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Alumni Update - Jasmine Bailey (Slippery Rock)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

GENEVA, Ohio – The Slippery Rock University women's indoor track and field team got a school record from Jasmine Bailey, set 14Bailey SRU Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference qualifying marks, one NCAA provisional mark and recorded six top-five finishes at the SPIRE Midwest Open at the SPIRE Institute Saturday.

Bailey, a Butler graduate, headlined the day with her record-breaking performance in the 400-meter dash, where she was the first collegiate finisher and the second overall finisher in 56.42 seconds.

That mark is an NCAA provisional qualifier that ranks 10th among all Division II athletes so far this year and breaks the former SRU record of 57.29 seconds set by Lacey Cochran in 2008. Because Cochran's time was converted to a 200-meter flat track and the SPIRE facility is 300-meters, Bailey's time will be converted down to 57.17 seconds for the official SRU record book.

In addition to her record in the 400m Saturday, Bailey was also the top collegiate finisher and the second overall finisher in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.35 seconds.

She capped her day by running a leg of the second place 4x400-meter relay team that was the top Division II squad with a time of 3:59.35. Bailey was joined by Casaundra Swartzbaugh, Katie Teed and Aerial Dukes on the relay.

 

(photo courtesy of Slippery Rock University)

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Alumni Update - Alexis Glenn (Washington & Jefferson)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

WHEELING, W.Va. -- The dual meet season for the 2015-16 Washington & Jefferson swimming & diving programsGlenn WJ came to a close with a pair of losses at NCAA Division II Wheeling Jesuit.

The Presidents women were edged by the Cardinals, 134-116, while the men were downed by a 179-76 margin.

Alexis Glenn, a Quaker Valley graduate, was the top performer for W&J on the afternoon, sweeping the backstroke events with a time of 28.86 in the 50 backstroke and a 2:15.31 in the 200 yard version of the event.

 

(photo courtesy of Washington & Jefferson College)

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Wrestling: No surprise, another Mahon in Fox Chapel lineup

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley profiles Fox Chapel wrestler Mike Mahon. Read his story below.

After watching three brothers compete on the Fox Chapel High School wrestling team, it's no surprise that Mike Mahon is following in the footsteps of his brothers.

"Mike is the fourth of five brothers," Fox Chapel coach Ron Frank said. "My coaches and I have a saying, 'Thank goodness for Mrs. Mahon.' I've never had a family with five brothers before."

Mike Mahon is a 182-pound junior who has a 19-7 record.

"I started wrestling when I was 5 years old after watching my brothers wrestle," Mahon said. "We're all very competitive. We've had some pretty good battles at home and knocked over a lamp every once in a while."

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Brad Everett's North High School Basketball Notebook (Feb. 5, 2016)

Written by Brad Everett on .

Brad Everett has this week's North High School Basketball Notebook.

"You could say that Eden Christian was the Cinderella team of last year's WPIAL boys basketball playoffs, a relative unknown that knocked off a No. 1 seed, made a deep postseason run and reached the state playoffs for the first time.

If the Chargers accomplish – or exceed – those feats this season, it will be far more expected.

Eden Christian, located in Ohio Township, has quickly developed into a contender in Class A in just five seasons as a WPIAL member. After knocking off previously undefeated Sewickley Academy and reaching the WPIAL semifinals last season, the Chargers are 17-3 overall. The Chargers are riding a nine-game winning streak and are tied with Sewickley Academy for the Section 1 lead at 10-1. They were also ranked No. 5 in Class A.

"We're playing pretty well, I would say," Eden Christian coach Todd Aiken said. "We knew coming in that we had a very competitive group. We really emphasized being unselfish.""

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Boys Basketball: Cheswick Christian junior stands tall on basketball court

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Keith Barnes profiles Cheswick Christian basketball player Ben Pollock.

"Ben Pollock is taking being a big fish in a small pond to a new extreme.

Pollock, a junior at Cheswick Christian Academy which plays in the Southwest Christian Athletic Conference, has become one of the top scorers in the area and came into the week averaging 22.7 points per game. Not surprisingly, he's also starting to garner the type of collegiate interest reserved for a 6-foot-10, 260-pound forward who can play both in the paint and on the perimeter.

"It's a little different, I guess," said Pollock, who lives in Highland Park. "But I really like it at Cheswick because I get all the attention I need, both on the court and in the classroom."

Very few players have rolled through the area who have that combination of size to dominate in the low post and outside shooting ability to step outside and hit 3-pointers. Just his size alone is a rare commodity, one that schools at the next level covet."

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Girls Basketball: Cash is money in Vincentian's lineup

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Keith Barnes profiles Vincentian basketball player Torrieonna Cash.

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"Torrieonna Cash might be one of the most decorated players in WPIAL girls basketball history.

"I think I have accomplished a lot," she said. "There aren't too many players that have won as many games as we have and winning WPIALs and states, that's a big accomplishment."

She also might be one of the most unheralded .

