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Alumni Update - Cody Patterson (Thiel)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

GREENVILLE, Pa. – Thiel College junior outside hitters Thad Paunovich (Avonmore, Pa./Kiski Area) and CodyPatterson Thiel Patterson (Canonsburg, Pa./Canon-McMillan) were named to the Continental Volleyball Conference (CVC) All-Academic Team, as announced by the conference on Monday.

Patterson is a Business Adminstration and Advertising & Marketing double major at Thiel with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.30. This is Patterson's first CVC All-Academic honor.

Patterson, a Canon-McMillan graduate, led the Tomcats in kills (193) and finished third in the conference in kills per set (3.27). Patterson collected a career-high 23 kills in a four-set victory over Penn St.-Altoona on March 25, the most kills in a game by a Tomcat since March 3, 2012.

 

(photo courtesy of Thiel College)

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Boys Volleyball: Bethel Park senior lands top volleyball honor

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley profiles Post-Gazette Player of the Year Jake Dixon of Bethel Park. Read his story below.

2016 0415 BethelPark BVolleyball(Photo: Bethel Park's Jake Dixon is heading to Lewis College. J.J. LaBella/Tri-State Sports & News Service)

Jake Dixon's years of competing as a multi-sport athlete at Bethel Park High School have come to an end. His collegiate volleyball career at Lewis College will begin in a couple months, but he already misses football and basketball.

"I was at the high school last week and saw the football team holding a conditioning workout," said Dixon, a four-year starter for the Black Hawks volleyball squad and a three-year starter for football and basketball teams. "I wanted to go out and join them, but my football and basketball careers are over. I have to concentrate on volleyball."

And that's just what Dixon will do before move-in day Aug. 23 at Lewis College.

"At the end of the month, I will be competing at Junior Nationals for the Pittsburgh Volleyball Club [June 28 to July 2]," said Dixon, who graduated over the weekend. "This will be my fourth trip to nationals with the club."

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Lacrosse: Mt. Lebanon's Ward, Char Valley's Stamerra Lacrosse Players of the Year

Written by Joe Koch on .

Joe Koch profiles Post-Gazette Players of the Year Brian Ward of Mt. Lebanon and Maria Stamerra of Chartiers Valley.

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"Brian Ward has no doubt that the foundation he received as a student-athlete at Mt. Lebanon High School will serve him well over the next four years at Yale. He will study economics at the Ivy League school and play on the Bulldogs' Division I lacrosse team.

The graduating senior scored two goals in his team's final game, a 17-5 loss to Manheim Township this past Saturday in a PIAA quarterfinal lacrosse game. He scored 64 goals and had 32 assists. For his career he had 168 goals and 70 assists.

For his efforts, Ward was chosen the Post-Gazette's Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year.

Mike Ermer coached Ward for the past four years, and he has a tough time pin-pointing the best part of Ward's game."

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Alumni Update - Jake Horew (Point Park)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

PITTSBURGH -- Point Park University shortstop Jake Horew capped off his strong junior season by being named NAIA Baseball Honorable Mention All-American.

Horew, a graduate of Chartiers Valley High School, made the list of national honorees announced earlier this week by the NAIA.

Horew led the Pioneers in many categories both offensively and defensively and also did some pitching. He started all 52 games for Point Park (28-24, 20-8 KIAC) and batted .392 with eight home runs and 43 RBIs, all of which led the team.

On top of his eight home runs, Horew totaled 17 doubles and two triples as 27 of his 67 total hits went for extra bases. That resulted in KIAC-best slugging percentage of .655.

Horew also had a great season in the defensively with a .974 fielding percentage. That was after only four errors in 52 games at shortstop.

 

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Alumni Update – Christian Kuntz (Duquesne)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Duquesne University senior linebacker Christian Kuntz, a Chartiers Valley graduate, was named today to theKuntz Duq Athlon Sports 2016 FCS Preseason All-America Team.


