Stephen Arcure missed the first 19 games of the season with an injury but the junior from Clarks Summit (Scranton Prep) is back in action with the William & Mary baseball team.
Arcure, a 5-foot-10, 170-pound outfielder, has played in 19 games and started 15 for the Tribe since returning and is hitting .281 (18-for-64) with five doubles, four RBI and 10 runs scored.
“Stephen is finally starting to get caught up to game speed,” coach Frank Leoni said. “We had high expectations for him coming into the season.”
After a so-so freshman season (.238 average in 130 plate appearances), Arcure came into his own last season as a sophomore. He led the team in hitting (.339) with 15 doubles and 41 RBI. He also led the Tribe in stolen bases with 12 and had 18 multi-hit games and nine multi-RBI games. He was named to the Colonial Athletic Association second team.
Last season, he went errorless in 78 chances in the outfield. Thus far this season, he hasn’t made an error in 20 chances.
Prior to going to William & Mary, Arcure was a two-time Lackawanna League MVP and a four-time league first-team All-Star. For his career at Scranton Prep, he averaged .423 with a .523 on-base percentage. He also won 20 games as a pitcher, including an 8-1 mark with two saves and a 1.70 earned run average as a senior.
Senior Brad Higgins (Lackawanna Trail) has a 3-1 record and a 2.61 earned run average as a starter for the Keystone baseball team.
The 6-foot, 190-pound right-hander has started six games and in 31.0 innings, he’s given up 24 hits and 13 runs, nine earned. He’s walked 12 and struck out 30.
Higgins had his best game early in the season in Winter Haven, Fla. He pitched six innings of one-hit ball with three walks and nine strikeouts in a 3-0 triumph over Messiah.
“Brad has developed into a solid starting pitcher for us this year,” veteran coach Jamie Shevchik said. “He has been consistently throwing strikes and competing at a high level.”
Higgins was mainly a relief pitcher with a couple of spot starts his first three seasons with the Giants.
Gregory Henkelman has become one of the key skippers for the Johnson & Wales sailing team, which competes out of Providence, R.I.
Sophomore Henkelman (Abington Heights) recently finished 10th in the No. 3 race at the Southern Series Two out of Newport. Prior to that, he and his partner finished 11th in the Series Two race, also out of Newport.
“Greg started his sailing career here in his freshman year with very limited prior experience,” coach Alan Penney said. “As a sophomore, he has become one of the leaders on the team as well as a regatta-ready skipper.”
Henkelman, with fellow sophomore Emily Greagori of Warminster making up his crew, did a solid job this spring finishing in the top half of the fleet in both regattas.
“Greg plans to sharpen his skills over the summer and return in September and make a big impact on the New England sailing circuit,” Penney said.
Freshman Anne Cognetti (Scranton Prep) competed in both singles and doubles with the Villanova women’s tennis team last fall and this spring.
Cognetti won the No. 6 singles in a 4-3 victory over St. Joseph’s, the No. 5 singles in a 7-0 triumph over St. Peter’s, the No. 3 doubles in a 4-3 victory over Loyola University Maryland, and the No. 5 singles and the No. 3 singles in a 6-1 triumph over La Salle.
“Through her hard work and determination, Annie has made great strides, particularly in her singles play,” coach Steven Reiniger said. “At first she struggled against most of her teammates, and it seemed like she needed a lot of work.”
This spring, she saw action anywhere from four to six in singles and with the third doubles.
“That’s a huge turnaround from the beginning of fall when she was nowhere near playing with the top six,” Reiniger said. “She continues to improve due to her positive attitude and tremendous work ethic.”
Freshman Brittney Martin (Abington Heights) has quickly become a key performer for the Seton Hill women’s track team.
Martin recently won the 800 meter dash and helped the 4x400 relay finish second in the Washington & Jefferson Invitational. Her 800 time was 2:20.72 and the relay time was 4:12.13.
In the recent Bernie Benson Memorial at Robert Morris, she finished second in the 800 with an improved time of 2:19.81, and helped the 4x400 finish first in an improved time of 4:04.24.
“Brittney has been working hard all season and has been one of our most consistent freshmen,” coach Tim Creamer said. “She is ranked in the top three in both the 800 and 1500 in our conference as well as with the 4x400 relay team.”
Seton Hill will compete in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships next weekend in Wheeling, W.V.