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Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
July 12, 2018

            By being named to the U.S. Women's National Field Hockey team, Casey Umstead has reached the pinnacle of her sport.

            "It's crazy to think I made it," said Umstead, a 2014 graduate of Upper Perkiomen High School.  "All my hard work has paid off.  I'm very happy and very 


            Umstead and Danielle Grega have been promoted from the U.S. National Developmental Team and will begin play with the senior team on Aug. 27, according to a release issued Monday by USA Field Hockey – the national governing body for the sport, based in Colorado Springs, Col.

"Casey and Danielle have shown glimpses of the potential they can have as a USWNT player in the Development Team and I am excited to see them start the journey with the team," said head coach Janneke Schopman in the prepared statement.

Umstead's ultimate goal is to represent the nation in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. However, securing one of the final 18 spots will be challenging.

            "I don't want to get my hopes up," she said. "It will be really hard to ...

Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
July 12, 2018

            Nolan Graber has embraced his ability to pitch to contact. In the spring, he parlayed an effective changeup into Centennial Conference Rookie of the Year

Nolan Graber, a former Upper Perkiomen standout,

threw Quakertown's first complete game of the sea-

son in a 7-2 victory over the Jersey Pilots.

honors. On Saturday, Graber relied on a curve ball to toss Quakertown's first complete game of the season.

            A 2017 graduate of Upper Perkiomen High School, Graber pitched the Blazers to a doubleheader sweep over the Jersey Pilots on July 7 in the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League. In a 7-2 victory, he allowed just one earned runs on five hits while issuing just one walk and registering four strikeouts.

            "Nolan pitched really well," Quakertown manager Chris Ray said. "He looked pretty comfortable."

            In just his second start of the season, Graber allowed just multiple base runners in the third ad seventh inning. In the final frame, after putting the initial two hitters on the base on a hit batsman and a broken bat single, he struck out the next two hitters. He then recorded his first win of the season by retiring the final hitter on a bunt.

            Graber got several swings and a misses with his curve ball. "I did a good job hitting my spots," he said.

            The pitcher has embraced the team's pitching philosophy, which Ray described as establishing the inner third of the plate with the fastball, which opens up the ...



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