Alumni Update - Shelby Noel (Saint Vincent)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

DANBURY, Conn. - Sophomore first baseman Shelby Noel was named a Division III All-ECAC South SoftballNoel SVC selection, the organization announced Wednesday.

Noel was picked to the honor when the Eastern College Athletic Conference released its 2016 Division III South Softball All-ECAC Selections and major award winners.

Noel put together a record-breaking season for the Bearcats in 2016. Noel earned First-Team All-PAC for a second straight season and was lauded as a Second Team All-Region selection by the NFCA.

The Latrobe graduate ranked second in the PAC in batting average at .465. Noel also established new single-season program records in hits (62), home runs (9), runs batted in (41) and runs scored (38). The sophomore ranked among the league leaders in average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, runs, hits, RBI, triples, home runs and total bases. Noel was also named PAC Hitter of the Week twice during the season.

Noel was one of four student-athletes from the Presidents' Athletic Conference to be recognized by the ECAC, including one of two First Team picks.


(photo courtesy of Saint Vincent College)


Alumni Update - April Krivoniak (Robert Morris)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Moon Township, Pa. – Junior April Krivoniak of the Robert Morris University track & field team continued her impressive 2015-16krivoniak rmu season Thursday, as she was named to the 2016 Academic All-District 2 Team for women's track & field and cross country by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

It marks the second academic all-district honor of the year for Krivoniak, a Latrobe graduate, as she was also tabbed to the 2015 Academic All-District 2 Team for volleyball in November. As a biomedical and manufacturing engineering major, Krivoniak owns a grade point average of (GPA) of 3.99.


(photo courtesy of Robert Morris University)


Softball: Latrobe vying for state playoff berth

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

After a one-year hiatus from the PIAA Class AAAA playoffs, Latrobe is one game away from returning to the tournament. The Wildcats (16-6) will play North Allegheny (19-3) Tuesday at 2 p.m. at California University in the WPIAL third-place consolation game. The winner will advance to the PIAA first round. Latrobe sprung a major upset over No. 2 Shaler Area in the WPIAL quarterfinals to reach the final four. In that game it was a pair of underclassmen stepping up. Freshman Makayla Munchinski went 3 for 3 and sophomore Morgan Schweizer had three RBIs.

In the semifinals, Latrobe was undone after allowing a three-run seventh inning to Baldwin in a 6-3 loss.

Latrobe was last in the state playoffs in 2013. That year the Wildcats also lost in the WPIAL semifinals but bounced back to defeat Penn-Trafford, 2-1, in the third-place consolation game. In the PIAA playoffs, Latrobe defeated Shaler before falling to DuBois in the quarterfinals.

Latrobe and North Allegheny were scheduled to play during the regular season in a non-section game but it was postponed. The teams have split their regular-season meetings over the last two seasons.


Softball: Daunting task staring down Latrobe

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After a 10-run outburst in the first-round, Latrobe hopes it saved some runs for the quarterfinals, because it will likely need it. No. 7-seeded Latrobe (15-5) will play No. 2 seed Shaler Area (19-1) in a WPIAL Class AAAA quarterfinal Monday at 4 p.m. at Hampton. The Titans had a first-round bye, while Latrobe went up against No. 10 Bethel Park. Against the Black Hawks, Meredith Carr allowed two hits in the five-inning shortened game. Carr was 11-3 during the regular season with 81 strikes. She will go opposite of Shaler's dominant pitcher, Bri Dobson. Dobson led the WPIAL with a 19-1 record and she struck out 100 batters. The teams last met in the 2014 PIAA playoffs with Latrobe winning, 6-4.


Baseball: Kollar leads Latrobe to first-round win

Written by Brad Everett on .

Jared promotes itself as the Galleria of Jewelry.

Well, Latrobe's Jared pitched a gem Monday.

Jared Kollar was magnificent on the mound for Latrobe, which defeated North Allegheny, 1-0, in a WPIAL Class AAAA first-round game at Shaler. It was Latrobe's first playoff victory since 2011.

Kollar, a junior, fired a one-hit shutout and struck out eight. The only hit he allowed was a bad-hop single in the fifth inning. Kollar set down North Allegheny 1-2-3 in the seventh, getting a strikeout, groundout and popout.

Latrobe scored the game's only run in the bottom of the third. After drawing a leadoff walk, Cody Helfrich was sacrificed to second and moved to third on a wild pitch. With two outs, Zach Kokoska came through with a run-scoring single.