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Boys Tennis: North Allegheny duo looking to make history

Written by Keith Barnes on .

North Allegheny's Jared Isaacs will be looking to make history when he takes the court Friday at Hershey Racquet Club in the PIAA Class AAA tennis finals.

If he and partner Richard Hofmann, the defending state champions, complete their run and repeat, they will become the first WPIAL tandem to ever win consecutive PIAA Class AAA titles. They would also become the first to repeat since Nick Hjorth and Peter Christiansen of Central Bucks East in 2002 and 2003.

Isaacs, though, has already repeated. He and Kevin Goth also win in 2014 and, with a win this year, he would become only the second player ever to win three state doubles titles.

Wes Kinter of Manheim Township won four doubles titles from 1992-95.

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Alumni Update - Matt Waugaman (Grove City)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- Grove City College baseball junior first baseman Matt Waugaman was named to the D3baseball.com All-MideastWaugaman GC Region Third Team when teams were released on Monday morning.


A 2016 First Team All-Presidents' Athletic Conference selection, Waugaman was one of six PAC players to be named to the three all-region squads.


Waugaman, a North Allegheny graduate, had a brilliant junior season that saw him break eight program single-season records, establishing new marks for games played (44), games started (44), at-bats (160), hits (65), runs batted in (54), total bases (121) and putouts (373) while tying catcher Marcus Magister's 2009 record of 13 home runs.


In addition to the aforementioned categories, Waugaman also led the Wolverines in batting average (.406), slugging percentage (.756), on-base percentage (.490), runs (44), triples (2) and fielding percentage (.990) while ranking second on the team in doubles (13) and walks (24). He led the conference in hits, home runs, RBIs, slugging and total bases while ranking among the top four in five additional offensive categories.


Waugaman's 13 home runs are tied for seventh-most among all NCAA Division III players this year at time of press while he also ranks 15th nationally in slugging and tied for 20th in RBIs.


Waugaman is the first Grove City player to earn all-region accolades since pitcher Cory Metcalf was honored by the American Baseball Coaches' Association (ABCA) with Third Team laurels following the 2011 season. Magister was the last Wolverine position player to earn all-region honors, doing so in both 2009 and 2010.

 

(photo courtesy of Grove City College)

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Boys Tennis: North Allegheny opens PIAA tournament against defending champ

Written by Keith Barnes on .

North Allegheny had its opportunities to defeat Fox Chapel in the WPIAL Class AAA boys tennis finals.

There were the close first set losses in the two top singles matches by Jared Isaacs and Richard Hofmann that could have turned the tide with a couple of critical points. Instead both players lost and the Tigers fell, 3-2, to the first-time champion Foxes.

North Allegheny, though, has regrouped and showed it with an easy 5-0 win over City League champion Allderdice in the preliminary round of the PIAA Class AAA tournament, the school's first appearance since 2013.

Now, however, the road gets much tougher as the Tigers will open play at Hershey Racquet Club on Friday at 8 a.m. with District 1 champion Lower Merion. Kobe Bryant's alma mater has won three state titles, including last year's 3-2 victory over Upper St. Clair and has a team that could easily contend for a repeat.

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Alumni Update - Katie Guarnaccia (Point Park)

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MEADVILLE, Pa. -- Point Park University sophomore distance runner Katie Guarnaccia continued to add to her already-decorated career with Friday night's qualification to the NAIA Women's Outdoor Track & Field National Championship in the 10,000 meters at the Allegheny Gator Invitational.

The 10,000 meters was the last event with a start time of 9:00 p.m. on Friday the 13th. Guarnaccia raced to a school-record time of 37 minutes, 31.97 seconds to place third and meet the NAIA qualifying standard. She beat her previous record by 50 seconds in the late-night performance, and that time is ranked 12th in the nation for NAIA women's outdoor track & field.

Guarnaccia, a North Allegheny graduate, is now a four-time national qualifier in cross country and track and field. She is the first-ever qualifier in school history for the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships, which will be held May 26-28 at Gulf Shores, Ala.

Guarnaccia's 10K highlighted Point Park's performances on Friday at the Allegheny Gator Invitational, which was the last chance for individuals to qualify for NAIA nationals. Any individual who meets the qualifying standard goes to the NAIA meet.