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Alumni Update - Abbey Suhoski (Seton Hill)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Greensburg, PA- Seton Hill's softball team drops a PSAC West double header Sunday afternoon toSuhoski SHU California University of Pennsylvania 12-0 and 4-1. SHU slips to 16-12 overall and 6-10 in PSAC play.

Cal U scored 12 unanswered runs on 14 hits against Seton Hill in Game 1.

 

Abbey Suhoski, a Baldwin graduate, earns two hits on two at bats for the Griffins.

(photo courtesy of Seton Hill University)

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Alumni Update - Danielle DiCello (Saint Francis)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

MOON TOWNSHIP Pa.The Saint Francis women's track and field team fell to Robert Morris andDiCello SFU Duquesne at the Bennie Benson Memorial Classic Dual Meet. Robert Morris totaled 138 points to Saint Francis's 51. Duquesne combined for 95 points, while Saint Francis managed 53.


Danielle DiCello, a Canon-McMillan graduate, finished fifth in the women's 1500 meter run. DiCello clocked in at 4:59.42.

 

(photo courtesy of Saint Francis University)

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Alumni Update - Tyler Wilps (Pitt)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Three members of the Pitt wrestling team have been named to the All-ACCWilps Pitt Academic Wrestling Team, the Atlantic Coast Conference and Commissioner John Swofford announced on Thursday morning.


Geno Morelli, Max Thomusseit and Tyler Wilps were the three Panthers to receive the prestigious recognition. Candidates for the All-ACC Academic Wrestling Team must be student-athletes that maintained a minimum 3.0 grade-point average in the most recent semester and also hold a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or better in their academic career.


Wilps, a Chartiers Valley graduate, is a Finance major with a Chemistry minor from Oakdale, Pa.; currently, he plans on attending medical school after his wrestling career. The junior 174-pounder became the 75th All-American in Pitt Wrestling history when he claimed seventh place in his weight class at the NCAA Championships. He was also the first individual wrestling ACC Champion in school history and finished with a team-high 32 wins last season.

 

(photo courtesy of University of Pittsburgh)

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Alumni Update - Lindsay Reicoff (California University of Pennsylvania)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

GREENSBURG, Pa. – The California University of Pennsylvania softball team extended its winningReicoff CalU streak to 15 games with a doubleheader sweep of Seton Hill Sunday afternoon in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) West action, winning 12-0 and 4-1.


The Vulcans improve to 12-0 in the PSAC West, 19-4 overall and extend the conference's longest active winning streak to 15 games. Meanwhile, the Griffins fall to 16-12 overall and 6-10 in league play in their inaugural season in the PSAC West.


Lindsay Reicoff, a Chartiers Valley graduate, finished with a similar line going 2-for-3 with a home run, three RBI and three runs scored in game one.
 

 

(photo courtesy of California University of Pennsylvania)

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Alumni Update - Annie Baich (Merychurst)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

INDIANA, Pa. - The Mercyhurst University women's tennis team suffered a 5-1 loss at IUP on MondayBaich Merychurst afternoon in the quarterfinal round of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference tournament. The Lakers fell to 12-5 overall while the Crimson Hawks improved to 15-8 on the season and advances to play the East's top-seed Bloomsburg in the semifinals.

Freshman Annie Baich, a Mt. Lebanon graduate, picked up the only victory of the day, earning a win at #4 singles over the Crimson Hawks' Ranvita Mahto.

 

(photo courtesy of Mercyhurst University)

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Alumni Update - Kelsey Cunningham (Washington & Jefferson)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Kelsey Cunningham helped lead the Presidents to three doubleheader sweeps last week, hitting .478 (11-Cunningham WJfor-23) with a 1.000 slugging percentage and .538 on-base percentage.


She clubbed three home runs in Wednesday’s road sweep of Chatham and scored four runs in W&J’s 13-10 game two victory at Penn State Behrend on Sunday.


Cunningham, a Peters Twp. graduate, scored 10 of the Presidents’ 46 runs from her leadoff spot in the lineup. She is currently leading the league in hits (35), home runs (4) and runs scored (25).


Her performance earned her PAC Hitter of the Week.

 

(photo courtesy of Washington & Jefferson College)

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Alumni Update - Jesse Hinkle (Chatham)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

NEW WILMINGTON, PA – The Chatham University Track & Field team finished 14th out of 16 teams atHinkle Chatham the Westminster College Invitational on Saturday.

 

Jesse Hinkle, a Thomas Jefferson graduate, led the Cougars' efforts with a fourth place finish in the javelin, throwing 35.19m.

