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Softball: After hot start, Thomas Jefferson fights to stay in hunt

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Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the Thomas Jefferson softball team.

"The season is young and her team is young, Thomas Jefferson softball coach Heidi Karcher is quick to remind anyone who inquires about her Jaguars.

It is hard to ignore, however, the vast improvement in results in the Jaguars, now in their second year under Karcher.

After finishing 3-12 overall and in last place in Class AAA Section 3 last spring, Thomas Jefferson (7-3, 3-3) started this season with six wins, including a pair of section wins against Yough and Belle Vernon Area.

After the strong start, however, TJ ran into some rocky times, losing three of four. But overall, the needle is pointing up."

 

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Alumni Update - Jesse Hinkle (Chatham)

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NEW WILMINGTON, PA – The Chatham University Track & Field team finished 14th out of 16 teams atHinkle Chatham the Westminster College Invitational on Saturday.

 

Jesse Hinkle, a Thomas Jefferson graduate, led the Cougars' efforts with a fourth place finish in the javelin, throwing 35.19m.

 

(photo courtesy of Chatham University)

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Softball: Thomas Jefferson looks to bounce back from recent skid

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A 6-0 start for the Thomas Jefferson softball team gave way to a 1-3. Just like that, in a span of four games in four days, Thomas Jefferson dropped from the top of the Section 3-AAA heap to on the outside looking in at the playoff picture. After edging Yough and Belle Vernon in one-run games, the Jaguars lost to Southmoreland, Elizabeth Forward and West Mifflin, while sandwiching a win at South Park during the tough week.

Thomas Jefferson's first-year coach Heidi Karcher is experimenting with a three-pitcher rotation, with sophomore Lacie Lautner and freshman Alysa Fairman splitting a majority of the innings and senior Janelle Allison available to come out of the bullpen.

"Lacie is a little bit more veteran and throws with a little more speed than Alysa," Karcher said. "Alysa's ball moves a little bit differently than Lacie's and Janelle is more of my junk pitcher, that is why it is nice to have. If Lacie and Alysa start getting hit, we can bring Janelle in, it changes the speed up and changes the movement of the ball and can quiet the opponent's bats."

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Alumni Update - Megan Phillips (Juniata)

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HUNTINGDON, Pa. – After a 1-3 week and a 0-3 start the Landmark Conference season, the JuniataPhillips Juniata College women's tennis team will look to regain the seasons' earlier momentum in a league battle with Susquehanna University Tuesday, April 8, at 3:30 p.m. The Eagles stand at 8-4 on the year and will go up against a Crusaders team that is 6-5 overall, 1-1 in Landmark matches, and coming off a 7-2 loss to Catholic University of America.

Senior Megan Phillips, a Thomas Jefferson graduate, is leading the way for the Eagles with a 13-5 overall record in singles play. She claimed both No. 2 singles matches last Sunday against Elizabethtown College and York College and has won seven of her last ten matches.

 

(photo courtesy of Juniata College)

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Softball: Thomas Jefferson flourishing in new atmosphere

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Her first year at Thomas Jefferson hardly went according to script. Coming over from Peters Township where she shared a section title in Class AAAA and had a Division I pitcher in Tara Konopka, Heidi Karcher was excited to take over the softball team at the school she has taught at for 19 years. But an opening-season win did not translate into much else as the Jaguars finished 2-10 in the section, last place.

"I am happy with what has happened thus far," Karcher said of this season. "Anything could be better than what I dealt with last year."

Thomas Jefferson is 6-0 overall and 2-0 in Section 3-AAA. The team only graduated one senior, so much of the dramatic improvement this year has to do with the atmosphere around the team, rather than a roster turnover.