Wrestling: Former Derry star Phillippi transfers to Pitt

Written by Brad Everett on .

Derry Area's Micky Phillippi was three times a high school wrestling king in Pennsylvania, but left the state to begin his college career.

Phillippi is now headed back to the Keystone State and, more specifically, "WPIAL Country."

After spending his first year at the University of Virginia, Phillippi recently announced that he has transferred to Pitt. Phillippi, who competes in the 133-pound weight class, redshirted his freshman season, but wrestled unattached and finished with a 22-7 record in open tournaments. He will sit out the 2017-18 season due to transfer rules and will have three years of eligibility remaining.

"There's no place like home, so I'm really excited to join the Pitt wrestling family," Phillippi told "The coaching staff are amazing people and I know that they will help me through the process of coming back. I can't wait to compete in the Field House because it will truly be a home match."


Alumni Update - Matt Vasinko (Juniata)

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HUNTINGDON, Pa.- Staring down a 2-0 deficit against NYU in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on SaturdayVasinko Juniata night, the Juniata men's volleyball team saved its biggest comeback of the season for the right time.

The Eagles rallied for a thrilling 3-2 victory in front of a packed and raucous Memorial Gym crowd to advance to the NCAA quarterfinals next Friday in Springfield, Mass.

Matt Vasinko, a Derry graduate, totaled 10 kills, six digs, and three block assists.


(photo courtesy of Juniata College)


Track: Several Derry athletes claim titles

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The Derry track and field team took a pair of titles at the United Invitational last week.

On the boys side, Tyler Balega won an individual title in the long jump with a leap of 19 feet, 10.25 inches. Zach Baum earned gold in the javelin with a throw of 178-6, setting a United Invitational record.

The relay team of Will Huss, Justin Huss, Shawn Broadway and Owen Whitacre took gold with a time of 3:36.54.

On the girls side, Kara McDonald had a standout performance. The senior finished third in the high jump and second in the javelin, breaking her own record of 131-10. She claimed gold in the discus with a mark of 108-7. Harley Johnson took fifth in the same event.


Baseball: Hot bats propel Derry Area to winning streak

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Securing a playoff spot in Class 4A Section 1 won't be easy, but if Derry Area keeps slugging away offensively, ending a three-year playoff drought could be in the cards.

Derry, ranked No. 4 in 4A by the Post-Gazette, took a 5-1 overall record and 4-1 mark in section play into Monday's home section game against Freeport. After a 1-1 start, Derry has used a potent offense to win four games in a row.

The win streak included a three-day stretch in which Derry scored 50 runs. The Trojans defeated Yough, 15-5, topped Southmoreland, 19-5, and beat Highlands, 16-4. Playing for the fourth consecutive day, Derry then beat Indiana, 3-0.

There have been many contributors offensively, among them Isaac Buterbaugh, Zack Blystone and Alex Ulery. Buterbaugh is batting .571 with 10 RBIs, Blystone is hitting .625 with seven RBIs, and Ulery is batting .500 with six RBIs.