Saucon Valley Spring Sports Shoutout: Softball

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The 2020 Saucon Valley Panther softball team.

With the closing of Pennsylvania schools due to the Coronavirus comes the suspension of the 2020 PIAA  Spring sports season.  Saucon Valley student-athletes, like all other disheartened student-athletes across the state, are prohibited from practice and competition for the time being.

For the first time in many, many years the Spring preseason got underway with premium weather conditions. On Monday, March 9th the campus was buzzing with activity.  The season, however, grinded to a halt on Friday the 13th with an announcement made from the Saucon Valley School District that pulled the plug on sports and restricted the use of campus facilities.  This directive came on the heels of Governor Wolf’s order to close all Pennsylvania schools for two weeks due to the Coronavirus pandemic. All Pennsylvania schools are now shuttered indefinitely.

As joyful as it may be for some students to not have to wake up early and travel to school during the mandated closure, approximately 285 Panther student-athletes are, no doubt, suffering heavily from cabin fever and, with a heavy heart, restlessly craving to be reunited with their extra-curricular passion.  It is with this recreational injustice in mind that Saucon Source wants to spread a little love and shine a warm spotlight on those who are currently house-bound and benched due to COVID-19.

So Panther Nation, let’s meet your 2020 Saucon Valley High School softball team!

VARSITY ROSTER

  • Emily Trudniak
  • Kaily Brennan
  • Aaliyana Mateo
  • Jaclyn Barbera
  • Jennifer Barbera
  • Kellie Boyle
  • Kailea Danubio
  • Rachel Schoch
  • Sara Good
  • Megan Patriarca
  • Morgan Mixa
  • Emma Rudolph

Senior Power!:  Megan Patriarca and Rachel Schoch

Coaches

  • Head Coach:  Mike Barbera
  • Assistant coaches: Jeff Rudolph, Nicole Barbera

Coach’s Quote:

“The girls had been working hard on the field and in the gym. We are a young team with young pitching. The team will rely on fundamentals and positive coaching as well as leadership from impact players. We have two seniors, three juniors, four sophomores and three freshmen.

As a team, we need to play aggressively and stick to the fundamentals. The players and coaches are itching to get back on the field to see what this young Panther team can do.”

SVHS Head softball coach, Mike Barbera

Hang in there SV Softball, the Source is with you!

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