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Softball: North Allegheny opens section play with back-to-back wins

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

North Allegheny has opened the first ever season of Class 6A Section 3 softball with a pair of wins that sets the Tigers up nicely in what should be one of the tightest section races in the WPIAL. North Allegheny traveled to Shaler to open section play on April 3 and won 5-3 after Maddy DeRubbo broke a 3-3 tie in the top of the seventh inning with a two-run single in a showdown of two of the top-four ranked teams in the WPIAL. The game-winning hit capped off a big day for DeRubbo, who had three hits in all.

Two days later, North Allegheny had its section home-opener and it outlasted Pine-Richland in a wild 11-6 game. The Tigers jumped all over the Rams to take a 9-1 lead through three innings. The Rams, who had lost 12 in a row to North Allegheny entering this game, fought back to pick up one run in the top of the fourth and three in the top of the fifth to cut the deficit to 9-5 but that is as close as they could get. The Tigers finished with 15 hits and every batter in the lineup either scored a run or drove on in. Brooke Serbin picked up the win to run her record to 2-1. Serbin pitched 4 1/3 innings.

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Alumni Update - James Divosevic (Slippery Rock)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – The Slippery Rock University baseball team increased its winning streak to 10 games with aDivosevic SRU doubleheader sweep of Pitt-Johnstown Saturday afternoon at Point Stadium in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

Slippery Rock produced a season-high run total in its 17-10 victory in game one before cruising to the sweep with a 12-6 win in game two.

The victories improve The Rock's record to 14-5 overall and 6-0 in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference competition. With 28 games remaining in the regular season, Slippery Rock has already eclipsed its win total from a season ago. Pitt-Johnstown falls to 10-16 on the year overall and 0-6 in PSAC West competition with the losses.

Saturday's wins were significant for a variety of reasons. Slippery Rock's current 10-game winning streak is tied for the seventh longest in program history. The victories were also the 950th and 951st in the career of head coach Jeff Messer. He is just the 18th coach in Division II history to record at least 950 wins.

On a day in which every Rock batter found success James Divosevic and Christian Porterfield also stood out over the doubleheader.

Divosevic, a North Allegheny graduate, went 5-for-8 with five runs and one RBI. Divosevic leads SRU in on-base percentage at .500.

 

(photo courtesy of Slippery Rock University)

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Softball: North Feature Athlete - North Allegheny's Rachel Martindale

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Name: Rachel Martindale
School: North Allegheny
Grade: 10
Sport: Softball
Position: Shortstop

Background: Rachel Martindale has plenty of options to pursue athletics at the collegiate level. She is only a sophomore but Martindale wasted no time in narrowing down her collegiate sport of choice and her college of choice. After already receiving scholarship offers to play basketball and softball in college, Martindale chose the University of Pittsburgh and she chose to play softball. She also received a scholarship offer from Duquesne University in basketball.

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Alumni Update - Christine Palmeri (Seton Hill)

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Christine Palmeri led the Griffins to a pair of wins over two top 15 teams. She finished the week with seven goals and three assists. ShePalmeri SHU scored the game winner in each contest.

Palmeri opened the week with four goals and an assist in the 10-9 2 OT win over No. 10 Mercyhurst. She took the opening draw of the second OT period and scored the game winner just 11 seconds into the period.

She added three goals and two assists in the 12-11 win over No. 13 Lock Haven. Palmeri also added three ground balls vs LHU.

(photo courtesy of Seton Hill University)

The North Allegheny graduate was named PSAC women’s lacrosse Athlete of the Week.

 

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Boys Tennis: Don't sleep on talented North Allegheny

Written by Keith Barnes on .

North Allegheny finished second in the Class 3A WPIAL team championships, was knocked out in the first round of the state tournament by eventual champion Lower Merion and graduated a Division I singles player, but that doesn't mean the Tigers aren't ready to contend again this year.

Richard Hofmann, the No. 12 junior in the state who won gold and silver in state doubles when teamed with Jared Isaacs the last two years, takes over as the team's No. 1 singles player. He leads a lineup with juniors in the top three singles spots including No. 2 Ivan Voinov, currently ranked No. 17 in Pennsylvania, and Andrew Chuirazzi.

North Allegheny will face a tough task winning Section 2, but could take a huge step on Friday when the Tigers host Pine-Richland at 3:30 in a make-up from Tuesday.