Mt. Penn High School
1985-86 Varsity Field Hockey Team
Top Row: Debbie Albrecht,
Cherisse Conlon, Amy Miller
Bottom Row: Jen Eckel, Laura
Deischer, Jen Schickler,
Tanya Sload, Kim Steiger, Karen
Alyssa Max, Coach Thomas
October 1985 Penn Post
HOCKEY - A PROMISING SEASON?
With most of
last year's players returning, this year's hockey team
seems to hold a promising future.
Starting of the season with a non-league game against
Brandywine, Mt. Penn fought to the end to tie the
Bullets 1-1. Next on the list was Daniel Boone.
Unfortunately, the Blazers overcame Mt. Penn's fighting
offense and defense to a 5-2 win.
With high spirits the Mounts marched onto Fleetwood's
field, determined to win. The game ended in a tie 1-1.
Central was the next challenge. M t. Penn scored first
and then scored again to hold off the Cardinals to the
end with a score of 2-0, in favor of the Mounts.
The Junior Varsity is also doing quite well. With only
one loss, they seem to be holding their own.
Mrs. Thomas feels that Mt. Penn has the talent
and ambition to do very well this year. The hockey team
is also in agreement with her.
November 1985 Penn Post
Field Hockey Team has done very well this season.
Varsity worked through the rest of the season by
defeating Oley Valley and Schuylkill Valley. Losing but
putting up a good fight against Twin Valley, Central
Catholic, and Hamburg came next. They beat Wyomissing
and tied Daniel Boone, who placed first in their
division. Varsity ended the season with two wins against
Oley Valley and Twin Valley. Their final record is
6-5-1. Varsity placed third in their division this year.
J .V. has had only one loss this season which was to
Hamburg. They also ended the season with two wins
against Oley Valley and Twin Valley. Their final record
November 1985 Penn Post
Even though the hockey team did not win their division,
they still had individuals who were acknowledged for
their achievements on their respected teams.
of the hockey team was selected to the Berks All-County
Team for her outstanding efforts in hockey.
also on the hockey team, was selected to the All
Division Team. Diane played the left line position while
Sally played the left inner position.
Mt. Penn High School
1984-85 Varsity Field Hockey Team
Top Row: Kim Steiger, Norine Miller, Amy Miller, Cherise Conlon,
Debbie Albrecht, Jen Schickler, Steph Sosh, (Coach) Mrs. Thomas
Diane Churan, Sally Ford, Karen Denby,
Kathy Ford, Laura Schnader
Bottom Row: Bert Schreiber, Jen Miller, T. Goodbred, Vickie
Most Improved: JENNY MILLER
A NEW HOCKEY FIELD
Mt. Penn does not have a regulation-size hockey field (100 yds.
x 60 yds.). For years Mt. Penn hockey players had to be
satisfied with a short field on a hill. A rough terrain also
made it a very inadequate playing field. Moving on the right
track and getting things done, Mrs. Thomas, the hockey coach, is
pushing to get a regulation-size field.
As a result of Mrs. Thomas’ efforts, the hockey games
are now played on a regulation-size field at the Antietam
Recreation Center. Next year, however, we may have a regulation
field at the A-field. Because of the sale of the Pennside
building, there is money for school improvements. Mrs. Thomas
has received approval for the original hockey field to be
leveled and lengthened this spring.
Mrs. Thomas feels very optimistic about the field. She continued
to add that if athletes in a school district are willing to put
forth their time and efforts for an athletic program, then it’s
the school district’s responsibility to supply for those
athletes the best equipment and facilities possible.
It’s that season again and sticks are really hot at Mt. Penn.
However, Mrs. Thomas feels the team is still in a building
process. The program is better than ever because the number of
participants and interest is really increasing. With the
two-coach concept there is more individual contact. The girls
are a young team and have only been playing the new system for 1
or 2 years. Mrs. Thomas feels very positive and says the team is
full of talent.
