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Lacrosse: Franklin Regional hones in on unbeaten section record

Written by Joe Koch on .

When a team sees a season-long winning streak snapped, the best remedy is to begin another one.

That's the formula that Franklin Regional is using after a thrilling effort in a 13-12 overtime loss to Hampton on April 27 in a non-section game.

The Panthers were idle until this past Wednesday when they rolled to a 16-0 Class 2A Section 1 victory over Yough that improved their overall record to 13-1. The Panthers are 9-0 against section rivals.

Franklin Regional stepped out of section for a game this past Thursday against Shady Side Academy and rolled to an 18-6 victory over the Class 3A Section 2 Indians, who are in line for a postseason berth. Following that victory, Franklin Regional hosted the Ellis School this past on Friday. In the first meeting between the two teams, Franklin Regional earned a 16-5 victory over the Tigers.

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Lacrosse: Final two games crucial for Latrobe boys

Written by Joe Koch on .

The Latrobe Wildcats have the opportunity to secure their way into the WPIAL Class 3A boys tournament.

Shady Side Academy has virtually locked up first place with a 6-0 record in Class 3A Section 2 and has one game remaining on Tuesday with neighborhood rival Fox Chapel.

Tied with Franklin Regional for second place with a 4-2 record, the Wildcats meet section rival Hempfield on Tuesday before concluding the regular season with a home game against Fox Chapel on Thursday.

Latrobe defeated Hempfield on April 28 by a 13-9 margin. Typically, boys teams only play section opponents once in the regular season. But, to remove all doubt, victories over the Spartans and the Foxes would virtually cinch a postseason berth for the Wildcats.

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Alumni Update - Cassidy Shepherd (Westminster)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

BEAVER FALLS, Pa. – The Westminster College outdoor track & field teams competed in the two-day Presidents'Shepherd Westminster Athletic Conference (PAC) Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Friday and Saturday, April 28-29. Geneva College hosted the event.

The Titan women's team finished second out of 10 schools with 118 points. The Titan men's team placed fifth out of 10 schools with 87.50 points.

Senior Cassidy Shepherd, a Greensburg Salem graduate, who won the pole vault for the first time in her career on Friday, placed third in the long jump on Saturday with a leap of 16 feet, 1.75 inches (4.92m) and was the first leg of the 400 relay team that finished third with a school season-best time of 50.94.

 

(photo courtesy of Westminster College)

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Alumni Update - Brandon VanTine (Waynesburg)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

BEAVER FALLS, Pa. – The Waynesburg University men's track & field team traveled to the Merriman AthleticVanTine Waynesburg Complex to compete in the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

The Yellow Jackets placed eighth in the 10-team field after tallying 42 points.

Waynesburg was led by its field athletes, particularly senior throwers Brandon VanTine and Aniellio DeStefano.

VanTine, a Valley graduate, turned in the Jackets' top finish of the two-day event by placing second in the shot put with a heave of 14.09 meters (46-2.75). He also logged the number-11 throw in the javelin. 

 

(Photo courtesy of Waynesburg University)

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Boys Volleyball: East Feature Athlete - Hempfield's Logan Horwatt

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Name: Logan Horwatt
School: Hempfield
Grade: Junior
Sport: Boys Volleyball
Position: Setter/Opposite Hitter

Background Info: Horwatt started playing volleyball his freshman year. He was the junior varsity setter and middle hitter for the varsity team. He was the varsity setter his sophomore year and as a junior has transitioned to a setter/opposite hitter. He is currently co-captain of this years team. He is a current two year letterman and was voted 2nd team all-section his sophomore year. He is also an honor roll student.

Quotes from Hempfield coach John Howell: "My very first day in the gym Logan showed very strong leadership qualities. He has continued to display those skills throughout the season. He has made a great adjustment as a hitter and setter this year and is one of our most consistent hitters and blockers. He communicates very well to his teammates and coaching staff. I'm looking forward to his continued growth and an exciting senior season for him."

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Alumni Update - Courtney McQuaide (Slippery Rock)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

ASHLAND, Ohio – The Slippery Rock University women's track and field team recorded 13 Pennsylvania State AthleticMcQuaide SRU Conference qualifying marks, one NCAA provisional mark and one event win at the Ashland Alumni Open Saturday.

The lone NCAA mark of the day belonged to Courtney McQuaide, a Greensburg Salem graduate, cleared a personal best height of 3.81 meters in the pole vault.

That effort moves her up to 18th on the national list and could be enough to punch her ticket the National Championships in May.

 

(photo courtesy of Slippery Rock University)

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Alumni Update - Mark Merlino (Washington & Jefferson)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Mark Merlino had three two-hit games for W&J in last week’s series sweep of Saint Vincent, which locked up hosting rights forMerlino WJ this year’s PAC Championship Tournament. He hit .750 (6-of-8) with two doubles, a triple, six RBIs and three run scored.

