Tori Gollie is a talented athlete, but she's also a bright student who knows what she wants to do in life.
Gollie wants to be a nurse.
And that's why the Northampton High senior has decided to continue her softball and academic career at La Salle University in Philadelphia.
"I'm very excited about it," Gollie said. "La Salle has an excellent nursing program and that was my first priority. They have a hospital right on, or right near, their campus, and it's going to be a good fit for me. I am also excited about the softball."
Gollie is receiving a partial scholarship to continue her softball career with the Explorers, a member of the Atlantic 10 and a rebuilding program that went 9-40 last season and just 3-17 in the league.
"They just got a new coach, Ron Shoemaker, who had been at St. Joseph's and he's going to get things turned around," Gollie said. "He's working hard to rebuild the program. He's got a nice recruiting class coming down there."
Shoemaker had coached many former Lehigh Valley standouts before as an assistant at both Temple and St. Joe's, where he worked with Allentown native Terri Adams, the Hawks' head coach. Shoemaker was named the Explorers coach in June.
"I will be an outfielder at La Salle rather than playing third base or pitching like I've done at Northampton," Gollie said. "It's nice that it's a Division I program, but I looked at all the different divisions. I just wanted the best nursing program for me and a place I could play softball. [Shoemaker] said everybody will have an equal shot to get playing time. I'd love to play as a freshman if I could."
But first Gollie, a three-year starter, has a senior season left with the Konkrete Kids. She hit .351 last season after earning Lehigh Valley Conference all-star honors and making the Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup team as a sophomore in 2011.
"I am looking forward to the softball season," she said. "I think we're going to do well."
Gollie, who plays field hockey in the fall, is the third Lehigh Valley member of the powerful Jersey Inferno Gold travel softball to make her college future known.
Parkland catcher Jordy Augustus, a junior, will be headed to South Carolina, and Whitehall senior shortstop Madison Kelly recently revealed she is headed to Quinnipiac in Connecticut.
Mike Krause, Hall of Famer
Perhaps no one has done more for the sport of volleyball on the local scene than Parkland High girls coach Mike Krause.
He has guided the Trojans girls team to back-to-back appearances in the PIAA 3A state finals, and his team won state gold in 2011.
But Krause's contributions to the sport go well beyond championship banners and gaudy win-loss totals.
That's why perhaps no one deserved to be inducted into the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame more than Krause.
He was inducted during the PVCA coaches clinic at State College last weekend, following in the footsteps of Central Catholic's state-championship winning coach Laurie Corcoran, who was inducted in 2011.
The 56-year-old Krause, a 1974 Allen grad, has been coaching at various area schools and various levels since graduating after an outstanding playing career at East Stroudsburg University in 1978.
He has been a head coach at Central Catholic, Dieruff, Emmaus, Allen and Trexler Middle School and was also a collegiate head coach at Kutztown, Lehigh and Muhlenberg.
He is currently a club coach with Synergy Lehigh and has been an instructor at Russ Rose's Penn State camp since 1981. He also served as the analyst on PCN coverage of the state finals for many years.
"It's an honor, but it's more about the kids that I've been able to work with over the years," Krause said. "I've been fortunate to be in a situation where I've had great kids and we've been able to compete with others at a high level. I don't look at it as it being about me. I've never been in this sport for the accolades. It's always been about the kids and teaching them about the sport I love."
Krause, typical of his being a great ambassador for his sport, also let me know that there will be a District 11 All-Star match at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Parkland.
Seniors who were chosen as first-team District 11 all-stars are invited to participate.
The overall list of first-team, all-District 11 selections includes:
Kelly Robertson, Taylor Krause (Parkland), Melann Amory (Southern Lehigh), Lisa Wallitsch (Emmaus), Jane Lukas (Nazareth) and Brooke Priestas (Liberty) in 3A; Lauren Hess, Maddie Titus, Kelsey Mowrey (Bethlehem Catholic), Darcy Wolf, Amy Kovacs (Central Catholic) and Mary Paige Nesfeder (Notre Dame) in 2A and Mary Kate Sherkness, Nikki Collevechio and Abby O'Donnell (Marian Catholic), Taylor Troutman, Tara Nahodil and Haley Deibert (Tri-Valley) and Ali Semanchick (Shenandoah Valley) in A.
Zach is back
Former Bethlehem Catholic and Drexel wrestling standout Zach Makovsky is resuming his MMA career with a fight Friday night on the Bellator Fighting Championships 83 card at Caesar's in Atlantic City.
Makovsky, who has a 14-3 career record, will be taking on Anthony Leone in a battle slated to be televised on MTV2. The action begins at 7 p.m.
It will be Makovsky's first fight since he lost a bantamweight title fight to Eduardo Dantas in April. Makovsky, who represents the Philadelphia Fight Factory, had won eight in a row before that one. Leone is 11-5.
With a win, Makovsky will earn a spot in the first bantamweight tournament on SPIKE TV.
Since the loss in April, Makovsky, who is nicknamed "Fun Size," has spent time training in New York City at Marcello Garcia's school and in Canada.