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Alumni Update - Andy Fritz (Grove City)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- Grove City College baseball junior first baseman Matt Waugaman and junior catcher AndyFritz GC Fritz have been selected to the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings Division III Mideast Region Teams, as announced by the ABCA on Tuesday afternoon


Fritz, a Knoch graduate and All-PAC Second Team honoree, set a new program single-season record with 16 doubles while ranking second on the team in batting average (.405), hits (60), RBIs (41), total bases (82), slugging percentage (.554), on-base percentage (.474) and fielding percentage (.976).


His 16 doubles ranked second among league counterparts while he also ranked fourth in the conference in batting average, fifth in on-base percentage and sixth in both hits and RBIs.


This marks the first time that Grove City has ever had two players earn all-region honors in the same season. Waugaman and Fritz are the first Grove City players to earn all-region accolades since pitcher Cory Metcalf earned ABCA Third Team laurels following the 2011 season. Magister was the most recent Wolverine position player to earn all-region honors, doing so in both 2009 and 2010.

 

(photo courtesy of Grove City College)

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Track: Knoch's Geist smashes yet another record

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

Jordan Geist smashed another record at the PIAA Class AAA championships last Friday.

The Knoch junior took the state record in the shot put with a mark of 74 feet, 3 ½ inches. It was inevitable that the mark also earned the reigning champion the gold. Central Dauphin's Ryan Whiting set the previous record of 70 feet in 2005.

Greensburg Salem's Lawson Monta (61-1.25) and Hempfield's Dominic Marshall (57-5.25) placed second and third in the shot put, respectively.

Geist also won the discus throw with a mark of 183 feet. North Pocono's Matt Slagus grabbed second with a toss of 174-10.

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Photo Journal: Baseball WPIAL AAA Playoffs - Knoch vs. Blackhawk (May 24)

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .

 

Knoch and Blackhawk played in the WPIAL AAA Semifinals, Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at Burkett Field in Montour.  Blackhawk won the game 7-2 and will face Chartiers Valley in the finals, Tuesday, May 31 at Consol Energy Field.

click here for video highlights of the game

Photos by Marilyn C. Schwilm, Tri-State Sports & News Service

 

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Track: Knoch's Geist leaves WPIALs a double winner

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

Jordan Geist broke the shot put meet record at the WPIAL Class AAA championships last Thursday. The junior threw the shot put 72 feet, 7 inches to break the 44-year old meet record set by Baldwin's Ron Semkiw (70-13/4) in 1972.

Geist went on to win the discus with a mark of 192 feet, 11 inches.

Senior Brennan McTighe participated in the same two events. He took fifth in the shot put (52-0) and sixth in the discus (162-4).

For the girls, Mandi Moxie grabbed second place in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 5 minutes, 3.32 seconds. She finished two seconds behind Oakland Catholic's Lauren Finikiotis. Moxie also took eighth place in the 3,200 with a time of 11:22.03.

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Baseball: Knoch comes alive in WPIAL playoffs

Written by Mike White on .

Mike White profiles the Knoch baseball team.

"It wasn't the way it was supposed to play out for the Knoch baseball team. Lose one-third of the regular-season games, finish second in the section and get a No. 10 seed for the playoffs.

This wasn't what anyone could have predicted from a defending WPIAL and state championship team that had two undefeated pitchers returning from a year ago. But the team with all the great expectations at the start of the season is suddenly close to reaching some of them.

While Knoch stumbled at times in the regular season, there is no knocking Knoch in the postseason. The WPIAL baseball semifinals are Monday and Knoch is present again – for the second consecutive season and only the second time in school history. The Knights face Blackhawk (7 p.m.) at the Burkett Complex in Robinson.

It's not that Knoch has done an about-face in the postseason, but this was a team that was only 12-6 in the regular season and gave up four runs a game. In the 2015 regular season, Knoch allowed only two runs a game in the regular season. The Knights were ranked No. 1 in WPIAL Class AAA at the start of this season."