Coach - Tim Mertz (23rd Year)
Assistants - Forrest Schaeffer, Rob Howard, Brett Hauck, Adam Schafer
Key returnees - Sr. CF Sam Schaeffer, Soph. Matt Remick SS, Soph. Bryce Schafer P/1B, Jr. Grant Fitzgerald P/OF, Soph. Dalton Furst OF/P, Sr. Rece Austin 1B/P, Sr. Austin Schlegel C, Jr. Braedyn Schuler 2B, Jr. Ian Fenerty OF, Jr. Jake Rabert P/3B, Soph. Dominick Pizzelanti 3B, Soph. Nick Hugo (Util)
Newcomers - Fr. Kole Schuler INF.
Coach Mertz - "My thoughts are that missing last season is having effects early on. We are a young team and seniors and juniors not playing last year is showing. Also something that was said to me this summer and is very true, "This season we will be playing with two freshman classes." The sophomores are equal to freshman in their first varsity season. As young as we are, every day we get better. I have a good group, hungry to learn and play."
Season-opener - March 29 vs Oley (Away, 4 pm)
Coach - Chris Cole (19th Year)
Assistants - John Stichter, Ben Flicker, Jacob Seyler
Key players lost to graduation - Aaron Jarrett, Brody Graff, Logan Vroman
Key returnees/newcomers - Sr Chase Renner (P), Sr. Trey Shive (C), Sr. Tim Harrier (OF), Soph. Carson Renner (P/INF), Soph. Joe Crist (INF), Jr. Colin Schaller (3B), Jr. OF Jesse Breuning (OF)
Coach Cole - "We have a good mix of youth and veteran players. There is a lot up in the air position and order wise with not having a season. Hopefully, we gel early and figure things out quickly. Pitching and defense should be strong. Need to hit to win."
Season-opener - March 26 vs Pine Grove (4 pm) *LIVE
NOTRE DAME GP
Coach - Michael Bedics (16th Year)
Key players lost to graduation - Jake Yurkovitch (C), Patrick Flynn (P), Patrick Benolken (OF), Aidan Albus (OF), Ryan Lambert (P), Ryan Cawley (OF)
Key returnees - Sr. Josh Herman (INF), Jr. Collin Quintano (INF/P), Jr. Connor Rex (P), Jr. Jackson Shollenberger (C)
Key newcomers - Sr. Jake Hull (INF/DH), So. Logan Castellano (INF/P), Jr. Ben Moyzan (INF/P), Sr. Joey Rivutoso (INF/P), Sr. Brady Hill (OF/P),
Coach Bedics - The team is excited to defend the Colonial League and District XI Championships. This group of players is ready to go after missing out on last year. The team should be able to score runs. As long as we can get solid pitching from a deep pitching staff, we should be able to contend for a playoff spot. The group will have to come together with one goal in mind - a chance to win some championships."
Season-opener - March 26 vs Palisades (Home, 4 pm)
Coach - Duran Porrino (5th Year)
Assistants - Josh Perich, Len Smith
Key players lost to graduation - Vinny Castrine (P/2B), Nathan Goodolf (3B), Connor Snyder (1B), Joe Frey (P),
Key returnees - Sr. Rafe Perich (SS/P), Sr. Carter Welch (P/OF), Sr. Nick Henry (OF), Jr. Justin Holmes (OF/P)
Key newcomers - Jr. Dylan Witkowski (INF/P), Jr. Ben Boyer (IF/P), Fr. Justin Augustus (INF)
Coach Perich - "We have extremely high expectations for this season. We've been to the state playoffs two straight seasons and a lot of returning players were key contributors on those teams. We feel as though as we have a pitching staff led by Delaware commit Welch and Lehigh commit Perich. Offensively, Perich and Henry (Moravian commit) have been in our lineup since their freshman year when we reached the state semifinals. Division 1 football recruit Holmes along with Emmaus transfer Witkowski should help solidify our lineup."
Season opener - March 26 vs Nolehi (Home, 4:15 pm)
Coach - Gary Laub (5th Year)
Assistants - Mike Kiak, Chris Moughan
Key players lost to graduation - Brandon Binn (2B, 2-year starter), Kevin Schoch (3-year starter), Cole Curtis (2-year starter), Steve Hlavinka (P, 2-year starter), Zach Nicholas (2-year starter)
Key returnees - Sr. Austin Strunk (1B/3B/C), Sr. Chris Medei (P/OF)
Key newcomers - Sr. Sean Royer (2B/OF), Jr. Erik Smith (INF/OF/P), Jr. Joe DiRusso (2b/of/p), Jr. Jake Huber (OF/C), Soph. Jake Albert (1B/OF/P), Soph. Liam Buck (SS/P), Sooph. Jake Klotz (3B/1B/P), Soph. Rocky Viscito (OF/1B/P), Soph. Ron Werkheiser (C))
Coach Laub - " We will need strong leadership from our seniors Austin and Chris. We are going to be young, but the players did gain a little experience last year in the high school baseball tournament. Our success will be dependent on how quickly the underclassmen acclimate to varsity life. The team strength will be pitching depth and player versatility. The future is bright."
