Alumnus Andrew Zeller rises to the challenge of pro football.
Red Lion graduate Andrew Zeller has recently excelled to the next level of his athletic career.
In early May, Zeller posted on his Facebook page that he would become a Detroit Lion, signing a free agent deal the weekend of the NFL draft. An offensive lineman for the University of Maryland, Zeller is 6-foot-5 and 315 pounds.
Zeller went undrafted in the 2016 NFL draft but was happy to receive the call that he was waiting for: the call from his agent telling him he has been picked up by an NFL team.
“I anticipate a once in a lifetime opportunity that will require a strenuous challenge both mentally and physically,” said Zeller “but it is a challenge that I have dreamed of and one that I am willing to embrace.”
Coming this far was not just a walk in the park as any athlete or fan would know.
By Paul Jones
Some say that it takes a special kind of person to play goalie in lacrosse. It is not necessarily normal to willingly let others hurl lacrosse balls.
Going into this season, the boys lacrosse team had some uncertainty about who was going to play goalie. Assistant Coach Nathan Barrett felt that uncertainty early on, but later it was a clear choice.
“Matt Hale stepped up. Cameron Aughie is a freshman. We have a sophomore (Nick Serrano) but he’s out for the whole season with an injury,” Coach Barrett said. “Matt has just really showed up this year.’’
By Paul Jones
Senior middle blocker, Brian Trieble, stands out from the crowd both metaphorically and literally. Standing at 6’6”, he towers above most both on and off the court, but that is only part of who he is.
Some might remember him from his electric pregame handshake during the basketball season. He performed some Jedi moves before he played against Central on his senior night.
Being a multi-sport athlete is tough. Playing both basketball and volleyball is not something that many athletes do. So where does his love for athletics come from?
By Shawn Gunarich
News and Feature Editor
Red Lion’s competition cheer squad has made nationals now for the second year in a row. “I never would have imagined making nationals let alone twice”, Angela Masser English teacher and coach said, “if someone would have told me that last year I would have laughed”.
Red Lion competition cheer has faced some challenges along the way as well with several injuries in the squad, forcing others to step up, like Emma Kurshan who was put at the position of base who holds the flyer in the air and is one of the most important stunt person.”She really stepped up to the plate”, Ashleigh Reinert coach and physical education teacher said,”She really pulled through”.
Nationals will take place this coming February at Disney Florida, where Red Lion will be up against around 50 schools around the United States, “were ready Florida”, Bronson Warner Junior and cheer member, “Bring it on”.
The cheer squad also welcomed some new members as Bronson Warner, Nick Argento and Stephen Tierney, all who are Juniors and all starting varsity football players, all joined for separate reasons but were welcomed all the same as one of the crew. “All the other guys made us feel welcomed”, Stephen Tierney said, “we were part of the crew in no time”.
But while cheer gains they also lose, this is the last year for five seniors who in the past have carried the team, “this is my passion, I want next year’s cheerleaders to have the same ambition and passion as is do”, Judge Kunce, senior and cheerleader. The seniors wish all the best of luck to future cheerleaders.
By Paul Jones
We no longer live in a society where people who are tall are stared at. Now, if someone who is tall wants to not be seen, they can.
If you ask most people about what they think of Ryan Schreckengast, they will tell you the same thing. “He is cool but he doesn’t talk very much,” said junior Noah Pillsbury.
That of course does not determine who he really is.
“I’m definitely an introvert to the people that don’t know me well,” junior Ryan Schreckengast said. “I’m pretty quiet and shy until you get to know me. I’m loud and always got something to say to my friends.”
Outside of his height, there is one thing that makes Ryan different from everybody else. His love for basketball.
Whether he’s playing AAU basketball in the spring, training in the fall, or playing for Red Lion Basketball, he is around basketball. However, a love like this does not come out of nowhere. So what exactly did spark his love for basketball?
“Definitely my dad,” Schreckengast said. “He used to take me to some games he played in and also took me to see a lot of Red Lion games when I was young.”
The one thing that makes him different from any other basketball player is his desire. Before games you will not see an introverted person. You will see a man on a mission and a seriousness that is matched by very few.
