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Fresa, Lindsay, Reinhart to Continue Playing at Next Level
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2020-04-08

The first in a series featuring Upper Perkiome High School senior athletes who will continue their careers in college.

 

Noel Fresa – Swimming

            The most accomplished female swimmer in Upper Perkiomen history is

prepared to turn the proverbial page on her career despite missing out on a chance to win a pair of gold medals at the PIAA Championships. At Lehigh University, Fresa will compete in the 50 and 100 freestyle races. She said her goal is to qualify for the 2024 Olympic Trials and capture a Patriot League championship.

            "I think they are reasonable goals," Fresa said. "I'm not that far off."

            The standout sprinter received scholarship offers from five Division I universities – including Massachusetts, Georgia Tech, the University of Pittsburgh and Utah. She visited Georgia Tech in Atlanta, then canceled the other three trips after a tour of Lehigh's Bethlehem campus. Fresa said she immediately loved the Mountain Hawks' coaches and swimmers as well as the school's location, proximity and architecture.

            "I'm really happy," said Fresa, who will major in civil engineering.

            Since her freshman season with the Tribe, Fresa's goal was to swim at the highest level in college. She said her motto was "D1 or D none."

            Fresa earned the attention of college coaches. She owns nine team and one pool record and qualified for states in all four seasons, earning four medals.

            She dominated the District One meet. Over her career, Fresa captured multiple medals and won a gold in three consecutive years.

 

Morgan Lindsay –  softball

            Morgan Lindsay's three seasons with the Upper Perkiomen softball team have

been filled with success. The team has captured a pair of district titles and appeared in four state tournament games. Her powerful swing has provided an anchor.

            The Indians senior catcher has accepted a scholarship to continue her career at Colgate University. Lindsay will have a chance to earn the starting spot for the Raiders, who compete in the Patriot League, as a freshman.

            "I think I'm ready," she said. "I've been working really hard."

            Lindsay feels most comfortable at the plate where she has earned the reputation as one of the top hitters in the state. Last season, the Pennsylvania High School Softball Coaches Association made her a first-team selection.

            "That's where I shine," said Lindsay, who also received scholarship offers from Mt. St. Mary's and LaSalle University. "It feels good when I drive in runs."

            She's been forced to learn patience at the plate. In 2019, Lindsay received 23 intentional walks.  "That can get frustrating," she said. "I have faith that my teammates will drive me in."

            Lindsay, who began developing her swing as a five-year-old, concluded that she was good enough to play Division I softball during her middle school years while attending camps with her older sister Taylor.

            "It came pretty naturally," Morgan Lindsay said.

 

Owen Reinhart – Football

            Owen Reinhart relied on an analytical approach to play an integral role in

Upper Perkiomen's defense during the last two seasons. In the fall, the senior will look to crack the starting lineup for Gettysburg College's football team.

            A two-year starter for the Indians on the offensive line and at middle linebacker, Reinhart relied on good lateral movement and sound tackling skills to become a key defensive contributor, according to head coach Tom Hontz. The coach said his reads improved as the season progressed.

            "If Owen commits to developing himself, he could become a pretty good college linebacker," Hontz said.

            Reinhart, listed as 5-foot-10, 189 pounds, also started on the offensive line. He played mostly guard but saw some time at center. The player overcame multiple injuries as a freshman and sophomore to blossom into a team leader, according to the coach.  "I expect him to do the same thing at the next level," Hontz said.

            The Pennsburg resident also considered Bloomsburg University, McDaniel College in Westminster, Md. and Kings College. However, Reinhart described Gettysburg as the best fit for football and his music education major. He said the Bullets lost quite a few linebackers to graduation.

            "I'm going to get as much of a chance to earn playing time as anyone else," Reinhart said.


 

 

 

 

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