Parkland Press

Monday, December 10, 2018

PHS grads excel on college campuses

Friday, August 31, 2018 by Mike Haines mhaines@tnonline.com in Sports

Several former Parkland high school athletes are making a name for themselves in the college ranks during the fall season. Here are a few that excelled last year and are ready to do more in 2018.

Brooke Robertson is heading into her senior season as a member of the Delaware University womens volleyball team. Robertson has appeared in 46 matches over her first two seasons despite missing most of her sophomore year with a foot injury. She had compiled 220 kills in 127 sets with 150 digs and 32 blocks.

Running back Eli Redmond is heading into his senior year at Moravian College. He’s played in 29 games during his career. As a junior last season he rushed for 537 yards and a pair of touchdowns on a team-high 127 carries. For his career, Redmond has 1,693 yards and 11 scores to go along with 39 catches for three TDs and 312 yards.

Steve Ewald and Nick Zambelli return for their fourth season as important members of the Moravian College defense. Ewald recorded a team-high 87 tackles last season, including five for loss, one interception and a recovered a fumble. In 31 career games, the linebacker has made 217 tackles, with 23 tackles for loss. Zambelli, who has started for the ‘Hounds since his freshman season, made 70 tackles last season (third on the team). He also picked off three passes, forced one fumble and recovered to fumbles. The defensive back has 164 career tackles, including 106 solo tackles. He’s intercepted seven passes in his career.

Alexis Dongvort is heading into her fourth season as a member of the Kutztown University cross country team. The Parkland graduate has earned several academic and scholar-athlete awards over her first three years at KU. She’s also been named an All-PSAC Second-Team runner and has been one of the top runners on her team.

Tyler Madeira has played in 23 games over the past two seasons on the Bloomsburg University soccer team. The forward has started 10 games and has one goal and two assists for his career with his junior season still in front of him.

Kishan Modessa played in seven games as a freshman on the DeSales University soccer team last season. The midfielder scored one goal on two shots in his first college season.

Mark Stenske played in 10 games and started one last year for the DeSales University mens soccer team. The defender recorded one assist in his first college season and returns this year for his sophomore campaign.

Ahmad Awadalla played in four games last fall as a redshirt sophomore for the East Stroudsburg University mens soccer team.

Steven Feher played in 10 games for the East Stroudsburg University football team last season. The 6-foot-4, 310-pound redshirt sophomore offensive lineman, got one start at tight end last season

Andrew Bennett, a 6-4, 275-pound offensive lineman, played in seven games last year as a redshirt freshman on the East Stroudsburg University football team.

Hailemichael Geiger finished in the top 50 (46th) last year at the MAC Cross Country Championships. The DeSales University sophomore returns this fall for his second season in Center Valley.

Sam Graver played in 86 sets last season for the LaSalle University volleyball team, registering 277 kills in her freshman season. This year she’s played in all three matches and has 41 kills and 34 digs in 10 sets played.

Rachel Medlar played in all 18 games as a freshman on last year’s DeSales womens soccer team. She earned the MAC Freedom Rookie of the Year. She was an All-MAC First Team selection and an All-ECAC First Team. Medlar posted five goals and 15 assists from her midfield position, setting a new single-season school record.

Sam Weber has played in 70 volleyball matches during her career at Shippensburg University. The junior has played in four matches this season, but before that she compiled

Megan Shaw played in 20 matches last season as a freshman on the West Chester University womens volleyball team. She recorded 10 aces and 25 digs in her first season with the Rams.

Morgan Sherwin had 160 kills and 180 assists last season for the Quinnipiac University womens volleyball team. Sherwin began her freshman season in 2017 as a setter but moved to outside hitter during conference play.

Olivia Schantz played in three games as a freshman goalie on the Bloomsburg University soccer team last fall. The Huskies have qualified for the PSAC playoffs in each of the past three years.

If you know of other Parkland fall sports college athletes who deserve recognition, please email the Press at mhaines@tnonline.com.