatest position mannequin: His mom, Trischia Gostony.

School plans: Princeton College to wrestle.

Favourite TV or streaming present: Cash Heist and Sport of Thrones.

Favourite social media platform: Snapchat or Instagram.

Favourite musical artist or band: Lil Child.

Pregame entrance music: “Crank That” by Soulja Boy.

Hidden expertise: His quoit expertise.

Favourite sweet or snack: Tate’s Bake Store cookies or Reese’s peanut butter cups.

Favourite restaurant: Texas Roadhouse.

No. 1 film: Troy.

Favourite professional sports activities workforce: Pittsburgh Steelers.

Favourite train on the gymnasium: Pullups.

One thing you assume everybody loves, however you hate: Denims.

Teammate that may get you probably the most hyped for a recreation: Jaiden Cabrera.

Favourite place on the planet: Lengthy Seashore Island.

Most irrational worry: Spiders and bugs.

iPhone or Android: iPhone.

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Nazareth’s Jake Wilson.Saed Hindash | For lehighvalleylive.com

Jake Wilson

Soccer, wrestling, baseball

Nazareth

Nazareth Space Excessive Faculty’s Jake Wilson is already a scary sufficient sight for opposing quarterbacks.

Now, think about if they’d have seen him flying towards them on a pair of skis.

Overlook about it.

The Blue Eagles senior, who was the Japanese Pennsylvania Convention South Division Defensive MVP in soccer final fall, is an achieved skier, however selected to place that apart in favor of wrestling throughout the winter.

Including the mats to his resume made him a three-sport (soccer, wrestling and baseball) contributor for Nazareth, strengthening his case as a lehighvalleylive.com Athlete of the 12 months semifinalist.

“I used to be inspired by my dad and mom from a younger age to (play a number of sports activities),” Wilson mentioned. “I actually loved taking part in different sports activities and being with a distinct workforce.”

Although, his soccer accolades are lots spectacular on their very own. He set a program document with 19 sacks because the Blue Eagles captured the District 11 Class 6A championship in 2019.

Wilson, who will be part of the soccer workforce at Penn State, appreciates a bit of selection, nonetheless. Even when pummeling a quarterback is considerably totally different than taking part in first base.

“It takes a lot extra hand-eye coordination and persistence,” he mentioned. “It is a fully totally different expertise … I just like the change of tempo. I do not favor to do the identical factor again and again all yr.”

High athletic highlights: Profitable the 2019 District 11 Class 6A championship in soccer, and profitable the PIAA 3A workforce wrestling championship in 2020 – “Despite the fact that I used to be solely wrestling for a yr, it nonetheless felt like a household to me.” Additionally, beating Easton in soccer as a sophomore, and inserting third within the state in ski racing when he was 15.

Athletic mentors who made a distinction: His dad, Rod. Additionally, assistant soccer coach Bob Panny, head soccer coach Tom Falzone and coach Andres Morales.

Wilson off the sphere

High quarantine exercise: Studying.

Favourite topic at school: Physics and calculus.

Favourite instructor: Mr. Doug Myers (AP physics).

Greatest position fashions: Elon Musk.

School plans: Penn State College to play soccer.

Favourite TV or streaming present: Legal Minds.

Favourite social media platform: None.

Favourite musical artist or band: Jason Aldean.

Pregame entrance music: “American Trip” by Toby Keith.

Favourite sweet or snack: Twix.

Favourite restaurant: Nazareth Diner.

No. 1 film: The Wolf of Wall Road.

Favourite professional sports activities workforce: Philadelphia Phillies.

Favourite train on the gymnasium: Energy cleans.

One thing you assume everybody loves, however you hate: Obsessing over new/fashionable purchases.

Teammate that may get you probably the most hyped for a recreation: Nathan Stefanik.

Favourite place on the planet: Poland.

Most irrational worry: Ledges with out railings.

iPhone or Android: iPhone.

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Notre Dame’s Jacob Yurkovitch.Saed Hindash | For lehighvalleylive.com

Jacob Yurkovitch

Basketball, baseball

Notre Dame

One factor that caught out to Jacob Yurkovitch over his years competing at Notre Dame was the fan assist.

“My complete profession at Notre Dame was simply unbelievable,” Yurkovitch mentioned. “I couldn’t have requested for something higher. It was an unbelievable expertise. It doesn’t matter what sporting occasion it was, there have been tons of individuals there. It was so eventful. The power at any sporting occasion was like no different. It’s simply Notre Dame. I don’t even know what else to say. It’s Notre Dame.”

