Parkland was led by a pair of All-American girls


The Lehigh Valley Moondogs fell one game short of the championship, but still shined when competing in the Men's Senior Baseball League World Series Over-60 Division in Phoenix, Az., recently.

The Moondogs, featuring many familiar local baseball personalities, lost its opener to Canada 3-2, but then bounced back with wins over teams from El Paso, Phoenix and the eventual champion Los Angeles Athletics.

In the semifinals against San Antonio, Dennis Kinney threw a complete game and Gary Search and Bob Fatzinger led the offense with two RBIs each.

In the finals against the Athletics, the Moondogs outhit L.A. 7-6, but surrendered four unearned runs.

Tony Spidale and Mike Zuk each batted over .500 in the tournament and Gene Leitgeb made several outstanding defensive plays.

Other team members included Dan Waelchli, Mike Heck, Gordon Santee, Tom George, Ron Deibert, Trini Huertas, Dick Prue, Randy Fleck, Turk Starniri, Ed Bartholomew, Bruce Alpaugh, Dennis Ritter, Barry Peterman, Don Robertson, Rich Wescoe and Tom Czysz. Prue and Starniri were the co-managers.


The Select Competition Basketball League (SCBL) completed its third successful fall season earlier this month and helped to get many of the area's top players ready for the upcoming winter season.

Justin Zajko of Parkland was named the most outstanding prospect in the NBA Division (10th thru 12th graders) and Lucas Hudson, an eighth-grader at Lehigh Valley Christian, was named the most outstanding prospect in the NCAA Division (7th thru 9th graders).

"The SCBL continues to provide great opportunities to student athletes and aspiring coaches in the area," said league director Ed Jennings. "We had almost 175 players this fall in the two divisions, and 16 teams. We continue to partner with the Allentown School District with our 'coat drive' and Salem United Methodist with our 'food drive.' I'm excited about the future."

The SCBL is looking to secure either a private or corporate sponsor and expand into the Bethlehem, Easton, Nazareth and Phillipsburg areas at the Chrin Center in Palmer Township.

By the way, Ed's son Zay Jennings, is coming off a very successful summer and fall where he merited national attention. The freshman attends Lehigh Valley Academy, but will play for Doug Snyder at Allen.