Alumni Update - McKenna Keffel (Indiana Pa.)

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JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – Senior goalkeeper Jessica Printz (Fairfax, Va./WT Woodson) recorded her third consecutive win via shutout of asKeffel IUP the IUP women's soccer team defeated Pitt-Johnstown 3-0 on Saturday afternoon at UPJ Soccer Field.


With the win, the Crimson Hawks improve to 6-3 overall and 5-2 in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) play. Meanwhile, the Mountain Cats fall to 0-8 overall behind an 0-8 league record.

IUP started the scoring early as freshman McKenna Keffel, a Belle Vernon graduate, tallied her first goal of the season off a breakaway from midfield at the 14:31-mark.


(photo courtesy of Indiana Pa.)


Girls Soccer: South Feature Athlete - Belle Vernon's Sierra Lynn

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Name: Sierra Lynn
School: Belle Vernon
Grade: 12
Sport: Girls Soccer
Position: Forward

Background: In the spring, Belle Vernon's Sierra Lynn is one of the fastest sprinters in the area. By fall she is one of the fastest forwards in the WPIAL. Lynn has brought her quickness from the track to the soccer pitch and has been one of the top goal scorers for the Leopards. Lynn is one of five seniors on the Belle Vernon team. She has battled injuries throughout her high school career both from track and soccer that have caused her to miss time in both. Her presence is much needed on a Belle Vernon team that graduated nine seniors from last year and returns only three starters.


Cross Country: Belle Vernon boys claim River Trail Invitational

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Belle Vernon won the River Trail Invitational on Friday, Sept. 2.

Brett Seich grabbed third place, crossing the line in 17:43. He was the only runner to finish in the top 10 for Belle Vernon. Jake Sepesky, Paul Amicucci and Cross Yankoaky grabbed 11th, 12th and 13th place, respectively. Logan Seliga finished in 20th place to round out Belle Vernon's top seven.

Elizabeth Forward also landed on podium in third place with 82 points.

Jacob Hebda won the race, breaking the tape in 16:50. Chad Studvick grabbed fifth place with a finish time of 17:54.


Alumni Update - Makenzie Shearson (Robert Morris)

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Moon Township, Pa. – The Robert Morris University women's soccer team slipped to 0-2 on the season following a 3-1 loss to Central Michigan at North Athletic Complex Sunday afternoon.

The Colonials will have to go to the road for the next four games seeking their first victory of the season.

Both teams took the opening 45 minutes to feel each other out, deploying similar defend and counterattack strategies. The Chippewas were better at it, developing 14 shots but could not beat RMU starting goalkeeper Makenzie Shearson, a Belle Vernon graduate, made five saves in the opening 45 minutes.



Alumni Update - Craig Fayak (Penn State)

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -Penn State field hockey All-American and head coach Char Morett-Curtiss and football standout kicker Craig Fayak will be inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame as part of the group's 54th annual ceremony. The induction celebration will take place on Saturday, October 22 at the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie.

Fayak was a four-year starter for the Nittany Lions as a place kicker. He ranks third in program history with 50 career field goals made and second in career scoring with 282 points via 50 field goals and 132 extra points. He converted on 95 percent (132-139) of his extra point attempts during his collegiate career.

As a freshman, Fayak connected on a 34-yard field goal with 58 seconds left to propel the Nittany Lions to a 24-21 win over No. 1 Notre Dame in 1990. The Nittany Lions were down 21-7 at halftime to the Fighting Irish. He also connected on a 50-yard field goal against Alabama as a freshman. During his senior season, Fayak led the Big Ten in extra points made (40), extra point attempts (42) and field goal attempts (23).

A Belle Vernon graduate, Fayak played quarterback, safety, kicker and punter at Belle Vernon Area High School. He scored 266 career points with 140 kicking points and 21 touchdowns. He led Belle Vernon to a 10-2 record as a senior and played in the 1990 Big 33 Game.