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Neshannock

January 2, 2014

Lancers' sports programs rule in 2013

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NEW CASTLE —

•The Lady Lancers sent Sarah Davis, Anna Lisa Frengel and Lizzie Manickas to the state track meet in Shippensburg with impressive showings at the WPIAL Championships.

Frengel picked up a state bronze medal in the shot put with a personal best and school record throw of 40-0. Manickas grabbed eighth place in the 3200-meter, while Davis finished 22nd in the discus at states.

•The boys track team posted a solid season with Ernie Burkes, John Conglose, Eli Owens, Robbie Kroner, Stephen Jeffries and Caleb Holes all qualifying for the WPIAL Championships.

Holes was the lone boys athlete to qualify for the state meet in the pole vault, but didn’t place.

•The boys tennis team returned to the playoffs last spring after graduating 12 seniors from the 2012 squad that went undefeated in the regular season and suffered the same result — an opening-round loss to Thomas Jefferson.

The Lancers finished their season at 9-5 and were led by singles star Max Watters. Joe Bullano and Nick Hautala also contributed in singles, while doubles teams of Mike Maciarello/Connor Richards and Nick Montini/Mitch Cialella also posted multiple wins.

•The boys basketball team won six straight games and 10 of their first 11 to start the 2012-13 season before closing the regular season record with a 17-5 record.

Coach John Corey’s Lancers lost in the opening round of the WPIAL playoffs for the third straight season with a 66-64 setback to Apollo-Ridge at Highlands. Neshannock rallied from a 15-point deficit late in the third quarter to pull within 65-64 with less than a minute to go.

The 2013-14 Lancers have hosted and won their own tipoff and Christmas tournaments. They have opened this season with an 8-1 record entering Friday’s Section 2-AA battle with Aliquippa.

Neshannock’s averaging 79.5 points a game this year behind the balanced scoring of seniors Burkes and Matt McKinney and sophomore Ethan Moose.

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