A four-year starting point guard for Vincentian Academy, the 5-foot-4 senior has won three WPIAL Class A championships, played in three state championship games, won two PIAA Class A titles and has the Royals ranked No. 1 heading into next week's pairings meeting."

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Football: Shaler grad headed to Super Bowl

Written by Stephen Nesbitt on .

Stephen Nesbitt profiles Shaler graduate Steve Labate, who is now an athletic trainer for the Carolina Panthers.

"While the Steelers bowed out of the NFL playoffs last month, one Pittsburgh local still is gearing up for Super Bowl 50. Steven Labate of Shaler will be on the Carolina Panthers sideline Sunday when they take on the Denver Broncos at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

Labate, 26, joined the Panthers training staff in April for a one-year internship as a seasonal athletic trainer. He watched the team's full ascent, from the NFL draft to summer workouts to a regular season in which the Panthers won their first 14 games and finished a franchise-best 15-1.

After the Panthers defeated the Arizona Cardinals, 49-15, in the NFC championship game Jan. 24, Labate posed for a photo with the team's six-man training staff, then raised the conference championship trophy.

"It was pretty crazy," he said. "As soon as that clock hit zero at Bank of America Stadium, we all realized everything we'd worked for all year had finally led to our goal of trying to win the Super Bowl. It was an amazing experience, something I'll remember for the rest of my life.""

 

 

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Photo Journal: Boys Basketball - Sewickley Academy vs. C.W. North Catholic (Jan. 30)

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .

C. W. North Catholic and Sewickley Academy meet in a non-section game, Saturday, January 30, 2016 at North Catholic high School.  Each team came into the game number one in their prospective sections, Sewickley Academy in A-1, North Catholic A-2. Scoring stayed close and with 22 seconds left in the game the score  was 38-41 in favor of Sewickley Academy.  Before the final buzzer went off, North Catholic landed a three pointer to tie.  Sewickely won in overtime 55-42.

click here to see video highlights of the game

Photo by Marilyn C. Schwilm, Tri-State Sports & News Service

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Photo Journal: Boys Basketball - C.W. North Catholic vs. Sewickley Academy (Jan. 30)

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .

C. W. North Catholic and Sewickley Academy meet in a non-section game, Saturday, January 30, 2016 at North Catholic high School.  Each team came into the game number one in their prospective sections, Sewickley Academy in A-1, North Catholic A-2. Scoring stayed close and with 22 seconds left in the game the score  was 38-41 in favor of Sewickley Academy.  Before the final buzzer went off, North Catholic landed a three pointer to tie.  Sewickely won in overtime 55-42.

click here to see video highlights of the game

Photo by Marilyn C. Schwilm, Tri-State Sports & News Service

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Hockey: Crilley, Raiders coming on strong

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Seneca Valley appears to be getting hot just at the right time.

 

In their last five games the Raiders are 4-1-0 and have clinched a berth in the PIHL Class AAA playoffs. Now Seneca Valley (10-7-0) will have an opportunity to continue its move up the ladder and potentially host a playoff game.

 

Tonight, the Raiders will play at second-place North Allegheny (11-4-1), the hottest team in the classification. The Tigers have won their last seven and are coming off a 3-2 victory Tuesday against first-place Peters Township that moved them to within striking distance of the Indians with four games remaining.

 

Seneca Valley forward Alexander Crilley is also heating up after a stellar performance in the PIHL Class AAA all-star game in which he had three goals and five points.

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Hockey: A different classification, but once again Quakers and Planets to battle for top spot in conference

Written by Keith Barnes on .

After some early season struggles, Quaker Valley is finally looking like a team that has made the adjustment to Class AA hockey.

 

With three games remaining in the regular season, the Quakers have won four consecutive games and have moved to within two points of first place Mars in the Western Conference standings. On Monday, Quaker Valley (13-6-0) knocked off Bishop Canevin as its last warm-up before it takes on Mars (13-4-2) on Thursday.

 

Quaker Valley has also found its offensive touch as the team has moved to within two goals of Armstrong for the overall team scoring lead with 108 goals. The Quakers have the classification’s leading scorer in Connor Quinn, who has 35 goals and 69 points, while sophomore Beau Tomczak is second overall with 30 assists and fifth with 43 points.

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Hockey: North Feature Athlete – Mars senior Tyler Spreng

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Name: Tyler Spreng

School: Mars

Grade: 12

Sport: Hockey

 

Background: Was selected to play in the PIHL Class AA all-star game on Sunday at Brady’s Run and made nine saves on 13 shots. Leads the classification with 13 wins and a 2.05 goals-against average this season and is third behind Fox Chapel’s Chad Veltri and Moon’s Ryan Durkin with a .899 save percentage. Was 16-3-1 last season and led Mars to the PIHL Class A Penguins Cup title.

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Alumni Update - Nate Snodgrass (Pitt-Johnstown)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

A.J. Leahey and Nate Snodgrass led Pitt-Johnstown to an 86-72 victory over PSAC West Division opponent Seton Hill University as bothSnodgrass PJU contributed a team-high 18 points Saturday afternoon in the Pitt-Johnstown Sports Center.

