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)


Wrestling: Improved riding skills pay off for Pine-Richland wrestler

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley profiles Pine-Richland wrestler Hunter Baxter. Read his story below.

Hunter Baxter worked very hard during the offseason to improve his riding skills.

That extra effort paid off during the finals of the Allegheny County Tournament, held last weekend at Fox Chapel High School.

Baxter, a junior at Pine-Richland, claimed the 120-pound title with a 1-0 victory against Justin Perkins of Penn Hills. Baxter scored the only point with a second-period escape, then rode Jenkins for the final two minutes to claim his second county.

"I went to a lot of Young Guns [Wrestling Club] clinics over the summer that concentrated on working from the top position. I worked very hard with my workout partners and coaches to improve my riding skills," Baxter said.


Golf: Pine-Richland grad to be inducted into Marquette Hall

Written by Joe Bendel on .

Joe Bendel profiles Pine-Richland grad Mike Van Sickle, who will be inducted into the Marquette Hall of Fame.

"Harvey Alexander Van Sickle was born on Jan. 18, the first child of parents Mike and Kristine of McKees Rocks. Dad reported everything went smoothly, albeit a little hectic.

It is not dissimilar to the game of golf – eagle, birdie, double-bogey – a sport in which Mike Van Sickle has excelled for most of his 29 years.

"Still trying to get my days straight," Van Sickle said, laughing. "It's been fun, crazy."

A Pine-Richland High School graduate, Van Sickle's golf career has been all of the above. And then some."


Swimming: Pine-Richland sophomore has strong meet against North Allegheny

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Pine-Richland has some of the best young talent in girls swimming in its section. That was evident in a dual meet against North Allegheny when its fastest relay was swam by two sophomores and two freshmen. One of those sophomores, Jaclyn Lenhart, had one of the strongest meets out of all the swimmers.

Swimming against the strongest girls team in the WPIAL, Lenhart led off a third-place relay and finished first and second in her two individual events. She swam the 50-yard freestyle in 26.80 to take second place behind North Allegheny sophomore Kristine Mihm (25.71). She gave the Rams an individual win when she edged out two North Allegheny swimmers in the 100 freestyle. Lenhart swam the event in 57.38 to narrowly beat out North Allegheny senior Erin Kuhn (57.45) and North Allegheny junior Kathryn Davis (57.60).

She was also a part of Pine-Richland's fastest 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay. She swam those events with freshmen Sara Chiprean and Kira Schwacha and sophomore Rylie Fry.


Boys Basketball: North Feature Athlete - Pine-Richland's Phil Jurkovec

Written by Brad Everett on .

Name: Phil Jurkovec
High School: Pine-Richland
Grade: 10
Sport: Boys Basketball
Position: Guard-forward

Background: Jurkovec is regarded as one of the top sophomore quarterbacks in the country, but he's a very talented basketball player, as well. Jurkovec, a 6-foot-5 guard-forward, is averaging 15 points and 12 rebounds a game for Pine-Richland, which carries a six-game winning streak into tonight's clash with North Allegheny. The Rams are 9-4 overall and 4-2 in Class AAAA Section 3. Jurkovec was named all-section his freshman season when he averaged 15.1 points per game.