Amanda Houck has had three solid college seasons, including a big effort last year, and the West Chester senior appears headed for another standout performance with the Golden Rams’ softball team this spring.
The 6-foot left-hander from Pequea Valley is 3-1 with a save after nine games this season. She has a 1.61 earned-run average and in 28 innings has given up 26 hits and eight runs (five earned) with four walks and 23 strikeouts, giving her 447 for her career.
Houck was 34-6 with 29 complete games and 14 shutouts as a junior and entered this season with a record of 69-14 with 25 shutouts.
"Amanda is a co-captain this season," coach Diane Lokey said. "She started off slowly in Myrtle Beach but rebounded with several strong outings at the Chowan Hawks Classic. The adjustments made from one weekend to the next showed her experience and maturity on the mound."
Houck continues to show her leadership, as well, by working hard, making adjustments and learning from each experience, according to her coach.
"Those qualities and her physical and mental approach are what have developed her into the threat that she is," Lokey said.
Sophomore Bri Garber (Lampeter-Strasburg) is also a key member of the Golden Rams. She's hitting .379 (11 for 29) and has handled all 13 of her chances without an error in the outfield.
AROUND THE SCENE
Stephen Loiseau (Lancaster Catholic): Drexel's redshirt junior will be the No. 12 seed at 197 pounds at the NCAA Division I wrestling championships starting Thursday in Cleveland.
Loiseau earned the bid when he finished third at the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association championship last weekend in Hempstead, New York. The sixth seed at the EIWA, he was 5-1, losing only to No. 3 Frank Mattaice of Penn in the second round.
He decisioned No. 5 Jeric Kasunic of American, 3-2, in the third-place bout. Loiseau will take a 25-9 record with three pins, three major decisions and four technical falls into nationals and will face unseeded Daniel Chaid of North Carolina in the first round.
Colby Smith (Hempfield): The 6-foot-1, 199-pound freshman attack/midfield is coming off the bench for the No. 4-ranked Ohio State men's lacrosse team.
The Buckeyes are 5-1 after an 8-7 victory over Detroit Mercy last Sunday in Pontiac, Michigan.
Smith collected his first collegiate goal to help Ohio State turn back Cleveland State, 13-6, on Feb. 3. It's his only goal thus far.
He's taken three shots with two on goal. Smith was a four-year starter at Hempfield.
Nate Fassnacht (Ephrata): The sophomore is in his second season starting at shortstop for the George Washington baseball team.
The Colonials are 7-6 after a 12-6 home victory over Delaware State on Wednesday in Arlington, Virginia.
Fassnacht is hitting .267 (12 for 45) with a double, a home run and 11 runs scored. He's tied for the team lead in RBIs with 12.
Last season, he hit .332 and started 56 of 57 games at short and was named to the Atlantic-10 Conference All-Rookie team.
Kelly Daggett (Lancaster Catholic): The junior is concentrating on defense for the Penn State women's lacrosse team. She leads the 3-3 Nittany Lions with 10 caused turnovers and nine ground balls.
In her first two seasons with the team, Daggett had 27 goals and 12 assists for 39 points, including 15 goals and eight assists for 23 points last season.
Katie Costanza (Cocalico): The redshirt senior has scored 10 goals in three games for the No. 25-ranked Lock Haven women's lacrosse team, which is 3-0.
She had five goals in a 23-5 victory over Dominican on Feb. 28.
Other local grads on Lock Haven include:
— Senior Ashley Gochenaur (Lampeter-Strasburg), who has six goals and three assists.
— Junior Lauren Marte (Cocalico), who is starting in goal and had four saves against Wheeling Jesuit.
— Junior Anneli Starry (Penn Manor), who has appeared in all three games, starting one.
— Senior Madison Eberly (Manheim Township), who has started all three games.
— Freshman Carson Armstrong (Warwick), who has appeared in one game.
Anthony Torreullas (Lancaster resident, attended Christian School of York): The sophomore is hitting .471 (16 for 34) for the Nyack baseball team, the Warriors 5-4-1 after a 9-3 loss to Rollins on Wednesday in Winter Park, Florida.
Torreullas has three doubles, a triple, a home run and has scored 11 runs. He leads the team with 14 RBIs. He went 3 for 3 with a double and a triple, good for five RBIs, in a 20-1 season-opening victory over Lincoln on Feb. 23. And he had three hits, two runs scored and an RBI in a 6-5 victory over Assumption on March 2 in Lake Brantley, Florida.
Megan Crutcher (Lampeter-Strasburg): The Grove City junior will swim both the 100 and the 200 breaststroke at the NCAA Division III swimming championships March 21-24 in Indianapolis.
In her first trip to the nationals, Crutcher is seeded 27th in both the 100 (1:04.72) and 200 (2:22.16). She posted both times when she finished first in both events to help the Wolverines capture their 10th straight Presidents' Athletic Conference Championship last month in Grove City. She's the school record-holder in both events as well.
Justin Gibbs (Cocalico): The 5-foot-10 senior setter is leading the way for the Alvernia men's volleyball team, which stands 8-8 overall and 3-3 in Middle Atlantic Conference play after a 3-0 non-league loss to Messiah on Feb. 28.
He leads the Golden Wolves with 409 assists and also has 93 digs, 16 kills, 13 service aces and 10 blocks.
Alvernia is in just its second season of varsity men's volleyball and posted a 9-20 overall mark and a 1-13 record in MAC play in its first season.
Ben Norton (Elizabethtown): The 5-foot-10 sophomore outside hitter has played in all 17 matches and 56 sets for the Cairn men's volleyball team.
He has 99 digs, 52 kills and 17 assists for the Highlanders, who are 5-12 overall and 1-9 in Continental Volleyball Conference play after 3-0 non-league loss to Messiah last Monday in Grantham.
Also for Cairn, sophomore Jon Simpson (Cedar Crest) has played in 15 matches and has 12 service aces, and junior Juston Wolgemuth (Elizabethtown) has seen action as a reserve.
Lauren Lichtenwalner (Hempfield): The sophomore right-hander has a 3-3 record with a 2.51 ERA with the Bucknell softball team.
The squad is 7-7 after a 6-1 victory over St. John's and a 3-0 loss against Towson last Sunday in Towson, Maryland.
Lichtenwalner, who took the loss in the Towson game, has started six games and has two complete games. In 30.2 innings, she's given up 31 hits and 15 runs (11 earned), with 10 walks and 14 strikeouts. She also serves as a designated hitter and is batting .296 (8 for 27).