Track: Elizabeth Forward’s Devine hurdles to titles

Written by Brad Everett on .

Elizabeth Forward's Jonathan Devine showed off his hurdling talent last spring when he placed eighth at the WPIAL Class 3A championships.

Devine could be headed for an even better finish this season.

A senior, Devine has had a solid season. One of the highlights came at last Wednesday's Big South Invitational when he doubled in the hurdling events, taking home first-place finishes in both the 110- and 300-meter hurdles.

In the 110 hurdles, Devine raced to a time of 15.48. He edged Belle Vernon's Hunter Martin, the runner-up with a mark of 15.68. Devine had a bit more breathing room in the 300 hurdles. He sprinted to a time of 41.68, which was more than a second faster than runner-up John Hall of McGuffey, who finished in 41.68.


Alumni Update - Portia McBride (California University of Pa.)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

CALIFORNIA – With seeding for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) still at stake, the CaliforniaMcBride CalU University of Pennsylvania softball team closed the regular season on Sunday afternoon by splitting a doubleheader against Seton Hill at Lilley Field, posting a 5-4 victory in Game 1 before suffering a 14-5 run-rule loss in Game 2.


With the split, the Vulcans move to 21-15 overall and finish third in the PSAC West standings with a 12-8 mark. Cal U will face No. 20 West Chester, the top seed from the PSAC East, in the opening round of the league tournament in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday, May 3, at 12 p.m.


In Game 1, Cal U scored all five of its runs in the bottom of the fifth before forcing Seton Hill to strand the go-ahead run in scoring position in the seventh.


Senior Portia McBride, an Elizabeth Forward graduate, improved to 8-4 this season and recorded all 21 outs despite leaving the circle in the seventh.

She allowed four runs (all earned) on six hits in 7.0 innings (89 pitches) with no walks and six strikeouts.


(photo courtesy of California University fo Pa.)


Alumni Update - McKenna Kern (Pitt - Johnstown)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Taylor Hoover and McKenna Kern each hit home runs to lead the Pitt-Johnstown softball team to a 7-2Kern PJU win over Clarion in Friday's first game of a PSAC Central Division doubleheader at V.E. Erickson Complex.  

Clarion took the second game, 7-0.  Pitt-Johnstown is now 14-18 overall and 3-11 in the PSAC Central.

Kern, an Elizabeth Forward graduate, was 2-for-3 with the three-run homer.


(photo courtesy of University of Pitt-Johnstown)


Alumni Update - Vic Shandor (California University of Pa.)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Vic Shandor was a four-year starting wide receiver for the football team from 1989-92.


A two-time, first-team all-conference selection, Shandor was also the team's offensive Most Valuable Player in his junior and senior years.


He was notified of his Hall of Fame selection from current Vulcans' head football coach Gary Dunn '94, '96, who was Cal U's starting center during Shandor's final two seasons.


Shandor played under head coach Jeff Petrucci ´69, who was part of Cal U's inaugural Hall of Fame Class in 1995. The starting quarterback during Shandor's first two seasons was All-American and 1997 Cal U Hall of Fame inductee Sam Mannery ´92.



Alumni Update - Rachel Pell (Penn State - Behrend)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

ALLIANCE, Ohio - The Penn State Behrend women's track and field team competed Satuday afternoon at the JohnPell PSUB Homon Open hosted by Mount Union.

Rachel Pell, an Elizabeth Forward graduate, took part in three top-five finishes on the day including a first place and school record performance in the 400 meter hurdles. She finished the race with a time of 1:04.49.

Pell also ran a leg in both the 4x100 and 4x400 team relay. Paige Allen, Ashlyn Carlsson, Haley Yenchik, along with Pell took first place in the 4x100 meter race with a time of 49.40.


(photo courtesy of Penn State-Behrend)