Winter sports athletes work hard to capitalize on their not so normal season

All winter sports teams made it to post-season play

Katie Marker, Writer

Despite the challenges winter athletes faced this year, the Panthers made the most of their season and had lots of success. There were many regulations put in place to ensure that athletes could continue to compete while staying safe. Below is an overview of our winter sports athletes and a summary of their season. 

Wrestling

Saucon Valley wrestlers capitalize during their not so normal season. Juniors Ty Cscencsits (189) and Dante Mahaffey (215)  both won their first District 11 title this season. Jake Jones (172), Liam Scrivanich (160), and Cael Markle (145) all placed second. Travis Riefenstahl (132) and Mason Beckowski (138) placed third. Due to this season’s COVID-19 restrictions, only the wrestlers who placed first or second will move on to the regional competition. Coach Chad Shirk described that both Mahaffey and Cscencsits spent countless hours in the weight room pushing themselves to improve their strength. They were actually each other’s workout partners and would workout daily to get stronger before the season. Their season definitely had challenges and setbacks, but they powered through successfully.

Swim Team

The swim team is also seeing lots of changes to their season. They had to adapt to lots of COVID-19 rules and even had their first ever virtual meet. Each team swam in their own pool and then recorded their official times. The boys team only had three swimmers each meet and finished the regular season 0-6. The girls team finished the regular season 4-2. The district originally told teams that only eight swimmers would qualify for the district, but they recently made a change to allow sixteen swimmers. The swimmers who qualified were Maria Donahue, Kyle Lambrugo. Maggie Chi, Hailey Robertson, Mackenzie Johnstone, Milo Whitney, Rebecca Dettmar, Adler Zawodney,Claire Smith, Kelly Johnson, and Karoun Goudsouzian.

Girls and Boys Basketball

The boys and girls basketball teams both made it to the first round of districts. The girls team was ranked ninth and finished the season with a 1-7 record. They played the No. 8 seed Pen Argyl, despite a 35-56 loss Saucon played a great game and never gave up. Senior Ally Frace had a great season for the Panthers and finished this season with 77 points. The boys basketball team was ranked No. 8 going into districts and played No. 9 North Schuylkill. They played a tough game, but were defeated 45-55. They finished their season with a 3-5 record. The senior standout Ryan Lebo stepped up and had a great season with a total of 68 points this year.