Tuesday, January 30, 2018

FEATURE: Spotlight on Nazareth Girls Wrestling Team

By Caitlin Van Rensburg

Nazareth Area High School recently established one of the Lehigh Valley’s first girls wrestling team with coaches Dave Crowell and Kasey Kruczek leading the pack. The coaches contacted girls throughout the school district and asked if they would be interested in the school’s new addition.

Photo: Lily Fancher
Four girls were selected through tryouts: seniors Dana Harris, Melina Ronca, Emily Simpson, and freshman Tyra Klump.

Harris explained, “Coach Crowell heard about the girls’ division, and it’s pretty popular in other states and especially because Nazareth wrestling is so popular, he wanted to be one of the first teams in the Lehigh Valley to start it.”

The girls recently wrestled in a girls’ division during a wrestling tournament in Stroudsburg. Melina Ronca got three pins in her division and came in first place, while Tyra Klump got two pins in her division and placed second.

When asked about their experience, several team members said it was nerve wracking to be a part of the first girls’ wrestling team at Nazareth. They have a lot to live up to considering Nazareth wrestling is very popular. The girls say that they love to wrestle, but it’s also one of the toughest sports they’ve ever participated in.

Ronca says that “Wrestling is way harder than I thought. There is a lot of morning running, getting up early, and after school practices.” Because of this, she “has a whole new respect for wrestlers.”

The girls expressed that there are a lot of wrestling terminology and concepts that they didn’t know of before they joined the team, but the team works hard before and after school in order to improve every day.

Team member Dana Harris says, “Wrestling is hard but also very rewarding.”

Because three of the four girls are seniors this year, there will be open spots for next year. Ronca notes, “Everyone is so welcoming, and no one should be afraid to try out next year.”

Their goal for the rest of the season is to keep competing fiercely, improve each match, and meet their individual goals.

Lily Fancher contributed to this story.

Monday, January 29, 2018

NEWS: Mario Kart Tournament Races In to NAHS Library

Photo Credit: Aida Bruneo
By Abbie LeDonne

Throughout the school day on January 26, the Nazareth Area High School Library Advisory Board hosted its 2nd Annual Mario Kart Tournament in the library.

The 32 participants were organized into a bracket-style tournament, which progressed throughout the day. The last four students remaining participated in the finals, and after an intense final game, the winners were declared. Soham Patel, grade 11, took first place, while Kaleb Fulmer, grade 10, was second, and Julian Krause, grade 11, filled the third place position. The winners received prizes such as candy, Java Joint gift certificates, t-shirts, and Visa or GameStop gift cards.

Thanks to State Farm Agent Brian Witmer’s generous sponsorship, the Java Joint provided free hot beverages throughout the day. Witmer paid for the supplies and donated $150 to the library so that the drinks could be provided free to students. Additionally, the player registration fees earned the library an additional $160. The proceeds go towards the Library Advisory Board and will be used to fund their club field trip to Washington, D.C. later this year, as well as the Spring Reading Challenge, Reading Olympics, and Makerspace materials.  

Nazareth Area High School Librarian Mrs. Sarah Strouse, coordinator of the event, believes that “As with anything, the second time doing it was more successful. Everyone had fun, and that’s what matters, and it got students in the library that normally don’t go there.”

Strouse says the tournament will return next year.

Photo Credit: Aida Bruneo

Photo Credit: Abbie LeDonne

Photo Credit: Abbie LeDonne

Photo Credit: Abbie LeDonne

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

NEWS BRIEF: Preparing for MarioKart Tournament

by Abbie LeDonne

The Nazareth Area High School Library Advisory Board is hosting its 2nd Annual Mario Kart Tournament on Friday, January 26 in the library. The bracket-style tournament will run throughout the whole day, leading up to a suspenseful final during Eagle Block. Throughout the day, Java Joint will be providing beverages to keep the players hydrated and focused on the intense competition. There will also be prizes awarded to the top 3 winners.

Assistant Librarian Mrs. Mindy Heimbach said, “This is our second annual Mario Kart tournament, and last year was such a success, we’d like to make this an annual event in the library. Our library’s already such an awesome place to hang out, so why not have some fun and come play Mario Kart!”

News From the Nest will have a full report on the results next week!