The girls have already played their toughest matches.
The hardest part is over, but there is still a lot of work to be
done. Injuries have plagued the team.
broke her arm during a scrimmage game and Roberta Schreiber
bruised her knee.
The team does have high hopes and is a good contender in their
division. They’ve come a long way and are going to go much
farther. Go for it girls!!
Churan - Inner
Clark - Back
Cherisse Conlon - Inner
Denby - Wing
Ford - Link
Ford - Inner
Norine Miller - Goalie
Jenny Schickler - Link
Laura Schnader - Link
Roberta Schreiber - Back
Kim Steiger - Inner
Terry Goodbred - Sweeper
Steph Sosh - Back
Vicki Straka - Back
Amy Miller - Back
Jenny Miller - Wing
and Jenny Miller
charge Twin Valley goalie and score.
Unfortunately, things didn't turn out the way the varsity hockey
team had hoped they would. This was probably due to all the
injuries and sickness during the season. Those on the injured
list for part of the season were
Ford, Terry Goodbred,
and Bert Schreiber. These players were all on the
starting team. In addition, some players were absent many times
and a few players quit the team entirely. The team suffered
greatly from the absences of these people.
Mrs. Thomas feels that another reason for the
unexpectedly poor season was the empty seats on the bench. Since
the starters were injured, the second string varsity played.
This left no one to fill the bench except the junior varsity
players who lacked playing time and experience in varsity games.
The Mounts were defeated by Hamburg (2-3), Daniel Boone
(1-3), and Wyomissing (1-3). The Mounts conquered the Brandywine
Bullets (1-0) and the Schuylkill Valley Panthers (4-1).
Next year the team will he losing four starting seniors
- Jen Miller, Roberta Schreiber, Terry Goodbred
and Vickie Straka. The outlook for next year, however, is
good because many starters will be returning.
The season for the junior varsity was also
unpredictable. They started off strong, for the most part, kept
a strong hold. They, like the varsity, had a number of illnesses
and injuries. This often led to defeat. The experience some of
the players had on the varsity this year should help them next
year. Hopefully, there will be as much interest in hockey next
Outstanding Athlete - December
This issue's outstanding female athlete is
Diane Churan, a
junior. Diane is a very fine hockey player who has
an excellent attitude and will always give 100%
during practice and games. Some of Diane’s
accomplishments this year were leading the hockey
team in goals and making the All-Division hockey
Besides hockey, Diane also plays basketball,
volleyball, and softball. Mrs. Thomas is
looking for many fine things from Diane this year
Mt. Penn High School
1983-84 Varsity Field Hockey Team
Karen Denby, Audrey Acker, Diane Churan,
Second Row: Jen Miller, Vicki Straka,
Kathy Ford, Sally Ford
Third Row: Melinda DiGiacomo, Kathy Kunkel, Roberta Schreiber, Tina
Goodbred, K. Nordhoy
Bottom Row: Coach D. Biffel, Stephanie Rosenthal, Jackie Savitz,
Deanna Spohn, Marjorie Walter, Coach Nancy Weaver
A Surprise for the team
On October 24, 1983, there was a pizza party for the
field hockey team. This party was at Pizza Hut, and it wasn’t your
Before the party, a few of the hockey players planned
to send a Muscle-Gram to Miss Biffel and Miss Weaver.
Everyone helped pay, and there were a lot of laughs. At around 6:20, two
men entered Pizza Hut with a portable. One was in a dark red sweat suit,
and the other one was in a three-piece suit. Immediately, the hockey
coaches suspected something because the men were making their way over
to our table. When the one man removed his sweat suit, on his chest was
written “THANK YOU NANCY AND DEBBIE.” He was wearing a red bikini
bathing suit, a black bowtie, and cufflinks. The music was turned on,
and he showed off his muscles to not only the coaches, and the team, but
to everyone at Pizza Hut. A picture of him and our two great coaches was