Alumni Update - Elliot Taylor (California University of Pa.)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. – The Vulcans recorded their fifth shutout of the season and moved into a tie for sixth place inTaylor CalU the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) standings on Saturday afternoon with a 1-0 victory at Shippensburg.


With the win, the California University of Pennsylvania improve to 9-5-1 overall behind a 5-4-1 mark in conference action.


The Vulcans are tied with East Stroudsburg for sixth place in the PSAC standings with 16 points and each school has one league game left in the regular season.


The top-six schools at the end of the year qualify for the league tournament, which three teams have already clinched post-season berths. Meanwhile the Raiders fall to 5-11 overall and 2-8 in league play.


The game remained scoreless in the first half despite a combined 15 shots between the two teams. The Vulcans broke the scoreless tie in the 79th minute when senior Elliot Taylor, a Central Valley graduate, headed the ball into the back of the net on a throw-in from sophomore Eric Campbell (Erie, Pa./Harbor Creek).

The Raiders out-shot the Vulcans by a 5-4 margin in the second half but were unable to register a goal. 


(photo courtesy of California University of Pa.)


Alumni Update - Jordan Whitehead (Pitt)

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PITTSBURGH — A pair of Pitt sophomores, safety Jordan Whitehead and wide receiver Quadree Henderson, were honoredWhitehead Pitt by the Atlantic Coast Conference today for their performances in the Panthers’ 45-31 victory at Virginia.

Whitehead was named the ACC Defensive Back of the Week, while Henderson was honored as the conference’s Specialist of the Week.

Described by Coach Pat Narduzzi as a “gigantic” play in the outcome of the game, Whitehead) returned an interception 59 yards for a touchdown just before halftime to give Pitt a 35-28 lead it would never relinquish. He had four tackles in addition to his “pick six.”

Whitehead, a Central Valley graduate, also started on offense at Virginia and had three rushes for 28 yards (9.3 avg.). For his diverse effort, he was named to the weekly Honor Roll for the Paul Hornung Award, which is annually presented to the most versatile player in college football.   

This is the fourth weekly ACC award of Whitehead’s career. He was a three-time Rookie of the Week as a freshman last year.


(photo courtesy of University of Pittsburgh)


Boys Soccer: West Feature Athlete - Central Valley's Zach Higgs

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Name: Zach Higgs
School: Central Valley
Grade: 10
Sport: Boys Soccer
Position: Goalkeeper

Background: Central Valley will be recording its third straight 10-win season regardless of what happens in the final two games. Still, the previous two 10-win seasons ended with a first-round playoff loss. The Warriors are looking to reverse that trend and, if that is to happen, sophomore goalkeeper Zach Higgs will be crucial. He has already recorded five shutouts this season.


Alumni Update - Seairra Barrett (California University of Pennsylvania)

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Seairra Barrett averaged 3.86 kills and 4.50 points per set last week, as the Vulcans split a pair of home matches in crossover playBarrett CalU against the Northwest Division. She totaled 27 kills on a .323 hitting percentage and added eight blocks and nine digs over a combined seven sets.


Barrett collected 11 kills, six blocks and four digs in a 3-1 loss on Friday to Edinboro, which has the longest winning streak in the PSAC this season. The following day, the sophomore recorded 16 kills while hitting at a .438 clip along with five digs and two blocks in a 3-0 victory against Slippery Rock.

The Central Valley graduate earned PSAc Southwest Volleyball Player of the Week for her performance.


(photo courtesy of California University of Pennsylvania)


Golf: Central Valley sophomore scores big upset

Written by Joe Koch on .

Central Valley sophomore Kiaria Porter picked the right time to have a solid round of golf as her 6-over-par round of 78 earned her an upset victory over two-time defending WPIAL champion Olivia Zambruno at the Class 2A girls championships Wednesday at Treesdale Golf and Country Club.

Zambruno, a Greensburg Central Catholic senior and Penn State recruit, appeared ready to earn her third consecutive WPIAL title entering the final two holes of the 18-hole event.

But she scored a triple-bogey on the par-five 17th hole, and that allowed Porter just enough clearance to claim a two-stroke victory over Zambruno, who fell into a second-place tie with Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic freshman Maddie Smithco.

"It's exciting my first time being here," said Porter, who along with Zambruno, Porter and the five other top finishers qualified for the PIAA Western Regional 2A tournament at Tom's Run Golf Course in Blairsville.