Spring sports commence at Clearfield

Justin Maines, Staff Writer

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While the start of spring brings warmth and happiness to many students, it also brings the start of athletic seasons for students. The spring season consists of four sports and five teams: men’s and women’s track and field, women’s softball, men’s baseball, and men’s tennis. With Clearfield’s history of strong athletics, how is each team performing this year?

Beginning with track and field on the ladies side, the team kicked off its season at Bald Eagle Area High School against Bald Eagle and Bellefonte. The girls’ team placed third out of the three teams there. At their next meet, the Lady Bison beat Mountain League rivals Tyrone and Philipsburg-Osceola to capture first place as a team. In the girls’ most recent meet, they faced off against the Dragons of Central and the Rams of Penns Valley, placing third out of third. The top point scorers for the Lady Bison so far have been Abby Laborde, Amanda Hazel, Avry Grumblatt, Lauren Stucke, and Madison Davis. This group covers almost all the events and gives the team a strong core to work around for the rest of the season.

On the boys’ side of track and field, Clearfield has been off to a hot start. In the first meet against Bald Eagle and Bellefonte, the boys’ team won easily with a nearly 20 point lead over second place Bellefonte. After the dominating performance in the first meet, Clearfield looked to continue winning meets—and they did. The next meet the Bison faced off against Philipsburg-Osceola and Tyrone, beating runner-up Tyrone by 50 points. In the final meet to date, the Bison came home with a huge win over Central and Penns Valley. Karson Kline, Trevor Franek, Jeremiah Vezza, Jason Plubell, Taye Lynch, and Brett Zattoni provide many points for the Bison, and many others contribute to the great team success.

Women’s softball has begun the season with a 3-3 record, picking up wins over Curwensville, Tyrone, and Huntingdon. Their last win was very dominating, beating Huntingdon by ten runs and ending the game early. Lauren Ressler, Emma Hipps, and Karly Rumsky have carried the way with batting, and Hipps has been the go-to pitcher for the Lady Bison.

Men’s baseball began its season with a 4-3 record, beating the teams of Bald Eagle, Curwensville, Tyrone, and Brookville. Their three loses have been closely contested affairs, having only lost by two runs at most. Eli Glass and Hayden Williams are both hitting over .500, a batting average that is hard to come by. Nathan Barr and Caullin Reed are also batting at a high level with an average of over .400. The duo of Glass and Cade Walker have led the way for the Bison on the mound.

The final sport to be covered is men’s tennis. The team has won three of its first five games, winning their matches against Brockway, Huntingdon, and Tyrone. The team’s strong point is their depth, with people at all positions being able to pick up match wins. Bison tennis is able to pick up wins in both singles and doubles, allowing the team to maintain a winning record and have strong success.

So, if you are looking for something to do on a nice spring day, check out one of the Clearfield Bison’s sporting events for this season! To check out the schedule for upcoming teams, check out this site: https://clearfield-area.bigteams.com/.