In 2015, the 6-1, 220-pound Kuntz, led the nation in tackles for a loss in FCS with 26 for a total of 114 yards. Last season he was named to the College Sporting News Fabulous Fifty FCS All-America Team, a Walter Camp FCS All-America, an Eastern Collegiate Athletic Association (ECAC) FCS All-Star, the ECAC FCS Defensive Player of the Year, an Athletics Directors Association (ADA) All-America, an Associated Press Second Team All-America, STATS FCS First Team All-America, College Sports Madness Third Team All-America, Northeast Conference Defensive Player of the Year and NEC First Team All-Conference choice.


A two-time NEC Defensive Player of the Week and the STATS FCS Defensive National Player of the Week on Nov. 23, he also led the Dukes with four interceptions for 61 yards and two touchdowns, 11 sacks for a loss of 70 yards, six pass breakups and six quarterback hurries. He finished the season third on the team with 72 total tackles (47 solo).

 

(photo courtesy of Duquesne University)

 

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Softball: South Park on its way to first state semifinal in 11 years

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

South Park is in the final four of the PIAA Class AA softball tournament after a wild PIAA quarterfinal win. South Park had not been to the PIAA semifinals since 2005 and this year looked to be no different after the District 6 champion Philipsburg-Osceola Mounties erupted for eight runs in the first inning. The WPIAL runner-up Eagles brushed aside the eight-run deficit and stormed back to stun the Mounties, 16-12. South Park was fueled by Kaitlyn Pavlick, who had a monster day going 3 for 5 at the plate with a home run, double and six RBIs. The last time South Park was in the state semifinals was 2005 when it lost to Bald Eagle Area.

South Park (16-4) will play Moniteau on Monday in the PIAA Class AA semifinals at North Allegheny High School at 4 p.m. In addition to defeating District 6 champion Phillipsburg-Osceola in the PIAA quarterfinals, South Park also defeated District 10 champion Northwestern in the first round. The Eagles will go for a third consecutive win over a district champion when they play Moniteau, the champions out of District 9. Moniteau has had success against WPIAL opponents, as it blasted WPIAL champion Ellwood City, 11-0, in the PIAA quarterfinals on Thursday. Previously, it also shut out District 5 champion Everett, 6-0.

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Softball: Chartiers-Houston's run comes to an end in PIAA first round

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Since returning to Class A last season, Chartiers-Houston has established itself as one of the stalwart programs in the classification. It has snatched one of the three PIAA bids from Class A out of the WPIAL the last two seasons and in three of the last four. Now the Buccaneers will look for a way to get over the first-round stumbling block. Since reaching the state semifinals in 2012, Chartiers-Houston has failed to move beyond the PIAA first round.

In 2013, the Buccaneers won a third-place consolation game in Class AA to reach the state tournament where it fell, 4-1, to Phillipsburg-Osceola in the first round. They were back in the state playoffs last season after finishing as WPIAL Class A runner-up, but lost to West Branch, 5-2, in the PIAA first round. This year was a similar ending. The WPIAL Class A runner-up Buccaneers fell to District 6 champion Conemaugh Valley on Monday at Penn State University. They lost by the score of 12-7. It was their second consecutive defeat and second straight game allowing 12 runs, tied for the most they allowed all season. Overall, Chartiers-Houston finished with a 14-9 record.

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Softball: Steel Valley unable to hold onto late lead in PIAA loss

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Steel Valley was three outs away from the PIAA semifinals, but everything came unraveled and the Ironmen were forced ot head home. Seeking a berth in the final four of states, Steel Valley entered the seventh inning with a 5-3 lead. District 6 champion Philipsburg-Osceola rallied back with two runs in the seventh inning to tie things, 5-5, and then eventually won, 6-5, in eight innings on Thursday at Penn State. Steel Valley finished the season 16-7 overall, a record that included three postseason wins. It defeated Burrell and Avonworth to reach the WPIAL semifinals and beat Laurel to qualify for the state playoffs.

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Lacrosse: Mt. Lebanon boys ousted in PIAA quarterfinals

Written by Joe Koch on .

Mt. Lebanon High's boys lacrosse team has enjoyed a considerable amount of success since WPIAL began sponsoring District 7 championships in 2009.

