Central Mountain Week in Review for Sept. 14
As the old saying goes, better late than never. That is most assuredly the sentiment that is being shared by most high school players, parents, coaches and sports fans in general as the 2020 fall sports season got going full speed last week.
After a delay to the season as a result of PIAA’s negotiations with the governor’s office over whether or not to hold a season at all, competition got going in earnest last week. For the teams at Central Mountain, there was more winning than not.
Even for those who came out on the wrong side of the scoreboard, some good came out of their contests.
The girl’s tennis team has been the busiest of the Central Mountain teams as they actually began competing a week earlier than the other sports. To say that they have been dominant in the early going would be a considerable understatement. They won five straight matches to start the 2020 season before dropping their first contest of the campaign on Saturday at undefeated Loyalsock, 3-2.
Despite the close loss to finish the week, there hasn’t been much else to indicate that their dominance will end anytime soon. It has been ongoing against the majority of their Heartland opponents for the last few seasons. This program has become one of the Wildcats most consistent over the last few years.
The golf team has been no slouch in the last few years either. So far in 2020 they have continued to find success as they ended week one with four wins. Top golfers for the week were Peyton Newlen with a 9-hole 41 in the Wildcats victories over Lewisburg and Mifflinburg and Jason Floruss with the same score in the Wildcats victory over Selinsgrove.
For the football team it was a season starting in grand fashion as they handled visiting Shikellamy at Malinak Stadium on Friday night, 33-6.
Securing an opening game victory considering the struggles that the program has faced in years past should go a long way in helping the team develop confidence moving forward. The offensive line was solid in Friday nights opener allowing for solid individual performances by junior quarterback Brett Gerlach who was making his first varsity start, classmate tailback Ryan Pentz and senior receiver Peyton Johnson.
All three athletes eclipsed the 100-yard barrier in their respective statistical categories (passing, rushing and receiving).
Coach Billy Hook’s boy’s soccer team saw their first action of the season with a home contest on Saturday morning against Milton. Despite having some opportunities to score in the contest the Wildcats were unable to find the back of the net and dropped a hard fought 3-0 game.
The girl’s soccer team also saw their first action of the season on Saturday at Danville. The Wildcats ultimately dropped the contest, 3-1, but showed some promise along the way especially considering that they started four.