Alumni Update - Nate Snodgrass (Pitt-Johnstown)

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Pitt-Johnstown junior forward A.J. Leahey and senior guard Nate Snodgrass were named to the 2015-16 NABC Honors Court when theSnodgrass PJU National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) released this year honorees on Tuesday.  

NABC Honors Court, recognizes men's collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the past season.

The NABC Honors Court recognizes the talents and gifts that these men possess off the court and the hard work they exhibit in the classroom

Snodgrass, a Butler graduate, was named to the All-PSAC West Second-Team and joined Leahey on the Academic All-Region Team with a 3.86 overall GPA in Management Accounting.


(photo courtesy of Pitt-Johnstown)


Alumni Update - Paige Allen (Penn State-Behrend)

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ERIE, Pa. – Junior women's track and field athlete Paige Allen, a Butler graduate, was named an U.S. Track & FieldAllen PSUB and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic individual for her achievements on the track and in the classroom last season.

Including the Scholar Athletes of the Year, a total of 423 women from 129 institutions earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors during the 2015-16 track and field season.


(photo courtesy of Penn State-Behrend)


Baseball: 2016 Minor League Update - Mick Fennell (Butler)

Written by John Perrotto on .

Mick Fennell was selected in the 22nd round of this year's amateur draft by the St. Louis Cardinals.

That was quite fitting because the Butler High School graduate became a YouTube sensation over clips showing him turns backflips while playing at California University of Pennsylvania. Former Cardinals shortstop --- and Hall of Famer --- Ozzie Smith, of course, was noted for his backflips.

Fennell, a 22-year-old outfielder, has played well in limited action for short season State College in the New York-Penn League. He is 5-for-14 (.357) with an RBI.

Fennell also has three doubles, four walks and one strikeout. His on-base percentage is .526 and he has a .571 slugging percentage.


Baseball: 2016 Minor League Update - Colin McKee (Butler)

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Colin McKee is still trying to get his feet on the ground in professional baseball.

The Butler High School graduate has made three relief appearances for the Houston Astros' rookie-level Greeneville affiliate in the Appalachian League since being selected in the 18th of last month's amateur draft from Mercyhurst College in Erie.

McKee, 22, is 0-1 with an 8.10 ERA. In 3 1/3 innings, he has given up six hits while walking two, striking out three and throwing four wild pitches.

McKee was named the 2015-16 Pete Nevins Male Scholarship Athlete of the Year in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. He had a 3.7 grade point average as a pre-med major studying biology.


Alumni Update - Colin McKee (Mercyhurst)

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Former Mercyhurst baseball players Colin McKee and Hank Morrison were selected in the 2016 Major LeagueMcKee Mercyhurst Baseball Amateur Draft on Saturday. McKee was picked in the 18th round by the Houston Astros. Morrison went to the Minnesota Twins in the 22nd round.

McKee, a Butler graduate, was selected 546th overall while Morrison was 663.

During the 2016 season, McKee started 15 games and had an 11-2 record with a 1.82 earned-run average. In 94 innings, he totaled a school-record 141 strikeouts and 34 walks while holding opposing hitters to bat .167 against him. McKee was the No. 1 starter in Mercyhurst's pitching rotation.

McKee had received several other accolades already in 2016: PSAC West Pitcher of the Year, All-PSAC West First Team, NCBWA All-Atlantic Region First Team, NCBWA Atlantic Region Co-Pitcher of the Year, D2CCA All-Atlantic Region First Team, ABCA All-Atlantic Region First Team, NCBWA All-America Second Team, ABCA All-America First Team and D2CCA All-America Second Team.


(photo courtesy of Merychurst University)