The Blue Devils won WPIAL titles in 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015. This year, they fell to North Allegheny in the WPIAL championship game, 9-7, but they advanced to the PIAA playoffs. That's where they knocked off District 6 champion State College, 8-5, in the first round. But in the quarterfinals, the Blue Devils were the victims of a strong third quarter by Manheim Township, and they fell to the District 3 runner-up Blue Streaks, 17-5. Manheim Township's bid for glory, though, was short-lived as the Blue Streaks fell to PIAA finalist, LaSalle College High School, 10-2 in the semifinals.

"It was a difficult game, and we had a lot of trouble clearing the ball," said Mt. Lebanon coach Mike Ermer of the loss to Manheim Township. That was evident in the third quarter where Manheim Township outscored the Blue Devils, 8-1, to put the game out of reach.

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Lacrosse: Chartiers Valley makes big strides in girls lacrosse

Written by Joe Koch on .

In the past six seasons, the Chartiers Valley High girls lacrosse team has enjoyed a solid run both in Division 2 and Division 1.

The Colts made some serious inroads by appearing in four consecutive WPIAL Division 2 championships. Unfortunately, the Colts lost twice to North Hills by scores of 15-5 and 11-10 in the 2011 and 2012 championship games. They appeared in two more title games in 2013 and 2014, but came up short both times against Shaler by scores of 15-14 and 11-9.

The Colts took a calculated risk by deciding to move up to Division 1 prior to the 2015 season. Surprising some observers, the Colts qualified for the Division 1 playoffs, where they advanced to the semifinals. That's where they fell to Mt. Lebanon, 15-8.

This season, Chartiers Valley once again qualified for the WPIAL tournament, and they advanced to the championship round following victories over Fox Chapel, 15-12, and Pine-Richland, 15-14. In the latter game, the Colts rallied from a deficit to force overtime. Maria Stamerra scored the game-winning goal to send the Colts to their fifth championship game in six years and first in Division 1.

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Lacrosse: Mt. Lebanon girls finish one step short of goal

Written by Joe Koch on .

For the past two seasons, a WPIAL girls lacrosse team advanced to the PIAA semifinals only to find its season ended by a team that ended up winning the state championship.

In 2014, Garnet Valley rolled to a 20-7 victory over Mt. Lebanon, and then went on to beat Springfield-Delco, 13-9, in the PIAA championship game. Last year, Garnet Valley had to rally before knocking off WPIAL champion Quaker Valley, 13-10, in the semifinals. Garnet Valley then beat Conestoga, 14-10, in the title game.

Conestoga, the No. 5 team from District 1, is back in the championship game again this season, where it will play District 1 champion Radnor in the state final. That route was confirmed when Conestoga rolled to a 20-5 victory over Mt. Lebanon in Tuesday's semifinal.

The loss ended the Blue Devils' season with a 19-3 overall record and a 11-1 regular-season record against Division 1, Section 1 opponents.

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Alumni Update – Shamar Greene (Slippery Rock)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa.Lindy's Sports has named Slippery Rock University football players Marcus Martin and Shamar Greene to itsGreene SRU Preseason All-Division II team and has ranked The Rock No. 9 in the preseason national rankings listed in the annual college football preview issue of the publication that is on newsstands now.

This marks the second straight year Slippery Rock is listed in the preseason top 25 by Lindy's after ranking 25th last summer. This also marks the second straight appearance on the All-Division II first team for Martin, while it marks the first appearance on the second team for Greene.

The Rock are one of four teams in Super Region One to appear in the Lindy's preseason poll and are one of two teams from the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. National runner-up Shepherd is the highest ranked team from the region at No. 2. Slippery Rock follows at No. 9 to give Super Region One two teams in the top 10. Assumption is ranked No. 14 and Indiana (Pa.) is 15th. SRU played each of those teams last year and posted a 2-1 record with wins over Indiana (Pa.) and Assumption and a loss at Shepherd in the NCAA quarterfinals.

Greene, a West Mifflin graduate, earns his first preseason recognition of the year with a nod as the second team running back on Lindy's list. He will enter the 2016 season needing just 179 yards to become the all-time rushing leader in Rock football history.

The senior is coming off a pair of seasons in which he rushed for more than 1,450 yards. He missed two-and-a-half games with an injury last season and despite those missed opportunities, still finished the season with the fourth highest total rushing yards of any player in the country with 1,545 yards. Greene ranked eighth in the nation in rushing yards per game at 128.8 and averaged 5.7 yards per carry to go along with 14 rushing touchdowns. He also added two receiving touchdowns.