Season opener - March 26 @ Catty (4:15 pm)
Coach - Kevin Conrad (10th Year)
Assistant coaches - Stacy Bricker Kressley, Megan Conrad, Kerry Berger, Jess Romig, Trevor Greenawalt
Key players/positions lost to graduation - Emily Maddock INF, Olivia Khardohely OF/P
Key returnees/grade - Brianna Stauffer - SR - Catcher
Coach Conrad. - "We are an extremely young team this year, especially having lost a whole season for many underclassmen. Happy to be back on the field though and giving it our best. "
Season-opener: March 27 vs Palisades (Away)
Coach - Josh Zimmerman (7th Year)
Assistants - Jen Hammack, Bruce Dietrich, Heather Hartman
Key players lost to graduation - Anna Akelaitis (C)
Key returnees - Jr. P Brynn Balliet, Jr. C Olivia Stofflet, Sr. 1B Molly Mitman, Sr. 2B Sam Sisco, Jr. SS Morgan Farthing, Sr. OF Kylie Zentz, Sr. OF Adana Funk, Sr. OF Novalie Duffy
Key newcomers - Fr. P Peyton Neumoyer, Fr. OF/C Sage Toman, So. 3B Marissa Christman, DP/1B Isabella Teprovich, Util Fr Isabelle Akelaitis
Coach Zimmerman - "The Tigers look to be one of the top contenders in the league, returning all but three starters from a district final team in 2019. The team will rely on two pitchers, junior Brynn Balliet and freshman newcomer Peyton Neumoyer handling the bulk of the pitching duties pitching to batterymate, Jr. Olivia Stofflet. The tigers will rely on Sr. first basemen Molly Mitman for leadership as the University of Hartford commit looks to have one more go at winning a championship in New Tripoli. The tigers are anchored in the infield by two veteran middle infielders, 2B Sam Sisco and SS Morgan Farthing. The outfield will feature two seniors of its own in CF Kylie Zentz and RF Adana Funk."
Season-opener - March 27 @ Tamaqua (Noon)
Coach - Mike Barbera (3rd Year)
Assistants - Jeff Rudolph, Nicole Barbera
Key players lost to graduation - Rachel Schoch, Megan Patricia
Key returnees - Jaclyn Barbera, Sr; Emma Rudolph, Jr ; Jennifer Barbera , Jr; Kelli Boyle Jr; Ally Frace Sr; Kally Brennan, So; Morgan Mixa, Sr; Emily Trudniak. So; Kayla Brown So; Kailea Danubio, Jr
Key newcomers - Victoria Fink, Fr; Mallory Brown, Fr.
Coach Barbera - "We are going to have pretty much the same team that we would have had a year ago. We need to stick to fundamentals . I believe we can and will have a stronger year and compete in Colonial League in 2021."
Season-opener - March 26 vs Catty (Away, 4:15 pm)
INOTRE DAME GP
Coach - Fran Rowley (4th Year)
Assistants - Emily Smull, Wayne Deemer
Key players lost to graduation - Lexi Coyle (C), Cassie Murphy (3B), Bethany Marzella (1B), Annale Carmea (RF), Isabella Goffedo (LF)
Key returnees - Sr. Olivia Fabiano (P/2B), Sr. Bridget Pavelko(P/3B), Sr. Bridget Shields (SS), Sr. Caitlyn Frederick (CF)
Key newcomers- Jr. Haley Nedo (C), Jr. Sophia Brands (1B), Jr. Grace Perna (2B), Jr. Shae Kaulius (3B), Jr. Julia Cameron (OF), Jr. Malhea McQueen (SS/DH), Soph. Jacie Singley (P/OF), Soph. Lauren Bjelobrk (1B/P)
Coach Rowley - "We're very happy to be back on the field this year and optimistic about our season. Our goals are to return to both the league and district playoffs."
