New Castle News


January 2, 2014

Lancers' sports programs rule in 2013



The Lady Lancers were paced by senior outside hitter Madison Altmyer, junior outside hitter Jordan Wethli and junior setter Taylor Frank. Wethli was named to the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association all-WPIAL second team, while Taylor Frank earned third team honors.

“Overall, this season was, by far, a huge boost for Neshannock’s program as far as recognition and competitiveness and the direction I had for the team when I was asked to take over. I think we are on a good path toward building a solid program,” said Neshannock coach Andrew Frank, who doubles as Taylor’s dad.

•The girls soccer team claimed the program’s second WPIAL Section 1-A championship with a 10-2-2 section and a 12-3-3 overall records.

Neshannock posted four-straight shutouts to close the regular season before clipping Carlynton 1-0 in the first round of the playoffs before falling to New Brighton 4-3 in the quarterfinals.

Senior forward Annie Litrenta led the team with a team-high 14 goals and six assists, while junior midfielder Sydne Slingluff paced the team with eight assists and found the net 12 times. Teammate Kelly Cournan also was a force in the midfield as a senior.

“This was a great year, capped off by winning a very competitive section and advancing to the quarterfinals,” Neshannock coach Brian McCarthy told The News in December.

•Seniors Manickas and Kroner were the catalysts for a successful cross country season.

Manickas qualified for the state meet for the third time in her career this past fall finishing 61 seconds behind WPIAL Class A individual champion Marianne Abdalah of Vincentian Academy.

The Lady Lancers’ No. 1 runner earned a state medal by finishing 13th with a time of 20:11 at the Parkview Cross Country Course in Hershey.

 Kroner placed 35th in the boys Class A race in 17:33 in his third straight trip to the state meet. He was fourth in the WPIAL race with a time of 17:25.

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