Alumni Update - Jessica Dorazio (Waynesburg)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

WAYNESBURG, Pa. – A pair of senior athletes were named Waynesburg Athletes of the Week, as running backDorazio Waynesburg Jerry Lawman and libero Jessica Dorazio were tabbed as the latest to receive the  recognition.

Dorazio, a Bentworth graduate, posted an incredible 57 digs over a pair of three-set matches this week, including 41 during the Yellow Jackets' 3-0 victory at Thiel.

During the final week of the season, the veteran averaged 9.50 digs per set.

Dorazio ended collegiate career with 1,801 digs, and led Waynesburg in the category in each of the past three years.


(photo courtesy fo Waynesburg University)


Golf: Bentworth's Dziak shows shows plenty of mettle

Written by Joe Koch on .

It's pretty impressive when a high school golfer finishes four strokes off the lead in a regional championship. It's an even bigger deal when that competitor is a freshman.

That's the resume of Bentworth's Luke Dziak, who finished in a five-way tie for fourth place with a 7-over-par round of 79 in the PIAA Western Regional held at Blairsville's Tom's Run Golf Course. Dziak – who tied Quaker Valley's Chris Tanabe as the No. 13 qualifier from the WPIAL – will tee it up with the best Class AAA golfers for two days beginning Monday at York's Heritage Hills Resort.

Twelve golfers from the WPIAL qualified for the PIAA Class AA final, and Dziak will see some familiar faces from the South region. Joining him are Carmichaels junior Liam Shea, Charleroi senior Mike Kondratik and Bishop Canevin senior Sam Smallhoover.

Shea finished in a three-way tie for ninth place at the Western Regional with an 8-over-par round of 80. Kondratik was one stroke behind Shea. Smallhoover had to play two extra holes.


Alumni Update - Erin Ritzer (Robert Morris)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Loretto, Pa. – You could say the Robert Morris University women's soccer team "was due" when it went to Saint Francis University'sRitzer RMU Stokes Soccerplex Sunday afternoon.

After all, the Colonials had not won in Loretto since 1999, had a 12-game winless streak dating back to 2002 against SFU and had not recorded a six-point road trip since 2010.

And the Red Flash had not lost a Northeast Conference regular season home game since 2009.

Erin Ritzer, a Bentworth graduate, put RMU on top early as she ripped a shot into the lower right corner from 25 yards out, her third goal of the season coming just 1:40 after the opening kickoff.


(photo courtesy of Robert Morris University)


Football: South Feature Athlete - Bentworth's Josh Hughes

Written by Brad Everett on .

Name: Josh Hughes
School: Bentworth
Grade: 11
Sport: Football
Position: Quarterback

Background: Hughes became only the second quarterback in WPIAL history to throw for more than 500 yards in a game in Bentworth's 42-14 win against Mapletown last Friday. Hughes completed 21 of 29 passes for 501 yards and six touchdowns. For the season, Hughes is 87 of 143 for 1,412 yards and 19 touchdowns. Bentworth is 6-1 overall (6-1 in the Class A Tri-County South Conference) and has qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 2005.


Boys Soccer: At Bentworth, success begins at early age

Written by Megan Ryan on .

Megan Ryan profiles the Bentworth boys soccer team.

"When Gary Amos took over the Bentworth boys soccer team 10 years ago, he brought on current second-year girls coach Tyler Hamstra as an assistant, and the two hatched a long-term plan.

Amos said the boys team had never made the playoffs until his tenure. And the girls team didn't even start up until 2006. While the school had great athletes, they weren't necessarily soccer players.

"The kids coming up didn't know the things they should know," Amos said. "Once they got to high school, they were trying to learn things for the first time."

To improve soccer at the high school, the coaches knew they had to start teaching kids at a younger age and thus became involved in the Bentworth Area Youth Soccer Association. That was where they first identified Chad Gurdish and Miranda VanKirk. Just sixth-graders at the time, Hamstra said he knew those two would be future players to build a team around."