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Boys Basketball: Mount Pleasant off to fast start in section

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Mount Pleasant have flipped the switch from a 1-4 start to the season, rattling off four straight wins for a 5-4 record. The Vikings turned things around once they entered section play. They currently stand a half a game behind Uniontown in Class AAA Section 3 with a 2-0 record.

The Vikings have picked up narrow section wins against Laurel Highlands, 57-55, and Derry Area, 44-40.

The Vikings also went 2-0 in the North Star tournament with blowout wins over Meyersdale and Forest Hills.

Mount Pleasant returns to section play on Friday when they host Yough.

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Girls Basketball: Mount Pleasant a pleasant surprise

Written by Stephen Catanese on .

Mount Pleasant may not have been billed as a contender entering the season, but heading into 2014 they look just as likely to challenge for the Section 3-AAA title as anyone.
The Vikings (4-4, 2-0) are tied with Greensburg Salem (4-5, 2-0) for the section lead at this early juncture in the season. That might not be saying a lot with only two section games played apiece, but it says something.

No team in 3-AAA has an overall record better than Indiana's 5-3, which is also the only mark other than Mount Pleasant's that isn't under the .500 mark. And importantly for Mount Pleasant, one of their two section victories came at Indiana's expense.

Alexa Szelong led the team in scoring as a freshman and a sophomore, averaging double-figures each season as the Vikings continued their seven-year streak of reaching the playoffs. Her name continues to pop up in box scores on a nightly basis. Teammate Elaina Fearer put up 18 points against Indiana and is a vital cog for the Vikings as well.

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Swimming: East Feature Athlete - Mount Pleasant's Fallon Nelson

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Name: Fallon Nelson
High School: Mount Pleasant
Grade: 11
Sport: Swimming

Background info: Fallon Nelson is the top returning swimmer on the Mount Pleasant girls swim team. Nelson will be counted on to be the Vikings top swimmer this season. She specializes in long-distance freestyle events. As a sophomore she qualified for WPIALs and states. Nelson finished sixth in both distance freestyle events at the WPIAL Class AA championships last season, the 200 and 500-yard freestyle. She also anchored two Mount Pleasant relays that finished seventh and ninth.

 

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Alumni Update - Nicole Malara (Seton Hill)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

On Saturday the men's and women's track and field teams opened up the 2013-2014 indoor season in strong fashion with 1 NCAA provisional qualifying mark, 7 SHU records and 23 PSAC indoor championship qualifying performances for their inaugural PSAC indoor season.

 

The women were led on the day by Nicole Malara, a Mount Pleasant graduate, with 4 PSAC qualifying marks and one school record, she finished first in the pentathlon scoring 2964 points a new SHU school record and had PSAC qualifying marks in the high jump, 60m hurdles and triple jump which her jump of 10.71m was good for a 4th place overall finish.