“I want to win in the worst way in everything that I do,” Schreckengast said. “That competitiveness also pushes me to be a great basketball player. I work on my game almost religiously because I don’t want to be just a good player. I want to be a great player. As for winning, I have to win to feel accomplishment. That’s the sign that all of our hard work has payed off to be great.”
Ryan Shreckengast is just another example of why not to judge a book by its cover. If you are his friend, you might see just a playful and quick witted jokester. If you’re his teammate, you will see someone who cares about the game of basketball more than anything else.
There are many levels to Ryan Shreckengast. Who knows, there are probably some more that none of us know about.
By Adrianna Clinton
As seniors begin to prepare to wear a graduation gown for the first time, many are now recalling when they wore their black and gold uniforms for the last time.
For some, they did their activity for almost their entire lives. It became a part of how they defined themselves. They knew for certain they would be doing it all over again the same time next year.
Until this year, that is. When some seniors had their last game or performance, that was the end of their career forever.
They may have dreaded practice, had thoughts of quitting, and the urge to vent their frustrations to their coaches, but they showed up anyway and still put in long, hard hours. Some may be finding now they wished they had worked just a little bit harder and they had words of wisdom for next year’s seniors.
Boys tennis standout Sam Innerst, who will play Division III tennis at York College this fall, wishes he would have practiced more during the summer.
Wrestler Luke Joines would go back and “wrestle more in the offseason and get more experience” if he could change anything about the time he spent in wrestling.
Girls tennis player Elizabeth Anderson said, “If I could go back, I would have started playing tennis sooner, it’s a great sport that allows for competition as an individual and as a team.”
“The Red Lion football program has a bright future...next year’s seniors, enjoy every moment this season and take nothing for granted because it all goes too fast. Give everything you have because you don’t want to have any regrets,” defensive end Sam Lowe said. He will continue his career at the collegiate level, playing next year for the United States Coast Guard Academy.
During the seniors’ high school careers, they all tasted how sweet it is to win.
A highlight of Lowe’s career is when the football team defeated Central this year. Swimmer Courtney Schaefer reached States her freshman year. Elizabeth Anderson won a close doubles match to secure a team win with junior Alison Miller.
Some were even deemed “champions.”
The Marching Lions were victorious at the Cavalcade of Bands championships, which was the highlight of drum major Anna Lorenzen’s career.
“I will never forget that feeling...I want this band to be remembered as a hard working group of smart and amazing kids. They are nothing less than that,” Lorenzen said.
They also experienced the stomach-wrenching feeling of defeat.
Despite the varsity softball team’s struggles this season, Riley Warner said, “I want our team to be remembered for never giving up and always giving it our all.”
For next year’s seniors who hope to have a more successful year, Warner tells them to “never give up and always remember why you started..senior year goes by like a blink of an eye.”
Few will continue their careers at the collegiate level. Senior Joe Dashler of the boys lacrosse team is going to try to walk on at Penn State and Elizabeth Anderson plans to join the club tennis team at Villanova University, while Paige Taylor will play Division III field hockey at York College alongside her older sister Alexa.
Quincy Palmer will be running at East Stroudsburg University.
“I’d like to finish my career with times faster than the women’s world records. Those times are pretty fast,” Palmer said of moving on to the next tier of competition.
Swimmer Courtney Schaefer and sprinter Angelica Gonzalez will both be going Division I at Georgia Southern and East Carolina, respectively.
Regardless of if their career will continue beyond Red Lion, they all experienced great highlights in their time.
Sam Innerst got his “main man Dylan Reichard to play” and they had a good time.
Elizabeth Anderson played in the number one position.
Sam Lowe formed camaraderie between teammates.
Joe Dashler was selected as First Team All-County and was selected to play in the Blue Chip 225 Showcase.
Paige Taylor and Riley Warner made great friendships on their respective teams.
A few seniors are on the cusp of having the best moments of their career.
“I feel like the highlight is yet to come. I’ve been a part of back-to-back championship teams, and won back-to-back relay titles,” Quincy Palmer said.
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