Track: Knoch freshman already ranks among shot put leaders

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Ryan Riordan profiles Knoch track and field standout Jordan Geist.

2014 0424 Knoch BTrack(Photo: Knoch freshman Jordan Geist already has surpassed the coveted 60-foot mark in the shot put. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

"In just the second outdoor meet of his high school track and field career, Knoch freshman Jordan Geist broke the 30-year-old school record for the shot put.

A few weeks earlier, Geist finished second in the shot put in the state indoor track championships.

For those who know or have seen Geist over the past few years, his early high school success is not a surprise.

"It's a family affair," Knoch track coach Wess Brahler said. "He's been groomed for this for a long time. When you see a young man like this with this kind of talent, everyone gets excited.""


Alumni Update - Holly Bachman (Waynesburg)

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WASHINGTON, Pa. – The Waynesburg University women's lacrosse team made history on several frontsBachman Waynesburg during Monday night's game at Washington & Jefferson. The Yellow Jackets raced out to a 7-0 lead and went on to score a 15-9 win over the Presidents.


The victory gave the Jackets their third win (3-6) of the 2014 season, which is a program record for victories in a year. Waynesburg also snagged its first win over a current member institution of the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC). The Orange and Black was a combined 0-18 against Saint Vincent, Thiel and W&J (0-8) since women's lacrosse became a varsity sport at Waynesburg in 2008.


Holly Bachman, a Knoch graduate, led all players with a game-high five goals. She added an assist for a contest-best six total points.


(photo courtesy of Waynesburg University)


Track: North Feature Athlete — Knoch’s Jordan Geist

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Name: Jordan Geist
School: Knoch
Grade: 9
Sport: Track and Field

Background: Geist track and field family. His father, Jim, was a four-time All-American in the javelin at Slippery Rock, while his mother, Judy, was a two-time All-American in the shot put at SRU. Judy is also his throwing coach at Knoch. Geist has already shown he’s one of the top athletes in the state in the shot put, throwing a state-best 61-4 on March 29 at the Knoch Relays. He finished second in the state indoor track meet in March and also finished second last week at the Butler Invitational.

Knoch head coach Wess Brahler: “It’s a family affair. He’s been groomed for this for a long time. When you see a young man like this with this kind of talent, everyone gets excited.”


Track: Knights’ freshman impressive at Knoch Relays

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Knoch freshman Jordan Geist stole the show at the first annual Knoch Relays Saturday.

Geist was the top performer in the shot put, discus and javelin, helping Knoch win the event with 111 points. The Knights got the full 10 points in the shot put and javelin and four points in the discus, as each team has three throwers.

Geist’s best shot put throw of 61-4 was more than 10 feet farther than the next best throw, which was recorded by 2013 WPIAL runner-up Alec Rideout of Canon-McMillan, and was the best throw in the state. His first throw of the competition, which went 57-5.5 broke the Knoch school record, which had stood for 30 years.


Swimming: North Feature Athlete - Knoch's Brooke Zukowski

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Name: Brooke Zukowski
High School: Knoch
Grade: 9
Sport: Swimming

Knoch freshman Brooke Zukowski made a splash in her WPIAL debut, capturing a WPIAL gold medal in the 100-yard breaststroke. She swam a 1:05.05 to improve off her No. 3 seed and win WPIAL gold in her debut. Earlier in the meet Zukowski added a WPIAL silver medal to her haul with a second-place finish in the 200 individual medley. Zukowski won gold in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:03.35, winning the event by over one second ahead of Indiana junior Anna Paccapaniccia (1:06.07).