Prebola of Tunkhannock seizes state spear money
Matthew Prebora, junior from Shippensburg-Tancanock, competed in the PIAA Class 3A Track and Field Championships for the title as a seed in the javelin throw.
Prebola ran out of place and won the silver medal with a 195-5 throw.
When he finished the game on Saturday in windy and cool conditions, Prebora just accepted that he had done his best and lost to a good opponent.
The 11th district champion from Nazareth, Colin Burkhart, won with a throw of 208-6.
“He’s a great pitcher and a great competitor,” said Prebola.
Temperatures in Shippensburg never exceeded 51 degrees Celsius and winds exceeded 16 mph throughout the day. It only rained at the start and end of the nearly eight hour tournament, but it was in good shape to move the high jump and indoor pole vault.
Javelin does not have such an option.
“I was a little disappointed, but I wasn’t too angry,” said Prebola. “At the end of the day, whatever the weather, I poured everything I had and that was it.
Prebola was the only District 2 player to make the top 8 in Saturday’s men’s event. The top eight will earn state medals and team points.
Prebora threw over 215 feet in all six trials at the Second District Championship. “I’ll bring what I threw out today.
The second best performance after men at the Wyoming Valley Conference was at an indoor event, with Wilkes-Barre area Le’Jean Berry placing 11th in the high jump.
The only WVC athlete to finish in the top half of the Class 3A competitive field was Cole Gorham in Wyoming Valley West.