By TAMI QUIGLEY Staff writer
“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.”
These words of Vince Lombardi – who knew a little something about winning – can be seen shining in teams throughout the Diocese of Allentown, who have achieved celebrated successes and given their best in this year’s fall sports season.
Allentown Central Catholic High School (ACCHS)
The Allentown Central Catholic High School (ACCHS) Vikings girls’ cross-country team placed second in the PIAA (Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association) 2A Championship and were District 11 PIAA 2A champions.
David Ackerman, head coach of cross country/track and field and an English teacher at ACCHS, said Emily Deschler won the EPC (Eastern Pennsylvania Conference) Championship and the District 11 PIAA 2A Championship, leading her team to the district championship.
She placed fifth in the PIAA 2A Championship, her second fifth place finish in a row at states and her third medal at states, leading the girls’ team to a second-place finish.
Emily’s sister Alyssa also fared well, earning All EPC honors with her fifth-place finish, placing second to her sister at districts, and earning a medal at states with her 17th-place finish.
Sydney Harris earned medalist honors by placing eighth at the district championships.
Sophomore Emilie Wright won a district title in golf.
The volleyball team, which won a district championship, were runners-up in states.
Berks Catholic High School (BCHS), Reading
Bill Hess, assistant principal for athletics and discipline at Berks Catholic High School (BCHS), said in football the Saints were the BCIAA (Berks County Interscholastic Athletic Association) League Champion and the District 3 4A Champion.
BCHS was the BCIAA Section 2 champion in golf. In field hockey, the school was the BCIAA Section 2 Champion. BCHS was BCIAA Section Champion in tennis.
The BCHS Youth Football Mites team was the 2017 champion of the Berks County Youth Football League. The championship game took place Nov. 12, 2017. It was the team’s first championship. The Saints defeated Exeter 21-18 in the championship game and went 10-0 for the season.
Marian High School, Tamaqua
Tina Caparell won the 1A State Championship in cross country.
Nativity BVM High School, Pottsville
Jennifer Daubert, director of development at Nativity, said the girls’ volleyball team was crowned the District XI Class A runner up in volleyball after a five-set defeat to Marian High School, Tamaqua Oct. 31.
Notre Dame High School, Easton
The boys’ cross-country team of Notre Dame High School was Colonial League champions and District XI AA Champions. John Koons earned a state medal by finishing 14th at the state championships in cross country.
The boys’ soccer team took the District XI AA championship.
In girls’ tennis, Logan Lencheski and Emma Anmolsingh were District XI AA doubles champions.