The power from the surroundings transferred to Yurkovitch and the remainder of the Crusaders, particularly when the Notre Dame baseball workforce gained 16 video games in a row and superior to the PIAA Class 3A championship recreation final season.

“Completely. It was so supportive,” Yurkovitch mentioned. “Once you’re down in a basketball recreation and you then begin scoring, the group begins moving into it. You run off different individuals’s power. Our baseball workforce final yr, it wasn’t one man who simply had power. All the guys on the bench had power. Guys who didn’t even play a lot in any recreation in any level of the yr, their power was by way of the roof.”

“That was simply one thing that all the time helped us at Notre Dame,” he added. “I believe any sport would say the identical. You don’t go to a soccer recreation and the stands are empty. You go to a soccer recreation on a Friday evening and it’s stuffed. Individuals are standing alongside the edges. I simply really feel like every Notre Dame sporting occasion, the followers and everybody are so supportive of all the pieces we do.”

High athletic highlights: “Our season typically final yr. The baseball season is one I’ll all the time bear in mind. Simply all the pieces about it. Profitable our first state recreation was one of many best emotions, simply understanding we had an opportunity to make college historical past. Breaking college historical past with most wins in a season. We simply sparked from there. One of many solely groups from Notre Dame to play in a workforce state ultimate is one thing I’ll always remember.”

Athletic mentors who made a distinction: “The one factor that all the time pushed me to do higher was in 2009, I misplaced my uncle (Darren Whipple, who performed baseball at Warren Hills) in a motorized vehicle accident. He was huge into baseball. With out him, I don’t assume I’d actually be into baseball like I’m. That undoubtedly pushes me to achieve baseball and all the pieces I do in life.”

Any coach I’ve ever had previously.

Yurkovitch off the sphere (and courtroom)

High quarantine exercise: “In all probability simply doing work round the home. I ended up really working and ending our basement, which was by no means completed. I simply set to work on that. I can’t sit nonetheless. I am going to high school after which, ‘I’m like I’m performed with college, now what do I do?’ So, I ended up doing that.”

Favourite topic at school: Math.

Favourite instructor: Brett Skirbst. Seventh-grade historical past instructor in Concord Township, New Jersey.

Greatest position fashions: “My complete household. I couldn’t do all the pieces I do with out them. They push me to do the very best. When I’ve a tough time, they’re proper there to select me up.” Mother and father are Tim and JeanMarie Yurkovitch. Sisters Kelly Yurkovitch and Kayla Fluck. Brother-in-law Brent Fluck. Kelly did monitor and subject and tennis at Pen Argyl and Kayla ran cross nation at Pen Argyl.

School plans: Attending Northampton Group School. Possible learning media or tv/radio or felony justice. Enjoying baseball.

Favourite TV or streaming present: Shooter. Primarily based on American Sniper Chris Kyle.

Favourite social media platform: Twitter.

Favourite musical artist or band: “I’m going to go together with my dad. My dad really writes music. He’s a Christian author. I actually take pleasure in watching him do what he loves.”

“He writes music, has it sung and tries to supply it. He really simply despatched one to Governor (Andrew) Cuomo about all the pieces happening on the planet…It’s important to launch a track that’s touching to all the pieces happening on the planet. For nurses in New York. With my sister (Kayla) being in a nursing program, she works within the ICU at (St Luke’s Hospital) Anderson Campus. He wrote one thing to assist them.”

Girlfriend Rosemary Porter’s brother Christian Porter appeared on season 4 of The Voice.

Pregame entrance music: Sleeping on the Blacktop by Colter Wall.

Hidden expertise: Cuts hair.

Favourite sweet or snack: Chips and dip.

Favourite restaurant: Zeeks Place in Belvidere, New Jersey.

No. 1 film: The Sandlot.

Favourite professional sports activities workforce: New York Yankees.

Favourite train on the gymnasium: Squats.

One thing you assume everybody loves, however you hate: Spaghetti.

Teammate that may get you probably the most hyped for a recreation: Senior Casey Campbell in basketball. Sophomore Collin Quintano in baseball.

Favourite place on the planet: Lengthy Seashore Island.

Most irrational worry: Snakes.

iPhone or Android: iPhone.

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