Brianna Metsger of Sinking Spring was honored during Lebanon Valley College’s Student Affairs awards as a Gold Community Service Award recipient, having served more than 100 hours, and having completed a multi-day residential service project during their years at The Valley. Students who completed 250 hours of service or more also received a gold award.
Metsger, a graduate of Wilson High School, is pursuing a bachelor of arts in English and creative writing from The Valley.
The 2019 Gold Award recipients, 20 in all, served the local community in a variety of ways. They raised funds for the American Cancer Society, read to students at area school districts, packed shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, and volunteered at numerous local organizations, among other service projects.
women’s soccer and head coach Erik Burstein have
announced rising seniors Kristina Miller and Emily Zwiercan as team captains
for the upcoming 2019 season.
Miller was also voted as a captain last season, while Zwiercan will be a
first-year skipper this fall. Over the last three years, the duo has helped
lead the Golden Bears to a ton of success, including earning a berth in the
NCAA Tournament and Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Tournament all three
seasons. KU has played in NCAAs in eight of the last 10 years and has qualified
for PSACs in each of the last 11 seasons.
“I am very excited to announce that Emily will join Tina as our team
captains for the upcoming season,” said Burstein. “Both of these
players have shown a strong commitment to our program, and they wholeheartedly
believe in our culture and the standards and expectations we have set. They are
also both fully aware that we have a fantastic group of upperclassmen who fully
buy into our culture and who can also help provide leadership and insight to
the entire squad, especially the incoming freshman; Tina and Emily are not
threatened by that; they embrace it, which is important.
“Next year will be a very challenging year for us, especially with PSAC
women’s soccer moving to a divisional format. It is absolutely critical that we
begin the season with the proper leadership and there is no question we will
have that with Tina and Emily.”
Miller started all 20 games last season and has 62 games played under her belt,
starting 57 of them. She scored a career-high three goals as a junior and
played in the center of a defense that allowed a program-low nine goals all
season and recorded 12 shutouts, third-most in KU history.
On the field, the Lansdale native received a number of different accolades
including All-Atlantic Region First Team and All-PSAC First Team. Miller is
also a standout in the classroom, earning a spot on the CoSIDA Academic
All-District Team and Dean’s List Honors.
Zwiercan has had a knack for finding the back of the net during her first three
years in Maroon and Gold. She started every game last season and has appeared
in 66 career games, making 44 starts. As a junior, Zwiercan finished fourth in
the PSAC with 11 goals and sixth with 25 points. She ranks fourth all-time in
KU history with 30 goals, fourth with 18 assists and tied for second with 78
The Reinholds native earned All-Atlantic Region and All-PSAC First Team honors
last year and was also a member of the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team and
Kutztown opens its 2019 campaign with back-to-back road games. The
season-opener is Thursday, Sept. 5, at Charleston (W.Va.), followed by a trip
to PSAC foe Millersville on Wednesday, Sept. 11. The home-opener is slated for
Saturday, Sept. 14, at the newly renovated Keystone Field against East Stroudsburg.
Kutztown University men’s and women’s tennis head coach Shari Bucklin-Webber will be inducted into the 2019 Middle States Tennis Hall of Fame in October, as announced by the United States Tennis Association.
The 24th Middle States Hall of Fame Induction Dinner and Auction will take place on Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Boathouse at Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J.
Since its inception in 1994, 107 of tennis’ most influential players, coaches and volunteers have been inducted into the prestigious institution.
Webber has been at the helm for the Golden Bears for four years with this Fall being her fifth season. She came to KU after eight years as the head coach at Millersville University. She also coached at her alma mater, Marshall University, and Albright College.
In 2017, she won her fifth national doubles title by winning the National Grass Court Doubles Championship in the Women’s 45 bracket. This year, her team in the 40-and-over league won the Philly-based league, qualified for and won the district tournament, and then won sectionals on Sept. 9. She competed at both singles and doubles and went unbeaten (12-0) throughout the season and postseason, going 5-0 at sectionals on hard-court play, mostly competing at No. 1 doubles. She competed in the Nationals Team Competition in Las Vegas, Nev. in Oct.
She was inducted to the Berks County Tennis Hall of Fame in 2006.
Quote by USTA: “Bucklin-Webber has been a tennis leader and pioneer for 30-plus years. She began her career as a standout junior and collegiate player, continuing to play competitively after leaving school. Since then she’s stood out in USTA Tournaments (local and national) and through Intersectional play. Bucklin-Webber shares her expertise on the tennis court with the many players she coaches. She was the first woman to be named PSAC Men’s Coach of the Year. She most recently took over the Kutztown University tennis program.”
Features speaker from U.S. Army War College Thursday, May
23, 11 a.m.
Col. Benjamin Luper from the U.S. Army War College in
Carlisle will speak on the history and importance of Memorial Day at 11 a.m. Thursday,
May 23. The event will take place at the flagpole in front of the ATEC
Following the presentation, students will plant 100 flags
around the ATEC building in honor of the brave men and women who made the
ultimate sacrifice to protect this country.
The ATEC Building is located at 600 Valley Road, Summerdale.
Kutztown University President Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson hosted the Kutztown Optimist Club and guests for the annual presentation of the Kutztown Fools’ Run Scholarships last Thursday night, May 16. Eight promising and deserving students from high schools in northeast Berks County received scholarships from the Kutztown Area Optimist Club to attend KU in the fall.
The scholarships are generated through proceeds from the Kutztown Fools’ Run. The event features a 10-mile and 5K run and a two-mile walk, and has generated more than $250,000 in scholarships since its inception in 1989.
Pictured (L-to-R): Front Row: Kimberly Wetzel, Fleetwood Area; Alyssa Romoho, Hamburg Area; McKenzie Barlet, Kutztown Area; Jenna Rothrock, Brandywine Heights. Back Row: Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson, Kutztown University President; Zachery Brintzenhoff, Fleetwood Area; Dane Fegely, Kutztown Area; Davis Stoudt, Brandywine Heights; Michael Boyer, Fleetwood Area; Scott O’Neil, Kutztown Optimist Club.