 

(photo courtesy of Chatham University)

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Alumni Update - Tim Novic (Washington & Jefferson)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

APOLLO, Pa. -- The Washington & Jefferson College men's golf team placed fourth out of seven teams this weekend at the two-day, 36-hole Edward Jones Shootout hosted by Carnegie Mellon University at The Links of Spring Church.


Allegheny captured the team title with 591 strokes (289-301) on the Par 70 course (6,512 yards).  Oliver White paced the Gators with the low two-day score of the tournament in the 44-player field.  White posted an even-par score of 140 (69-71).


Tim Novic, an Upper St. Clair graduate, was the Presidents' top performer after placing fourth with 147 strokes (74-73).

 

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Track: Mt. Lebanon girls take second

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Led by its long-distance runners and Natalie Corrado, the Mt. Lebanon girls track and field team placed second Saturday at the Greater Latrobe Wildcat and Hempfield Lady Spartan Invitationals at Latrobe.

The Blue Devils had two first-place winners in the track events — Audrey Gordon in the 800 and Jillian Hunsberger in the 3,200.

In the 800, Callie Gunzenhauser finished second behind Gordon, who also finished third in the 1,600. Blue Devil Kelsey Potts took second in the 1,600 to North Allegheny’s Madeleine Davison and second to Hunsberger in the 3,200.

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Track: Jackson, Smorey lead Baldwin at Butler Invite

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Baldwin has two returning WPIAL champions in Gary Jackson and Luke Smorey.

And last Friday, the duo led the Highlanders again.

Smorey won the javelin, an event in which he placed third in the state last season. It was the second straight week he won the event, after also taking first at the TSTCA Championships at West Mifflin.

Jackson was an all-around star for the Highlanders. He took second in the long jump, second in the triple jump, sixth in the high jump and finished 15th in the 400. He is the defending WPIAL champion in the triple jump. 

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Track: West Mifflin's Wheeler expected back this week

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

 

West Mifflin’s Jimmy Wheeler, who has missed the last two weeks, is expected back this week according to Titans coach Mike Mazzarese.

Wheeler was injured in a meet in early April against Chartiers Valley. Mazzarese said the injury, as well as other undisclosed reasons, have kept Wheeler off the track for the past couple of weeks.

Wheeler, who led all WPIAL football players in the fall with 2,616 yards and 37 touchdowns, finished sixth in 2013 in the 100 meters.

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Track: South Feature Athlete — West Mifflin’s Kevin Garbark

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Name: Kevin Garbark
School: West Mifflin
Grade: 11
Sport: Track and Field

Background: Garbark won the 100 and 200 at the Butler Invitational last Friday. The previous week, Garbark won the 200 and placed second to Mt. Lebanon’s Troy Apke in the 100 at the Tri-State Track and Field Coaches Association Championships at West Mifflin. Last season, Garbark finished seventh in the 100 and 11th in the 200 at the WPIAL Class AAA championships. He also plays football for the Titans

West Mifflin coach Mike Mazzarese: “I’ve been very pleased with him so far this season. Whatever I need him to run, he does it. I told him before our meet against McGuffey he was going to run the 400, and he went out and won it.”

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Baseball: Surprise, surprise -- Baldwin turning heads

Written by Brad Everett on .

Central Catholic, Franklin Regional and Plum finished 1-2-3 in Class AAAA Section 3 a season ago, and those three were expected to be at the head of the class again this season.

That was until Baldwin threw a curveball.

Heading into the week, Baldwin was 5-0 overall and stood alone atop the section standings with a 3-0 record. The Highlanders have already matched their win total from last season when they finished 5-12 (4-6).

Baldwin, coached by Dan Caponi, has been winning games convincingly, too. The Highlanders have outscored their three section opponents, 27-5. That includes triumphs against Franklin Regional (13-2), Plum (5-2) and McKeesport (9-1). The Highlanders own non-section wins against Penn Hills (5-3) and Mt. Lebanon (9-6).

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Baseball: South Feature Athlete - A.J. Olasz, West Mifflin

Written by Brad Everett on .

Name: A.J. Olasz
School: West Mifflin
Grade: 12
Sport: Baseball
Position: Pitcher

Background Info: Olasz, a senior left-hander, tossed a no-hitter with seven strikeouts and just one walk in leading West Mifflin to a 12-0, five-inning win against defending WPIAL Class AAA champion South Park last Wednesday. With the win, Olasz improved to 3-0 on the season and lowered his ERA to a miniscule 0.38. Olasz has struck out 32 in 18 innings. Heading into yesterday's game against Thomas Jefferson, West Mifflin (5-2 overall, 3-1 in Section 4) was tied atop the section standings with South Park and Thomas Jefferson. The Titans are the Post-Gazette's No. 2 ranked team in Class AAA.

