Swimming: Mount Pleasant girl has her eyes on a title

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Keith Barnes profiles Mount Pleasant swimmer Fallon Nelson.

"Mount Pleasant senior Fallon Nelson has gone through all the prep work to win a WPIAL Class AA individual swimming title.

"You don't really think about it, but you just have to do it," Nelson said. "I was probably swimming around 7,000 yards a day during the height of the season and I had morning practices with 4,000 yards in the morning and another 7,000 after school at night, so it was like being a college swimmer."

Nelson plans on swimming in college, but she's not ready to make an announcement. Before that, though, she has to complete her high school career and will compete in the two-day WPIAL Class AA championship meet beginning today at Pitt's Trees Pool.

Nelson has had several solid performances at the WPIAL meet and has stood on the podium several times. What she has never done is climbed to the very top and claimed a gold medal as a champion."



Girls Basketball: Mount Pleasant looks forward to postseason

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With several quality wins and a few close losses, Mount Pleasant had an opportunity to bump up ahead of a couple of section champions and perhaps lock up one of the top four seeds in the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs.

That all changed over the last couple of weeks, though, as the Vikings suffered a couple of critical defeats that will have the committee shaking their heads as they meet to shake out the pairings before the postseason brackets are unveiled Tuesday at the Doubletree in Green Tree.

Mount Pleasant (15-7) finished 12-2 in Section 3 with its only losses coming to Indiana, but it was the 3-5 mark in non-section games, including questionable defeats late in the season to a McGuffey team that barely qualified for the tournament and a season-ending 12-point loss to Section 4 champion Elizabeth Forward (15-7) that could prove problematic.

Either way, the Vikings will have to ride senior guard Alexa Szelong as far as she can take them. She remains among the WPIALs leading scorers, averaging 19.5 per game and has accounted for nearly one-third of the team's scoring this season.


Girls Basketball: East Feature Athlete - Alexa Szelong, Mount Pleasant

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Name: Alexa Szelong
School: Mount Pleasant
Grade: 12
Sport: Girls Basketball
Position: Guard

Background: The senior guard is getting looks from several colleges -- most notably Ursuline and Seton Hill –- and has helped the Vikings (8-4, 5-1) into second place in Section 3-AAA. Through the team's first 10 games, she was averaging 21.1 points per game, which was good enough for 10th overall in the WPIAL. In her most recent game, she hit for three 3-pointers and scored 16 in a win against Laurel Highlands.


Girls Basketball: Mount Pleasant looking to bounce back

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Mount Pleasant went through a bit of a tough stretch just before the holiday break with a pair of very tough losses.

Then again, it's not like Indiana and Greensburg Central Catholic are pushovers by any stretch of the imagination.

After that tough two-game stretch that included the Vikings first Section 3-AAA loss of the season to the Little Indians, they rebounded nicely with as Alexa Szelong scored 13 points in a 53-18 victory against Southmoreland that sent them into the holiday break on a high note.

That note could get a little higher tonight when Mount Pleasant (5-3) opens its tournament at 7:30 p.m. today against a winless Kiski Area team that is averaging only 10.9 points per game and was held to 15 or fewer points in each of its first six games.