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Alumni Update - Kelsey Wilkins (Point Park)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

ERIE, Pa. -- The Point Park University women's cross country team had a strong showing on Saturday at the Penn State-Behrend Invitational placing third of 20 teams and having three individuals earn medals for high finishes.

Mt. Union ran away with the team title with 21 points. Next was Daemen (N.Y.) with 89 points followed by Point Park in third with 101 points. In the field of 165 runners, Point Park placed all of its top-five performers among the top 31 finishers. That helped keep NCAA Division II schools Mercyhurst and Gannon in fourth and fifth place, respectively.

Sophomore Kelsey Wilkins, from Central Valley High School, paced Point Park in seventh place individually. She completed the 5K in 20:01, a time that is good for the top three in the history of Point Park women's cross country in a 5K and 10 seconds off the school record of 19:51 held by teammate Hanka Jiraskova.

 

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Girls Golf: Central Valley earns huge win over Peters Township

Written by Joe Koch on .

The transition from Class AA power to Class AAA has been a smooth one for the Central Valley High girls golf team.

The Warriors stepped out of section on Tuesday and earned one of their biggest victories since moving into the larger classification with a 166-184 victory over Peters Township. Junior Maddy McDanel fired a 2-over-par round of 38 to earn top honors in the match. Sophomore Mia Kness paced the Indians with a round of 40. The loss snapped a seven-match winning streak for Peters Township.

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Girls Volleyball: West Feature Athlete - Central Valley's Taylor Miklos

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Name: Taylor Miklos
High School: Central Valley
Grade: 12
Sport: Girls Volleyball
Position: Libero

Background Info: Taylor has been the starting libero for the varsity team since her sophomore year. She was voted to the third team of the WPIAL Class AA All-Star Team and first team in Section 2-AA in 2013. She was voted to the 2013 South Side Beaver Tournament All- Tournament Team. Has played several years for P3R's Junior Olympic Volleyball Team and is on The Highest Honor Roll and a member of the National Honor Society.

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Girls Tennis: Central Valley battling top teams

Written by Justin Criado on .

Central Valley is 5-2 (4-2) in Section 2-AA, which features perennial power Beaver and Quaker Valley. 

In fact, the Warriors dropped contests against the Bobcats and Quakers, 5-0 and 3-2, respectively, but the experience may prove to be invaluable as the section and WPIAL tournaments are approaching this month. 

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Football: Senior QB does a lot to aid Central Valley

Written by John D'Abruzzo on .

John D'Abruzzo profiles Central Valley football player John George.

2014 0911 CentralValley Football(Photo: Central Valley quarterback John George avoids a tackle attempt by a Montour defender during the Warriors' opening-game victory against the Spartans. Andrew Rush/Post-Gazette)

"Playing under the spotlight is nothing new to John George.

As a senior member of Central Valley's varsity football team, George began the past two seasons as the Warriors' backup quarterback but took a lot of snaps after starter Nate Climo sustained back-to-back season-ending injuries.

Although George entered this fall as the obvious choice to run the offense, which is motored by running back Jordan Whitehead, a Division I recruit, George believed he had to earn his job.

"I was ready to fight for my job because I knew I wasn't guaranteed a job," said George, who lives in Center Township. "People thought I was going to come right in and start because of my experience, but I knew I had to earn it.""