Sam Pientack is having another super season with the Bloomsburg softball team.
Pientack (Valley View) hit .406 (28-for-69) in the first 18 games for the 13-5 Huskies. She had six doubles and 11 home runs. The latter mark is seventh best in NCAA Division II. She also had 26 RBI and 23 runs scored. A standout catcher, she handled 163 chances and made just two errors.
"Sam is a great athlete," coach Susan Kocher said. "She's doing a good job leading as a senior, and we expect her to do that. We're also looking for her to stay consistent with her batting. Obviously she has tremendous power, but we look for her to lead by example with consistent play both offensively and defensively."
Pientack hit .394 with eight home runs and 31 RBI last season and .357 with 10 home runs and 44 RBI as a sophomore. Her 29 career homers rank fifth in the Bloomsburg record book.
The Huskies also got a big effort from sophomore Chrissy Belko (Old Forge) in the first 18 games. She hit .304 (21-for-69) with six doubles, four home runs, 14 RBI and 12 runs scored. She saw limited action with the team last season.
"Chrissy has improved tremendously from her freshman year to her sophomore year," Kocher said. "She came in this year playing like a veteran and doing a great job leading on the field. She has amazing power."
Ross Danzig (Abington Heights) had a standout freshman season with the Scranton men's basketball team, having been named Landmark Conference Rookie of the Year.
The 6-foot-4, 200-pound guard was second on the team in scoring (12.0) and also averaged 5.2 rebounds with 52 assists, 37 steals and 18 blocked shots. He hit 35-of-94 3-point attempts (.372). He started all 23 games for the Royals, who ended 17-6 after losing 78-58 to Cabrini in the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Carl Danzig, Ross's dad and coach, was happy with his son's play this season.
"It's nice (for him) to be recognized by the coaches in the conference," Carl Danzig said. "It was a competitive race and I know he was excited to receive the honor."
Dad was impressed with his son's play all season long.
"He was a steady contributor since day one," the coach said. "That's a large part of why he received the award."
Sophomore Adam Schroth (Scranton Prep) is pitching for the Catholic University baseball team. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound right-hander pitched in four games and started three to start the season and had a 2-1 record with a .491 earned run average. He pitched 14.2 innings and gave up 15 hits and 10 runs, eight earned, and walked eight and struck out 10.
His best game in the young season came in a 7-2 victory over King's College. He worked six innings and gave up six hits and an earned run while walking three and fanning four to pick up the win.
Cazenovia senior equestrian Katie Hoffman (North Pocono) finished third in the high-point rider standings at the Zone II, Region 3 Western Semifinals recently in Cazenovia, N.Y. She totaled 52 points.
Hoffman finished fourth in open reining but only the top two finishers advanced to the championships.
Senior Tina Podrasky of Scranton (Wyoming Seminary) had two goals and five assists in the first three games for the 1-2 Rochester Tech women's lacrosse team. She also had three ground balls, a draw control and a caused turnover.
Scoring is not new for the 5-foot-2 attack. She entered this season with 41 goals and 11 assists for 52 points.