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Upper Perk Athletes Commit to Play at College Level
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer

Editor's Note: This week we will profile the last four of 14 UPHS student athletes who

have committed to play sports at the college level. 



Karlee Fretz, Softball, Virginia Wesleyan

            Karlee Fretz received no guarantees about playing time with Virginia Wesleyan, the defending Division III national champions. Last May, the Marlins – located in Virginia Beach – won the title in Indianapolis.  "I am going to have to challenge myself," Fretz said.

            The university honored her with the Batten Fellows Scholarship. The award will fully fund her attendance, according to Dean Sullivan's Upper Perkiomen head softball coach.

Fretz expects to pitch for the Marlins. She said their coaching staff appreciates her calmness on the mound. "I think she'll fight right in," Sullivan said.

            According to the Indians' coach, Fretz's greatest attribute may be her versatility. She served the Indians' starting catcher as a sophomore, before spending most of her playing time at third base and on the mound last season.

            This season, Fretz will likely play shortstop for the high school team, according to Sullivan. "Karlee is an athlete," the coach said of Fretz, who enters the season 17 hits shy of 100 for her career.

Taylor Lindsay, Softball, York College

            Taylor Lindsay made her greatest impact on Upper Perkiomen's run to the state tournament last season as a pitcher. She worked on the mound throughout the entire post-season, leading the team a District One Class 4A title. Overall, she collected a record of 13-4 and accumulated 114 strikeouts in 110 innings.

            At York College, Lindsay will likely get her share of innings as a freshman, according to Indians head coach Dean Sullivan. He also expects her to get a healthy amount of at-bats for the Spartans. "Taylor should do very well at York College," Sullivan said of Lindsay, who begins her senior season 17 hits shy of 100. "She can do it all."

            Despite the acumen to play first base and swing the bat effectively, Lindsay is most valuable for Upper Perkiomen on the mound, according to Sullivan.

            "She is so dominating with the speed and location of her pitches," the coach said. "The movement on them is incredible. A pitch means everything when it comes to softball."


LeeAnn Markwalter, Cross Country and Track, uncommitted

            As a two-year captain for Upper Perkiomen's cross country team, LeeAnn Markwalter served as extension of the coaching staff.  "She always knew what needed to be done," head coach Todd Neimann said. "Even though she wasn't the fastest girl on the team, everyone knew who the leader was."

            According to Neimann, Markwalter's leadership, determination and coachability will make her an ideal college runner. She is currently in the process of committing to a Division III institution in the Lehigh Valley.

            "We're working out the financial details," said Markwalter, who plans on competing on the cross country and track teams at the school.

            Markwalter really enjoys leading a team. She said encouraging others made it easier to motivate herself.  "Not being the best runner on the team was never an issue," she said. "I think of the team as a family that worked together."

            As a senior, Markwalter rebounded from a sub-par junior season to post 19th overall in the District One Class AA girls race at Lehigh University with a time of 21 minutes, 21 seconds.

"I didn't end up running the race I wanted," she said. "But I posted a good time." 


Alyssa Sullivan, Softball, Penn State Brandywine

            Alyssa Sullivan caught the attention of the coach at Penn State Brandywine during a tournament last summer. She hit a home run and received an email the next day.

"You never know who is watching," Sullivan said.

            Dean Sullivan, Alyssa's father and Upper Perkiomen's head softball coach, called the school a good fit. He said his daughter was looking for a local school that offered a solid team.

"Alyssa really likes the coach," Dean Sullivan said. "She will get playing time and a college education."

            The first baseman, who also received interest from Arcadia University and Rosemont College, also showed interest in her. The father described Alyssa, who enters the season 26 hits short of 100, as a reliable defensive performer and a timely offensive performer.  "Alyssa has delivered a lot of clutch hits for this team," Dean Sullivan said.








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