Saucon Spring Sports Shoutout: Boys Track & Field

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The 2020 Saucon Valley High School boys track and field team.

With the closing of Pennsylvania schools due to the Coronavirus now comes the termination of the 2020 PIAA  Spring sports season.  Saucon Valley student-athletes, like all other disheartened student-athletes across the state, have now had all practices and competition cancelled.

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 March 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 temporarily close all Pennsylvania schools due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Then, on Thursday, Governor Wolf announced that Pennsylvania schools will be shuttered for the entire school year.  Shortly following Governor Wolf’s latest announcement, Saucon Valley Director of Athletics, Bob Frey sadly tweeted the cancellation of all remaining 2019- 2020 Athletic Events.

With this latest announcement, approximately 285 Panther student-athletes are, no doubt, saddened that their extra-curricular passion has been stripped away from them by the Coronavirus.  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 have been benched due to COVID-19.

Here is a little tribute to your 2020 Saucon Valley High School Boys Track & Field team!

BOYS TRACK & FIELD ROSTER

  • Ernest Ansanyi
  • Alexander Bortz
  • Nicholas Bortz
  • Nicholas Brogle
  • Cameron Brown
  • Steven Carr
  • Matthew Chaikowsky
  • Dino Chen
  • William Chen
  • Andrew Chikotas
  • Kellen Cosgrave
  • Tyler Dickens
  • Graham Fedorowicz
  • Brendan Ferguson
  • Garrett Fong
  • Christopher Frey
  • Matthew German
  • Robert Harriman
  • Rahul Patel
  • Kurt Pepper
  • Zachary Redding
  • Nicholas Schriffert
  • Ayush Shah
  • Joel Smith
  • Nolan Smith
  • Benjamin Stromski
  • Brandon Thompson
  • Mason Warnke
  • Edison Wu

SENIOR POWER!:  William Chen and Andrew Chikotas

Coaches

  • Head Coach:  Ed Kolosky
  • Assistants:  Todd Lipp, Marty Lewis, Phil Russell, Bob Davis and Kim Snowden

Coach Quote:

“While the world continues to struggle with the COVID-19, Saucon Valley track and field remains at a standstill as well. But I believe that standstill is limited to coach/athlete interactions minus internet communications. On my daily rides, I have witnessed our athletes training on the roads, the Rail Trail, and on Lehigh University’s track. And, upon their requests, I’m in the process of dropping off implements for the throwers to train with. On our final day together, we sat down with the team and conveyed our expectations, in anticipation of the season resuming down the road. And while it isn’t easy to get out there on one’s own, as we know how critical the concept of TEAM is in this sport, I’m proud of our athletes for their perseverance during these challenging times.

The men are led by junior Matt Chaikowsky Jayden and Ethan Kennedy as well as Will Chen, Josh Mawson, Nichols Schriffert, Chan Ho Kim and Joel Smith in the middle distance/distance group. They have their sights set on claiming the existing school record in the 3200 relay, a very realistic goal for this group! Nick Brogle shows promise in the hurdles as he is a student of both the 110’s as well as the 300’s. And Nate Orr continues to improve as he chases Adam Phillippi’s pole vault standard.
While those aren’t the only strengths of this squad, it gives some recognition to what I witnessed in the short time that I’ve spent with them prior to our departure due to COVID 19.”

SVHS Head Track & Field coach, Ed Kolosky

Hang in there SV Track and Field, the Source is with you!

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