Mount Pleasant 2014 Football Preview

Written by Brad Everett on .

Mount Pleasant is fresh off an undefeated regular season and Interstate Conference title, but the loss of seven all-conference players — including the school's all-time leading rusher and passer — will make it a hefty challenge for the Vikings to repeat those achievements.

"We are excited about the season. We are just very inexperienced," seventh-year coach Bo Ruffner said.

Gone are standout running back Tyler Mellors (1,738 yards and 29 touchdowns last season) and quarterback Ryan Gumbita.

Senior Nathan Pieszak (6-0, 160) will likely be the starter at quarterback. Three players rushed for more than 100 yards last season: Ethan Charlesworth (5-7, 160, Sr., RB), J.J. Ansell (5-10, 220, Sr., RB) and Jake Adamrovich (5-10, 175, Jr., RB).


Alumni Update - Joey Fearer (Saint Vincent)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Thanks to strong performances from its five seniors, the Saint Vincent baseball team ended the 2014 seasonFearer SVC with a 3-2 win over Washington & Jefferson College on Senior Day in Latrobe.

Playing in their final games, seniors Joey Fearer, AJ Kavinsky, Geo Muzika, Tanner Master and Jordan Britcher all made significant contributions to the win.

Fearer, a Mt. Pleasant graduate, went the distance on the mound, earning his fifth win of the season (5-2), giving up 8 hits, walking two and striking out four.


(photo courtesy of Saint Vincent College)


Track: Mount Pleasant's Donitzen leaping to new heights

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

Mount Pleasant's Kadey Donitzen continues to improve in the high jump.

Donitzen cleared 5 feet, 6 inches on her third attempt in a Section 2-AAA meet at Connellsville Stadium last Monday. It is her best mark of the season and the second best in the WPIAL in 2014. Only Indiana's Jessica Stever (5 feet, 8 1⁄2 inches) has topped her.

The sophomore also won the Mt. Lebanon Invitational in March with a jump of 5 feet, 5 inches.

Last year Donitzen's best jump was 5 feet, 5 inches. She competed in the WPIAL Class AAA championships, but her top jump was not enough to qualify her for the PIAA championships.

Her efforts this year helped place Mount Pleasant at 5-1 in the section.


Alumni Update - Leigha Pehrson (Chatham)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

PITTSBURGH, PA – Chatham University collected 21 total hits in a split with visiting WestminsterPehrson Chatham College on Sunday.  Westminster won game one 6-1, and Chatham took game two 9-4.  The Titans move to 11-9 overall and 1-3 in Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) play.  Chatham improves to 6-7 overall (2-4 PAC).


Leigha Pehrson, a Mt. Pleasant graduate, picked up the win on the mound in game two, throwing all seven innings, allowing seven hits, and striking out one.


(photo courtesy of Chatham University)


Track: East Feature Athlete - Mount Pleasant's Tyler Kolar

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Name: Tyler Kolar
High School: Mount Pleasant
Grade: 12
Sport: Track and Field
Event: Pole Vault

Background Info: Kolar is a two-time Westmoreland County champion in the pole vault. He had a high success rate his last three years in the pole vault. Last year, he was the Class AA runner-up at WPIALs and third at the PIAA championships. He improved upon his eighth-place finish in the PIAA championships in 2012. Last Saturday, Kolar was the Mt. Lebanon Invitational champion after vaulting a height of 13 feet. Academically, Kolar holds a 3.65 GPA and will major in accounting next year.