Alumni Update - Makenzie Shearson (Robert Morris)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

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.



Alumni Update - Kirby Manown (California Pa.)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

NORMAN, Okla. – California University of Pennsylvania juniors Kirby Manown and Tyler Robinson (Annapolis,Manown CalU Md./Broadneck) were both named to the PING all-region team for the first time in their careers, announced the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) on Monday afternoon.

Manown led the team with a scoring average of 74.9 strokes, which is a 3.5-stroke improvement from last year, while playing in all but one event this season. He carded a top-10 finish at six invitationals, highlighted by a pair of medalist performances, and posted the best score on the team seven times.

The Belle Vernon product placed third overall at the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championships in the fall and tied Robinson for team lead at the NCAA Atlantic/East Region Championships earlier this month.


(photo courtesy of California Pa.)


Softball: Belle Vernon forfeits wins and will miss WPIAL playoffs

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

There was postseason heartbreak in the WPIAL before playoff pairings were ever announced this year. Defending WPIAL Class AAA champion Belle Vernon will not get a chance to defend its WPIAL championship after it was forced to forfeit three section games for using an ineligible player in three section victories. The forfeitures dropped the Leopards from 9-3 in Section 3-AAA to 6-6 and elevated Trinity to 7-5 and into third place, one game ahead of Belle Vernon. Without Belle-Vernon and star pitcher Bailey Parshall, the Class AAA playoff field is now wide open. It may have all been for naught, but Parshall struck out 201 batters this season.


Softball: Belle Vernon out of WPIAL playoffs

Written by Mike White on .

Mike White reports that the Belle Vernon softball team will not particpate in the WPIAL playoffs after forfeiting three games due to the use of ineligible players.

"The Belle Vernon High School softball team is the defending WPIAL Class AAA champion, but the Leopards won't get a chance to defend their title because they forfeited three regula-season victories.

Belle Vernon had qualified for the WPIAL playoffs, but the three forfeits knocked the Leopards out and put Trinity into the postseason.

Belle Vernon had to forfeit the games for using two ineligible players. The players are ninth-graders and were ineligible because they played on the freshman (junior high) team for part of the season and then moved up to the varsity. Under PIAA and WPIAL rules, once an athlete starts the season on a freshman team, they can't move up to the varsity or junior varsity the rest of the season.

The rule also works the other way. If a ninth-grader starts the season on a junior varsity or varsity team, they can't move back down to the freshman team. Under PIAA rules, a school must forfeit any game in which an ineligible player participates."