Season-opener - March 26 vs Palisades (Home, 4 pm)
Coach - Billy Milisits (2nd Year)
Assistants - Sarah Oswald, Tiffany Milisits, John Milisits
Key players lost to graduation - Mya Zettlemoyer (C), Paige Egan (2B), Meghan Cowen (3B), Kylie Schwab (OF)
Key returnees - Jr. Jennifer Milisits (P), Sr. Emma Ossiander (CF), Soph. Lauren Egan (SS), Jr. Elizabeth Sayegh (Utility), Jr. Breanna Garcia (1B), Jr. Ayanna Norfleet (OF), Soph. Abby Brosious (C)
Kew newcomers - Jr. Kaitlyn Janny (Mid Inf.), Jr. Reily Blair (3B/OF), Jr. Jadeyn Hagadus (Utility), Sr. Brynn Buschta (C), Sr. Julia Vargo (Utility), Jr. Hailey Semmel (Utility)
Coach Milisits - Without having a season last year and losing some key players, we have some challenges in front of us. We are excited about the newcomers who have joined the team this season. They bring varsity game experience. from various sports and have provided a positive atmosphere to the program already. Although we face quality competition within the Lehigh Division and the EPC, we look to be competitive in both."
Boys Lacrosse -
Coach - Dan Dolphin (13 Years)
Assistant coaches- Will Odenthal, Scott Siegmund, Kevin O'Neill, Tim Smith, Paul Intini
Key players lost to graduation- Louie Baloh (playing lacrosse at Lafayette), Wil Shimer (Lynchburg), Wil Alderman (Susquehanna), Alec Brogle
Key returnees/grade- Jack McGorry, Sr. Attack (St. Joe's commit), Tyler Schifko, Sr. Midfield (Univ. of Utah commit), Davis Ike, Sr. Goalie, Diego Colon, Sr. Defense, Mason Maxsim, Sr. Midfield, Chuck Kuczynski, Jr. Defense (Syracuse Univ. commit), Mike Driscoll, Jr. Midfield, Ben Scandone, Jr. Midfield.
Key newcomers/grade- Nick Pomajevich, Soph. Midfield, Matt Keyes, Soph midfield, Caiden Shaffer, Soph Attack
Coach Dolphin - "Covid cost every player in the league one year of experience. Without Covid, this team has 13 seniors entering their fourth year of playing in the EPC. Instead, our seniors are juniors, experience wise, and our juniors are sophomores in terms of game time experience. Covid aside, if we can avoid injuries to our key players, we have a chance to be a very good team. Sr. Goalie Davis Ike may be the best goalie we have had in my coaching tenure. Jack McGorry, Tyler Schifko, Ben Scandone and Mike Driscoll will provide most of the offense. We have 3 D-1 commits, and great senior leadership. We are looking forward to the season."
Season-opener: March 26 vs Saucon Valley (Home, 4 pm)
Head coach - Marcus Janda (3rd Year)
Assistant coaches: Joe LaBella, Matt Andersen, Owen Moloney
Key players/positions lost to graduation: Zach Rosamalia, Jake Dolansky, Owen Moloney
Key returnees: Reed Conrey/Senior Defense, Owen Coffield/Senior Defense, Daniel Fenstermacher/Senior Goalie, Kane Flickinger/Senior Mid, Taylor Wikert/Junior Defense, Drew Sabo/Junior Mid, Andrew Collins/Junior Attack.
Key newcomers: Jack Coleman/Junior Defense, Cade Christopher/Sophomore Mid, Austin Sosnovik/Sophomore Attack.
Coach Janda - " We are still considered a brand new program, only three years into our history (and missing out on one of those seasons) we will look to gain more experience this year. We have an extremely talented, and physical defense that we will depend on heavily throughout the season. The question is how long will it take our offense that does not have a ton of experience playing together to gel. Ultimately we are very excited for the season, playing a full EPC schedule allows us to compete with the most established programs in District 11 and we are excited to continue to take steps forward as a program."
Season-opener - March 26 vs Becahi (Home, 6 pm)
Girls Lacrosse -
Coach - Helen Deegan (2nd Year)
Assistant coaches - JV Coach - Erin Steskal. Volunteer Coaches - Jen Zavacky, Hanna Doerner, Todd Doerner
Key players/positions lost to graduation - All graduating players
Key returnees - Maria Donahue Sr. MF (UPitt commit); Megan Kane Sr. Attack; Kerry Lannon Sr. MF/Def; Katie Marker Sr. Attack; Makenzie Shimko Sr. Attack; Catherine Leidich Jr. Def.; Addison Anthony Jr MF.; Ava Albano Jr. Def
Key newcomers - Teegan Lannon So Goalie/MF, Sophie Engelhardt Soph. Attack, Erin Duffy Soph. Def, Hannah Robertson MF
Coach Deegan - "The team is just happy to be practicing, playing, and hanging out with their teammates. After a lost season and all that has happened the past year, another major goal is to simply have fun."
