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PRESS PHOTO COURTESY OF MORAVIAN COLLEGE ATHLETICSNadine Ewald has earned a starting spot at Moravian College in her freshman season. PRESS PHOTO COURTESY OF MORAVIAN COLLEGE ATHLETICSNadine Ewald has earned a starting spot at Moravian College in her freshman season.

Ewald makes an impact at Moravian

Thursday, February 2, 2017 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in Sports

Not all decisions work out in one’s favor, but the college choice for Moravian College freshman Nadine Ewald has been a good one for the 2016 Parkland High School graduate.

Ewald has found a second home in Bethlehem, and a second family in the women’s basketball team.

“My first semester of college was awesome,” said Ewald. “The transition wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be because I had a lot of help from my teammates and coaches. The coaches made sure we were at study hall doing our work, so in the future we know how to balance classes and basketball.”

What made the transition a lot easier, was the Ewald came from a bigger school and campus in Parkland, and the basketball programs at each school both share some similarities.

“Being able to play basketball at Moravian is a blessing,” said Ewald. “Moravian is a prestigious college and the basketball program here is also very respected. The girls on my team are like my sisters, and I am very happy that I chose to go here. My teammates are always here for me if I need advice or just someone to pick me up.”

Just like when she was a Trojan, Ewald impressed the Greyhounds coaching staff enough to grant the freshman meaningful minutes. After sitting out the first three games, head coach Mary Beth Spirk inserted Ewald into the lineup. And since a loss at DeSales back on November 22, where she logged 14 minutes, Ewald has started the last 15 games, averaging 9.1 points per game in 21.7 minutes per contest.

“I have worked hard to start the last [15] games,” Ewald said. “My teammates and coaches push me very hard in practice. Coach Spirk has also had a lot of meetings with me to make sure I feel comfortable with starting.”

With three-quarters of the season over, and just six more regular season games to be played this month, Moravian is 14-5 overall and 6-2 in the Landmark Conference, which is good for second place, tied with Scranton (17-2, 6-2) and two games behind Catholic University (17-2, 8-0).

“The conference is very competitive,” said Ewald. “All of the teams are talented in their own way. We just need to keep taking one game at a time and continue to play hard for 40 minutes.”

Before she stepped foot on campus six months ago, Ewald finished up her senior year at Parkland as a team captain and a member of the All-Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Second team.

“Parkland helped me in many ways,” Ewald said. “Grades came first at parkland and it comes first here as well. Coach Spence wanted everyone to be successful in the classroom first and Coach Spirk wants the same thing. Coming from a place where we had grade reports made me want to work hard in the classroom so I can perform on the court.”