Mid-Penn Announces All Stars in Fall Sports

Katherine Clark, Sports Editor

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As the Fall sports season comes to a close, Penn Live announced the 2019 Mid-Penn Fall Sports All-Stars. Over 100 athletes were chosen to be a Mid-Penn All Star, and 23 of Hershey’s athletes were chosen to be on the first or second Keystone Division team.

Here are the Hershey 2019 Keystone Division All Stars:

Girls Golf:

Amanda Gerrish: Amanda Gerrish has been playing golf for five years and this is her third year being selected as a Mi-Penn All Star. During those five years, Gerrish was third in the Mid-Penn, first in the District Championship, and tenth in the States Championship.When asked what her biggest accomplishment was this season, Gerrish says “Winning the District Individual Championships and finished second in the team State Championships was definitely one of my biggest accomplishments this season.” As for next season, Gerrish hopes to finish stronger in the State Championship and hopefully place first.

Abby Han: Abby Han has been playing golf for the last four years. During those four years, she’s been selected as a Mid-Penn All Star the last three years. Han has had a very honorable golf career as she has helped lead the team to 2nd place in the State Championship, while being recognized as a three-time mid penn medalist, two-time district medalist, and two-time regional qualifier. Han plans to attend a four year university, however, has decided not to pursue an athletic career at the collegiate level.

Boys Golf:

Ian McDonald: Ian McDonald is the senior captain for the Boys Golf team and has been playing for three years. This was his first year being selected on the All Star team, and says his biggest accomplishment this season was making it to the District Championships. “The friendships I was able to create with my teammates and my coaches on and off the golf course will be what I miss the most,” says McDonald. After high school, he plans to play D3 golf at Eastern University while studying pre-med.

Field Hockey:

Shealyn Tatara: Shea Tatara is a senior defender for the Varsity Field Hockey team. Tatara has only been playing field hockey for six years, and this is her fourth time being selected as a Mid-Penn All Star. Tatara was chosen as the Varsity captain this season, and says she will miss playing close to home next year. Committed to play D1 field hockey at Duke University, Tatara has had an exceptional high school athletic career, including making the First Team All State Player, Mid-Penn Top 10 Field Hockey Players, Mid-Penn Top 100 High School Athletes, and four time Mid-Penn All Star. After high school, Tatara will continue her athletic career at Duke with plans to major in biology.

Maddie Zimmer: Maddie Zimmer is a senior captain of the Varsity Field Hockey team and has been playing for the past 12 years. This is her fourth time being selected for the Mid-Penn All Star team. Zimmer says one of her biggest accomplishments this season was her hat trick at their rival match-up vs. Palmyra. When asked what she will miss most about playing, Zimmer says “I’ll really miss the competitiveness of the Mid Penn and the rivalry with Palmyra and Lower Dauphin.” Zimmer plans to continue her academic and athletic career at Northwestern University.

Ashley Arnold: Ashley Arnold is a junior midfielder for Varsity. Arnold has been playing hockey for 11 years, and she has been selected three years of her high school career. This season, Arnold had 27 goals and 17 assists, and helped lead the team to place third in Districts. Next season, Arnold says she hopes the team will win Districts, and make it all the way to the State Finals. Arnold has had a very successful field hockey career so far, and was selected as a Regional All American, National Future Championship Team, and placed first at Junior Olympics. Despite being a junior, Arnold has already committed to continue her field hockey career at Wake Forest University after she graduates high school.

Kylie Wall (did not complete survey):  Kylie wall is a junior on the Varsity field hockey team. Wall is committed to the University of Pennsylvania to continue her athletic career after high school.

Katana Nelson: Katana Nelson is a junior forward on HHS’s Varsity Field Hockey team. She has been playing for the last four years, and was selected for the All Star team as a lacrosse player her sophomore year. Nelson says her biggest accomplishment this season was learning new skills, and hopes to Win Mid-Penns, Districts, and States again next year. Nelson was recognized as the team’s third top scorer of the season.

Football:

Max Schmidt: Max Schmidt is a senior kicker and punter for the HHS Football team. Despite only been playing for four years, this was his first time being selected as a Mid-Penn All Star, and he was also nominated to play on the Big 33 Football team. Schmidt says his biggest accomplishment this year was beating Lower Dauphin and Palmyra in the same season. “I grew up with this team and you won’t get moments like these again. I’m going to miss these guys next year,” says Schmidt. Schmidt plans to hopefully continue his football career at a four year university to study marketing.

Jay Rodriguez: This is Jay Rodriguez’s first year being selected for the Mid-Penn All Star team. He’s been playing football for 12 years and is the senior quarterback and running back HHS Football team. He’s proud to have built the foundation for the future of the Hershey Football Program, and when asked what he’ll miss most about next year, Rodrgiuez says he’ll miss playing under the Friday Night Lights. After high school, Rodriguez plans to continue his lacrosse career at Baldwin Wallace University. 

Davey Loyd: Davey Loyd is a junior wide receiver for the Hershey Football team and has been playing for the last 12 years. This is Loyd’s third year being selected as a Mid-Penn All Star. Loyd explains that his biggest accomplishment this season was completing three touchdowns in a single game, and hopes to get more receiving yards and receiving touchdowns next season. By the end of the season, Loyd was tied for the most interceptions, second in receiving yards in the Mid-Penn, and named the Offensive MVP for the Hershey Football team. 

