Boys Tennis: Peters Township pair upset in WPIAL tournament

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Miguel Ascencio and Ryan Farrell had an opportunity to become the first Peters Township doubles team to win a WPIAL title in 14 years.

After all, the juniors were the No. 2 seed heading into the WPIAL Class AAA tournament and showed last year they could pull off an upset as needed when they defeated top-seeded Cooper and Michael Kann of Shady Side Academy in the second round.

Only this time, Ascencio and Farrell ended up being the ones who were upset. And, ironically, it happened against a team from Shady Side Academy.

After an easy first match against Alex Ferraccio and Drake Neumann of Kiski Area, Peters Township found itself in a battle with No. 7 Naman Dua and Tanay Kumta. At the end, though, it was Shady Side Academy that pulled out a 10-8 pro-set-format win and, eventually, finished second and earned a spot in the state finals.


Alumni Update - Mark Minjock (Waynesburg)

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NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.  – The Waynesburg University men's track & field team traveled to the WestminsterMinjock Waynesburg Invitational on Saturday. The Yellow Jackets placed 16th out of the 25 competing teams.

Sophomore Mark Minjock, a Peters Township graduate, continued his consistent work in the sprints. He placed ninth in the 100 meters after crossing the finish line in 11.33 seconds and added the 23rd-time in the 200 meters (22.98 seconds).

Minjock also competed in the 4x100 and 4x400-meter relays. He teamed with James Steele, Sheldon Wagner and Mitch Kendra to take fifth in the 4x100 (43.79 seconds).


(photo courtesy of Waynesburg University)


Boys Tennis: Peters Township doubles team shoots for more

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It would be pretty fair to say that Peters Township is having a pretty good season.

Not only did the Indians come into the week undefeated in Section 4-AAA, their doubles team of Miguel Ascencio and Ryan Farrell captured the section title.

And they may not be done yet.

As sophomores last season, Ascencio and Farrell pulled off the upset of the WPIAL tournament when they ousted top-seeded Cooper and Michael Kann of Shady Side Academy in a grueling, 11-10 (7-5) quarterfinal match to move into the semifinals where they were eliminated by eventual champions Josh Raymundo and Aaron Gruber of Mars.


Alumni Update - Mike Bittel (Seton Hill)

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The Seton Hill offense continued it torid week with a doubleheader sweep at Indiana (PA) on Friday afternoon. Seton Hill scored 34 runsBittel SHU on 29 hits in the two contests while shutting out the Crimson Hawks offense.  

SHU took game one by a 20-0 score and completed the sweep with a 14-0 win in game two. The Griffins scored in 12 of the 14 innings played.  SHU defeated Malone 19-9 on Wednesday afternoon.  

The Griffins have won six in a row and are now 25-9 overall and 10-4 in PSAC West action.

In game two, Mike Bittel, a Peters Township graduate, earned his fourth win of the season with the complete game shutout. He allowed 6 hits while striking out 6 and walking none.

Bittel earned PSAC West Pitcher of the Week for his performance.


(photo courtesy of Seton Hill University)


Alumni Update - Frankie Jezioro (Slippery Rock)

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SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. The Slippery Rock University baseball team came up short in a pair of games Friday against California (Pa.) in aJezioro SRU Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Western Division doubleheader at CONSOL Energy Park in Washington, Pennsylvania.

Slippery Rock (7-26, 2-12 PSAC West) dropped game one to the Vulcans (18-12, 11-3 PSAC West) 7-3 before being edged in game two, 6-2.

Slippery Rock was led on the day by Frankie Jezioro Jezioro, a Peters Township graduate, went 4-for-7 with one run, one RBI and one triple over the doubleheader


(photo courtesy of Slippery Rock University)