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Sports Editor By this Saturday, the winter sports season will officially be in the books. But it will be a couple of busy days up until then.
All signs point toward Warwick’s Emily Cameron writing another chapter in her extraordinary career on Wednesday and Thursday at the PIAA State Triple-A Swimming Championships. Manheim Central’s Paige Daniel also has the potential to make some noise in the State Double-A Swimming Championships.
And not to be forgotten, Warwick senior Johanna Joseph and Manheim Central junior Aerika High will be competing in the State Bowling Singles Championships in Pittsburgh on Friday.
Bowling doesn’t necessarily get the amount of hoopla and attention that other higher-profile sports do, but that doesn’t mean that the accomplishments of Joseph and High are any less significant.
They are two of just 24 girls bowlers throughout Pennsylvania to get to this point, and regardless of what happens on Friday, they are to be congratulated for their success this season.
Warwick has taken a bowler to States in each of the three seasons that Bill Bernstein has been the team’s coach. In 2010, it was Austin Kissinger and Briana Ord who competed at North Versailles Bowl in East Pittsburgh. Ord went again last year and placed seventh individually, and the Warwick girls took fifth as a team.
Aerika, meanwhile, is hoping to carry her hot hand on the lanes into the softball season, where she plays the hot corner for the Manheim Central softball team.
Good luck to both Johanna and Aerika in their efforts this Friday.
Warwick heavyweight Tom Devenney capped a terrific season last Friday at the State Wrestling Championships. Although it didn’t end the way he hoped, dropping a tough loss in the second round of consolations, he is still only a junior with a bright future ahead of him. Barring injury, I would expect that we will see him back at the Giant Center next March also.
In 2013, Devenney might also have a hand in extending a pretty remarkable streak for District Three wrestlers. With Chambersburg’s Garett Hammond (145), Central Dauphin’s Garrett Peppelman (152), Kennard-Dale’s Chance Marsteller (160), Solanco’s Thomas Haines (220) and Susquehanna Township’s Averee Robinson (285) all winning State gold last Saturday night, that makes it seven straight years that District Three has claimed at least one PIAA title. The last time that District Three didn’t win a State gold was in 2005.
Stat geeks such as myself might enjoy some of the following numbers. Since 2006, District Three wrestlers have won 22 State golds, with four of those coming from the L-L — Manheim Central’s Jordan Enck at 215 in 2008, Solanco’s Dan Neff at 135 in 2011, and Solanco’s Thomas Haines at 215 in 2011 and 220 in 2012. And that’s just in Triple-A.
In Double-A, District Three has produced at least one State champ every year since 2009. In those four years, there have been eight total — none from the L-L League.
For Devenney, though, it’s not only on the mats where he is making a name for himself. The Section One Lineman of the Year in football last fall, Devenney also received another honor recently, according to Jeff Reinhart’s blog. Listed at 6-foot-1, 251 pounds during the football season, Devenney was one of five L-L players named to the Pennsylvania State Football Coaches Association Class of 2013 top prospect list, compiled in conjunction with the Big 33.
On top of everything else, Devenney is an all-star in the classroom as well, proving himself to be one of Warwick’s top junior scholars with his top-five rank in the Class of 2013. Plus, Devenney is among a dwindling breed of athletes. Nowadays, there aren’t many three-sport stars, but he is one of them. He also plays lacrosse during the spring season.
Congrats to Tom and continued success. More COLUMN, page B-3