Track: Mount Pleasant's Donitzen leaping to new heights

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Mount Pleasant's Kadey Donitzen continues to improve in the high jump.

Donitzen cleared 5 feet, 6 inches on her third attempt in a Section 2-AAA meet at Connellsville Stadium last Monday. It is her best mark of the season and the second best in the WPIAL in 2014. Only Indiana's Jessica Stever (5 feet, 8 1⁄2 inches) has topped her.

The sophomore also won the Mt. Lebanon Invitational in March with a jump of 5 feet, 5 inches.

Last year Donitzen's best jump was 5 feet, 5 inches. She competed in the WPIAL Class AAA championships, but her top jump was not enough to qualify her for the PIAA championships.

Her efforts this year helped place Mount Pleasant at 5-1 in the section.


Alumni Update - Leigha Pehrson (Chatham)

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PITTSBURGH, PA – Chatham University collected 21 total hits in a split with visiting WestminsterPehrson Chatham College on Sunday.  Westminster won game one 6-1, and Chatham took game two 9-4.  The Titans move to 11-9 overall and 1-3 in Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) play.  Chatham improves to 6-7 overall (2-4 PAC).


Leigha Pehrson, a Mt. Pleasant graduate, picked up the win on the mound in game two, throwing all seven innings, allowing seven hits, and striking out one.


(photo courtesy of Chatham University)


Track: East Feature Athlete - Mount Pleasant's Tyler Kolar

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Name: Tyler Kolar
High School: Mount Pleasant
Grade: 12
Sport: Track and Field
Event: Pole Vault

Background Info: Kolar is a two-time Westmoreland County champion in the pole vault. He had a high success rate his last three years in the pole vault. Last year, he was the Class AA runner-up at WPIALs and third at the PIAA championships. He improved upon his eighth-place finish in the PIAA championships in 2012. Last Saturday, Kolar was the Mt. Lebanon Invitational champion after vaulting a height of 13 feet. Academically, Kolar holds a 3.65 GPA and will major in accounting next year.


Swimming: East Feature Athlete - Fallon Nelson, Mount Pleasant

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Name: Fallon Nelson
High School: Mount Pleasant
Grade: 11
Sport: Swimming

Mount Pleasant junior Fallon Nelson jumped from sixth place to third place in both of her signature distance freestyle events to take home a pair of bronze medals last week at the WPILA Class AA swimming championships at the University of Pittsburgh's Trees Pool. A year after finishing sixth in the 200 and 500-yard freestyle, Nelson vaulted to third place in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:57.47. She duplicated the improvement in the 500 freestyle where she swam a 5:13.14 to take third. The two bronze medals were the highest individual finishes of any Mt. Pleasant swimmer at the meet. Nelson will now advance to the PIAA championships at Bucknell University next week.



Boys Basketball: Mount Pleasant advances out of preliminary round

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Mount Pleasant avenged its loss in the preliminary round last year by advancing past that round this year. Last year, the Vikings fell to Knoch, 52-40, but made sure the oucome would be different this year.

On Friday, the Vikings defeated Kittanning, 70-53, at Penn Hills High School to advance to the first round of the Class AAA playoffs where they are rewarded with a date against top-seed Chartiers Valley.

In their win against Kittanning, the Vikings had four players in double figures led by Mitch Matlas with 20 points. Marcus Malara had 17 and Luke Liprando and Ryan Gumbita chipped in with 15 and 10, respectively.