Campus Corner: Centre County products driving Penn State-Altoona softball team

For the CDTMay 21, 2013 

Seven Centre County products were members of the Penn State-Altoona softball team this past season. Gathered at Myrtle Beach, S.C., early in the season were Cassondra Ross, Lily Glunt, Brittany Smith, Christina Stathes, Kelly Chambers, Raychel DeArmitt and Clarissa Keller. Chambers, DeArmitt, Smith, Glunt, Stathes and Keller all earned Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference all-star honors recently.

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The recently-selected Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference All-Star team had a heavy Centre County presence.

Six women who played high school softball in the county were selected to the conference team from Penn State-Altoona, starting with outfielder Kelly Chambers, a Bald Eagle Area graduate, who was a first-team selection. She led the conference in home runs with eight and now has a school record 18. She was fourth in the conference in runs scored with 34, tied for third in doubles with 10, and was third in total bases with 77. Her 28 RBIs led the team and she had a .700 slugging percentage and a .440 on-base percentage.

On the second team were a pair of Bellefonte graduates — Raychel DeArmitt and Brittany Smith. Smith hit .362 and her 42 hits were the most on the team. She was third in total bases with 45 and fourth in on-base percentage with a .390 average.

DeArmitt had the lowest ERA in the conference at 1.88, and her nine wins and 96 strikeouts were both fifth. Opponents hit .196 against her and among her 12 starts were eight complete games and two shutouts. She finished with a 9-5 record.

On the third team were BEA’s Lily Glunt, Bellefonte’s Christina Stathes and Penns Valley’s Clarissa Keller.

Penn State-Altoona, which had a 27-12 record, is coached by Bellefonte’s Fred Caldwell.

Baseball

Mike Marcinko (Philipsburg-Osceola, Shippensburg) was named to the Atlantic Region all-tournament team as Shippensburg won the tournament and is headed to the NCAA Division II College World Series. In the tournament, Marcinko went 5-for-15. In Sunday’s decisive win he was instrumental in turning a 1-6-2-5 double play that helped the Raiders out of trouble. For the year he is hitting .342 with 32 runs scored, 54 hits, five doubles, a triple, a homer, 19 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. Shippensburg, 32-21, will face Franklin Pierce in the first game of the CWS on Saturday.

Luke Curtis (P-O, Pitt) has a 1-0 record and a 4.29 ERA. In 21 innings he has given up 26 hits and 15 runs, 10 earned, while walking six and striking out 18. Pitt is 40-15 and will play St. John’s on Wednesday in the first round of the Big East tournament.

Drew Bryan (P-O, VMI) finished the season hitting .249 with 24 runs scored, 42 hits, seven doubles, two triples and 20 RBIs. VMI closed at 20-35.

Kerry Meyers (State College, PSU-Wilkes Barre) was named to the PSUAC second team after hitting .391 with nine runs scored, 25 hits, two doubles, a triple and eight RBIs. Wilkes-Barre was 3-16-1.

Softball

Elle Hart (State College, Mt. Aloysius) was named to the AMCC third team.

Kate Deardorff (Penns Valley, Lebanon Valley) was named to the NFCA all-region team after hitting .365 for the year with 25 stolen bases, 26 runs scored and 17 RBIs. As a second baseman she only had two errors in 141 chances. Lebanon Valley finished with a 36-7-1 record.

Hannah Cooper (Bellefonte, Central Connecticut State) finished her freshman season with a .240 batting average, six runs scored, 31 hits, five doubles, a triple, two homers and 18 RBIs. Central Connecticut fell to LSU twice in the opening round of the NCAA tournament last week, losing the first game 3-2 and the elimination game 11-0 to finish with a record of 36-15.

Track & field

Paul Crowe (State College, Susquehanna) ran a personal-best time of 14 minutes, 58.23 seconds in the 5,000-meter run at the Final Qualifier at Swarthmore. It was the third-fastest time in the event in Susquehanna history. Crowe was also named to the Landmark Conference Spring Academic Honor Roll.

Editor’s note: This is the final Campus Corner of the school year. It will resume when intercollegiate competition begins in the fall. If you have a son or daughter who is planning to compete in a sport at the collegiate level and wish to have them included in Campus Corner, send their name, sport and school to Walt Moody at the Centre Daily Times (wmoody@centredaily.com) before their season begins.

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