Boys Tennis: North Feature Athlete - Pine-Richland's Ben Vinarski

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Name: Ben Vinarski
School: Pine-Richland
Grade: 12
Sport: Boys Tennis

Background: Has lost a couple of matches this season, but is still among the favorites to contend for the Class 3A Section 2 title. Is the No. 17 ranked senior in Pennsylvania and is No. 1 in his class in the WPIAL in his classification. Qualified for the WPIAL singles tournament and made it to the semifinals before losing to eventual champion Chris Gladden of Canon-McMillan in the semifinals and to Fox Chapel's Robby Shymansky, the PIAA runner-up, in the third-place consolation match.


Alumni Update - David Laylock (Grove City)

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GREENVILLE, Pa. -- The Grove City College baseball team dropped both ends of a Presidents' Athletic ConferenceLaylock GC doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Thiel.


Thiel pulled out a 3-1 win in the opener and then secured a 4-3 Game Two victory in eight innings at Tomcat Park.

In game two, senior shortstop David Laylock, a Pine-Richland graduate, went 2-for-4.


(photo courtesy of Grove City College)


Baseball: Talented Pine-Richland has big game looming Friday

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There's nothing like opening the season by diving into the deep end of the pool, which is precisely what Pine-Richland will be doing this week.

In a manner of speaking.

Pine-Richland has already played five games this season and is the preseason favorite to win the first WPIAL Class 6A title in history. The Rams already have key wins against other contenders like Mt. Lebanon and Hempfield.

Those were only exhibitions. The real test comes on Friday when Pine-Richland opens its Section 1 slate with Butler, the team expected to contend with the Rams for both the section and the WPIAL title.


Alumni Update - Dominic Giordano (Pitt)

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Pitt diver Dominic Giordano became a four-time NCAA All-American on Saturday as heGiordano Pitt capped his incredible collegiate career by placing 10th on platform at the NCAA Men's Championships.

Previously twice a NCAA All-American on 1-meter and one-time NCAA champion on 3-meter, Giordano completed the prestigious collegiate diving trifecta as he qualified for this year's NCAA consolation final on platform to earn status as an Honorable Mention All-American in the event. Giordano placed 10th in the qualifying round with 366.9 points on six dives before he replicated that finish with an improved points total of 370.65 in the consolation final.

Giordano, a Pine-Richland graduate, is just the fourth four-time NCAA All-American in Pitt diving history, joiningJohn Soulakis (1994-97 and women Sunday Lewandowski (1993-96) and Jamie Tomazich (1997-2000), but the native of Wexford, Pa., is the first Panther to earn All-America honors in all three diving events.

Giordano's final two dives of his record-setting career as a Pitt diver, which includes the designation as the only NCAA swimming & diving champion in program history, were both brilliantly executed and lifted him from 14th into a top-10 finish in the consolation final on platform.

Thanks to Giordano's Honorable Mention All-American performances on 1-meter and platform at this year's NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships, the Pitt men's program finished the meet in 34th place with 8.0 points.


(photo courtesy of University of Pitt)