Track: Mars senior ends career on a high note

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

Ori Rinaman ended his high school track and field career on a high note.

The Mars senior won the 110-meter hurdles at the PIAA Class AAA championships with a time of 14.39.

Rinaman also took the WPIAL title in a time of 14.29, which was his best time of the season. He also took first in the 300-meter hurdles.


Track: North Feature Athlete - Ori Rinaman, Mars

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

Name: Ori Rinaman
High School: Mars
Grade: 12
Sport: Track

Background: Rinaman is the Class AAA WPIAL Champion in the 110-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles. The team captain is ranked No. 1 in 110-meter hurdles and No. 2 in the 300-meter hurdles for the PIAA meet at Shippensburg.


Track: Mars senior is clearing hurdles

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Keith Barnes profiles Mars hurdler Ori Rinaman.

"Ori Rinaman spent a good part of his senior year at Mars Area High School running for the end zone.

In the fall, though, he won't be trying to cross the goal line. He'll be heading for the finish line.

Rinaman, who carried 210 times for 1,245 yards and 23 total touchdowns this year when he helped Mars qualify for the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs, including a stellar 239 yards and six scores in an upset victory against Montour in the first round of the tournament, decided earlier in the school year not to play football in college and will instead attend Shippensburg for track.

Taking track over football is not a decision most athletes would make, but Rinaman is not most athletes."



Baseball: Playoffs starting to align for Mars

Written by John D'Abruzzo on .

Entering this week trailing Knoch by one game in Section 5-AAA, the Mars Area varsity baseball team was inching closer to securing a berth into the WPIAL playoffs.

The Fighting Planets (8-5, 6-2), who are traditionally regular contenders, picked up three key section victories last week. They started with a 6-1 win over Valley before shutting out Hampton, 4-0, and completed the week with a 17-12 slugfest against Hampton.

Senior pitcher Ryan Leshinsky and senior catcher Jake Swiatek both hit long balls against Deer Lakes. The Planets also have seen some steady offensive production from senior Luke Rouda, senior Matt Derouin, junior Zarek Simkovich and senior infielder Ty Reginelli, who is a Wofford recruit.

Mars will wrap up its section schedule this week against Valley, Freeport, Highlands and Knoch.


Softball: North Feature Athlete - Niki Schlegel, Mars

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Name: Niki Schlegel
School: Mars
Grade: 11
Sport: Softball
Position: Pitcher

Background: Mars welcomed back its pitcher this season, junior Niki Schlegel. Schlegel is 4-3 through her first seven decisions. The Planets have ridden Schlegel's arm to a 6-1 record in the section, good enough for second place.