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Alumni Update - Cory Tucker (Slippery Rock)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa.– Slippery Rock University senior offensive lineman Cory Tucker will join the Green Bay Packers as an undraftedTucker SRU free agent for rookie minicamp May 5.

Tucker received interest from multiple NFL teams following the conclusion of the Draft Saturday night before he received the call from his agent that he is heading to Green Bay.

Tucker is the first Slippery Rock player to be invited to join an NFL team since Brandon Fusco was drafted in the sixth round of the 2011 Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. He is the first Rock player to be picked up as an undrafted free agent since offensive lineman Mike Butterworth joined the Atlanta Falcons in 2008.

The South Park graduate is coming off a senior season in which he helped lead one of the best offensive attacks among all NCAA Division II schools. The Rock finished the 2015 season with the highest scoring offense in the country, averaging 45.2 points per game. Slippery Rock had the most first downs (351) of any team in the nation, the fifth best total offense in the nation at 490.3 yards per game and the 12th best rushing offense at 257.7 yards per game. The Rock offense shattered multiple single-season school records this fall, including rushing yards (3,608), rushing attempts (741), rushing TDs (46), total offense (6,864), all-purpose yardage (8,599), scoring (633 points) and total TDs (87).

Tucker, at 6-foot-4 and 305 pounds, was a finalist for the Gene Upshaw Division II Lineman of the Year and was the highest vote getter among all offensive linemen. He finished third overall in the national voting for the award.

He was honored by six different organizations as an All-American following the 2015 season, including four that named him a first team All-American.  Among those four were the AP Little All-America team and the American Football Coaches Association.

Tucker started 48 straight games at right tackle over the last four years at Slippery Rock, never missing a start after redshirting his first year on campus.

He will report to the Packers rookie minicamp May 5.

 

(photo courtesy of Slippery Rock University)

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Boys Tennis: South Feature Athlete - South Park's Devin Stolar

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Name: Devin Stolar
High School: South Park
Grade: 10
Sport: Tennis

Background: Stolar is the No. 1 singles player for the Eagles this season and one of three underclassmen starting at singles for South Park. Stolar is unranked in the state in his class. He will play junior Walter Hubsch in the first round of the WPIAL Class AA team tournament today when No. 12 South Park takes the court against Quaker Valley.

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Softball: South Park clinches at least a share of section title

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

South Park is one of three remaining unbeaten section teams in Class AA, and with a recent win, the Eagles at the very least have clinched a share of the Section 4 title. South Park (10-2, 10-0) leads the pack ahead of playoff-bound South Allegheny (8-2, 7-2) and Steel Valley (10-3, 7-2). South Park clinched a share of the section title in fitting fashion, with a 17-1 rout at Shady Side Academy. The mercy-rule shortened game was the eighth this season for South Park. They have shutout three teams and held four others to one run. They have scored 21 runs at Seton-LaSalle, 17 at Shady Side Academy, at Brentwood and at East Allegheny and 16 at home against Shady Side Academy.

Their stats read like a team that plays its home games at Coors Field. Katlyn Pavlick is batting .689 with nine doubles, three triples, six home runs, 29 RBIs and 26 runs. Katie Isenberg is batting .588 and has eight extra-base hits including six home runs. She has driven in 21 runs and scored 20. Breanna Nugent is batting .512 with seven doubles and five home runs. She has driven in 20 runs and scored 21. Justine Dean (.485), Angela Shine (.412) and Cassie Scanlon (.405) are also batting above .400. Dean is also the team's starting pitcher. She has thrown 45 2/3 innings and has an 8-2 record with a 1.380 ERA. In those 45 2/3 innings she has struck out 58 and walked 18.

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Softball: South Feature Athlete - South Park’s Justine Dean

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Name: Justine Dean
High School: South Park
Grade: 11
Sport: Softball
Position: Pitcher

Background: South Park junior Justine Dean is one of four Division I recruits on the Eagles. This season she has shown what garnered her early interest from Saint Francis, Pa., where she has already committed. Dean started the season 3-0 with two no-hitters. She had an 18 inning streak of not allowing an earned run earlier this year. During that 18 inning span, she struck out 24, walked five and only allowed two hits. Her no-hitters came against East Allegheny and defending section champion Seton-LaSalle. Against the Rebels she struck out 6 in an 11-1 five-inning win. Through six decisions she is 4-2 on the season.

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Photo Journal: Baseball - South Park vs. Laurel Highlands (April 23)

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .

South Park hosted Laurel Highlands in a WPIAL AAA, Section 4 baseball game, Saturday evening, April 23, 2016.   South Park started strong  and were tough on defense, however, Laurel Highlands maintained their undefeated status in section play by defeating South Park 3-2.

Photos by Marilyn C. Schwilm, Tri-State Sports & News Service

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