Eddie Penetar is hoping to wrap up his college running career in style.
Penetar (Bishop O’Hara) has been a solid distance runner for the Temple University men’s track team and he’s off to a good start in his final stretch competing with the outdoor team this spring.
Penetar kicked off the season by finishing third out of 23 runners in the 5000 meter run at the Big Five Invitational in Philadelphia. His time was 14:53.56. At the Colonial Relays, he helped the 4x800 relay finish sixth in a time of 7:44.63.
Last weekend, Penetar ran the anchor leg on the Temple Distance Medley Relay team at the Texas Relays in Austin. Running against some of the top athletes in the country, the Owls DMR finished 10th with a time of 10:04.52. That same group set a Temple indoor record with a 9:52.37 time for 22nd place out of 47 teams at the IC4A Championships.
“Eddie has been a solid leader for the Owls,” coach Matt Jelley said. “He is very strong right now and is anchoring our DMR. He will be a dominant force for us and looks to add big points for Temple in the 1500 and 5k events.”
The next big tests for Penetar and the DMR will be the Penn Relays April 28-30 in Philadelphia and the Atlantic-10 Championship May 7-8 in Charlotte, N.C.
Sophomore Gabrielle Timms (Lakeland) is a solid performer for the New England College softball team.
Timms is leading the team in hitting at .358 (22-for-67) with six doubles, eight RBI and eight runs scored. And, on the pitching mound, the right-hander is 6-5 with a 3.63 earned run average. She’s pitched in 13 games and started 10 with eight complete games. In 7.1 innings, she has given up 77 hits and 51 runs, 37 earned. She’s walked 35 and struck out 53.
In a recent doubleheader against Wentworth, Timms started and completed both games – each going just five innings because of the mercy rule. She gave up six hits and two runs in a 14-2 victory, walking two and striking out 11. Then, she gave up four hits and one run with a walk and seven strikeouts in an 11-1 victory.
Not only did she pitch her team to a pair of victories, she was four for eight with five runs scored and an RBI at the plate.
“She has shown great improvement with her pitch velocity and her accuracy has improved tremendously,” coach Chris Vullo said.
Timms bats cleanup for the Pilgrims who are just 9-13 but are 8-6 in The Commonwealth Coast Conference.
Nick Conte saw action with the King’s College men’s tennis team as a freshman and has continued to be a key member of the team his sophomore season.
Conte (Valley View) is currently 3-11 at No. 4 singles and 1-7 at No. 2 doubles, playing with three different teammates.
“He has worked hard to be more consistent and keep more balls in play and it is showing in his game,” coach Bill Eydler said. “His was the key victory in our win over Alfred while on our spring break trip to Florida.”
The Monarchs have just two seniors on the squad.
Sophomore Amanda Holyk (Scranton Prep) is a key member of the Wilkes women’s tennis team.
Holyk, who had a solid freshman season, is currently 4-0 playing either No. 4 or No. 6 singles and 1-1 at No. 3 doubles.
“Amanda has really improved a lot,” coach Christopher Leicht said. “She won the league (Middle Atlantic Conference) title at No. 6 singles last fall. She has worked on her net play and also conditioning.”
Holyk was a member of last year’s Wilkes team that captured the conference title and earned a berth in the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Freshman Anthony Rusnak (Scranton Prep) and senior David Morano (Lakeland) are members of the Albright men’s golf team.
Rusnak competed in the recent Blue Jay Invitational at Elizabethtown and fired a 78 to finish tied for sixth out of 64 golfers.
“Anthony is a left-hander and he hits the ball with the kind of skill one would expect from a veteran player,” coach Ray Mest said. “An especially notable asset in his game is his touch around the greens.”
Morano also competed at Elizabethtown and fired an 86, which tied him for 46th.
“Dave is a four-year member and a co-captain,” Mest said. “He has been a loyal, hard-working member of the team and has dedicated much of his time at Albright to his golf development and to the success of our program.”
Senior Peter Fanning (Abington Heights) is pitching with the King’s College baseball team.
Fanning, a 6-foot-1, 160-pound right-hander, has worked in four games without a decision. In eight innings, he’s given up 11 hits and five runs, three earned. He’s walked three and struck out five and his earned run average is 3.38.
“Pete’s improvement over the past year was as much mental as it was physical,” pitching coach Steve Distasio said. “His pitching improved when he had a better understanding of what his role would be on the pitching staff for the upcoming season. He embraced the role as a short-relief pitcher.”
Head coach Gerald Greeley is going to miss Fanning.
“Pete is one of the finest individuals that I have coached at any level,” Greeley said. “He’s just a quality person.”
Freshman Sam LaCoe (Abington Heights) is off to a good start in her college career playing softball at Susquehanna.
LaCoe, an outfielder, is hitting .290 (9-for-31) with a double, triple, five RBI and nine runs scored. She’s also walked nine times.
“Sam has done a nice job making the transition to college softball,” coach Katheryn Kroupa said. “She is working hard offensively and having very good at-bats.”
The coach also feels that LaCoe is doing a solid job in the field.
“She has provided us with some good defensive plays,” Kroupa said. “As she gains more game experience I expect we will see even bigger numbers out of her.”