Oley/Topton Patriots a Force in the Schuylkill-Berks League

By David Miller
For The Boyertown Bulletin

For the second year in a row, the Oley and Topton American Legion baseball teams have kept their efforts combined as the Oley/Topton Patriots.  Fred van Guilik coaches the team; van Guilik was the head coach at Oley before the two programs merged.
The merged unit competes in the Southern Division of the Schuylkill Berks League, along with Hamburg, Kutztown, Fleetwood, Schuylkill Valley, Tulpehocken, Wyomissing, and Muhlenberg.
The Patriots made the playoffs in 2011, and did well once there.  However, the goal, this year, is to win the League championship.  The Patriots will have a good chance to do so, as they have many players returning from last year’s team.  Included in the list of returnees are Zach Eddinger, pitching ace & shortstop; pitcher Garret Pelko; catcher Kevin Sell; and infielder Tim Shores.
The team’s strong point is its pitching, as the returnees are many in this area.  It will be a must for the boys to have solid pitching in order to be playing for the league championship and a subsequent berth in the PA Region 2 Tournament at West Lawn.  The team started off League play by defeating Hamburg, 13-5.

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Oley/Topton Patriots Start New Season

By David Miller

For the second year in a row, the Oley and Topton American Legion baseball teams have kept their efforts combined as the Oley/Topton Patriots.  Fred van Guilik coaches the team; van Guilik was the head coach at Oley before the two programs merged.
The merged unit competes in the Southern Division of the Schuylkill Berks League, along with Hamburg, Kutztown, Fleetwood, Schuylkill Valley, Tulpehocken, Wyomissing, and Muhlenberg.
The Patriots made the playoffs in 2011, and did well once there.  However, the goal, this year, is to win the League championship.  The Patriots will have a good chance to do so, as they have many players returning from last year’s team.  Included in the list of returnees are Zach Eddinger, pitching ace & shortstop; pitcher Garret Pelko; catcher Kevin Sell; and infielder Tim Shores.
The team’s strong point is its pitching, as the returnees are many in this area.  It will be a must for the boys to have solid pitching in order to be playing for the league championship and a subsequent berth in the PA Region 2 Tournament at West Lawn.  The team started off League play by defeating Hamburg, 13-5.

For the second year in a row, the Oley and Topton American Legion baseball teams have kept their efforts combined as the Oley/Topton Patriots.  Fred van Guilik coaches the team; van Guilik was the head coach at Oley before the two programs merged.

The merged unit competes in the Southern Division of the Schuylkill Berks League, along with Hamburg, Kutztown, Fleetwood, Schuylkill Valley, Tulpehocken, Wyomissing, and Muhlenberg.

The Patriots made the playoffs in 2011, and did well once there.  However, the goal, this year, is to win the League championship.  The Patriots will have a good chance to do so, as they have many players returning from last year’s team.  Included in the list of returnees are Zach Eddinger, pitching ace & shortstop; pitcher Garret Pelko; catcher Kevin Sell; and infielder Tim Shores.

The team’s strong point is its pitching, as the returnees are many in this area.  It will be a must for the boys to have solid pitching in order to be playing for the league championship and a subsequent berth in the PA Region 2 Tournament at West Lawn.  The team started off League play by defeating Hamburg, 13-5.

Legion Bears Look Forward to 2012 Season

By Rob Zambanini

With the calendars now reading June, American Legion Baseball is now in progress as the Boyertown Bears have not only begun their 2012 season, but in fact have already opened league play with a pair of league games.

For the Legion Bears, every season brings a new challenge, and 2012 will be no different. In particular, the 2012 Bears have the challenge of following up a successful 2011 season with another one in 2012. The Bears will have quite a few spots to replace in their lineup, from a team that brought home the Berks County and Region 2 titles as well as runner-up finishes in both the State and Mid-Atlantic tournaments. But, as we know from years past, the Bears never shy away from a challenge.

The Bears will be aided in their new season by the fact that they will be hosting the Pennsylvania State Tournament, at Bear Stadium, from July 31 – August 4. The Bears also have their usual, busy schedule. The Bears are scheduled to play 21 league games, 3 against each of their league foes. That number includes a newcomer in the form of Boyertown’s familiar foes, the NorChester Bulldogs, who have moved to Berks County League from Chester County League. That number also includes familiar league foes such as West Lawn, Shillington, and Exeter (along with Twin Valley, Conrad Weiser, and Daniel Boone).

