Alumni Update - Kaylee Zozos (La Roche)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- La Roche Softball (6-10, 2-4) dropped both games of a double-header to MedailleZozos La Roche College (8-8, 4-4) 8-6, 15-5 in an AMCC conference matchup on Saturday afternoon.

In game one, Kaylee Zozos had two hits and twice for the Lady Redhawks.

In game two Zozos, a North Hills graduate, hit her La Roche record and AMCC leading eighth home run of the season.


(photo courtesy of La Roche College)


Alumni Update - Jess Rectenwald (Gannon)

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ERIE, Pa. - The Gannon softball team earned a split with the Edinboro Fighting Scots in PennsylvaniaRectenwald Gannon State Athletic Conference (PSAC) doubleheader action at Gannon University Field Sunday. The Fighting Scots rallied for a 12-5 win over the Lady Knights in game one with an eight-run sixth inning.


In the nightcap, the Lady Knights bounced back with a commanding 9-1 win over the Fighting Scots that was called in the sixth inning on a mercy rule. Snapping a five-game skid, the Lady Knights moved to 9-11 overall and 2-4 in PSAC action.  

Only three Lady Knights recorded the team's seven combined hits in game one. Junior Jess Rectenwald went 3-for-3 with three runs scored and a double.

In game two, Rectenwald, a North Hills graduate, went for 4-for-4 in game two with three runs and a RB I. The junior finished the day 7-for-7 against the Fighting Scots along with six runs and one RBI.


(photo courtesy of Gannon University)


Hockey: North Hills’ Berner honored for play last month

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The Pittsburgh Penguins announced last week that North Hills junior Brett Berner was one of the Highmark PIHL Players of the Month for February

Berner had six goals and five assists in six February games, including four goals in the regular-season finale against Plum. For the season, Berner had had 23 goals and 22 assist to help the Indians win their first section title in 41 years.

Berner also scored a playoff goal for the second straight year, finding the back of the net once in North Hills’ Class AA Penguins Cup loss to eventual league champion Bishop Canevin.



Track: North Hills grad an All-American

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Joe Koch profiles North Hills graduate Alex McCune.

"When Alex McCune was finishing up as a senior at North Hills High School in the spring of 2011, he believed he had the ability and the discipline to become a decathlete on the collegiate level.

The problem was finding a college where he could hone his skills as a track athlete and develop himself for the 10-event regimen.

"I wasn't very recruitable out of high school," said McCune, a 20-year-old Ross resident. "So, I contacted Akron, and they responded and I went there as a walk-on."

If Zips' track coach Dennis Mitchell initially thought he was taking a chance on McCune, it didn't take him long to change his outlook."



Wrestling: North Hills' Avon proud of bronze medal

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Tri-State Sports & News Service Ryan Riordan profiles North Hills wrestler Jonathan Avon. Click here to read his story.

"HERSHEY -- It wasn't widely predicted that Jonathan Avon would be North Hills' top finisher at last weekend's PIAA Class AAA wrestling tournament.

Yet, Avon, a senior, accepted his bronze medal on the 160-pound platform in Hershey Saturday night, while his teammate and one of the top-ranked wrestlers in the country, Gage Curry, took sixth at 106 pounds.

Avon has come a long way from two weeks ago when he was seeded fifth at the WPIAL tournament.

"I think I just put my faith above everything else," Avon said. "Just believing in myself. Everyone around me kept telling me I deserve it and I just had to go out and earn it.""