Nick Nerino: Nick Nerino is a senior left guard for the HHS Football team and has been playing for the last 12 years. This is Nerino’s first year being selected as a Mid-Penn All Star. Nerino says he will miss the bonds he has made with the team over these last 12 years, and plans to go to Trade School after he graduates high school.

Joey Corado: Joey Corado is a junior varsity kicker for the football team. This is his third year being selected as a Mid-Penn All Star, and this is only his sixth year playing. Corado faced many challenges this season, one of them being a hip injury he later needed surgery on. Nevertheless, he persisted and finished out the season as a Mid-Penn All Star second team kicker. Corado plans to get in the weight room more next season, and overall come together and compete in every single game as a team.

Boys Soccer:

Alex Berger: Alex Berger is a senior center back for the Boys Soccer team. This is his first year playing for the HHS Soccer team, as well as his first year being selected as a Mid-Penn All Star. Berger had many accomplishments this season, including scoring nine goals as a defender. Berger says he will miss playing with all of his friends next year, and plans to study finance at a four year university.

Kyle Hand: Kyle Hand is a junior center attacking midfielder. Hand has been playing soccer for the past 11 years, and this is his first season being nominated as an All Star. Hand says his biggest accomplishment this season was defeating Palmyra this season. Not only did Hershey beat the undefeated team in double overtime, they beat Palmyra on their own home turf. As for next year, Hand hopes to win Districts and advance onto States.

Will Miller: Will Miller is a senior midfielder for the soccer team. Miller has been playing soccer for the last 12 years, and this was his first year being selected as an All Star. Miller was a member of the Districts Championship winning team last season, and is proud of the team’s accomplishments this season, including their win over Palmyra. Miller plans to attend a four year university with a major in Business.

Jake Fisher: Jake Fisher is a junior on the HHS Boys Soccer team and plays center midfield. Fisher has been playing soccer for 10 years, and this is his first All Star nomination. Fisher is proud of his accomplishments this season, including making it to Districts and being selected as a Mid-Penn All Star. When asked what his goals are for next season, Fisher hopes to win Districts and advance onto States.

Girls Soccer:

Claudia Zugay: Claudia Zugay is a senior center defender for the HHS Girls Soccer team. Zugay has been playing soccer for 12 years, and this is her third time being nominated for the All Star team. Zugay says she is proud of the team pushing through the season and advancing into Districts, but claims she will miss the team the most. Zugay was awarded Hershey’s Defender of the Year, and also received Hershey’s Rosensteel Award for her consecutive leadership. When asked what her plans are after high school, Zugay hopes to study business at a four year university.

Abby Wilson: Abby Wilson is a senior on the HHS Girls Soccer team and has been playing for the last 13 years. This is Wilson’s first time being selected for the Mid-Penn All Star team. Helping lead the team to Districts this season, Wilson was named the HHS Girls Soccer Offensive Player of the Year. When asked what she’ll miss the most about playing, Wilson says “Spending every day with my best friends while playing the sport that I love. I will also miss all of the night games and the bus rides when we sing the whole way home.” Wilson plans to attend Penn State University, and continue her athletic career playing for their club soccer team. 

Olivia Bratton: Olivia Bratton is a senior outside defender for the Girls Soccer team. Bratton has been playing for the last 13 years, and this is her second year being selected as an All Star. When asked what she will miss most about playing, Bratton states, “I will miss the sport of soccer since it has been apart of my life for so long, and I will also really miss the amazing girls who have been playing alongside with me. Over the four soccer seasons, the team had become a family, and I would look forward to every practice and game.” After high school, Bratton plans to attend a four year university to study Public Policy and Spanish prior to Law School.

Isabelle Stoute: Isabelle Stoute is a junior midfielder for the Girls Soccer team. Stoute has been playing soccer for the last 13 years, and this is her first year being selected as an All Star. During the season, Stoute is proud of her individual accomplishments, including becoming a Mid-Penn All Star and receiving a Coaches Award at her end of season banquet. “Next year, I hope as a team we can have a winning season and make it to states. Individually I want to be a leading scorer on the team,” says Stoute.

Volleyball:

Annie Shay: Annie Shay is a senior setter for the HHS Girls Volleyball team. Shay has been playing volleyball for eight years, and this is her second time being selected as a Mid-Penn All Star. During this season, Shay had the most amount of aces in the state of Pennsylvania, and reached her goal of 1,000 career assists. When asked what she will miss the most, Shay says, “I will miss playing with the girls that I have known since I was little, with girls who just moved here, and with our three foreign exchange student over the past 4 years.” As for her plans after high school, Shay plans to attend a four year university with a major in International Business and a minor in French.

Maddie Geeting: Maddie Geeting is a junior outside hitter for the Girls Volleyball team, and this is her second time being selected for as a Mid-Penn All Star. Geeting currently holds the school record for the most number of kills, and was also selected to be one of the captains for the varsity team. Geeting wants to leave an impact on her last season next year as a senior, in hopes of bettering her leadership skills and bonding more with her team.

The Fall season might be over, and some of their athletic careers may be coming to an end. However, their names won’t be forgotten, and neither will the everlasting mark they have left on their team and the sport.

HHS senior Olivia Bratton speaks about her career as a varsity soccer player. This was Bratton’s second year being selected as a Mid-Penn All Star. (Broadcaster/Katherine Clark)