Amanda Houck wrapped up her sensational season by being the first West Chester softball player to earn first-team All-America honors.
The 6-foot left-hander, a Pequea Valley grad, was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division II team on May 24. She was also selected to the Division II Conference Commissioners Association first team the same day.
Houck, who was named to the PSAC Eastern Division first team for the third time, finished with a 34-6 record and one save. She had a 1.50 ERA in 51 games and 39 starts.
She had 29 complete games with 14 shutouts. In 260.2 innings, she gave up 209 hits and 74 runs, 56 earned, with 37 walks and 196 strikeouts.
"Amanda was the team's first-ever first team All-American and that alone says enough about her season," coach Diane Lokey said. "I was thrilled to see her have a very successful year. Over the past two years she has worked hard, learned from her experiences and put it all together. She is a great teammate and has been named captain for her senior year."
The Golden Rams, who finished 48-13, also got a strong effort from freshman Bri Garber (Lampeter-Strasburg), who was named PSAC East Rookie of the Year after hitting .383 (70-for-183) with five doubles, two triples, 17 RBIs and 37 runs scored. She also stole 13 bases on 15 attempts.
"Bri was a key to our offense, finding ways to get on base when needed and coming up with big hits in clutch situations," Lokey said. "She finished near the top in all our offensive categories."
West Chester finished with a 48-13 record, going 4-0 to take the PSAC title and 3-1 to win the NCAA Atlantic Regional. The season ended with a win and two losses to West Virginia Wesleyan in the Atlantic Super Regionals May 18-19 in West Chester.
AROUND THE SCENE
Molly Hendrick (Manheim Township): The senior earned a pair of first team All-America honors for her play with the North Carolina women's lacrosse team.
The 5-foot-8 attack was named to the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association team for the second straight season and was selected on the Inside Lacrosse squad as well.
Hendrick set a single-season school record with 72 goals. She added 11 assists and tied the season-record for points with 83. She had five game-winners and was named Atlantic Coast Conference Attacker of the Year and was the MVP in the ACC Tournament, the team finishing 17-3 after losing 16-14 to Navy in the NCAA Division I Tournament on May 20 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
In Hendrick's four seasons, she scored 186 goals with 34 assists for 220 points to go along with 69 ground balls, 92 draw controls and 38 caused turnovers.
Nate Fassnacht (Ephrata): The sophomore was named to the Atlantic 10 Conference All-Rookie team after he hit .332 (71 for 214) for the George Washington baseball team, the Colonials finishing 31-27 and seeing their season end with an 8-4 loss to Rhode Island in the A-10 tourney May 26 in St. Louis.
He had 11 doubles, five home runs, 29 runs batted in and 37 runs scored. He also stole nine bases in 12 attempts. The 5-foot-11, 180-pounder played mostly at shortstop and made nine errors on 287 chances (.969) and took part in 42 double plays.
Mason Hepner (Manheim Central): The senior wrapped up his career with the Dickinson men's track team by finishing 15th at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships May 25 in Geneva, Ohio, to earn second-team All-America honors.
He made a strong move at the midpoint of the race to move in front then fell back. His time was 3:56.18.
Prior to the meet, Hepner earned All-Region honors in the 1,500. He leaves with school records in the 1,500, 1,000 and 800 and anchored both the 4x800 and 4x1600 to school records as well.
Gavilan Fogarty-Harnish (Ephrata): The freshman had a 2-0 record with a 1.78 earned-run average for the Kutztown baseball team, the Huskies finishing 16-31.
The right-hander worked in 16 games with one start and in 35 innings gave up 29 hits and 19 runs, seven earned, with 10 walks and 27 strikeouts.
Brendan Keller (Hempfield): The freshman outfielder hit .346 for the 17-17 Cairn baseball team. He had 37 hits in 107 at-bats with six doubles, a triple, a home run, 17 runs batted in an 22 runs scored. He also stole 10 bases in 13 attempts.
Also for Cairn, freshman Mason McKinley (Garden Spot) played in 12 games with five starts as a backup catcher.
Nick Hohman (Warwick): The 6-foot senior midfielder was second on the 5-11 Marymount men's lacrosse team with 40 ground balls. He also served as one of two Eagles handling face-offs and was 93 for 186 (.500). Hohman had 22 ground balls and won 93 of 152 face-offs (.612) as a junior.
Ryan Saul (Lampeter-Strasburg): The senior was a key performer on defense for the Southern Maine men's lacrosse team, the Huskies finishing 6-10. He had 23 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers. In 53 career games and 42 starts, Saul had 145 ground balls and 31 caused turnovers.
Joanna King (Lampeter-Strasburg): The freshman had nine goals and 11 assists for 20 points for the Wingate women's lacrosse team, the Bulldogs finishing 13-5. She also had seven ground balls and scored a season and career-high three goals in a 15-14 home field victory over Coker on April 28 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Cody Simet (Penn Manor): The junior right-hander had a 5-2 record pitching for the 19-15 Wesley baseball team. He worked in 13 games with seven starts.
Meanwhile, junior Sam Meck and senior Collin Miller, both Lampeter-Strasburg grads, also pitched for the Wolverines. Meck was 3-5 and Miller had no decisions in seven games.
Bridget Umble (Lancaster Country Day): The junior scored 39 goals and picked up nine assists for the Hendrix women's lacrosse team, the Warriors finishing 4-10. Umble also had 16 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers and was an honorable mention pick on the Southern Athletic Association All-Star team.
Jon Peterson (Hempfield): The 6-foot-1, 195-pound left-hander had a 3-2 record pitching for the 19-34 Longwood baseball team. He worked in 20 games with three starts and in 37.2 innings gave up 45 hits and 26 runs, 23 earned, with 16 walks and 36 strikeouts.
Meanwhile, junior Mac McCafferty (Lancaster Catholic) hit .242 in 29 games as a backup catcher.
Note: This is the final “College Scene” roundup of the 2016-17 school year. This regular feature will return in the fall. Over the summer, and always, news about local athletes’ accomplishments can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.