Cross Country: McKeesport sisters shine at invitational

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McKeesport saw action from a new dynamic duo at the River Trail Invitational on Friday, Sept. 2.

Macayle and Makaila Wade finished in third and fourth place, respectively. Macayle crossed the line in 20:43, while Makaila finished in 21:31 in their first invitational of their high school careers. The freshmen are actually triplets and their brother Wayne runs on the boys team. He took 46th place.

The sisters assisted in a third-place finish for McKeesport. Niava Price took sixth place and Rebekah Reist took 22nd in favor of McKeesport.


Football: Blue Chip Chat - McKeesport's Curtis Harper

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In today's Blue Chip Chat, Brian Batko profiles McKeesport's Curtis Harper.

Name: Curtis Harper
School: McKeesport
Year: Senior
Height: 6-2
Weight: 290
Pos: LG-DT

Harper is a bit of a breakout candidate this season. After not even making all-conference last season in Class AAAA, he's expected to be a terror this year in 5A backfields. As a sophomore, Harper was a part-time starter at guard, but last year proved his worth on both sides of the ball. "We had no idea how good he was really going to be until last year when we got into the season," Tigers coach Matt Miller said. "He got comfortable and really took off from there."



Football: McKeesport standout commits to Syracuse

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When it came down to deciding what jersey he would wear in college, Curtis Harper picked Orange.

Harper, a standout senior at McKeesport, announced on Twitter today that he has committed to Syracuse. Harper (6-foot-3, 285 pounds) was recruited to play defensive tackle.

First off I would like to thank God first, and everyone that supported me. Also like to thank every Coach and University that offered me a scholarship, and after discussing it with my family, I have made the decision to Verbally COMMIT to the UNIVERSITY OF SYRACUSE #cuse #44 #orangestrong -- @Neverdone_52

Harper chose Syracuse over a list of finalists that also included Iowa State, Boston College, Wake Forest and Toledo.


Alumni Update - Zachary Krivda (Penn State-Behrend)

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ERIE, Pa. – Junior Zachary Krivda, Shannon McDonnell (Fayston, VT/Harwood Union) and AJ Nichols have beenKrivda PSUB named Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) Athletes of the Week, announced on Monday.

Krivda, a McKeesport graduate, earned Pitcher of the Week for baseball. The left-handed hurler picked two wins in his two appearances for the Lions last week. He got the starting nod against Hilbert and tossed 5.1 innings and surrendered nine hits and three runs, zero earned.

Krivda struck out four. He then had a relief appearance against Mt. Aloysius and got a win in five innings of work. Krivda gave up four hits, a walk and a run while striking out one. He posted a combined ERA of 0.87 on the week.


(photo courtesy of Penn State-Behrend)


Alumni Update - Jess Beitler (Point Park)

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SMITHERS, W. Va. – Point Park University softball held WVU Tech to three runs in a KIAC doubleheader Saturday and won both games, 3-1 and 3-2.

Sophomore Jess Beitler, a McKeesport graduate, hit her third home run of the year in the nightcap, putting the Pioneers (8-14, 4-2 KIAC) up 3-0 in the top of the third.