 

He finished the week with an .800 on-base percentage.


The Penn-Trafford graduate was named PAC Hitter of the Week. 

 

(photo courtesy of Washington & Jefferson College)

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Boys Tennis: Allderdice duo among East title contenders

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Allderdice might not be the first place people think of for tennis, but the Dragons have a pair of contenders for the WPIAL Class 3A singles title.

On Tuesday, junior Marcus Miller made it through the draw and into the Section 3 championship match before he lost, 6-1, 6-1, to Robby Shymansky of Fox Chapel. Shymansky is the No. 1 seed in the WPIAL tournament and was a state runner-up a year ago.

Mitchell, meanwhile, has a solid pedigree as he is the No. 6 junior in the state and the top ranked player in his class in the WPIAL. He will enter the WPIAL playoffs as the No. 3 seed and will play Michael Wilke of Mt. Lebanon when the event opens on Thursday at noon at The Club Sports and Fitness in Monroeville.

While Miller got a pretty good draw as a section runner-up, Penn-Trafford junior Turner Price got about a tough a shot as possible. Not only does he have to open the tournament against Hampton No. 1 singles player Ben Ringeisen, the No. 8 freshman in the state, if he wins he'll more than likely get Shymansky, the top-ranked sophomore in the state and the No. 1 seed in the tournament.

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Wrestling: Hempfield star flips commitment, heads to Penn State

Written by Drew Karpen on .

For the second time in as many months, a WPIAL wrestling standout has flipped their commitment from the state of Iowa, and landed at Penn State University.

First it was Jefferson-Morgan’s Gavin Teasdale switching from Iowa University to the Nittany Lions. Now, Hempfield’s Jarod Verkleeren has done the same. The soon-to-be Spartan graduate was released from his Letter of Intent from Iowa State and announced on April 30 that he will join the reigning National Champions.

 

Two former WPIAL standouts, Kittanning’s Jason Nolf and Central Catholic’s Vincezo Joseph, both are coming off seasons where they won an individual and team national championship. Verkleeren is looking to join that group.

 

The senior is the No. 1 recruit in the country at 145 pounds, and is looking to fit in at the 149 pound weight class at Penn State. Overall, he is ranked as the No. 13 recruit in the country.

 

Verkleeren is the reigning PIAA Class 3A champion at 145 pounds and a Cadet World Champion.

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Alumni Update - P.J. DeMeo (Pittsburgh)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

PITTSBURGH - The University of Pittsburgh offense exploded for an 18-hit, 17-run performance Sunday afternoon as theDeMeo Pitt Panthers downed Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) 17-5 in the finale of a three-game series at Charles L. Cost Field.

 

The game was called after seven innings due to travel restrictions for the visiting Cougars, but Pitt needed just six innings for its offense to collect 18 hits, including three homers, for the series win.


P.J. DeMeo, a Central Catholic graduate, was 2-for-5 with three RBI.

 

(photo courtesy of University of Pittsburgh)

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Alumni Update - Chris Common (Pitt - Greensburg)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

GREENSBURG - Chris Common hit two home runs and knocked in a game-high five RBI to lead the Pitt-Greensburg baseball team to aCommon PGU doubleheader sweep of Hilbert, Friday afternoon at Bobcat Park.

 

With his second home run of the season, Common, a Penn-Trafford graduate, etched his name in the record books as the sophomore now owns the single-season home run record with 10.


The 2016 AMCC Newcomer of the Year drilled a grand slam in his first at-bat of the afternoon and broke the single-season home run record with a solo bomb in the fifth.

 

(photo courtesy of University of Pitt-Greensburg)

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Alumni Update - Zachary Pivirotto (Pitt-Greensburg)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference has released the 2017 men's tennis All-Conference selections with senior Zachary Pivirotto and freshman Jacob Chovanec earning second team honors.

 

Pivirotto was named Second Team All-AMCC at No. 1 singles, while Chovanec earned Second Team accolades at No. 4 singles.

 

Pivirotto, a Franklin Regional graduate, picks up his second straight All-Conference honor after compiling an outstanding 9-1 mark in the top singles positions. Pivirotto ranked second in the AMCC with nine victories in singles action, trailing only Yanique Apgar (Penn State Behrend), who posted a 10-3 record.


The lone loss in singles play for the Pitt-Greensburg senior came against Apgar, who won the showdown of the top two singles players in the conference, 6-0 6-2. In his two seasons for the Bobcats, Pivirotto played every match in the top singles spot and posted a 16-4 record.

 

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Alumni Update - Jahniah McAllister (Point Park)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

NEVILLE ISLAND, Pa. -- Point Park University women's track and field placed second at the 2017 River States Conference Track & Field Championship held Saturday, April 29 at the RMU Island Sports Center.

The Pioneers served as the host of the championship meet, and they claimed eight event wins and 21 all-conference accolades during the meet.

