Track: Pine-Richland grad is soaring

Written by Joe Bendel on .

Joe Bendel profiles Pine-Richland graduate Ashley West, who is now a track standout at Slippery Rock.

"In the eighth grade, Ashley West was advised to give the high jump a try. So up and away she went, clearing the bar with relative ease.

Each time the bar was raised, West soared above. She instantly went from novice to natural.

"A teacher who I was close with suggested that I go for it," West said. "I joined track in the seventh grade just because my friends were doing it. But he saw something in me that made him think that I would do pretty well in that event."

Today, the Slippery Rock University women's track and field program is reaping the benefits."



Lacrosse: Pine-Richland girls an optimistic group

Written by Joe Koch on .

Following a 15-9 loss to Quaker Valley, Pine-Richland High girls lacrosse coach Tori Trombetta had good reason to be optimistic.

Despite the loss that snapped a six-game winning streak, the Rams are having a solid season with an overall record of 7-2, and they are 3-2 in section play. Both losses have come against the Quakers, the top-ranked team in Western Pennsylvania girls lacrosse, according to

"So far, the season has been going really well," said Trombetta, who is in her eighth season as the Rams' coach and also played for them when she was in high school. "We have some young kids who have come in and played to their potential, if not better."

One of those young kids is freshman Marina Miller, who has verbally committed to Penn State and scored a goal in Thursday's loss to Quaker Valley.


Alumni Update - Ashley West (Slippery Rock)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Slippery Rock's Ashley West placed in a tie for second in the high jump last weekend at the Bucknell Bison Outdoor Classic.West SRU


Both West and O'Connor were just 0.02m (0.75") off of first place Penn State's height.


The junior's jump of 1.71m (5' 7.25") is tied for first in the PSAC and tied for eighth in Division II.

The Pine-Richland graduate earned PSAC West Field Co-Athlete of the Week for her performance.


(photo courtesy of Slippery Rock University)


Boys Volleyball: Pine-Richland off to slow start in rugged Section 2

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley profiles the Pine-Richland boys volleyball team. Read his story below.

Peter Mathis has two college degrees and is close to completing a third, but his true passion is the sport of volleyball.

Mathis, a graduate of Penfield High School in New York, has taken over as head coach at Pine-Richland High School.

"I was Dave Neely's JV coach in 2012 when he took over as head coach," Mathis said. "I took the last two years off to go back to school. When I heard Dave had stepped down, I applied for the job."

Mathis has a bachelor's degree in physical education from Kent State University, a master's degree in leadership from George Mason University in Virginia, and is currently working on a doctorate of education degree at Duquesne University.