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Alumni Update - David Spadacene (Seton Hill)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Greensburg, Pa. - The Seton Hill men's lacrosse team takes down the Lindenwood Lions 13-8 on SaturdaySpadacene SHU afternoon at Dick's Sporting Goods Field. Despite a 3-goal deficit in the first quarter the Griffins rallied as a team to earn their fifth ECAC win while celebrating their senior day. Seton Hill advances to a 9-4 overall record and 5-2 in ECAC. Lindenwood slips to 3-7 overall, and 2-4 in ECAC play.

Senior defenseman David Spadacene, a Bethel Park graduate, lead all defense in statistical categories adding 5 groundballs and 2 caused turnovers.

 

Greensburg, Pa. - The Seton Hill men's lacrosse team takes down the Lindenwood Lions 13-8 on Saturday afternoon at Dick's Sporting Goods Field. Despite a 3-goal deficit in the first quarter the Griffins rallied as a team to earn their fifth ECAC win while celebrating their senior day. Seton Hill advances to a 9-4 overall record and 5-2 in ECAC. Lindenwood slips to 3-7 overall, and 2-4 in ECAC play.

Senior defenseman David Spadacene, a Bethel Park graduate, lead all defense in statistical categories adding 5 groundballs and 2 caused turnovers.

 

(photo courtesy of Seton Hill University)

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Alumni Update - Parker Meyers (Thiel)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - A two-out walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning by WestminsterMeyers Thiel College's (8-15, 5-6 PAC) Duncan Watt dropped the Thiel College baseball team (11-17, 5-11 PAC) by a 4-3 score Friday afternoon.

Parker Meyers, a Bethel Park graduate, pitched eight innings in a no-decision for Thiel. The right-hander scattered eight hits and struck out six batters, allowing just one earned run.

 

(photo courtesy of Thiel College)

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Alumni Update - Danielle DiCello (Saint Francis)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

LEWISBURG, Pa.The Saint Francis U men and women's track and field teams placed fifth at theDiCello SFU Bucknell Team Challenge Saturday afternoon.

Danielle DiCello ran a 10:53.21 in the 3000m run. DiCello, a Canon-McMillan graduate, ranks ninth in the SFU all-time record book. DiCello placed 10th overall in the 3000m at the meet.

 

(photo courtesy of Saint Francis University)

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Alumni Update - Chad Jacob (Pitt-Greensburg)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

WEST SENECA, N.Y. -  The Pitt-Greensburg baseball team put up some mammoth offensive numbers onJacob PGU their way to a sweep of the D'Youville Spartans, winning on Saturday by scores of 20-5 and 22-10.  After the pair of victories the Bobcats improve to 8-4 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference and 15-12 overall while D'Youville falls to 0-10 in conference and 1-18 on the season.


A number of Bobcats would have an impressive game from the plate, led by Chad Jacob a Chartiers Valley graduate, who went  3-5 performance that included a homerun, double, RBI, and four runs scored.

 

(photo courtesy of the University of Pitt-Greensburg)

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Alumni Update - Tess Apke (Robert Morris)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Moon Township, Pa. – Four members of the Robert Morris University softball team tallied multi-RBIApke RMU outings as the Colonials broke out their bats to take down league-leading Bryant, 8-5, in the nightcap of a Northeast Conference (NEC) doubleheader at an overcast North Athletic Complex Friday afternoon.

Junior Tess Apke, a Mt. Lebanon graduate,was 3-for-7 with a two-run homer, a steal and two runs scored. The blast was her career-best seventh of the season and the 19th of her career. She now leads the team with 12 multi-hit games, and has 31 in her career, and also tops the squad with six multi-RBI games, of which she now has 18 in her career. 

 

(photo courtesy of Robert Morris University)

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Alumni Update - Breanna Tongel (Slippery Rock)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. The Slippery Rock University softball team split a non-conference doubleheaderTongel SRU with Salem International University Monday afternoon from the SRU Softball Complex.

Senior first baseman Breanna Tongel, a Mt. Lebanon graduate, went a perfert 3-for-3 in game two.

 

(photo courtesy of Slippery Rock University)

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Alumni Update - Jesse Hinkle (Chatham)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

BETHANY, WV – The Chatham University Track & Field team finished fourth out of five teams at theHinkle Chatham Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) South Meet on Wednesday, collecting 31 team points.

 

Jesse Hinkle, a Thomas Jefferson graduate, won the javelin with a throw of 36.62m.

 

(photo courtesy of Chatham University)

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Alumni Update - Matt Loftis (Saint Vincent)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Matt Loftis hit his first career home run, and Saint Vincent took advantage of five errors, nine walks andLoftis SVC five hit batsmen en route to a 13-3 victory over Westminster College at Bearcat Ballfield.