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Baseball: Seton-LaSalle making some noise

Written by Brad Everett on .

A few players on the Seton-LaSalle baseball team were members of the school's basketball team that won a WPIAL championship less than two months ago.

It looks like those winning ways have carried over to the diamond.

Seton-LaSalle stands alone in first place in Class AA Section 1. Playing in a strong section that includes the likes of Quaker Valley, South Side Beaver and New Brighton, Seton-LaSalle's 7-2 overall record and 5-1 section mark is a real eye opener.

The Rebels likely caught the attention of many when they defeated Quaker Valley, 4-1, last Thursday. Quaker Valley was a WPIAL finalist and PIAA semifinalist last season, and is considered one of the favorites to win a WPIAL title this season. But Seton-LaSalle got two hits from senior Kevin Curran – highlighted by a two-run single – to upset the Quakers.

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Baseball: Steel Valley hunting for another section title

Written by Brad Everett on .

Steel Valley won its first section title in 19 years last season.

The wait for the next one might not take nearly as long.

New season, similar results for Steel Valley (6-0 overall, 4-0 in the section), which leads Class AA Section 4 after Monday's 6-2 win against Shady Side Academy. Every other team in the section has at least one section loss.

After earning non-section wins against Carlynton (16-6) and Chartiers Valley (7-6), Steel Valley began section action by defeating East Allegheny (13-0) and South Allegheny (4-1).

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Softball: Bethel Park springs upset in Class AAAA Section 4 clash

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Fueled by a big day from junior outfielder Molly Welsh, Bethel Park stayed very much alive in the tightening playoff race in Section 4-AAAA. Welsh had a home run and a triple as the Black Hawks knocked off No. 5 Baldwin, 12-5. The win allowed Bethel Park to run its winning streak to three. During the winning streak, the Bethel Park bats have been firing on all cylinders. The team scored 14 at Upper St. Clair and 15 at Brashear before the 12-run output against Baldwin. Including a 17-0 win over Mt. Lebanon earlier in the season, Bethel Park has reached double digit runs in four of its six games.

The Section 4-AAAA race is now as wide open as any in the WPIAL. Canon-McMillan (5-2, 5-1) clings to a half game lead in the section ahead of Chartiers Valley (5-2, 5-2). Baldwin (5-2, 4-2), Bethel Park (4-2, 4-2) and Peters Township (4-5, 4-2) are all tied for third.

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Softball: West Mifflin, TJ play a marathon game

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

A battle for third place in Section 3-AAA took the length of two games to resolve. West Mifflin and Thomas Jefferson clashed on April 10 and the game raged on for 14 innings. When it was all said and done it was the Titans claiming victory in the wild contest, 8-7. West Mifflin overcame a two-run deficit in extra innings to triumph. The team also overcame defensive lapses. West Mifflin was charged with seven errors. Senior pitcher Paige Flore fired all 14 innings for West Mifflin to earn the win. The win put West Mifflin (9-2, 4-2) in third place ahead of Thomas Jefferson (7-3, 3-3) in the battle for the final playoff spot in Section 3-AAA. Southmoreland (5-1, 5-0) and Elizabeth Forward (5-3, 3-1) are in first and second.

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Softball: Thomas Jefferson looks to bounce back from recent skid

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

A 6-0 start for the Thomas Jefferson softball team gave way to a 1-3. Just like that, in a span of four games in four days, Thomas Jefferson dropped from the top of the Section 3-AAA heap to on the outside looking in at the playoff picture. After edging Yough and Belle Vernon in one-run games, the Jaguars lost to Southmoreland, Elizabeth Forward and West Mifflin, while sandwiching a win at South Park during the tough week.

Thomas Jefferson's first-year coach Heidi Karcher is experimenting with a three-pitcher rotation, with sophomore Lacie Lautner and freshman Alysa Fairman splitting a majority of the innings and senior Janelle Allison available to come out of the bullpen.

"Lacie is a little bit more veteran and throws with a little more speed than Alysa," Karcher said. "Alysa's ball moves a little bit differently than Lacie's and Janelle is more of my junk pitcher, that is why it is nice to have. If Lacie and Alysa start getting hit, we can bring Janelle in, it changes the speed up and changes the movement of the ball and can quiet the opponent's bats."