Snodgrass, a Butler graduate, tallied six assists and four steals for the Mountain Cats, who advanced to 13-7 overall and 9-6 in conference play with the win.

 

(photo courtesy of Pitt-Johnstown)

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Alumni Update - Katie Guarnaccia (Point Park)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

GENEVA, Ohio -- Point Park University's 4 x 400 relay team that crushed the previous school record and nearly qualified for the NAIA national indoor meet and Katie Guarnaccia breaking her own school records in the mile and 3,000 meters highlighted the Pioneers' day at the SPIRE Midwest Indoor Open at the SPIRE Institute on Saturday.

Guarnaccia, a North Allegheny graduate and sophomore who has already qualified for the NAIA indoor meet in the 5,000 meters, furthered her school records in the mile (5:25, 22nd place) and 3,000 meters (10:45, 24th place).

 

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Alumni Update - Zac Lynch (Robert Morris)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - A pair of Robert Morris University seniors are among twenty of the top NCAA men's ice hockey student-athletesLynch RMU selected as candidates today for the 2015-16 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate hockey. Senior forward Zac Lynch and senior defenseman Tyson Wilson were both selected for their exemplary efforts both on and off the ice.

To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.

Lynch and Wilson are two of the five nominees that come from Atlantic Hockey Association schools and Robert Morris is one of only four schools with two nominees, the others being Michigan State, Penn State and Harvard.

On the ice, Lynch is among the top scorers in NCAA men's hockey, currently the active career points leader with 139 points in 139 career games, leading Atlantic Hockey in scoring with 38 points. Lynch is the nation's third-leading scorer with 18 goals and 20 assists.

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Alumni Update - Darrell Barron (La Roche)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

CRESSON, PA – The men's basketball team returned to their winning ways after going on the road to defeat Mt. Aloysius 86-76.Barron LRC The Redhawks used a 10-0 second half run to break open a close game and earn their fourth win in the past five games.

They improve to 8-4 in the AMCC Conference.

Darrell Barron, a Northgate graduate, had a career-high 24 points including 15 in the second half.

 

(photo courtesy of La Roche College)

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Alumni Update - Lydia Songer (Geneva)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Latrobe, Pa. The women’s basketball Golden Tornadoes were undone at Saint Vincent.Songer Geneva

The 71-57 road game loss cuts Geneva’s overall record to 9-10, 6-6 in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC).

Lydia Songer, a Pine Richland graduate, led Geneva’s scoring offense with 18 points.

 

(photo courtesy of Geneva College)

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Alumni Update - Micah Mason (Duquesne)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

ST. LOUIS - Derrick Colter and Micah Mason, a Highlands graduate, scored 23 points each to leadMason Duq Duquesne to a 78-67 win over Saint Louis at Chaifetz Arena.

The win, DU's fifth in its past six games, upped the Dukes' record to 15-7 overall and 5-4 in the Atlantic 10.

Saint Louis fell to 8-13 overall and 3-6 in conference play.

 

(photo courtesy of Duquesne University)

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Boys Basketball: North Allegheny needs a late rally to reach the postseason

Written by Brad Everett on .

It would probably seem a bit odd if North Allegheny isn't participating in the WPIAL playoffs, but if the Tigers don't have a big week, they could miss out on the postseason for the first time since 2004.

North Allegheny isn't in a familiar or comfortable situation at the moment, as it needs a late rally to extend its playoff streak to 12 seasons. The Tigers are 9-8 overall and 5-5 in Class AAAA Section 3, which currently has them one game behind Butler (6-4) for fourth place. North Hills (7-3) is in third place. Pine-Richland (8-2) and Central Catholic (8-3) have clinched playoff berths.

North Hills, Butler and North Allegheny are fighting for the final two playoff spots, with each team having two remaining section games. North Hills needs just one win to qualify. The Indians play at Pine-Richland tonight and host North Allegheny on Friday. Butler hosts Central Catholic tonight and plays at Seneca Valley (1-9) on Friday. North Allegheny hosts Seneca Valley tonight and visits North Allegheny on Friday.

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Boys Basketball: North Feature Athlete - Eden Christian's David Ritchie

Written by Brad Everett on .

Name: David Ritchie
High School: Eden Christian
Grade: 10
Sport: Boys Basketball
Position: Guard

Background: Ritchie, a 6-foot-2 shooting guard, is second in Class A in scoring with 21.7 points per game. He ranks fourth among all North area players in that category. Ritchie scored a team-high 16 points in leading Eden Christian to its biggest win of the season, a 56-50 triumph against Sewickley Academy on Jan. 19. Eden Christian, a WPIAL semifinalist a season ago, is 16-3 overall and can earn at least a split of the Section 1 title with wins against Cornell and Quigley Catholic this week. The Chargers are currently tied with Sewickley Academy for first place.