Loftis, a Serra Catholic graduate, led the offense, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

 

(photo courtesy of Saint Vincent College)

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Track: Trinity’s Wehrle takes throwing events at West Mifflin

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Trinity’s Tyler Wehrle had a successful Big South Invitational at West Mifflin last Wednesday.

The Hillers senior won the discus with a throw of 122-3, which was more than nine feet farther than his teammate and second-place finisher, Matt Gabriel.

Wehrle also won the shot put with a top throw of 43-7 ¼. Thomas Jefferson’s Anthony Rash finished second at 41-2 ½.

Wehrle’s best throw in the shot put this season, 46-3, is good for 13th in the WPIAL Class AAA this season.  

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Track: Gaul, McCaskill win titles for Leopards

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Belle Vernon had two champions at the Big South Invitational last Wednesday.

For the girls, Gianna Gaul won the discus with a throw of 120-5, which was almost five feet farther than the second-place finisher, Deilona DeVaughn of West Mifflin. The Leopards’ Kaitlyn Slagus finished third.

Gaul also finished sixth in the javelin and eighth in the shot put.

Marcel McCaskill, a junior won the 400 meters by a little more than a second over Chartiers Valley’s Sean Paraenti and Jake Collins

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Track: Colts’ Peterson stars at Big South Invite

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Dejalynn Peterson had a busy — and successful — time at the Big South Invitational last Wednesday.

The Chartiers Valley senior won the 200 and 400 meters and placed second in the 100 at the event, which included Thomas Jefferson, Elizabeth Forward, Belle Vernon, McGuffey, Trinity, Ringgold and host West Mifflin.

Peterson won the 200 in a time of 26.53, squeaking by Thomas Jefferson’s Missy Wagner, who ran a 26.66. Peterson had an easier time in the 400, as her time of 59.21 was more than three seconds faster than West Mifflin’s Aerial Dukes. Wagner finished third.

In the 100, Peterson ran a 13.18, which was 0.26 seconds behind Olivia Airhart of Thomas Jefferson. 

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Track: South Feature Athlete — Thomas Jefferson’s Abby Mich

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Name: Abby Mich
School: Thomas Jefferson
Grade: 9
Sport: Track and Field

Background: Mich was one of the stars of last week’s Big South Invitational at West Mifflin, taking first in the 100 and 300 hurdles. She also ran the anchor leg of the Jaguars’ winning 4 x 400 meter relay team and the third leg of Thomas Jefferson’s 4 x 100 relay team, which finished second.

Thomas Jefferson coach Mike Rose: “She’s mentally tough and just has the will to be good. She wants to get better; she wants to be the best and she won’t just settle for a time.”

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Baseball: Dynamite pitching the calling card for red-hot West Mifflin

Written by Brad Everett on .

No team seems to be able to slow down West Mifflin these days.

A big reason for that has been a pitching staff that has stifled opposing hitters all season.

West Mifflin, guided by first-year coach Jeff Smith, is having one of its best seasons in at least two decades. The Titans had won four straight and six of seven heading into Monday's non-section game against Steel Valley. The Titans were 9-2 overall and 6-1 in Class AAA Section 4.

The Titans have been just fine offensively, but it's on the mound where the Titans have truly stood out. The Titans have given up a combined 10 runs in their nine wins and have surrendered only 20 all season. They've shut out two opponents and have held six others to just one run.

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Baseball: South Feature Athlete - Serra Catholic's Cole McCombs

Written by Brad Everett on .

Name: Cole McCombs
School: Serra Catholic
Grade: 9
Sport: Baseball
Position: Pitcher

Background Info: No WPIAL freshman has sparkled as much as McCombs, who has been absolutely dominant on the mound for a Serra team that is 7-3 overall and 4-0 in Class A Section 2. McCombs is 3-1 with a 0.00 ERA. The only run he has given up was an unearned run in the season opener against Allderdice. He has allowed only four hits and has struck out 43 in 24 1/3 innings.

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Baseball: Peters moves to the top of Class AAAA Section 5 title race

Written by Brad Everett on .

Peters Township fell short of the playoffs last season and started off this season 0-2.

Since then, the Indians have excelled just as they normally do.

The Indians have won five straight and eight of nine to take over the lead in a tightly-contested Class AAAA Section 5. The Indians are 8-3 overall and 4-1 in section play.

Coach Joe Maize has seen his team both pitch and hit well during the current run. In their eight wins, the Indians have outscored their opponents, 60-13. Of those 13 runs, seven came against Canon-McMillan. In their past two games, the Indians defeated Shaler, 7-0, and Albert Gallatin, 14-0.

