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Girls Volleyball: Host Titans claim Shaler Tournament title

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Shaler Team

Shaler won the 12-team Shaler Tournament, Sept. 24. The Titans defeated Knoch, 1-0, in the title game. In the semifinals, Shaler beat Butler and Knoch defeated Erie McDowell, both 1-0.

Shaler Tournament

Championship
Shaler 1, Knoch 0

Semifinals
Shaler 1, Butler 0
Knoch 1, Erie McDowell 0

Quarterfinals
Knoch 1, General McLane 0
Butler 1, Mars 0

Shaler and Erie McDowell received a quarterfinal bye after each posted a 9-1 record in pool play.

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Alumni Update - Zac Lynch (Robert Morris)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Sunrise, Fla. – Robert Morris University men's hockey all-time leading scorer Zac Lynch '16 has been named to the Florida Panthers 23-Lynch RMUman rookie tournament roster. On Monday, Florida Panthers President of Hockey Operations Dale Tallon announced the Panthers roster for the four-team rookie tournament taking place from Saturday, Sept. 17 to Tuesday, Sept. 20 at the Panthers IceDen in Coral Springs, Florida.

Lynch is on an amateur tryout agreement with the Panthers organization and will be one of 13 forwards participating in the tournament.

Following his Colonials career, Lynch signed with the Panthers AHL affiliate, the Portland Pirates, playing in seven games and recording an assist. (The Panthers AHL affiliate is now the Springfield Thunderbirds.) Most recently, Lynch attended the Panthers development camp held in July.

A Hobey Baker Top Ten Finalist in the 2015-16 season, Lynch set the Robert Morris all-time scoring record with 156 career points and set the single-season record with 55 points on 25 goals and 30 assists. He finished the season as the third leading scorer in NCAA hockey and was the NCAA's statistical leader in shorthanded goals with 8.

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Alumni Update - Meagan Carter (Seton Hill)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Seton Hill University senior Meagen Carter was named to the 2015-16 CoSIDA Academic All-District 2 ™ Women's Track & Field/CrossCarter SHU Country Team for Division II athletics on Thursday afternoon.

Carter, a chemistry major, has maintained a nearly perfect 3.96 grade-point average through her collegiate academic career.

The Academic All-District™ teams, as nominated and voted on by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. The purpose of the program is to recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.

Carter, a Shaler graduate, was one of 10 individuals honored for District 2 – which includes all athletes in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC), Mountain East Conference (MEC) and the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA).

This season on the track, Carter finished fourth at the PSAC Championships in the 1500 meter run, setting a new Seton Hill record in the process in a time of 4:39.18.  During the indoor season, Carter was sixth in the 1 mile run.

In cross country, Meagen earned her second straight All Region honor with an eighth place finish at the Atlantic Regional. Carter ran the fastest 6K time in Seton Hill history for the eighth place finish. She finished the 6K course in a time of 21:13.2.  During her junior season, Carter was 9th at the PSAC Championships and 17th in the Atlantic Regional.

Meagen is also a three time USTFCCCA CC All Academic Team selection.

The 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-America ® Teams, for which Carter is eligible, will be announced Thursday, June 23.

 

(photo courtesy of Seton Hill University)

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Girls Lacrosse: Shaler coach sees bright days ahead for area lacrosse

Written by Joe Koch on .

Shaler High girls lacrosse coach Jen Perestock had hoped she would be more than a bystander at Thursday night's WPIAL Division 1 and Division 2 girls lacrosse championships at Highmark Stadium.

Despite not bringing a team to the Division 2 championship game, Perestock has compiled a solid record in seven seasons as the Titans, including three successive WPIAL Division 2 championships from 2013 to 2015. She took some solace as she was named the 2016 Division 2 girls coach of the year, and she believes the sport's future – for both boys and girls – is bright.

"We're going to keep growing," she said. "We're in a very good place right now. But in order for us to grow, the officials need to grow with us. We need more officials and to get more kids [into the sport]. It needs to start from the ground up."

Next year, the sport will transition from Division alignment to Class AAA and Class AA. What that means is that players in both classes will have a chance to participate in the PIAA playoffs. This is the final year for Division play, so the farthest a Division 2 player could advance is to the WPIAL tournament. That all changes next year, and Shaler will be one of 22 girls teams competing in Class AAA. The Titans will be competing in Section 3. In Class AA, 21 teams will compete throughout three sections.

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Alumni Update - Morgan Russo (Pitt-Greensburg)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

BUFFALO, NY - The Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference has released their 2016 All-Conference teams with four BobcatsRusso PGU earning distinction. The conference's coaches have named senior shortstop Morgan Russo, freshman second baseman Kellie Hutchinson, and sophomore right fielder Katlyn Keenan to the second team

Russo, a Shaler graduate, has represented each level of the AMCC's All-Star teams after a first team selection in 2013, a third team nod last year, and to second team after a successful senior season. Russo led the Bobcats in a number of offensive categories, including batting average (.373), hits (51), RBI (25), and doubles (14).  

Nine doubles came during conference play, placing her tops in the league. Russo would also finish top 10 in conference hits (fourth-27), batting average (seventh-.422), and slugging percentage (tenth-.594). 

 

(photo courtesy of University of Pitt-Greensburg)