The bar has been set pretty high for Kelly Chambers as she begins her senior season with the Penn State-Altoona softball team.
Chambers, a Bald Eagle Area graduate, has been named the preseason co-Player of the Year in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference.
Chambers, a first baseman, has been a two-time AMCC selection and last year was second in the conference in total bases, on-base percentage and slugging percentage, third in walks and fourth in runs scored and home runs.
She has picked up where she left off last season, going 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI and 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI in Altoona’s season-opening doubleheader sweep of Medaille.
Penn State-Altoona is the preseason favorite to win the conference championship.
Mitchell Port (Bellefonte, Edinboro) won his third straight Eastern Wrestling League title over the weekend, beating Lock Haven’s Bobby Rehm 13-2 in the finals. Port is 32-1 and ranked second in the country at 141 pounds. Teammate AJ Schopp of Tyrone, placed third at 133, losing to Lock Haven’s Ronnie Perry 5-4 in the semifinals before coming back with a pair of falls in the consolation bracket to take third. Edinboro won the team title for the second straight year. Both Port and Schopp will be wrestling at the NCAA Championships in St. Louis from March 19-21.
Scott Bosak (State College, Belmont Abbey) finished third at 149 pounds last month at the NCAA Division II Midwest Regionals to qualify for his first NCAA tournament. Bosak, who transferred from Cornell, is 20-1 on the season and will face Keenan Haggerty of Maryville College when the tournament begins on March 13 in St. Louis.
Dennis Lumadue (Philipsburg-Osceola, PSU-DuBois) placed fourth in the NCWA-Mid-East Regional at 184 And qualified for the Nationals this weekend in Allen, Texas.
Jay Prentice (P-O, PSU-DuBois) took third at 174 in the regional and will join Lumadue in Texas this weekend.
Jenna Altomare (State College, Kutztown) finished the season with a 2.9 points-per-game scoring average, adding 19 rebounds, five assists and 10 steals. Kutztown closed at 12-16.
Bryan Sekunda (State College, Stony Brook) is averaging 3.6 points per game to go with 28 rebounds, 16 assists, three blocks and seven steals. Stony Brook is 23-10 and will play regular-season champion Albany in the America East Championship game on Saturday.
Taylor Allison (State College, St. Francis) finished the season with a 1.0 scoring average, 15 rebounds, 15 assists and seven steals. St. Francis finished 6-23.
Kyle Kanaskie (State College, Truman State) averages 6.9 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. He also has 37 assists and 22 steals. Truman State is 20-10.
Track & field
Brice Beals (BEA, Lock Haven) was named to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division II All-Region team in the weight throw.
Emma Cousins (State College, Bucknell) ran on the distance medley relay team that placed 18th in the ECAC championships.
John Crowe (State College, Susquehanna) was named to the Landmark Conference second team at 5,000 meters.
Molly Love (State College, UNC-Wilmington) pole-vaulted 11 feet, 6 inches in her first outdoor meet of the season.
Justin Taylor (BEA, California, Pa.) has an 0.00 ERA after 6 innings of work in which he gave up a hit, an unearned run, no walks and struck out eight. The Vulcans are 0-4.
Parker Watson (P-O, Lock Haven) is 0-1 with an 8.40 ERA. In 5 innings he allowed eight hits, six runs, all earned, walked one and struck out six. Lock Haven is off to an 0-4 start.
Mike Marcinko (P-O, Shippensburg) is hitting .342 with 10 runs scored, 13 hits, a double, three homers and seven RBIs.
Mark Curtis (P-O, Shippensburg) has worked 12 innings and has a 9.00 ERA and a 1-1 record. He has allowed 15 hits and 12 runs, 11 earned, while walking 11 and striking out 15. Ship is 3-6.
Calvin Sichler (State College, Shippensburg) has a .118 average with a run scored, two hits and a double.
Austin Mock (State College, Indiana, Pa.) is hitting .211 with three runs scored, four hits, three doubles and four RBIs. IUP is 2-4.
Lily Glunt (BEA, PSU-Altoona) is hitting .333 with a double and an RBI.
Raychel DeArmitt (Bellefonte, PSU-Altoona) is hitting 1.000, going 3-for-3 with a double. In the circle she has a 1.00 ERA and a 1-0 record, giving up nine hits and two runs, one earned, while walking two and striking out one.
Clarissa Keller (Penns Valley, PSU-Altoona) is hitting .500 with two runs scored, two hits, one a double.
Allison Simpson (BEA, PSU-Altoona) is hitless in two trips with an RBI.
Ashley Struble (Penns Valley, PSU-Altoona) has scored a run, has three hits and two RBIs.
Jessica McClenahan (Bellefonte, PSU-Altoona) has gone 0-for-2 to date.
Kate Burge (P-O, PSU-Altoona) is 1-0 with a 1.00 ERA. In 7 innings she has allowed nine hits, three runs, one earned, walked two and struck out three. At the plate she’s hitting .250 with a run, double and an RBI.
Chelsea Rex (P-O, St. Francis) has been seeing time as the designated player and in right field. She is hitting .300 with two runs scored, three hits and two RBIs.
Taylor Parsons (BEA, St. Francis) is splitting time between shortstop and centerfield. She is hitting .333, second on the team to former Central star Kate Blattenberger, and has scored seven runs to go with 10 hits, three doubles and a triple and seven RBIs. St. Francis is 7-4.
Hannah Cooper (Bellefonte, Central Conn. State) is 0-for-10 with a run scored. Central Connecticut is 4-0.
Vanessa Cooper (Bellefonte, UMass-Lowell) is hitting .208 with two runs scored, five hits, a double, two homers and seven RBIs. Lowell is 8-7.
Allie Baney (State College, Juniata) has gone 0-for-1 to date. Juniata is 1-1.