Softball: Ryan focuses on improving, Hempfield poised for WPIAL three-peat

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Sarah Spencer profiles Hempfield softball standout Morgan Ryan.

2017 0331 Hempfield Softball(Photo: Hempfield's Morgan Ryan is focused on leading the Spartans to another WPIAL and PIAA championship. Peter Diana/Post-Gazette)

"When Hempfield Area softball failed to reach the playoffs for the first time in coach Bob Kalp's 18th season, then-freshman pitcher Morgan Ryan reached out to him with a message that set the tone for the Spartans' next two seasons.

"I sent him an email saying 'Coach, I'm tired of hearing about Latrobe in the paper,'" Ryan said. "'Next year it's going to be us. I'm going to keep working hard and I'm going to help the team win two, maybe three WPIALs and states.'"

Now a senior committed to Notre Dame, Ryan and Hempfield's team spent the next two years backing up her claims. The Spartans won the WPIAL 4A championship before falling in the PIAA semifinals her sophomore year, and won another WPIAL title the next year followed by a PIAA title.

"So far, so good," Ryan said. "One year left.""


Alumni Update - Madison DeBone (Seton Hill)

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The Griffin tennis team returned to PSAC play this weekend with a pair of matches. SHU was able toDeBone SHU sweep the matches at home with a 9-0 win over Clarion on Saturday evening and a 6-3 win over Slippery Rock on Sunday afternoon.  

Seton Hill improves to 8-8 overall and 2-2 in PSAC play.

Seton Hill opened the weekend with a clean sweep of Clarion on Saturday. Paula Carvajalino and Madison DeBone opened the match with an 8-1 win.  

DeBone, a Hempfield graduate, finished off her singles opponent by the score of 6-2, 6-3.


(photo courtesy of Seton Hill University)


Alumni Update - Jenna Farruggia (Allegheny)

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PITTSBURGH, Pa.The Allegheny women's track and field team opened up the 2017 outdoor campaign with anFarruggia AC abbreviated squad at the Carnegie Mellon Invitational.


In her first action of the season, senior Jenna Farruggia, a Hempfield graduate, led the way for the throwing contingent, turning in a pair of second-place finishes.  

In the discus, the veteran threw 36.98 meters, before earning runner-up in the javelin with a throw of 34.54 meters.


(photo courtesy of Allegheny College)


Alumni Update - Greg Martin (Saint Vincent)

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After falling behind 4-0, the Bearcats scored 7 runs in the top of the 8th inning, going on to a 7-5 win over NebraskaMartin SVC Wesleyan University in Winter Haven, Florida.

SVC had just five hits, led by Greg Martin, a Hempfield graduate, who went 2-for-5 with two RBI.


(photo courtesy of Saint Vincent College)


Rifle: Hempfield junior captures WPIAL championship

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It was a crowded pack racing for the 2017 WPIAL individual rifle championship, but when it was all said and done, Hempfield junior Jordan Miller stood alone, claiming the title. Miller scored a 200-19x to win a tiebreaker over Woodland Hills' Aleah Atkinson. Miller came from behind to catch and defeat Atkinson after Atkinson was perfect with a 100-10 through the first round and Miller had 100-9. Both shooters will advance to the state championship along with the rest of the top 15.

The rest of the state qualifiers are Butler's Matthew Corlew and Luke Montag, Bethel Park's Shawn Halligan and Casey Mack, Hempfield's Kayla Brownfield, Avella's Wade Richards, Trinity's Jessica Baker, Waynesburg's Hunter Wasson and Emilee Tuttle, West Greene's Noah Lemley, Woodland Hills' Sarah Rodocker and McGuffey's Julia Corrick and Kyle Dietrich.