Coach: Taylor Holko
Assistant coaches: Scott Horoshko, Julie Snyder, Kate Musselman
Key returnees - Seniors A/M Daniela Collins, M/D Riley Stauffer, A/M Isabella Sunday and M/D Emily Vaughan, Juniors GK Riley Horoshko and M Bridey Lawler
Key newcomers: Sophomores M/D Lauren Hood and A/M Lauren Nelson
Coach Holko: "We've got a team of experienced leaders working with the younger players to get them ready for the season. Everyone is committed to the success of the program and we have high goals for ourselves. After the lack of a season in 2020 we're eager to get on the field to play. "
Season to date: 0-1 (Lost to Saucon Valley 13-12)
Coach - Lissa Opolsky (2nd Year)
Assistant coaches - Jessica Bahnick
Key players/positions lost to graduation - none
Key returnees - Alexa Bleam, Reagan Hernandez, Bailey Scheffler, Ali Lister, Tess Ledeboer and Charlotte Horn (Seniors); Emilee Schultz, Sarah Schultz (Juniors)
Key newcomers - Gabby Gober, Ava Collins, Claire Costa, Sydney Nyce, Lexey Vennera (Sophomores)
Coach Opolsky - "We are looking forward to building each day and using the knowledge some have gained from playing in the off-season. We would love to come off the field with a few wins and we will work toward building a cohesive unit to put our team in a better position to achieve that."
Season-opener: March 26 @ Becahi (4 pm)
Boys Volleyball -
Boys Tennis -
Coach - Bryan Rothermel (3rd Year)
Assistants - Lori Angstadt, Charles Burkhardt
Key players lost to graduation - Andy Ludwig, Michael Sexton, Luca Jordache
Key returnees - Soph. Nate Burger (#1 Singles), Jr. Brian Sexton (#3 Singles)
Key newcomers - Sr. Braden Geiger (#2 Singles), Jr. Kane Weller, Soph. Adrian Coscia
Coach Rothermel - "It will definitely be a rebuilding year. We have a relatively strong #1 player who will help anchor the team these next few years as we build some depth under him at the remaining positions."
Season to date: 0-1 (Lost to Conrad Weiser 5-0)
Coach - Louann and Dale Reppert (5th Year)
Assistant - Melissa Keller
Key players lost to graduation - Nicholas Perella, Logan Boyer, Kain Cavalier, Owen Kulp, and Zachary Watson.
Key returnees - Jr. Drew Frederick (Doubles), Sophs. Colin Peterson (#1 Singles), Blake Nolte (No.2 Singles), Jacob Keller (Doubles), Jarrett Noecker (Doubles), Grayson Ebner (Doubles) and Griffin Maley
Key newcomers - Fresh. Otis Engel (#3 Singles) and Brady Frederick.
Coach Reppert - "With the loss of play last season, we now have a small team that is new to match play. We are definitely in a building year and our focus is on player development."
Season to date: Lost to Twin Valley 5-0, Lost to Daniel Boone 5-0
Coach - Jared Smith (1st Year)
Assistants - Charlie Carbonetto
Key players lost to graduation - Teddy Zeller (No.2 Singles), Ben Carbonetto (No.3 Singles), Corey Long (Doubles), Stephen McGlynn (Doubles)
Key returnees - Sr. Dylan Alvarez (No.1 Singles), Sr. Jessie Coulter (No.2 Singles), Jr. Charlie Long Jr. Jake Zeller, Jr. Will McGlynn, Jr. Enzo Fantozzi - all doubles players
Key newcomers - Fr. Tim Spinosa (No.3 Singles), Sr. Alessio Flores, Sr. Matt Hetten, Sr. Dan Wheeler - all doubles players. Underclassmen: Victor Manzella, Alex de Gale, Mack Zeller and Henry Long.
Coach Smith - "We're excited to get started. I feel we have a great mixture of returning veterans and younger players full of potential. I expect us to compete hard and earn a spot in the District 11 2A playoffs. We got off to a good first week of practice, but overall hard to judge where we stand amongst other teams after losing last season until match play begins."
On season - 2-0 (Two wins over Whitehall, both 7-0). Next match: March 19 at Emmaus (3:30 pm)