Greene is the only player in Slippery Rock history to rush for more than 1,450 yards in two separate seasons and ranks No. 2 and No. 3 on the single-season rushing ledger with his 2014 and 2015 seasons. After three years, Greene has rushed for 3,754 yards, just 179 shy of breaking Stan Kennedy's (1997-00) record of 3,932 yards.

 

 

(photo courtesy of Slippery Rock University)

 

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Alumni Update - Marcus Martin (Slippery Rock)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa.Lindy's Sports has named Slippery Rock University football players Marcus Martin and Shamar Greene to itsMartin SRU Preseason All-Division II team and has ranked The Rock No. 9 in the preseason national rankings listed in the annual college football preview issue of the publication that is on newsstands now.

This marks the second straight year Slippery Rock is listed in the preseason top 25 by Lindy's after ranking 25th last summer. This also marks the second straight appearance on the All-Division II first team for Martin, while it marks the first appearance on the second team for Greene.

The Rock are one of four teams in Super Region One to appear in the Lindy's preseason poll and are one of two teams from the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. National runner-up Shepherd is the highest ranked team from the region at No. 2. Slippery Rock follows at No. 9 to give Super Region One two teams in the top 10. Assumption is ranked No. 14 and Indiana (Pa.) is 15th. SRU played each of those teams last year and posted a 2-1 record with wins over Indiana (Pa.) and Assumption and a loss at Shepherd in the NCAA quarterfinals.

Martin, a West Mifflin graduate, was also named to Preseason All-America honors by Sporting News, will enter his redshirt junior season this fall needing just one sack to break the all-time career sack record at Slippery Rock. The reigning PSAC Western Division and Super Region One Defensive Player of the Year, Martin opened the first two years of his career on a pace that has never been equaled at any level of college football.

He has recorded 31.5 sacks in just two seasons and leads all players in the nation at 1.21 sacks per game. He was named the PSAC West and Super Region One Freshman of the Year two years ago and has been named to a total of eight All-America honors in his career so far.

He will anchor a defensive unit that returns most of its starters after leading the nation in takeaways and ranking second against the run in 2015.

 

(photo courtesy of Slippery Rock University)

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Alumni Update - Chris Miller (Seton Hill)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

The Seton Hill baseball program picked up two more honors this week as two of its players have earned All American honors. Senior firstMiller SHU baseman Zac Heide was named a third team ABCA All American while senior designated hitter Chris Miller was named an honorable mention All American by the D2CCA.

It's the first time Heide has been named an All American. Last season, Miller was a third team Daktronics All American and an NCBWA All American honorable mention selection. Both were named to the All Region and All PSAC Teams this season.

Miller, a Serra Catholic graduate, was the second leading hitter on the team with a .367 average. He scored 52 runs while adding 14 doubles, 13 homers and 54 RBI.

 

(photo courtesy of Seton Hill University)

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Baseball: Chartiers Valley grad finds a home in Utah

Written by Joe Bendel on .

Joe Bendel profiles Chartiers Valley graduate Josh Lapiana, who is now a baseball standout at the University of Utah.

"In a do-or-die NCAA Regional this past Sunday, Josh Lapiana was front and center for the University of Utah baseball team.

His powerful left arm got him through 4⅔ innings, but it wasn't enough to stave off highly regarded Tulane in an eventual 4-1 loss in front of 7,751 in Oxford, Miss.

The result was not what the sophomore from Chartiers Valley High had hoped for, but it in no way diminished a Cinderella run for Utah, which won the Pac-12 Conference after being picked to finish last.

The Utes went 9-1 in Lapiana's 10 conference starts and avoided the bottom of the standings for the first time in their five years as a Pac-12 member."

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Photo Journal: Softball WPIAL AA Championship - South Park vs. Ellwood City (June 3)

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .

South Park and Ellwood City meet in the WPIAL AA Softball Championship, Friday, June 3, 2016 at California University.  Ellwood City wins the championship, shutting out South Park 10-0 in 5 innings.

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

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