Freshman Ally Bloom has bloomed early in her high school varsity career. She has emerged as one of the top goal scorers for the Mount Pleasant girls soccer team and one of the top scorers in Section 1-AA. The freshman striker scored two goals in a big 5-0 non-section win at Class AAA Thomas Jefferson. In section play she did not slow down. She scored a hat trick on the road at Derry Area in a 5-0 win. Bloom has not been the only one scoring. Eileen Brady, Anna Billey and Lexi Salopek also scored in the win at TJ. Goalie Courtney Zelmore has pitched three shutouts this season. The Vikings are 4-2 overall and 2-1 in Section 1-AA, chasing Yough (4-0-1, 3-0). They have a big section matchup at home Monday against Southmoreland (2-1, 1-1). Southmoreland was the only team in the section to defeat Yough last season.
GREENVILLE, Pa. – Six former Tomcats were named to the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) 60th anniversary men's soccer team Tuesday.
Representing Thiel on the 60th anniversary men's soccer team were: Rory Duncan, Eric Hauser, Evan Knox, Jeremy Rotzell, Chad Swisher and Nikola Vasilev.
Hauser, a Mt. Pleasant graduate, was a talented defender for the Tomcats. He was also a factor on the offensive side of the ball, posting 19 points and scoring eight goals during his career. He earned a pair of All-PAC selections, being named to the second team as a freshman (2001) and to the honorable mention team as a senior (2004).
GREENVILLE, Pa. – The Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) released its annual preseason women's tennis poll, which was voted upon by the league's head coaches, on Monday. Waynesburg University was picked to place fourth out of the nine conference programs.
The Yellow Jackets, which posted a fourth-place PAC record of 6-3 in 2013 (11-4 overall), garnered 48 total points from the coaches. Last year's conference champions from Westminster and perennial league power house Grove City tied for top honors in the poll with 75 points each. The two teams split the nine first-place votes, with the Titans taking five of them, and GCC claiming the other four. Saint Vincent College was predicted to take the number-three slot (63 points).
On the same day that the poll was released, the conference also unveiled its 60th anniversary team, which celebrates the PAC's organization in 1955.
Mindy Hall, a Mt. Pleasant graduate, is one of only two Waynesburg women to claim an individual PAC title, which she won in 2003 at number-two singles. She added a pair of second-team All-PAC laurels while playing number-one singles and number-one doubles in 2005.
Mount Pleasant is fresh off an undefeated regular season and Interstate Conference title, but the loss of seven all-conference players — including the school's all-time leading rusher and passer — will make it a hefty challenge for the Vikings to repeat those achievements.
"We are excited about the season. We are just very inexperienced," seventh-year coach Bo Ruffner said.
Gone are standout running back Tyler Mellors (1,738 yards and 29 touchdowns last season) and quarterback Ryan Gumbita.
Senior Nathan Pieszak (6-0, 160) will likely be the starter at quarterback. Three players rushed for more than 100 yards last season: Ethan Charlesworth (5-7, 160, Sr., RB), J.J. Ansell (5-10, 220, Sr., RB) and Jake Adamrovich (5-10, 175, Jr., RB).
Thanks to strong performances from its five seniors, the Saint Vincent baseball team ended the 2014 season with a 3-2 win over Washington & Jefferson College on Senior Day in Latrobe.
Playing in their final games, seniors Joey Fearer, AJ Kavinsky, Geo Muzika, Tanner Master and Jordan Britcher all made significant contributions to the win.
Fearer, a Mt. Pleasant graduate, went the distance on the mound, earning his fifth win of the season (5-2), giving up 8 hits, walking two and striking out four.
(photo courtesy of Saint Vincent College)