Boys Basketball: Fox Chapel's Livingston commits to Denison

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 Jake Livingston was a big force on the court for Fox Chapel. Now he will be one for the Big Red. The 6-foot-5 forward-center announced his commitment to Denison University in Ohio on March 23.

The Big Red compete in the Division III North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC). Denison finished this year 22-5 with a trip to the conference semifinals.


Livingston also had interests from University of Rochester, Dickinson College, and Gettysburg College.


In his senior season, Livingston was named first-team all-section in Class 6A Section 3 after averaging 15.8 points per game and 10.2 points per game. Livingston is an efficient shooter, converting on 38 percent from beyond the arc and 50 percent from the field.


Alumni Update - Billy Urso (Allegheny)

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MEADVILLE, Pa.Visiting Ohio Wesleyan clinched the North Coast Athletic Conference regular season title, whileUrso AC also dashing Allegheny's post-season hopes, with a 110-55 win over the Gators on Senior Day at the David V. Wise Center.


The loss ends Allegheny's season at 7-18 overall, and 4-14 in the NCAC.  Ohio Wesleyan moved to 19-6/16-2 NCAC, and now earns the number one seed in the upcoming NCAC Championship Tournament.

Sophomore Billy Urso, a Fox Chapel graduate, was the lone Gator to score in double figures, posting 11 points.


(photo courtesy of Allegheny College)


Alumni Update - Mike Zappala (Washington & Jefferson)

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BETHANY, W.Va. -- The Washington & Jefferson men's basketball team held a plus-17 advantage in made free throwsZappala WJ against Bethany, powering it to a 72-61 road win on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 11, in Presidents' Athletic Conference play.

Mike Zappala, a Fox Chapel graduate, finished the game with a career-high 22 points while hit 10 made and attempted free throws were also career highs. He also pulled down five rebounds in the game.


(photo courtesy of Washington & Jefferson College)


Wrestling: Fox Chapel's Ron Frank reaches 400 wins

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Fox Chapel coach Ron Frank became the third wrestling coach in WPIAL history to reach 400 wins with a 45-28 win over Plum on Wednesday.

Frank, now in his 36th season, improved his season record to 9-3 and career mark to 400-273-7 with the victory. He's the 25th in PIAA history to reach 400 wins.

Only two other WPIAL coaches have reached the 400-win plateau.

Former Kiski Area coach Chuck Tursky owns the WPIAL record with a 505-143-2 record in 36 seasons. Former Connellsville coach Tom Dolde Sr. is second with a 448-137-6 record in 34 seasons.

"I'm a pretty good planner, but I have no exit plan yet," said Frank, when asked how long he will continue to coach. "I intend to stay a handful of years. I will stay as long as I'm still making a contribution and that I'm still having fun."

But Frank doesn't think he will be around long enough to pass Tursky.

"I don't know if any coach will break Chuck's record," Frank said.

McGuffey's Mark Caffrey is next in line. Caffrey finished the 2016-17 dual meet season with a 17-4 record which gives him a 387-88 record.

The PIAA record is held by retired Ridley coach Carl Schnellenbach, who had a 767-224-7 record in 54 seasons.


Hockey: Fox Chapel has one final chance to pick up first win

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Fox Chapel has had a forgettable season, to say the least, but the Foxes have one more chance to avoid making it a historic one, as well.

Fox Chapel (0-18-0), which qualified for the PIHL Class 2A playoffs a year ago, never found traction the entire season. The Foxes came close to winning one game, when they took West Allegheny to overtime in a 6-5 loss on Nov. 17, but it was also the only one-goal game they played in all season.

If Fox Chapel loses to Bishop Canevin (5-11-0) in its regular season finale on Tuesday, the team will join some ignominious company. The Foxes will become the first Class 2A team to finish without a victory since Franklin Regional went 0-21-1 in 2013-14 and could match the 0-19-0 Panthers from 2012-13 as the last team in the classification not to earn a point.

Fox Chapel has been outscored this season, 183-23, and has given up at least 10 goals on 12 separate occasions.