The Next Level: Student-Athlete in the Spotlight: Michael Panczyszyn

Michael Panczyszyn is a 2015 Jersey Shore High School graduate and currently attends Lycoming College. (Photo Provided)

Michael is a 2015 Jersey Shore High School graduate and current junior on the Lycoming College Men’s Swimming team. He is the son of Michael Sr. and Julie Panczyszyn. Michael is an astrophysics and math major at Lycoming. He claims that what he most enjoys about swimming is, “The sense of accomplishment I get when I have a good race. Win or lose, if I swim well and my opponent swims well, I’m happy.” The greatest challenge of being a student-athlete according to Michael is, “Balancing athletics, with academics, extra-curriculars, a social life and sleep.” Finally, Michael claims that his ultimate goal as a swimmer is, “To always race myself and never lose. As long as I drop time and end every season with a personal best, I consider my goal achieved.” Lycoming concluded the season February 15-18 competing in the MAC Championships. At that event, Michael finished 24th in the Butterfly, 15th in the 100 Breaststroke, and 14th in the 200 Breaststroke. In the 200 Breaststroke, he dropped 14 seconds off his time.

Geo Barzona: 2017 graduate of Central Mountain High School and currently a freshman competing at 125 pounds for the Bucknell Bison wrestling team. Bucknell will be in action this weekend at the EIWA Championships in Hempstead, NY.

Chad Reese: Graduate of Central Mountain High School and current senior on the Bucknell Bison wrestling team. Next action for the Bison will be on March 3rd and 4th in Hempstead, New York as they compete in the EIWA Championships.

Maria Morgan: 2015 Bucktail High School graduate and current junior on the St. Vincent College Women’s Basketball team. On Wednesday in a 68-44 victory over Bethany College in the quarterfinal round of the PAC Tournament, Maria scored 13 points in 18 minutes of play. On Friday in a 63-62 overtime loss to Washington and Jefferson in the semi-final round, she scored eight points to go with four assists. SVC awaits a possible invitation to the ECAC tournament.

Erin Reese: 2016 Central Mountain High School graduate and sophomore runner on the Susquehanna University Indoor Track team. At the Landmark Conference Championships on Saturday, Erin finished 2nd in the 5000 Meter Run with a time of 18:39:29. Susquehanna finished third as a team. Next action will be on March 24th when the spring season begins at the Juniata Invitational.

Bryce Mansfield: 2017 Central Mountain High School graduate and current freshman on the Misericordia University Track and Field team. Bryce is a hurdler, but has been rehabbing from an ACL injury suffered during his senior year in high school. Misericordia placed 3rd at the MAC Championships in Bethlehem, Pa and will be competing this Friday and Saturday at the ECAC Championships in NYC.

Quinn McCluskey: 2017 graduate of CMHS and a freshman on the Women’s Tennis team at East Stroudsburg University. ESU will begin their spring season with a spring break tournament in Hilton Head, S.C., from March 10-17, 2018.

Riley Green: 2016 Central Mountain High School graduate and sophomore runner on the Earlham College (IN) Track & Field team. Competing on Saturday at the Anderson University Fred Wilt Memorial Indoor Invitational, Riley set a personal record in the Mile Run with a time of 4:47:37, coming in 2nd for his team.

Cole Reeder: 2016 Central Mountain High School graduate and current red-shirt freshman on the Mount Saint Mary’s (Md.) baseball team. Cole is listed as a right-handed pitcher on the roster of the Northeast Conference school.

Dan Roan: 2013 graduate of Bellefonte High School and current graduate student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a member of the baseball team at the school. Dan is listed on the Crimson Hawks roster as a left-handed pitcher.

Madison Brown: A 2016 Central Mountain High School graduate and current sophomore on the Lycoming College Women’s softball team. Lycoming will open their season on March 12th at the Field of Dreams Spring Classic in Myrtle Beach, SC. against Emory and Henry. Last season for the Warriors, Madison started 32 games at second base, batting .308 (32-for-104), primarily from the No. 2 spot. That was good for fifth on the team in batting average and hits. She scored 21 runs which was fifth on the team and also had 12 RBI’s. Madison had nine multi-hit games, four doubles and a triple. She was a member of the MAC Academic Honor Roll and an NFCA Scholar-Athlete.

Rachel Shady: A 2014 Central Mountain graduate and current senior on the Lycoming College Women’s Softball team. Last season, Rachel started all 38 games, 21 as a pitcher, 12 in left field and five as a designated hitter. She finished second on the team with a .385 average. Her production landed her in third place in the school’s single-season record book with 45 hits, fifth with 29 runs scored, sixth with 59 total bases and tied for ninth with eight doubles. She had 17 multiple-hit games and six multiple-RBI games. In the circle, she went 13-8 with a 2.15 ERA and tied the school record with 21 games started. Academically, she was a NFCA Scholar-Athlete.

Moriah Lindsay: 2014 Central Mountain High School graduate and current senior on the Lock Haven University Women’s Softball team. Playing centerfield for the Bald Eagles on a six game trip to Myrtle Beach last week, Moriah hit for a .389 average with seven hits including a double, triple and homerun while knocking in three runs. She also walked four times. The team finished 1-5 on the trip. Next action will be March 12th when the team travels to Florida for 10 games.

Allen Saar: 2016 graduate of Jersey Shore High School and current sophomore on the Coppin State University baseball team. Against Mount Saint Mary’s on Wednesday, Allen went 0-1 with a walk in a 4-4 tie. Against Wagner College on Saturday, Allen went 0-1 with a walk during a 3-2 loss in the first game of a double-header and did not play in the second game, a 9-0 loss. On the year, he is batting .500 with a .667 on base percentage with a 3B and 2B. He is 1-for-2 in stolen base attempts. This week, the team travels to Navy for a single game and then to Eastern Kentucky University for a three-game weekend series.

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