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Wrestling: Latrobe second at King of the Mountain Tournament

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Hempfield's Sam Krivus, Latrobe's Luke Pletcher, and Burrell's Allan Beattie claimed a second straight title at the King of the Mountain Tournament, held Dec. 12-13 at Central Valley High School.

Krivus was voted Outstanding Wrestler after a 5-1 win against Penn-Trafford's Cameron Coy in the 138-pound final. Pletcher claimed the 132-pound title with a 3-1 win against Korbin Myers of Boiling Springs. Beattie claimed his second 285-pound title by medical forfeit over Latrobe's Tyler Mears.

"Korbin Myers was the last wrestler to beat Luke," Latrobe coach Tad Harbert said. "And it was at this tournament. They met in the (2012) consolation semifinals during Luke's freshman year, and Myers beat him 3-1 in overtime. The rematch had the same score, but this time Luke came away with the title."

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Wrestling: Latrobe wins team title at Hickory Tournament

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Latrobe dominated the 20-team Hickory Tournament, held Dec. 5-6. The Wildcats outscored Ridgway, 264 to 215, and had 11 wrestlers place among the top six in their weight class. And they did it without two-time PIAA champion Luke Pletcher, who sat out. Seven Latrobe wrestlers won titles.

* Brady Sherback won the 106-pound title with an 8-4 win against Ridgway's Bryce Barclay.

* Joel Cawoski won the 138-pound title with a pin of Smethport's Adam Shunk at 2:24.

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Hockey: East Feature Athlete – Latrobe’s Timothy Ruppen

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Name: Timothy Ruppen
School: Latrobe
Grade: 12
Sport: Hockey

Background: Ruppen is the only goaltender listed on the roster and has compiled a solid 3.10 goals-against average and a .899 save percentage in seven starts despite playing on a team that is still learning its way under a first-year head coach. Last season he was 10-8-3 with a 3.98 GAA and a .856 save percentage.

Latrobe coach Josh Werner: “He’s been lights-out and he’s been keeping us in games. We haven’t been blown out at all this year and they’ve all been close games and he’s made some big saves for us and he’s been playing very well for us.”

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Hockey: New coach, Latrobe skaters are adjusting to each other

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Keith Barnes profiles the Latrobe hockey team.

"Josh Werner isn't new to the coaching ranks, but he acknowledges there has been a bit of an adjustment period as he has settled into the role as the man running Greater Latrobe's bench.

"Once you get a new coach and philosophies change and you get new drills, and you get some kids who didn't play last year, it takes some time to get acclimated," said Werner, the Wildcats first-year coach. "It all mixes together and takes some time to really figure out."

That mélange of personality and philosophy has begun to coalesce into a unified Latrobe unit and, even though the team's 2-4-1 record is not indicative of a program on the upswing, the Wildcats appear to be headed in the right direction.

After losing their first three games, they are 2-1-1 in their past four and have vaulted themselves out of the PIHL Class AA Eastern Conference basement."

 

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Alumni Update: Valerie Dunlap (Washington & Jefferson)

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GREENVILLE, Pa. -- Washington & Jefferson senior center Valerie Dunlap has claimed the inauguralDunlap WJ Presidents' Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week honor for the 2014-15 season.


Dunlap, a Greater Latrobe graduate, earned tournament MVP honors as the Presidents won the Penn State Behrend Tip-Off Tournament over the weekend. Over the two games, the 6-3 senior averaged 9.5 points, 12.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.0 steals.


In Sunday's 71-69 overtime championship win over Rochester Institute of Technology, the two-time All-PAC honoree led the Presidents with 17 points and 17 rebounds, plus four assists, a block and a steal.

 

On Saturday against Kenyon, she posted two points, seven boards and two crucial blocks with under a minute remaining to preserve the narrow, 58-56, victory.

(photo courtesy of Washington & Jefferson College)