Alumni Update - Jen Papich (Gannon)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

ERIE, Pa. - Gannon's Jen Papich has been named to the Division II Bulletin All-America honorable-Papich Gannonmention team for the second consecutive season, becoming a four-time All-American.

Papich has landed spots on the both Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and Division II Bulletin All-America honorable-mention teams the last two seasons. The senior forward was named to the Daktronics All-Atlantic Region second team for the second consecutive season earlier this month. In addition to being named Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Western Division Athlete of the Year in 2012-13, she was also named to three consecutive All-PSAC Western Division first teams.

The Fox Chapel, native averaged 13.5 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.4 blocks. She shot 50.9 percent (164-322) from the field and 74.8 percent (101-135) from the free throw line.

Papich ranked fifth among PSAC players in blocks per game, ninth in field goal percentage and 12th in free throw percentage. Papich finished her career third all-time at Gannon in free throws made (357), fourth in blocked shots (124), fifth in steals (244), seventh in rebounds (700) and sixth in points (1,534).


(photo courtesy of Gannon University)


Track: Papich all-around star for Foxes

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Fox Chapel’s boys track and field team is missing two of its star athletes in defending WPIAL champions Ethan Martin (1,600 and 3,200) and Brandon Mitchell (300 hurdles) due to injury.

But the Foxes still have one of the best long distance runners in the state in Colin Martin, and it also has a great all-around performer in Brian Papich.

Papich, who also starred for the Foxes’ basketball team in the winter, was the WPIAL runner-up in the long jump and took fifth in the high jump.

In the Foxes’ last meet, a tri-meet against Pine-Richland and Butler, Papich won the long and triple jump as well as the 100-meter dash.


Baseball: Fox Chapel off to a strong start

Written by John D'Abruzzo on .

Two weeks into the season, the Fox Chapel baseball team stood atop the Section 1-AAAA standings with a perfect 3-0 start.

The Foxes, who made it to the WPIAL playoffs for the first time in six years last season, opened their schedule with a 3-2 decision March 22 against Bethel Park. They went on to slip past Shaler, 5-4, before beating Penn Hills, 8-2, last week.

Despite losing eight seniors to graduation from last season, Fox Chapel still welcomed back a core of experienced returning players, including seniors pitcher/outfielder Chad Bartlett, outfielder Connor Duquette and first baseman Anthony Veltri. Juniors outfielder Greg Yaksich, pitcher/outfielder Josh Dunlap, third base and Daniel Vargo and pitcher/infielder David Brown as well as sophomores shortstop Josh Anderson, pitcher/infielder Jacob Pilarski and catcher Zach Burkhart also returned this season.


Boys Track: An injury jeopardizes twins' goals

Written by Craig Meyer on .

Craig Meyer profiles Fox Chapel track standouts Ethan and Colin Martin.

"For as much as they've been paired together their whole lives, there's a disheartening contrast when it comes to Colin and Ethan Martin.

Throughout their respective running careers at Fox Chapel, the twins have trained together, raced together and experienced their biggest career accomplishments together. By the time they took the medal stand, they would be on different levels, but they were still side by side, bonded by a shared sense of excellence.

Heading into the final months of their senior season, though, there is a sort of disconnect.

While Colin is still running and succeeding -- as evidenced by some of his recent performances -- Ethan has been forced to watch, stung by an injury that has plagued him since September."



Girls Basketball: Fox Chapel earns crucial road victory in PIAA playoffs

Written by Joe Koch on .

Erin Mathias has been a go-to player for Fox Chapel High throughout her stellar career for the Foxes' girls basketball team.

But as the McDowell Trojans found out in a first-round game this past Friday at Erie's Mercyhurst University, the 20-5 Foxes have plenty of other quality players.

Kayla Slovenec scored 12 of her game-high 14 points in the second and fourth quarters as Fox Chapel, the No. 3 team from the WPIAL, rolled to a 48-36 victory over the District 10 champion Trojans. Taylor Cohen, the Foxes' point guard, and Mathias added 10 points apiece.

Fox Chapel took control of the game by outscoring McDowell 18-5 in the second quarter. McDowell cut into the Foxes' lead in the third quarter, but was forced to foul in the fourth period.