Name: Matt Kopec
High School: Canon-McMillan
Sport: Boys Volleyball
Position: Outside Hitter
Name: Matt Kopec
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- The Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Association will induct three former University of Pittsburgh wrestlers to the Pennsylvania Wrestling Hall of Fame Class of 2017 Sunday, April 9. Lee Hall, Justin Nestor and George O'Korn form the trio of former Pitt wrestlers among a class of eleven former wrestlers, coaches, and/or contributors.
The PWCA Class of 2017 marks the 48th consecutive year that the Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Association has inducted a class of deserving individuals spanning back to 1970.
O'Korn was a three-year letterman in wrestling at Pitt, qualifying for the NCAA Division I Tournament twice. He also played football at Pitt, playing quarterback and defensive back and was a two-year letterman in the sport.
He made the Pitt baseball team as well, but an injury nixed him being a three-sport letterman. He graduated from Pitt in 1978 with a B.S. degree in Communications. Prior to Pitt, O'Korn attended Canon-McMillan high school and graduated in 1973. O'Korn was one of Canon-McMillan's all-time great athletes, earning nine varsity letters in football, wrestling, and baseball.
O'Korn was a two-time WPIAL champion and a two-time PIAA state champion. He captured his first state title in 1972, a 165 pound junior. He repeated as a senior in the same weight class. O'Korn compiled an 81-5 scholastic record and was named to the Scholastic Wrestling News' All-American team in 1973. In football he was Western Conference MVP, All-WPIAL and Honorable Mention All-State as quarterback.
(photo courtesy of Univerity of Pittsburgh)
GREENSBURG - The Pitt-Greensburg baseball team split its home opener with Penn State Altoona, Thursday afternoon at Bobcat Park.
Thursday's games were the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference opener for both teams. With the split, the Bobcats move to 6-4 on the season and 1-1 in conference play, while Altoona stands at 10-10 and 1-1 in the AMCC.
Penn State Altoona took the opening game by a score of 7-2, while the Bobcats came out on top in the nightcap 7-3.
In game two, Matt Mish, a Canon-McMillan graduate, got the starting nod in game two and the freshman right hander went five innings and allowed just three runs on five hits and struck out four, to earn his second win of the season.
(photo courtesy of University of Pitt-Greensburg)
Name: Zach Rohaley
Position: Pitcher/Third baseman
Background: Rohaley is the staff ace for a Canon-McMillan squad that is one of the best in WPIAL Class 6A. A junior right-hander, Rohaley was excellent as a sophomore when he went 7-4 with a 1.59 ERA and helped the Big Macs reach the WPIAL 4A semifinals. One of his finest outings came against Upper St. Clair when he threw a two-hitter with 16 strikeouts. Rohaley is also excellent at the plate and is the team's cleanup hitter. The Big Macs (1-4) are ranked No. 4 in 6A by the Post-Gazette and played Upper St. Clair last night in their Section 3 opener.
Canon-McMillan’s R.J. Bell will partake in the 2017 Roundball Classic held at Geneva College. It will also serve as a tune-up to his new home court for the next four years.
Bell committed to Geneva on March 29. The Golden Tornadoes are a Division III program competing in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference.
Bell also had interests from Allegheny College, Chatham University, Grove City College, Penn State-Behrend, Saint Vincent College, Washington & Jefferson College and Waynesburg University at the Division III level. Division II interests included Edinboro University and Wheeling Jesuit University.
The 6-foot-5 forward averaged 13 points per game and six rebounds per game his senior season, leading the Big Macs to their first playoff win since 2008. He was named to the Class 6A Section 2 second-team.
Bell will also participate in the Pittsburgh Basketball Club all-star game.