CR North graduate Amelia Honer won the USTA Under 18 title.
Recent Council Rock North graduate Amelia Honer added to her many accomplishments on the tennis court by winning the prestigious USTA Girls’ National Clay Court Championship last weekend in South Carolina.
The victory earned him an automatic berth in the main draw at the upcoming US Open Junior Division tournament in Flushing Meadows, NY.
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Honer, a two-time PIAA champion and engaged at UC Santa Barbara, won six straight matches to claim the clay court title.
CR North Haynes Grad Wins Pan Am Title
Former Council Rock North wrestling champion Zac Haynes won the gold medal in the Sambo fight at last weekend’s Pan Am Games.
Haynes, a 2009 CR North graduate, won the title at 64 kilograms (141 pounds) to qualify for the upcoming world championships in Russia.
Sambo wrestling is a martial art, a combat-style combat sport developed in Soviet-era Russia. It combines the ground fighting and wrestling aspects of judo and wrestling, such as throws and submissive holds, with the use of standing fighting techniques such as punches, kicks, knee strikes and elbow strikes.
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As a senior at CR North, Haynes placed third at the PIAA Championships and ended his high school career with 109 wins in just three college seasons.
In college, the Delaware Valley University graduate placed seventh as a senior at the National Division III tournament, taking home honors from across America.
ACBL stars named
A Neshaminy graduate Brian Nicolas was one of six Quakertown Blazers selected to play in Thursday’s Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League All-Star Game (6 p.m.) at First Energy Park in Lakewood, NJ – the home of the Jersey Shore Blue Claws, grandson A branch of the Phillies.
Nicolas, an infielder, played at Bryant College last season and transferred to Coppin State in the fall.
Other Blazer stars include pitcher Jake Reese (Alvernia), wide receiver Mitchell Balint (Delaware), infielders Casey Caufield (Monmouth) and Joe Gorla (Lehigh) and outfielder Ben Watson (Elizabethtown).
The stars are selected by the coaches and general managers of the league’s eight teams.
In other ACBL news, two former Blazers from the 2018 Championship squad were selected in the recent MLB Entry Draft.
Pitchers Matt Svanson (Lehigh) and Jimmy Kingsbury (Villanova) were selected with Svanson going in the 13th round to the Blue Jays while Kingsbury was drafted by the Mariners in the 17th round.
Two nominated for the Big 26
Two local baseball players, Shanley Wall of Souderton and Trey Porter of Hatboro-Horsham, will play for Pennsylvania in the eighth edition of the Big 26 Baseball Classic which begins Friday in Harrisburg.
Pennsylvania will face Maryland in a three-game series. Pennsylvania leads the all-time series 4-3. The players were selected in trials held in May and June for interested high school graduates in 2022 and 2023.
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Wall, an outfielder, recently finished his junior season at Souderton while Porter, also an outfielder, recently completed his second season.
North Penn head coach Kevin Manero is one of the coaches for the Pennsylvania team.
Furyk in the Saucon valley
Another former Pennsylvania star golfer Jim Furyk will travel to Saucon Valley Country Club next summer as the defending US Senior Open champion.
Furyk, a Manheim Township (Lancaster) graduate, won the 41st US Senior Open at the Omaha Country Club earlier this month by three strokes over Mike Weir and Retief Goosen.
Furyk is the eighth player to win the US Open and US Senior Open, joining Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Hale Irwin, Lee Trevino, Billy Casper and Orville Moody.
Saucon Valley CC will host its third US Senior Open from June 23-26, 2022, and tickets are available at www.ussenioropen.com/2022.
Drew Markol: [email protected]; @dmarkol