Tennis: North Feature Athlete — Pine-Richland’s Caleb Kramer

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Name: Caleb Kramer
School: Pine-Richland
Grade: 12
Sport: Tennis

Background: Kramer, the Rams’ No. 1 singles player, won his first Class AAA Section 2 singles title this season and advanced to the WPIAL quarterfinals. Last season, he took third at WPIALs. He was also a WPIAL quarterfinalist in doubles last season.

Pine-Richland coach Janet Chappell: “Caleb’s an awesome leader. He takes care of the young guys. I don’t know if we’ve ever had a better leader. He’s done very well in both practices and matches just talking to them.”


Tennis: Rams’ Kramer wins first section title

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Pine-Richland’s Caleb Kramer made easy work of his Class AAA Section 2 competition this week.

The Rams senior lost just three games in four matches, culminating in a 6-0, 6-0 victory against freshman teammate Ben Vinarski in the championship match to capture his first section title.

Last season, Kramer finished lost in the three sets in the section championship match to North Allegheny’s Kevin Goth, who is currently nursing an injury. Kramer went on to finish third at the WPIAL Class AAA tournament.

Kramer will look to improve on last season’s WPIAL finish and make it to states next week at the district tournament, which starts Monday.


Boys Volleyball: Pine-Richland tries to rebuild, but still stay competitive

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Ken Wunderley profiles the Pine-Richland boys volleyball team. Read his story below.

Pine-Richland coach Dave Neely isn't kidding when he pointed out that the Rams are "young and inexperienced."

"We lost seven players to graduation, all of whom started or played regularly," said Neely, who is in his third season as the Rams coach. "This is the youngest team I have coached since taking the Pine-Richland job. We have sophomores starting at outside hitter and defensive specialist, and freshmen starting at setter and opposite."

Four of the seven graduates were recognized on postseason all-star teams, including setter Kevin Kunkel, who was voted Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association All-State.

"We are a lot smaller than the last two years as far as height goes," Neely said. "We did retain one of the top liberos in the WPIAL as well as an outside hitter who is strong in serve-receive. Our serve and serve-receive is definitely our strong suit."


Alumni Update - Andrew Wood (Gannon)

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ERIE, Pa. - Four Golden Knights have been named to the NCAA Division II All-Academic wrestlingWood Gannon teams released by the NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association.

Matt Turek (Madison, Ohio/Madison) and Zack Zelcs (Ridgway, Pa./Ridgway) were named to the All-Academic first team. Arlen Mase (Bedminster, N.J./Bernards) landed a spot on the second team. Andrew Wood earned honorable-mention accolades. Gannon wrestlers have earned 40 Academic All-America honors during the last seven years.

Wood, a Pine-Richland graduate, was named to an All-Academic team for the first time, landing on the honorable-mention squad. The redshirt freshman holds a 3.35 cumulative GPA as a Sport and Exercise Science major. He is also a PSAC Scholar-Athlete. Wood went 3-11 overall, wrestling 13 times in opens or invitationals.


(photo courtesy of Gannon University)


Track: Pine-Richland’s Quigley impressing early in season

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Kat Quigley’s name appears often on the WPIAL Class AAA track and field honor roll this season.

The Pine-Richland junior has the best time in the 100 hurdles (14.95), the second-best time in the 300 hurdles (47.4) and the fourth-best time in the 200-meter dash (26.01).

Quigley is coming off a strong sophomore season where she took eighth place in the 100 and sixth place in the 100 hurdles.