Central Mountain High School Sports Week-In-Review (4/9-4/14)

The Central Mountain High School baseball infield gathers together during a game against rival Jersey Shore. (The Express/Tim Weight)

A little snow, some wind, a bit of sunshine and a whole lot of cold, but the events went on as planned. Yep, for the first time this spring sports season we had some regularity to the schedule for CM teams. True, the conditions were at times less than ideal, but they played on.

The baseball team had three games last week going 2-1. They defeated Selinsgrove on Monday and Midd-West on Friday. In between was the best game of the week from a competitive standpoint as they took on rival Jersey Shore. Despite a solid pitching effort from Aaron Swartz who went six solid innings, the Cats were unable to find much offense to back his effort and fell by a narrow 2-1 score. The two victories last week were both of the lopsided variety as the Cats won by scores of 11-3 and 12-2. While the offense so far has been a bit up and down to this point in the season, the Cats have shown that they have some guys that can flat deal from the hill. According to head coach Mike Kramer, “pitching has been a positive throughout the season. We got three more solid starting performances this week from Caleb Shade, Aaron Swartz and Tanner Spangler. Also, Zane Probst has established a dominant presence on the mound in four appearances to close out games.” In fact Probst has so far pitched 6 2/3 innings without surrendering a hit. The Cats, now 5-1 on the season, will be at home today with Shamokin and Wednesday against Montoursville before hitting the and road for a Friday contest at Altoona. Look for the Wednesday contest to feature some quality players and baseball in general. It should be a good one.

For the Lady Wildcats softball team, the week started out on a high note as they defeated a visiting Lady Golden Tigers squad from Hollidaysburg by a convincing 11-0 score. They pounded out 11 hits in cruising to the victory. However, the remainder of the week saw them play two games that they likely were not too pleased with. On Tuesday, despite hitting six homeruns on the road at Williamsport, they lost to the Lady Millionaires 12-8. A big issue in that contest was their defense as they committed six errors. Rival Jersey Shore came to CM on Thursday and unfortunately the Lady Cats bats went silent as they fell to the Lady Bulldogs by a score of 4-0. With the loss, Coach Ben Trew’s team dropped to 2-3 on the season and are now looking to this week to hopefully right the ship. This week will see the ladies in action three times. They will be at home today as they host Altoona. Tomorrow and Thursday they will have road games at Shikellamy and Bellefonte respectively.

From the standpoint of team scores, both the boys and girls track teams took one on the chin at Hollidaysburg on Tuesday as the boys fell 111-39 and the girls dropped their meet against the Lady Golden Tigers 91-55. However, despite the losses, there were some very solid individual performances from the Wildcats track and field athletes led by personal records from senior Sadie McCaleb in the javelin and sophomore Kenny Jones in the 100M. In addition to the record setters, first place finishes for the CM athletes were recorded by Alyssa Laughner, Madison Myers, Aylin Yakut and Ashley Kline (3200M Relay), Sarah Probst (shot-put), Amelia McCloy (high jump), Madison Myers (800M) and Laughner (1600M), Corbin Green (3200M) and Vinnie Kopysciansky (discuss). This week, the teams will be in action on Tuesday when they host Shamokin and St. Joe’s Academy. Are team wins on the horizon? We shall see. The prediction here is yes.

The Wildcats Boy’s Tennis team played Selinsgrove on back to back nights last week and on both occasions the result was the same: a 3-2 victory for the locals. On Friday, the Cats took to the road to take on another PHAC opponent in Shikellamy and came away with their third 3-2 victory of the week. The solid week pushes the Wildcats record to 5-4 on the season. Coach Pete Wert’s young team continues to get stronger as the season unfolds. So far, they have been consistently led by Matt Schubach from the No. 1 singles spot and Micah Brinker and Gavyn Walker who’ve teamed up to form a solid No. 2 doubles tandem. Up this week for the Wildcats will be a home match against Mifflinburg tomorrow followed by away matches at Jersey Shore on Thursday and Lewisburg on Friday.

Okay, time for my favorite part of this weekly feature, my athlete and team of the week picks. My selection for team of the week is Boys Tennis. With a 3-0 week, this team keeps getting better. As for the athlete of the week, there will need to be co-winners. School record-breaking track and field athletes Sadie McCaleb and Kenny Jones will share the honors. Honorable mentions go out to Matt Schubach for his 3-0 record from the No. 1 tennis slot, Zane Probst for his shutdown performances as the Wildcats Baseball closer, and Lady Wildcats softball standout Morgan Wetzel for her two long balls against Williamsport.

With a full of slate of events scheduled, things could be a very interesting this week. After a couple of days that actually looked like spring sports weather, mother nature is making few promises that there will be great days for outdoor activities this week. Let’s hope that she may decide to relent and the events can all go on as scheduled. Enjoy the events.