Alumni Update - Joe Bortak (Juniata)

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HUNTINGDON, Pa. – After a year that saw the Juniata College men's volleyball team spend five weeksBortak Juniata at the top of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) poll, Juniata placed four on the AVCA's All-America teams.  The third ranked Eagles tied Springfield College for the most selections.  Juniata has had an All-American named in all 11 years of the AVCA's squads.

Juniors Joe Bortak and Paul Kuhn (York, Pa./Central York) were named first teamers, while redshirt junior Alex McColgin (Buffalo, N.Y./Hamburg) and sophomore Chad Albert earned second team honors.  The foursome are the Eagles kill leaders and mark the first time since 2007 Juniata earned four All-America spots.

Bortak, a Penn-Trafford graduate, is a three-time All-American. This is his second first team selection. The middle ranks second nationally in hitting percentage and is third on the team in kills. This is Kuhn's second All-America nod and his first time on first team. Precise behind the service line, he leads the league in aces per set and ranks 15th nationally. 


(photo courtesy of Juniata College)


Alumni Update - Derek Lingafelt (Saint Vincent)

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LATROBE - The Saint Vincent men's golf team finished one stroke back of team champion Washington & Jefferson and senior Derek Lingafelt, a Penn-Trafford graduate, tied for first at the fourth-annual Doug Rogers Memorial Invitational, hosted by SVC at Arnold Palmer's Latrobe Country Club.

The Bearcats posted a team score of 313 to finish one stroke off the lead of the Presidents. Lingafelt (35-39) and W&J's Hunter Bagiatis (38-36) each tied for the individual title with a 74, but Bagiatis won in a playoff. Both players parred hole number one and then Bagiatis earned the win with a par on No. 18 while Lingafelt carded a bogey.



Baseball: East Feature Athlete - Penn-Trafford's Tyler Smith

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Name: Tyler Smith
School: Penn-Trafford
Grade: 12
Sport: Baseball
Position: Pitcher

Background Info: Smith, a senior right-hander, is one of the top pitchers in the WPIAL. He's the ace for a Penn-Trafford team that has compiled a 10-1 record (5-1 in Class AAAA Section 2). Smith is 4-1 and has 39 strikeouts in 27 innings. He had one of the finest games of his career in a 13-2 five-inning win against a very strong Hempfield team on April 10. In that game, Smith hurled a complete-game two-hitter with 10 strikeouts, and went 3 for 3 with a home run and five RBIs. In a 2-1 win against Kiski Area on March 31, Smith fired a three-hitter and struck out seven. As a junior, Smith was named the WPIAL Class AAAA pitcher of the year. Smith has signed with Canisius, a Division I school located in Buffalo, N.Y.


Baseball: Penn-Trafford contending for section title

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Drew Karpen profiles the Penn-Trafford baseball team.

2014 0417 PennTrafford Baseball(Photo: Hempfield's Joey DeFloria slides home with a run despite the efforts of Penn-Trafford catcher Scott Koscho. That was one of the few low points for the Warriors as they dispatched the Spartans, 13-2, last Friday in a Section 2-AAAA victory. Michael Henninger/Post-Gazette)

"It seems as though everyone from Pittsburgh knows something about the 1979 Pirates, even if they hadn't been born by then.

The team that came to be identified as the "We Are Family" group showed why it was tagged with that slogan after winning the franchise's fifth World Series title and second in the decade of the 1970s.

That wasn't the only local historic baseball moment in the Pittsburgh area. That was the first year that Ron Evans began his long and illustrious career with the Penn-Trafford High School baseball program.

"This is my 26th year as head coach at Penn-Trafford," Evans said. "I have been there all my [adult] life. I was an assistant for nine years before that. I have been involved with the program since 1979. I just retired from teaching last year. I taught at Penn-Trafford for 36 years.""


Alumni Update: Chansler Poole (Saint Vincent)

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Chansler Poole’s 1,500 time (3:49.22) in the Invitational division of last weekend’s Bucknell OutdoorPoole SVC 101013 Classic is the top time in the league and currently ranks third among all Division III competitors.

The Penn-Trafford graduate, also helped the Bearcats’ winning 4x800 relay (7:46.25) establish a new school record while posting Division III’s third-fastest time in the event this season.

His performance earned him PAC Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week.


(photo courtesy of Saint Vincent College)