The Bears will also have their usual list of significant, non-league opponents. North Parkland (from Lehigh Valley League), Pottsville (from Schuylkill-Berks League), and Spring City (from Chester County League) are but a few of these opponents, which also include non-Commonwealth foes such as Newburg, NY and Frederick, MD.

The schedule also includes the Bears’ traditional season-opening opponents from Doylestown. The two teams already opened their seasons with a home-and-home doubleheader on the weekend of May 19 – 20.

Lady Bears begin Softball Season

By Rob Zambanini
sports@boyertown.biz

With the calendar now reading April, Spring is just around the corner. That means that the various Boyertown Area Senior High School Spring sports will soon be in full swing.

For the Lady Bears, that means the challenge of following up a successful 2011 season in 2012. The Lady Bears will have to replace quite a few regulars from that 2011 team, but returnees, such as Jenna Marburger, Brianna Depriest, Katie Melahn, and Kelli Long, are ready for the challenge—especially with the well-respected Sue Benfield leading the team.

The Lady Bears will also have the memory of that great 2011 season to inspire them, for that season was indeed quite successful. Perhaps the most inspiring aspect of the season was that the success was so unexpected: the Lady Bears upset the favored Owen J. Roberts in the playoffs, en route to the 2011 PAC-10 title.

The Bears started off the season with three consecutive wins before being shut out by Owen J. by a 4-0 score. The Bears rebounded by winning seven of their next eight games, dropping only a 5-4 contest to Spring-Ford, but ended their season on a downturn, losing four of their last six games.

With a 12-6 record, the Bears were not expected to make many waves in the playoffs. However, in their first game, they stunned the league-favorites from Owen J. by a 10-9 margin. They then won the league championship with a 3-1 win over Spring-Ford. The irony was that the Lady Bears were a combined 0-4 versus those two teams in the regular season.

In the end, the season ended not on the field, but on paper with a rather controversial seeding decision as Boyertown was denied a spot in the district playoffs despite winning the PAC-10 championship. Nevertheless, the Bears displayed a never-say-die attitude that resulted in an unexpected championship, and, it is hoped, memories that will provide motivation for a successful 2012 season.

March Madness Builds Camaraderie for Teachers & Staff at BASH

By Rich Sachs
Teacher of Physical Education

I recently ran a March Madness Men’s NCAA Basketball contest for the teachers and staff of Boyertown Area Senior High School. The purpose of the contest was to build school camaraderie through participation, education, and having fun. People from many different departments, who do not regularly work closely with one another, participated together.

Your Boyertown Area Senior High School winners of March Madness, Big Dance, Men’s 2012 NCAA Final Four Champions, picking the winning team [Kentucky], are the following: Steven Bleiler, Matt Danner, Bobbie Eddinger, John Hagmann, Jeff Kusniez, Joe McGlinchey, Chad Roth, Amanda Wagenseller, Cynthia Woodley. Runner-up Team [Kansas]: Adam Lieb, Brittany Troutman.

Your Boyertown Area Senior High School winners of March Madness, Picking the Closest to Combined Total Score of Championship Game Contest (Kentucky 67 + Kansas 59 = 126 Total Points) are the following: 1st Place: Sandra Beck, Erica Shaw at 125 Points; 2nd Place: Kathy Kirk, Karen Kooker at 123 Points; 3rd place: Joy Sirianni at 122 Points.

Eighty-seven BASH staff members participated, of a total staff of 210, which is a 41% participation rate. Sixty-two teachers participated out of a total of 118 teachers, which is a 53% participation rate. All participants received a handsome “Certificate of Participation.”

We want to thank our sponsors, who provided gift certificates for prizes: Rita’s Italian Water Ice of Boyertown, Boyertown Area YMCA, Final Results Fitness, Scott’s Bechtelsville Car Wash, Patriot Buick GMC, Serenity Junction, Los Aztecas Mexican Restaurant, Saville’s Diner, Red Hill Restaurant, Pit Stop Steak House, Moccia’s Italian Restaurant in Schwenksville, Wawa, Dairy Queen, King Buffet, Our Place Restaurant, Wendy’s Flowers, Adrianna’s Styling Gallery, Jake’s Wayback Burgers, Taco Bell, McDonald’s, Scotty’s Pizza, Mario’s Pizza, Friendly’s, Talarico’s Sandwich Shop, Alley Gators II, Hibachi Supreme Grill Buffet, Sweet Beginnings Restaurant, Bunkin’ Donuts, Subway, The Grille Shop, Domino’s Pizza, Red Lobster.