Parkland Press

Monday, December 10, 2018

Elder earns accolades for PSAC champ WCU

Friday, November 23, 2018 by TODD KRESs tkress@tnonline.com in Sports

Several former Parkland High School athletes have contributed to college sports teams during the fall 2018 season. Here’s a look at some of their achievements.

West Chester junior defensive back Jarey Elder had an impressive season in 2018. After being named to the All-ECAC First Team and All-PSAC East Second Team last fall, Elder stepped up his game another notch. Elder finished with seven interceptions and three pass breakups this fall. He also recorded one forced fumble and 46 total tackles en route to the Rams’ PSAC championship two weeks ago. Elder was recently named to the All-PSAC East First Team for 2018.

West Chester offensive lineman Patrick Ferry played in 10 games for the football team as a sophomore this fall. The Rams finished 10-1 overall, 6-0 in conference play and won the PSAC Championship over Slippery Rock.

Shippensburg junior middle blocker Samantha Weber made a name for herself once again this fall on the women’s volleyball team. The former Trojan recorded 360 kills in 118 sets, good for 3.06 kills per set and second best for the Raiders. Her 106 blocks ranked second on the team. Shippensburg came up short in the PSAC Championships to Seton Hill and advanced to the regional tournament where the Raiders’ season came to a close against Clarion. Weber now has 1,010 kills in her career, currently ranked No. 10 on the school’s all-time list.

Kira Dreisbach’s career got off to a solid start at Moravian College. As a member of the women’s volleyball team, the outside hitter recorded 306 digs and 148 kills in her freshman season for the Greyhounds. She averaged 2.86 digs and 1.38 kills per set. Her 306 digs led the Greyhounds this past fall.

LaSalle sophomore outsider hitter Samantha Graver played a key role on the school’s volleyball team this fall. Graver played in 107 sets, posting 143 kills and 306 digs as the Explorers advanced to the Atlantic 10 tournament semifinals. Her 306 digs ranked second on the team.

Bloomsburg junior forward Tyler Madeira was a potent goal scorer for the Huskies’ soccer team this fall. Madeira’s 10 goals was by far a team-high (no other player had more than four), and he also added two assists for a team-best 22 points. Three of his goals were game-winners, and he connected on 4-of-4 penalty kicks. He was named to the All-PSAC Second Team for his accomplishments.

The DeSales women’s soccer team advanced to the MAC Freedom Conference Tournament, and sophomore Rachel Medlar played a major role in the Bulldogs’ success. Starting in all 18 games at the midfield position, Medlar posted a team-high six assists and scored three goals. She has now played in all 36 games of her collegiate career (with 35 starts) and has 21 assists; her 15 assists as a freshman set a new single season record. Medlar was named to the MAC Freedom All-Conference First Team for the second time in her career.

Redshirt sophomore tight end Kenny Yeboah has transitioned to his new position at Temple after playing wide receiver throughout his high school career. Yeboah currently has 11 catches on the season for 143 yards and a touchdown for the Owls. He has played in all 12 games for Temple.

Virginia sophomore wide receiver/free safety De’Vante Cross has spent a majority of his time on the field this season on the defensive side of the ball. In playing all of the Cavaliers’ 11 games thus far, Cross has accumulated 13 total tackles and one interception. His season-high came against Liberty when he recorded eight of those tackles (four solo) and that interception. Cross also has one catch for 20 yards.

Quinnipiac sophomore outside hitter Morgan Sherwin dominated play at the net in her second season on the women’s volleyball team. Sherwin finished 2018 with 352 kills, good for second-best on the team, along with 133 digs and 29 blocks.

Brooke Robertson, a senior outside hitter at Delaware, capped her collegiate career with an impressive campaign. Robertson appeared in 96 sets, recording 210 kills (third-best on team), 69 digs and 67 blocks (second-best).

Brooke Schutter, a freshman forward on the Duquesne women’s soccer team, made the most of her time on the field in 2018. She scored two goals in 14 games (4 starts), both coming against Morehead State early in the season. She logged 649 minutes of field time in her inaugural season.

Elizabethtown sophomore midfielder Janelle Barna started 15 games for the Blue Jays women’s soccer team this past fall. She scored three goals this past season, including one in the season-finale against Catholic.

Madyson Beaver, a freshman setter/opposite hitter at Bethel College, had an impressive inaugural season. She recorded 264 kills (3.58 kills per set), good for second on the team, and had the third-highest amount of blocks with 79. She was named a Crossroads All-League Honorable Mention selection.

Freshman midfielder Owen Iacobelli made an immediate impact on Shippensburg’s men’s soccer team. Iacobelli started 13 of the 16 games he played in, scoring three goals for the Raiders. He finished the fall with six shots on goal.

Alexis Dongvort, a runner on the Kutztown cross country team, capped a remarkable collegiate career. She placed 70th at regionals, running a 27:20 at Pittsburgh’s 6k Bob O’Connor Golf Course at Schenley Park, as the Golden Bears placed fifth as a team. She was named to the All-PSAC Second Team last year as a junior.

Bloomsburg freshman midfielder Bryce Evans started in all 18 games for the Huskies men’s soccer team in 2018. He recorded an assist against Daemen.

Lebanon Valley sophomore Jenna Lysakowski scored two goals and dished out five assists for the Dutchmen field hockey team. Her five assists ranked third on the team, and she finished the season with a .733 shot on goal percentage.

DeSales sophomore defender Mark Stenske appeared in 15 games for the Bulldogs’ men’s soccer team this season, making 11 starts. He’s logged 1,013 minutes of field time and recorded three shots for the Bulldogs.

If you know of athletes from the Parkland School District who deserve recognition for their college sports accomplishments, please email their name, sport and school to mhaines@tnonline.com.