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Alumni Update - Matt McCutcheon (Penn State)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Three members of head coach Cael Sanderson’s Penn State wrestling team have beenMcCutcheon PSU named to the National Wrestling Coaching Association (NWCA) National All-Academic Team.

Individual NCAA National Champions Zain Retherford (Benton, Pa.) and Jason Nolf and three-time NCAA qualifier Matt McCutcheon were all honored as first team NWCA National All-Academic selections, as announced by the organization earlier this week. For Retherford and Nolf, this marks the second straight year the duo earned NWCA All-Academic laurels. McCutcheon is now a three-time member of the NWCA’s All-Academic team.

McCutcheon, a junior, had a 3.36 grade point average and is a kinesiology major. The Lion 197-pounder is a three-time NCAA qualifier and a three-time first team NWCA All-Academic honoree.

The Kiski Area graduate went 20-6 this season and picked up two key wins at the 2017 NCAA Championships. McCutcheon earned his third straight Academic All-Big Ten selection this year as well.

 

(photo courtesy of Penn State University)

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Alumni Update - Tyler Graham (Grove City)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

LATROBE, Pa. -- Sophomore John Bini (Staten Island, N.Y./Xaverian) improved to 3-1 with another strong outingGraham GC on the mound as the Wolverines rebounded from a 2-0 Game One loss to defeat Saint Vincent 3-2 in the nightcap to earn the doubleheader split and the Presidents' Athletic Conference season-series victory over the Bearcats on Thursday afternoon at Bearcat Ballfield.


In game two, Tyler Graham, a Kiski Area graduate, went 2-for-4 in the win.

 

(photo courtesy of Grove City College)

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Softball: Kiski Area the early-season surprise story in the WPIAL

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Three weeks on the calendar and seven games through the schedule, there is no doubt about who is the surprise story of the WPIAL 2017 softball season. Kiski Area's turnaround has been one of the most impressive in recent memory and a perfect example of a program taking advantage of WPIAL realignment. For years the Cavaliers battled in Class 4A, the WPIAL's largest, against larger schools. This season Kiski had a chance to compete in Class 5A which is now the second-largest classification after the PIAA expanded to six classes. To say the Cavaliers are making the most of the opportunity would be an understatement.

Kiski struggled through a 2-18 season last year. It won only one section game in 14 tries. That was actually an improvement from a winless 2015 season when the Cavaliers finished 0-14 overall and 0-12 in the section.

Things were to be different this season, even if it did not seem like it at the start. Kiski opened the year by dropping a 7-2 section game against Franklin Regional. The Cavaliers have not lost since. They won 11-1 over Gateway and won 13-1 at Woodland Hills. Thy shutout Plum on the road 3-0 and then reeled off three consecutive home wins against Greensburg Salem, Penn-Trafford and Armstrong.

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Track: East Feature Athlete - Kiski Area's Elizabeth Debich

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

Name: Elizabeth Debich
School: Kiski Area
Grade: 12
Sport: Track and Field
Events: Shot put, discus, and javelin

Background: Debich is a team captain. She is a multi-sport athlete also playing volleyball and bowling. Debich is also the co-captain, MVP and second-team all-section for the volleyball team. Debich took fourth place at states for indoor track and field.

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Baseball: Kiski Area off to a slow start

Written by Brad Everett on .

Kiski Area started last season 5-0 and went on to qualify for the WPIAL playoffs.

The Cavaliers could get to the postseason again this spring, but a strong start just wasn't in the cards.

Three games. Three losses. That's how the first week of the season went for Kiski Area, which dropped road games to Hempfield, Penn-Trafford and Shaler. Kiski Area hosted Obama Academy in its Class 5A Section 1 opener Monday.

The pitching has not been there for Kiski Area in the early going. The bats have been cold, too. The Cavaliers lost to Hempfield, 15-1, fell to Penn-Trafford, 12-0, and were edged by Shaler, 5-4.