University of Georgia freshman Nicholas Reach is ready for the Southeast Conference men's golf championship.
Reach, from Moscow (Montverde Academy), has had over a month to prep for the tournament set for April 20-22 in St. Simon's Island, Ga.
In the first three tourneys of the spring, Reach finished ninth at the Puerto Rico Classic, tied for fifth at the USF Invitational in Dade City, Fla., and finished seventh in the Furman Intercollegiate at Greenville, S.C.
But the 5-foot-11, 145-pounder really showed his stuff at the recent Linger Longer Invitational in Eatonton, Ga. Reach birdied the final two holes to tie for medalist honors with Cory Whitsett of Alabama. Reach and Whitsett birdied the first extra hole to determine the medalist and Reach birdied the next hole only to lose when Whitsett recorded an eagle.
"It usually takes some time for a freshman to acclimate to college life and to the team golf concept but Nick has handled each well," coach Chris Haack said. "He had some good moments in the fall, but he's been lights out this spring. He's been in the hunt in most of our tournaments and, as a coach, that's all you can ever ask for."
The SEC tourney will be the first of many for Reach, according to Haack.
"Nick is talented and a personable young man and we are thrilled that he's in our program," the coach said. "We've watched him mature these last few months, and he's poised to be a real leader for our program for years to come."
Sophomore Jenna Blumer (North Pocono) was a member of the Oklahoma State women's equestrian team which recently captured the Big 12 Championship. The Cowboys battled Texas A & M to an 8-8 tie but were declared the winner (3,329-3,326) in the raw score tiebreaker.
Blumer competes in reining, and coach Larry Sanchez has been impressed with her performance.
"Jenna has a tremendous feel and timing on a horse," the coach said. "Her savvy with the horses is as good as any I have ever seen."
Blumer is also doing the job in the class room.
"Jenna is a great student and has achieved very high academic marks in every semester here at OSU," Sanchez said.
Hamilton senior Megan Gibbons (Abington Heights) wrapped up her college swimming career by earning All-American honors at the NCAA Division III Women's Championships.
Gibbons finished seventh in the 100 freestyle in a time of 51.23. She broke her school record with a 51.13 effort in the prelims.
Gibbons also earned the fifth All-America honorable mention of her career when she finished 10th in the 200 freestyle in a school record 1:51.17.
College of New Jersey senior TJ Burns (Abington Heights) earned a pair of honorable mentions in the men's championship. He finished 12th in the 1-meter dive (4:24.65) and 13th in the 3-meter dive (4:31.50).
Junior Allyson and freshman Nikki Marianelli, both from Old Forge, are hitting the ball for the Lycoming softball team.
Allyson, who plays left field for the Warriors, is batting .372 (16-for-43) with a double, triple, six RBI, and five runs scored. Nikki, who has played in fewer games and has been serving as the designated player and a pinch-hitter, is hitting .308 (8-for-26) with a double, three RBI, and five runs scored.
Senior Stephanie Naro (Dunmore) is having another solid season playing defense for the Marywood women's lacrosse team.
After nine games, Naro had 13 ground balls, a draw control, and seven caused turnovers. Heading into the season, she had 85 ground balls, 38 draw controls, and 36 caused turnovers.
Last season as a junior, Naro was named to the Colonial States Athletic Conference first team and was a United States Collegiate Lacrosse second-team All-American.