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Alumni Update - Tyler Falk (Clarion)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

CLARION, Pa.Tyler Falk became the first Clarion baseball player in program history to earn the country's most prestigious academicFalk Clarion honor on Thursday, as the junior first baseman was named a Second Team Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).  He is the fourth Golden Eagle athlete to earn Academic All-America honors this season, joining Kaley Pittsley (Volleyball), Morgan Seybold (Volleyball) and Matt Koerper (Football).


Earlier this year, Falk was named a CoSIDA Academic All-District II selection.  He previously earned All-District honors in 2015, which placed him on that year's national ballot.

 

Falk, a Riverside graduate, maintained a perfect 4.00 GPA as a Finance major, was once again been the Golden Eagles' most dominant hitter, leading the team in most major statistical categories and serving as the only Clarion player to start every single game this season.  He posted a slash line of .374/.446/.525 for an OPS of .971, with all four figures representing the best marks on the team.  He was at his best in conference play, recording a slash line of .422/.475/.622 for an OPS of 1.097.

 

He recorded a team-high 16 extra-base hits, including 13 doubles, two home runs and one triple, and his RBI total of 30 was six better than the next-best mark on the team.  An extremely patient hitter, Falk walked a team-high 16 times and struck out just 14 times, the lowest among regular starters on the team.  Falk's best day of the year came on April 23, when he went a combined 6-of-7 with four RBI's and two runs scored at home against Gannon.
 

 

(photo courtesy of Clarion University)

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Baseball: Momentum carries Riverside into Class AA championship

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Brian Batko profiles the Riverside baseball team.

2016 0527 Riverside Baseball(Photo: Riverside first baseman Kolby Wolf and his teammates are headed to the WPIAL Class AA title game. Rebecca Droke/Post-Gazette)

"The irony is, Kolby Wolf doesn't see many fastballs these days. When he finally did get one Tuesday, he didn't see that, either — as it hit him square in the face, causing his nose, top teeth and, really, everything to go numb.

After a few moments on the ground, Wolf was back on his feet, having met with a trainer, and felt fine while icing down his face. He shoved a couple cotton swabs up each nostril and went back in at first base for the top of the second inning.

How could his teammates not be inspired by that?

Riverside (19-2) and its senior first baseman are headed to the WPIAL Class AA final for a rubber match with Section 5 rival Neshannock (19-2) at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Consol Energy Park."

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Baseball: Riverside representing Section 5-AA well

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In the last six years, Section 5-AA has provided the WPIAL champion five times – and with five different teams (Beaver Falls in 2010, Riverside in 2011, Ellwood City in 2012, Beaver Area in 2013, and Neshannock in 2015).

Mathematically speaking, there is a 75 percent chance that will happen again as three of the four semifinalists are from Section 5-AA – Neshannock and Shenango meet in the other semifinal. No team in all of the WPIAL playoffs, though, has had as good an early run as Riverside.

In two games, the Panthers pitching staff has allowed a total of exactly one hit. Mike Boswell allowed one hit in a 10-0 win over New Brighton in the first round and Adam Jeannette one-upped him in the quarterfinals, pitching a no-hitter against Steel Valley in the quarterfinals.

Those two aren't the only stars in the Riverside rotation, though. Vince Loccisano pitched a perfect game in the regular season. Now 18-2, Riverside has six wins each from Boswell and Jeannette and five from Loccisano.

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Alumni Update - Andie Lippman (La Roche)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

BUFFALO, NY -- The La Roche College softball team dropped a pair of games to Medaille College 7-4, 11-10 on SaturdayLippman LRC afternoon. Despite the losses, La Roche still earned the four seed in the upcoming AMCC Tournament.

Medaille defeated La Roche 7-4 in the day's opening game.

Andie Lippman, a Riverside graduate, went 2 for 3 with a triple, RBI and run.

 

(photo courtesy of La Roche College)

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Track: West Feature Athlete - Riverside’s Sydney Wolf

Written by Brad Everett on .

Name: Sydney Wolf
High School: Riverside
Grade: 10
Sport: Track and field
Events: 800, 1,600 relay, 3,200 relay

Background: After not going out for the track team as a freshman, Wolf has burst onto the scene as a sophomore to set a school record in the 800 and become a WPIAL championship hopeful. Wolf ran a time of 2:22.30 in a dual meet on April 25, which put her into the record books. The time is the second-fastest in Class AA this season Only defending WPIAL champion Hannah Bablak of Quaker Valley (2:19.24) has ran a faster time. Wolf, the daughter of Riverside athletic and girls basketball coach John Wolf, is a basketball standout who helped Riverside reached the WPIAL Class AA quarterfinals last fall.