Chewin’ the Fat: Q & A With SV Wrestling’s Cathy Leibensperger

Seven straight Colonial League titles and four consecutive District XI championships is far from a passing moment. Throw in a couple of state titles and 12 state champions, and you certainly have more of an extensive and established tradition. The success and depth of Saucon Valley wrestling’s fortune runs deep. Obvious credit goes out to the coaches and athletes over the years that have forged the prolonged success with their blood, sweat and tears. But, there are other key pillars sitting mat-side and in the background whose contributions maintain and stabilize the rich tradition. One of those key players who is whole-heartedly connected to Panther wrestling is long-time scorekeeper, Cathy Leibensperger.

Saucon Valley Hosts Student-Athlete Signing Ceremony

Across the United States, the first Wednesday in February is National Letter of Intent Day. It is the first day in which high school senior student-athletes all across the country officially commit to their prospective universities. Tuesday night at Saucon Valley High School, Director of Athletics, Robert Frey, was finally able to avoid Mother Nature’s wintry ways and gather an assortment of seniors who will be continuing their academic and athletic careers at the next level.  Eight Panthers joined with family, friends and teammates to sign their letters during a school-sponsored celebration.

Brookville Bounces Panthers From PIAA Tourney (Brought to You by Spirk Brothers Inc.)

After being knocked to the consolation bracket by #1 Reynolds, the Saucon Valley Panthers refueled and regrouped for the opportunity to climb the podium against the Brookville Raiders.  With a win against the Raiders, Saucon Valley would have a chance to wrestle for 3rd Place in the 2019 PIAA state wrestling championships.  The Panthers (21-2) fought the fight, but it was Brookville who came out on top with a 33-32 victory.

Csencsits Brothers Lead Panther Charge Into PIAA Semifinals (Brought to You by Spirk Brothers Inc.)

Hershey Park’s Super-Dooper-Looper, across the parking lot from the Hershey Giant Center Arena, currently lies dormant.  Maybe it’s a seasonal thing, or just maybe there is enough roller-coaster ride action taking place inside the Giant Center.  Starting at the 220 pound weight class, Saucon Valley went up with a 9-0 lead to start their quarterfinal match against District VII champs, Burrell Buccaneers.  Then, the Panthers found themselves down 19-9 and then again at 22-12.  Showing a ton of courage and resiliency, Saucon Valley continued to push forward and win five of the last six bouts to earn a hard-fought 31-25 victory.  This instant-classic win catapaulted the Panthers into the 2019 PIAA state wrestling championship semifinals.

Freshman Heroics Fuel Panthers to PIAA Quarterfinals (Brought to You by Spirk Brothers Inc.)

What do you do after you defeat the #4 ranked team (Muncy) in the 2019 PIAA state wrestling championships?  Well, you enjoy it briefly and then refocus because now you have to reload and get ready for today’s high noon showdown with the #5 ranked team (Burrell) in Pennsylvania.  That is the odyssey that Coach Chad Shirk and his Saucon Valley wrestlers will have to endure as they continue toward a 2019 state wrestling title.

Homegrown Panthers Hold Off Notre Dame for District XI Title (Brought to You by Spirk Brothers Inc.)

Saucon Valley wrestling has done it again.  Five days after winning their seventh straight Colonial League championship,  the Panthers willed their way to a fourth consecutive District XI Team title.  The homegrown Saucon Valley Panthers hung together and denied borderless Notre Dame’s assembled group of all-stars the 2019 District XI championship trophy.