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Alumni Update - Kelsey Oddis (Pitt-Greensburg)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

NEW WILMINGTON - Kelsey Oddis, a Burrell graduate, poured in a game-high 20 points on 8-of-19 shooting from the floor, butOddis PGU Westminster shot 48.0% from the floor in the second half to pick up a 65-62 victory over the Pitt-Greensburg women's basketball team on Sunday afternoon.

Despite not shooting well in the second half and just 30.0% for the game, the Bobcats found other ways to keep the game close as they held a 46-43 advantage on the glass, including a 17-13 margin in offensive rebounds and went 21-of-33 from the free-throw line while limiting Westminster to just 14-of-19. The 33 attempts for Pitt-Greensburg were a season-high for the Bobcats in 2016-17.

 

(photo courtesy of University of Pitt-Greensburg)

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Alumni Update - Sydney Bordonaro (Pepperdine)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Malibu, Calif. - Sydney Bordonaro became the fourth player in program history to hit at least seven threes in aBordonaro Pepperdine game,  but it wasn't enough to overcome a high-powered Duke offense, as the Pepperdine Women's Basketball team fell 99-65 to the Blue Devils.

Bordonaro, a Burrell graduate, went 7-for-10 from beyond the arc, finishing with a career-high 23 points. Duke hit 12 threes in the game and shot 49.3 percent to move to 7-1 on the year. Pepperdine falls to 0-5.

 

(photo courtesy of Pepperdine University)

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Alumni Update - Matt Lehman (Clarion)

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CLARION, Pa. – Connor Simmons broke the program record for career touchdown passes with a 12-yard strike in theLehman Clarion fourth quarter, and the Golden Eagles held on for a wild 41-35 win over the Gannon Golden Knights at Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

 

Clarion (4-6, 3-4 PSAC West) will close out their season next week when they host West Chester on Senior Day.

 

Simmons went 25-of-34 for 313 yards and five touchdown passes, with the final one serving the dual purpose of giving the Golden Eagles a two-score advantage and breaking Chris Weibel's 18-year-old record.  

 

The 66th touchdown pass of his career, Simmons surpassed his head coach and put Clarion ahead 41-28 with just 2:23 remaining in regulation.

 

The receiver on the play made his own slice of Clarion history as well.  

 

Matt Lehman hauled in the pass and dragged a tackler into the endzone for the 25th receiving touchdown of his career, tying Terry McFetridge for the record at Clarion.  

 

The senior from Burrell High School finished with six catches for 99 yards and a score.

 

(photo courtesy of Clarion University)

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Alumni Update - Tom Spagnolo (La Roche)

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PITTSBURGH, PA – The La Roche men's soccer team struck first but ultimately fell to Penn State Behrend 3-1 on Senior Day.Spagnolo LRC Despite the loss, the Redhawks clinched an AMCC Tournament berth and will be either the #4, #5 or #6 seed.

The Spagnolo brothers put La Roche on the board first with a goal in the thirteenth minute. Peter Spagnolo found Tom Spagnolo, a Burrell graduate, streaking through the right side of the box and Tom struck it left of Behrend's keeper.

 

(photo courtesy of La Roche College)

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Football: East Feature Athlete - Burrell’s Max Garda

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Name: Max Garda
School: Burrell
Grade: 12
Sport: Football
Position: Quarterback

Background: Garda has gotten off to a strong start for Burrell (1-1), which opened the season with a 33-20 win against Springdale before suffering a 27-26 loss to Hopewell last Friday. Garda (5 feet 9, 175 pounds) rushed for 189 yards and a touchdown and added 85 yards and two touchdowns through the air against Springdale. Garda followed that up by rushing for two touchdowns and passing for another against Hopewell. His touchdown runs were 40 and 75 yards. Garda is a three-sport standout. He'll be a four-year starter in basketball and was an all-section outfielder this past spring in his first year of playing high school baseball.