Student-Athlete in the Spotlight: Cole Renninger

Cole Renninger (80) of Lock Haven University runs the ball against the Mercyhurst defense after catching from his QB. (The Express/Phil Mapstone)

Cole Renninger: Central Mountain High School/Lock Haven University Football. Wide Receiver. Had one reception for nine yards in the LHU season finale loss to Mercyhurst on Saturday. For the season, he totaled 15 catches for 169 yards. After the completion of a four-year collegiate basketball career, two each at Lehigh and LHU, Cole was eligible to play one final season as a member of the Bald Eagle football team. Cole reflected on his decision saying, “I have no regrets about deciding to play football. The relationships that are built throughout an off-season and full season cannot be matched.” Playing college ball in his hometown is something that was very special to Cole and he said of the opportunity, “It has been a lot of fun being able to play in front of the same people that have been coming out to games for years. It’s cool remembering people at games as a little kid and then getting to be on the field and see those same fans at games.” Reflecting back on his successful sports career at both the high school and collegiate level, Cole said, “The end of a season is always sad, but as you reflect back on everything it’s all happy memories. I’m just thankful for my parents that drove me all over the country to help me get to where I wanted to go. I’ve been able to meet so many people and go to so many different places because of sports.” Finally, Cole summed up his comments by offering this advice to youngsters, “Play as much as you can. Work hard because it goes by fast. Don’t limit yourself to anything; try different sports. Most importantly, enjoy it!” Unquestionably, Cole is a young man that has brought many memorable moments to local sports fans. He is a young man that prepared and played the right way all the time. He surely has left his mark on the local sports scene.


Krista Heckman: Central Mountain High School/Grove City College Women’s Soccer. Krista and her teammates picked up two wins over the weekend in the Division III ECAC tournament. The wins came over Franciscan by a 3-1 score on Saturday and 1-0 over Frostburg State on Sunday. Sunday’s victory matched Grove City’s record for wins in a season at 17. The Wolverines will now play in the Semifinal round of the ECAC Tournament next weekend in Springfield, Massachusetts against an opponent TBD. Krista was recognized last week as a 2nd team selection on the all conference team for the Presidents Athletic Conference. Krista’s team first attitude is evident in her comments when asked about her all-conference selection when she says, “I’m grateful. It was a tough transition at the start of the season from being striker to defense and then to build the chemistry with the other three defenders, but I honestly have loved playing with them and staying strong for the rest of the team. I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve the team and give them my best and if that is at defense rather than forward I’m happy to do the job. I think once you start putting your teammates and coaches before yourself, you will see results in your play because you stop thinking of yourself, what you can achieve and focus on working for the others around you. I’m excited to see what next season will bring and no matter where I am put, I will be sure to be “Stonewall strong“.”

Spencer Wockenfuss: Central Mountain High School/Alfred University Football. Spencer just finished his freshman season for Alfred University. Alfred had a winning varsity season at 7-3 and winning Junior varsity season at 3-2. Spencer played left offensive tackle in all of the JV games and was asked to dress for two of the varsity games. A post-season bowl game for the team will be announced this week.

Erin Reese: Central Mountain High School/Susquehanna University Cross-Country. Erin raced to a 55th place overall finish out of approximately 400 runners representing 61 teams at the NCAA regional meet on Saturday afternoon at Dickinson. Erin was the top finisher for the River Hawks as she led them to a 20th place finish as a team. Erin demonstrated the competitor that she is when she commented on her finish saying, “I didn’t have the race at regionals that I wanted. I had the goal of getting all region but unfortunately did not have the best race.” However, in summarizing her season she said, “I’m overall happy with my performance this year in cross country because I showed major improvements from last year and I’m continuing to adjust to the sport (last year at champs I placed 18 and this year I place 4th, and last year at regionals I placed 147th and this year I placed 55th). I’m excited for track because I have more experience there and I like it a lot more; moreover I’m excited to see what times I can run this year in track.”

Hunter Shoemaker: Central Mountain High School/Lock Haven University Football Offensive Line. Scout team. Season was finalized on Saturday.

Ethan Dale: Central Mountain High School/Alfred State Swimming. Ethan picked up individual event wins for the Pioneers when they competed against Oswego. He won the 100 IM (1:00.02) and was 2nd in the 200 breast (2:26.05).

Michael Panczyszyn: 2015 Jersey Shore High School graduate and current Junior on the Lycoming Men’s Swimming team. On Saturday in a meet against Hood and Misericordia, Michael took 5th place in 100 Breast stroke, 3rd in the 200 Breast stroke and 6th in the 400 IM. Lycoming defeated Hood but lost to Misericordia.

Eryn Bartlett: 2017 Central Mountain High School graduate and current freshmen member of the Millersville University Women’s Swimming team. Eryn competes in the Breast Stroke and IM events. Eryn and her teammates did not compete this week but are busy preparing for next weekend’s meet against Franklin and Marshall.

Brody Baker: 2017 Central Mountain High School graduate and current freshmen on the Elizabethtown College Men’s Basketball team. Brody scored 6 points on 3-for–4 shooting in 10 minutes of play as the Blue Jays scrimmaged Marywood on Saturday.

Chad Reese: Central Mountain High School/Bucknell Bison Wrestling. Chad wrestled at 184 pounds on Friday and lost a tough 10-0 decision in Bucknell’s 36-2 loss to 10th ranked Lehigh. Chad did not wrestle on Sunday in a 36-6 loss to top ranked Penn State.

(College athletes from local high schools or their parents are encouraged to forward information to The Express each week for inclusion in this column. Updated information must be sent each week to by Monday at noon for inclusion that week. Only those sending updated info will be included.)