Point Park scored 209 points in the final team standings, which was edged out by team champion University of Rio Grande (Ohio) with 257.

It was the third year in a row that the Pioneers' third-year program finished runner-up to Rio Grande although it was the closest margin the results during that span. Point Park track and field was established at the school in 2014-15.

Jahniah McAllister, a Gateway graduate, placed second at in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.39, which met the school record that she held going into the meet.

McAllister was also a part of Point Park's 4x400 relay team that took first-place gold with a time of  4:15.63.

 

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Alumni Update - Jacob Chovanec (Pitt-Greensburg)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference has released the 2017 men's tennis All-Conference selections with senior Zachary Pivirotto and freshman Jacob Chovanec earning second team honors.

 

Pivirotto was named Second Team All-AMCC at No. 1 singles, while Chovanec earned Second Team accolades at No. 4 singles.

 

Chovanec, a Mt. Pleasant graduate, was named Second Team All-AMCC at No. 4 singles after posting a 9-1 record in singles matches.The Pitt-Greensburg freshman put together an impressive first season for the Bobcats, in which he won all but one match in straight-sets, and showed his resilience against Penn State Behrend, as she was pushed to a third set tiebreaker and eventually came out on top winning 13-11 in the final set.


Chovanec's lone loss in 2017 came against Richard Watson (Franciscan), who earned First Team accolades with a 7-6 record in singles play, and a perfect 4-0 mark in conference.

 

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Track: Hempfield cleans house at WCCA championships

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

The Hempfield track and field teams cleaned house at the Westmoreland County Coaches Association Championships last Saturday. They won both team titles and several athletes won multiple individual titles.

Eudel Moreta won the 100- and 200-meter titles for the boys team. He went on to place third in the 400 and fifth in the long jump to be named the combined MVP winner. Alex Murray grabbed two field titles in the shot put and the discus. He shared field MVP honors with Valley's Darius Johnson.

Hayden Fox added to the medal tally for the Spartans by taking gold in the javelin and third in the pole vault. Zach Sattiaux claimed the pole vault title in favor of the Spartans. Gavin Mayo collected silver in the long jump. Dillon Feretti and Jared Bannon both grabbed bronze medals in the discus and 110-meter hurdles, respectively.

For the girls, Gabby Holmberg had a double win in the 300-hurdles and the triple jump.

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Track: Norwin excels at WCCA championships

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

The Norwin track and field teams posted strong performances at the Westmoreland County Coaches Association championships last Saturday.

The girls team took second place with 79.50, just behind Hempfield (103.50). The boys team grabbed third place behind Hempfield and Franklin Regional.

Jessica Kolesar started the rally, taking first place in the long jump. She went on to grab second place in the 200-meter dash and third in the triple jump. Kolesar also assisted the gold-medal 400-meter relay team of Rachel Milke, Emily Brozeski and Kayla Zinger. Kolesar's efforts earned her the honors of combined MVP.

The Knights also had a slew of third-place finishes from Kelly Giles (1,600-meter run), Courtney Kosanovic (3,200-meter run) and Milke (300 hurdles).

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Track: Gateway boys finish third at Mars Invitational

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

The Gateway boys track and field team took third place at the Mars Invitational last Friday. The Gators finished behind Hickory and Seneca Valley.

Bobby Szatkowski and Travis Thompson started the day, taking fourth and fifth place in the 100-meter dash, respectively.

Isaiah Cameron was the first runner to medal in favor of the Gators with a second-place finish in the 200-meter dash. Zion Burrell-Hall also saw the podium with a third-place finish in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles. Damion Reed took silver in the 300-meter hurdles.

Cameron and Reed were part of the bronze-medal 400-meter relay team with Nana Ausepoku and Courtney Jackson. The 1,600 relay team of Cameron, Audespoku, Reed and Elijah McDonald earned second place.

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Alumni Update - Rachel Ford (Grove City)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- The Grove City College women's tennis team closed the 2016-17 seasonFord GC Wednesday afternoon by earning a 7-2 victory over visiting Franciscan in non-conference play at Walters-Zbell Courts.

 

Sophomore Rachel Ford won in straight sets at No. 3 singles.


Ford, a Penn-Trafford graduate, and Leigh-Ann Trepanier pulled out a third doubles win in a tiebreaker.

 

(photo courtesy of Grove City College)

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Alumni Update - Colleen Zilka (Grove City)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

BEAVER FALLS, Pa. -- The Grove City College women's track and field team concluded theZilka GC 2017 season Friday and Saturday by producing a strong third-place finish at the Presidents' Athletic Conference Championships, held at Geneva College's Merriman Complex.

 

Grove City recorded 115 team points over the two-day event, trailing only Waynesburg (184) and Westminster (118).


Freshman Colleen Zilka, a Franklin Regional graduate, led Grove City's track performers by taking third in the 100 high hurdles, posting a time of 16.42 seconds.

 

(photo courtesy of Grove City College)