Wrestling: Disney a treat for Latrobe wrestler

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Ken Wunderley profiles Latrobe wrestler Jake Shaffer. Read his story below.

Jake Shaffer made his third appearance in the Disney Duals, but this time was different.

Shaffer, who recently completed his junior year at Latrobe High School, wrestled for the Young Guns Wrestling Club at the AAU Scholastic National Duals, which took place June 27 thru July 2 in Kissimmee, Fla.

The tournament, more commonly referred to as the Disney Duals, was at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort. Young Guns had three teams competing in this year's tournament.

"The last two years, I was on the second team," Shaffer said. "This year, I was on the first team."


Boys Tennis: Latrobe senior a PIAA champ

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Keith Barnes profiles Latrobe tennis player Chad Kissell.

"Chad Kissell found himself in a very rare position on Saturday when he took on District 1 champion Michael Dickson of Downingtown East in the PIAA Class AAA singles final.

He had to take the court at Hershey Racquet Club for a third set for the first time this season.

"I was actually in the second set looking to close it out and I have to give my opponent all the credit because he never backed down," Kissell said. "After I lost the second set, I just told myself that I had to stay calm and I think I just played a smart game in the third set."

He did just that as Kissell, a Valparaiso University recruit, closed out his high school career as he knocked off Dickson, 6-3, 6-7 (6-8), 6-3 and became the first Greater Latrobe boys tennis player in 65 years to win a state title. Don Bossert was the last Wildcats singles player to win the boys singles title when he knocked off Lewis Landon of Williamsport, 8-6, 8-6, in 1950."



Boys Tennis: Latrobe's Kissell ends school's drought

Written by Keith Barnes on .

It took 65 years, but Latrobe finally has a boys state singles tennis champion again.


Wildcats senior Chad Kissell, the prohibitive favorite, ended the school’s drought despite losing his first set of the season with a 6-3, 6-7 (6-8), 6-3, victory over sophomore Michael Dickson of Downingtown East, the District 1 champion, in the PIAA Class AAA final Saturday at Hershey Racquet Club.


Kissell became the first Latrobe victor since Don Bossert in 1950 and the first from the WPIAL in either classification to bring home a singles title since Shady Side Academy’s Chris Mengel in 2010.


It is the sixth and final title won by the Kissell siblings as the oldest sister Michaela, won three PIAA Class AAA singles titles from 2003-05, while Joelle won a state doubles championship as a freshman in 2006 and, like Chad, capped her high school career with a state singles crown in 2009.


Kissell will play next season at Valparaiso.


Alumni Update - Carly Meholic (Saint Vincent)

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PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Saint Vincent College's Carly Meholic and Zach Ligus were honored as part of the Second Annual Presidents'Meholic SVC Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year Banquet on Tuesday night.

The evening of celebration was held at LeMont Restaurant, situated in Pittsburgh's historic Mount Washington neighborhood.

The invitation-only event also served as the concluding affair of the PAC's year-long 60th anniversary celebration. Both past and present PAC members were in attendance to commend the conference's 60 years of competition.

Meholic, a Greater Latrobe graduate, was selected as a recipient of the Kristen Zawacki Award at Saint Vincent's Senior Athlete Awards Banquet in April. The award, presented annually by the athletic department to excellent student-athletes who demonstrate service to the Saint Vincent community, is named in memory of the late Saint Vincent women's basketball and softball coach, Kristen Zawacki. She was also honored as the YWCA Westmoreland County Sports Woman of the Year (Individual Excellence) this spring.


Boys Tennis: Latrobe's Kissell set for sizable challenge

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Keith Barnes profiles Latrobe tennis player Chad Kissell.

"Chad Kissell has spent the entire high school tennis season playing the role of prohibitive favorite.

Not only is this Valparaiso University recruit the 63rd ranked high school senior in the country, he is No. 15 in the Middle States Region and No. 4 in the state. So far, Greater Latrobe's top singles player has lived up to his lofty rankings as he is the reigning WPIAL Class AAA singles champion and will head into the two-day PIAA Class AAA tournament today at Hershey Racquet Club as the person to beat.

"I'm going in likely as the favorite, but I can't think that way," Kissell said. "I'm going to have to play every point and not take anybody lightly. I'm going to go in there and try my hardest and hopefully the outcome is what I hope it will be."

What Kissell is hoping for is to wrap up his high school career the same way as his older sister, Joelle, did. In her final match, she knocked off defending state champion Tessa Lyons of Strath Haven in 2009 and walked off the court with a victory in her final match."