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Baseball: Chartiers Valley the hottest team in Class AAA

Written by Brad Everett on .

There are a bunch of excellent teams in Class AAA.

None, however, has put together a win streak as long as Chartiers Valley's.

The Colts are on quite a roll. They have won eight consecutive games, their last loss coming on March 28. They have amassed a 9-2 record and sit alone atop Section 3 with a mark of 5-0.

The win streak includes triumphs against section-rival Keystone Oaks and Section 1 leader Montour. The Colts have outscored their opponents, 65-19, during the streak. They have scored at least nine runs five times and have limited all but two of the opponents to three runs or fewer.

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Softball: South Fayette chasing first section title

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Late season games against Trinity and West Allegheny will likely decide whether or not South Fayette can successfully capture the first section title in program history. South Fayette would be wise to not look ahead of this week though, as it must take care of business against Montour (5-5, 4-3) and Carrick (0-7, 0-7). The No. 3-ranked Lions (7-1, 6-1) are atop the Section 2-AAA standings at the time being, ahead of Trinity (9-1, 5-1) and West Allegheny (6-2, 6-2). This week provides a prime opportunity for the Lions to maintain their lead or expand on it if the Hillers or Indians trip up.

South Fayette's lone section setback this season came at West Allegheny. But in a section that has proven that anyone can beat anyone, West Allegheny lost at Montour and at Trinity.

"I hope it comes down to the South Fayette-Trinity game," South Fayette coach Vic Iagnemma said. "But you can't take anyone lightly, Montour, West Allegheny and Trinity are all very good teams. If you look at the rankings in our section, you can see any of those four teams have a shot at the other teams."

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Softball: McKeesport looks to regain title of section favorite

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

McKeesport went through Section 2-AAAA play unscathed last season. If the Tigers want to repeat as section champions, they are going to have to do so with a blemish on their record. McKeesport opened section play with a surprising 9-0 setback at Plum. Entering the season many though the Mustangs had the firepower to contend for a section title but the convincing win was a surprise to many. McKeesport bounced back with wins over Oakland Catholic, Woodland Hills, Allderdice, Gateway and Penn Hills to setup a showdown with No. 5 Plum on Thursday.

McKeesport responded like one would expect a defending champion to respond, with a gutsy 6-5 win to even things up atop the section standings between the two rivals both with matching 6-1 section records. The Gooden sisters rose to the occasion for the Tigers. Senior center fielder Kai was 3 for 3 with two triples and two runs while senior pitcher Mai knocked in two runs and earned the win, striking out seven.

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Softball: South Feature Athlete - South Fayette's Ashley Iagnemma

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Name: Ashley Iagnemma
High School: South Fayette
Grade: 11
Sport: Softball

Background Info: A three-year starter at pitcher, Ashley Iagnemma is the lone junior on the South Fayette softball team and a major reason why the Lions began section play with a 6-1 record. She is the daughter of second-year coach Vic Iagnemma. Ashley Iagnemma struck out 12 in five shutout innings against Ringgold, a game in which she also knocked in five runs. She has also shown a knack for stepping up in big games. She pitched a complete-game, one-hitter with 14 strikeouts in a 2-1 win against Ringgold. In a section showdown or first place, Ashley Iagnemma struck out seven while scattering six hits in a 6-4 win over Trinity. She has 77 strikeouts through eight games this season. She struck out 120 as a freshman and 140 as a sophomore.

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Softball: Thomas Jefferson gets back on track with upset of Southmoreland

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Heidi Karcher's first season at Thomas Jefferson has been a rollercoaster ride. A 2-0 start in section play gave way to back-to-back losses which led to a big one-run win at South Park which led to a one-run setback at West Mifflin.

In a crucial section contest against No. 5 Southmoreland on Thursday, Thomas Jefferson's roller coaster ride reached another peak with a 3-2 win. Junior center fielder Lauren Herazo delivered a two-run pinch-hit single in the bottom of the sixth to lift Thomas Jefferson to a 3-2 win. The Jaguars scored all three of their runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. The one-run contest was nothing new to Thomas Jefferson. Seven of the team's first 11 games have been decided by one run and that is good news for Thomas Jefferson as they are 6-1 in one-run games.

Thomas Jefferson is still very much alive in the Section 3-AAA playoff race. Sitting at 8-3 overall and 4-3 in the section, the Jaguars trail Elizabeth Forward (7-3, 5-1), West Mifflin (11-2, 6-2) and Southmoreland (6-3, 5-2). Thomas Jefferson must take advantage this week with three games against the bottom three teams in the standings coming up. It plays Yough Monday, Belle Vernon Thursday and South Park next Tuesday.