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Softball: Ringgold's Mendicino commits to Pitt-Johnstown

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Ringgold’s two-sport star Taylor Mendicino wasted no time deciding where she will be continuing her academic and athletic career. On April 6, the junior announced her commitment to the University of Pitt-Johnstown.

The Mountain Cats compete in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) at the Division II level.

 

As a junior, Mendicino is one of the top softball players in the area. The outfielder is a member of the 18U Team Pennsylvania Fastpitch team.

 

On the young season, Mendicino and the Rams are 3-1 and a perfect 2-0 in Class 5A Section 2.

 

Mendicino was also a shooting guard for the Ringgold basketball team this past year that made it to the Class 5A WPIAL playoffs.

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Wrestling: All-Time Teams - Ringgold

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Southwestern Pennsylvania has been a hotbed for high school wrestling since the WPIAL held its first tournament in 1936. The Sports Town website will honor the WPIAL's best wrestlers of all-time during the 2016-17 season. Wrestling Historian Ken "Stats" Wunderley, with the help of former Mt. Lebanon coach Bill Lewis, will pick an All-Time Team for 72 high schools from the WPIAL.

The All-Time Teams will feature the best wrestlers from those schools. We will feature 6 or 7 high schools each Wednesday on Sports Town for 10 weeks during the season. The All-Time lists reflect high school accomplishments only. College and international accomplishments were not considered.

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Football: Quarterback leads Ringgold into WPIAL Class 4A semifinals

Written by Brad Everett on .

Ringgold quarterback George Martin is really good. Martin has great size -- he's 6 feet 5 -- has a strong arm and is putting up big numbers for a team one win away from reaching its first WPIAL final since 1982.

None of this is lost on Ringgold's next opponent, as New Castle coach Joe Cowart showered Martin with praise earlier this week. Martin and Ringgold defeated New Castle, 41-27, in the regular season. The teams meet again in a Class 4A semifinal Friday at Mars.

"He's as good as it gets," Cowart said. "We're coming off of playing South Fayette. Drew Saxton is fantastic, but I think the kid at Ringgold is every bit as good, but he doesn't get nearly the publicity. The kid can do it all. I talked to the staff after the Ringgold game, and I said that's the best QB I've coached against in high school football."

Martin, a senior, has completed 125 of 214 passes for 2,062 yards and 20 touchdowns. And get this ... he's been intercepted just once. That came against New Castle on Oct. 21. Martin threw for 257 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for a pair of touchdowns in a 42-31 quarterfinal win at Mars.

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Alumni Update - James Snyder (Waynesburg)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

WAYNESBURG, Pa. – The Waynesburg University soccer teams swept the latest set of Waynesburg Athlete of theSnyder Waynesburg Week Awards. The women were represented by sophomore Natalie Fortna, while her classmate, James Snyder, was lauded as this week's men's honoree.

Snyder, a Ringgold graduate, started both games for Waynesburg and played all 100 minutes this past week. He stopped 10-of-12 shots on goal and recorded his second shutout of the season, which came in a 0-0 double-overtime tie against Washington & Jefferson on Tuesday.

 

(photo courtesy of Waynesburg University)

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Cross Country: South Feature Athlete - Ringgold's Sarah Lucas

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

Name: Sarah Lucas
School: Ringgold
Grade: 12
Sports: Cross Country

Background: Lucas went undefeated in Division 1, Section 2 and led Ringgold to the section championship. She placed 11th at the Red, White, and Blue Invitational, second at the Big South Invitational and ninth at the Mingo Classic. Lucas has the third-fastest time (19:58) on the Norwin cross country course.