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Golf: Peters Township star wins regional title; two other South golfers qualify for state final

Written by Joe Koch on .

Mia Kness has been in some challenging tournaments throughout her high school career. So, when she found herself tied for first place following 18 holes at the PIAA Western Regional this past Monday at Blairsville's Tom's Run Golf Course, some extra work wasn't a burden.

After shooting a 1-under-par round of 71 in regulation, the Peters Township senior defeated Pine-Richland sophomore Lauren Freyvogel on the second playoff hole to advance as the top West Regional qualifier to the PIAA 3A Individual Championship. The two-day event begins Monday at York's Heritage Hills Resort.

She will be joined at the state final by two other South-area golfers. Canon-McMillan junior Taylor Waller finished in a third-place tie with North Allegheny's Christina Lewis. Each shot 3-over-par rounds of 75.

Uniontown sophomore Danae Rugola advanced to the Western Regional as the No. 5 qualifier from the WPIAL. She, once again, finished fifth in a tie with Penn-Trafford's Amanda Conner at Blairsville. Both shot 4-over-par rounds of 76.



Golf: South Park golfer leads five South qualifiers to 2A boys final

Written by Joe Koch on .

South Park senior Daniel Morgret played a consistent round of golf on Monday at the PIAA 2A Western Regional Championship at Blairsville's Tom's Run Golf Course.

Because he did so, Morgret joined 21 other West-regional qualifiers for the PIAA 2A Individual Championship. The two-day event starts Monday and concludes Tuesday at York's Heritage Hills Resort.

After shooting a 38 on the front nine, Morgret finished the back nine with a 37 and his 18-hole total of 75 landed him in a third-place tie with McGuffey senior Colin Chapman.

The impressive feature about Morgret's round is that he trailed Chapman by three strokes at the turn, and when he birdied the 18th hole, it brought him into a tie with Chapman.


Golf: Peters Township's Bruce lone South qualifier for 3A boys final

Written by Joe Koch on .

Junior Hunter Bruce will be the lone entry from Peters Township High and the WPIAL South region when he tees it up on Monday at the PIAA 3A Individual Boys Championship at York's Heritage Hills Resort.

Bruce had a rough start at Monday's 3A Boys Western Regional at Blairsville's Tom's Run Golf Course as he made the turn with a 41. But a solid even-par effort on the back nine allowed him to finish with a 5-over-par round of 77 that placed him in a three-way tie for 10th place and a ticket to the state tournament.

The other qualifier from the South area for the regional tournament, Upper St. Clair's Jack O'Leary, missed the cut with an 11-over-par round of 83 that earned him 17th place in the 22-player field.


Alumni Update - Torre Carr (Washington & Jefferson)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

WASHINGTON, Pa. -- Torre Carr, a Canon-McMillan graduate, intercepted a pass with 9:14 left in the fourth quarterCarr WJ set up a 57-yard scoring strike as Washington & Jefferson rallied to defeat Bethany, 37-36, in Presidents' Athletic Conference action.

The pick came as Bethany was driving and looking to take a two-score lead. It was the seventh play of a drive that began for the Bison at the W&J 45, while the play was a first-and-10 at the 24.

Bethany QB Chase Kinemond dropped back and was looking for tight end Dustin Hess when Carr stepped in front of the screen play and hauled in the pass at the 32 yard line and returned it 11 yards to the 43.


(photo courtesy of Washington & Jefferson College)


Alumni Update - Natalia Fortna (Waynesburg)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

WAYNESBURG, Pa. – The Waynesburg University soccer teams swept the latest set of Waynesburg Athlete of theFortna Waynesburg Week Awards. The women were represented by sophomore Natalie Fortna, while her classmate, James Snyder, was lauded as this week's men's honoree.

Fortna, a Canon-McMillan graduate, scored two crucial goals two seconds apart during Waynesburg's 3-2 win over Geneva on Saturday. She gave her team the lead 59:28 into the match then struck again by logging the eventual game winner off an assist from freshman Emma Gozzard at 59:30 of the contest.


(photo courtesy of Waynesburg University)


Alumni Update - Joe Carroll (Robert Morris)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Pittsburgh, Pa. – The Robert Morris University football team fell at Duquesne University in the 18th meeting between the teams, 31-24,Carroll RMU Saturday night at Arthur J. Rooney Field.

The Colonials slip to 1-6 and 0-2 in Northeast Conference play while the Dukes move to 4-2 and 1-0 in league games.

Joe Carroll, a Thomas Jefferson graduate, made his debut at quarterback and finished with a pair of touchdowns.


(photo courtesy of Robert Morris University)


Alumni Update - Derrick Fulmore (Slippery Rock)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

INDIANA, Pa. – The 16th ranked Slippery Rock University football team couldn't get out of its own way in the firstFulmore SRU quarter as No. 13 Indiana University (Pa.) opened up a big margin and cruised to a 48-19 victory Saturday at George P. Miller Stadium.

The loss drops Slippery Rock to 5-2 overall and 2-2 in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Western Division action. Both of The Rock's losses on the year have come on the road at teams currently ranked in the top 13 with California now up to No. 7 in the national poll. Indiana improves to 5-1 overall and 3-1 in PSAC West games with the victory.

Derrick Fulmore, a West Mifflin graduate, finished with a team-high 10 tackles and one tackle for loss to lead the defense.


(photo courtesy of Slippery Rock University)


Alumni Update - James Snyder (Waynesburg)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

WAYNESBURG, Pa. – The Waynesburg University soccer teams swept the latest set of Waynesburg Athlete of theSnyder Waynesburg Week Awards. The women were represented by sophomore Natalie Fortna, while her classmate, James Snyder, was lauded as this week's men's honoree.

Snyder, a Ringgold graduate, started both games for Waynesburg and played all 100 minutes this past week. He stopped 10-of-12 shots on goal and recorded his second shutout of the season, which came in a 0-0 double-overtime tie against Washington & Jefferson on Tuesday.


(photo courtesy of Waynesburg University)


Basketball: West Mifflin grad giving back to community

Written by Joe Bendel on .

Joe Bendel profiles West Mifflin graduate Ryan Maha, who now plays basketball at Carnegie Mellon.

"Classrooms in the West Mifflin and Steel Valley school districts transform into mini "Shark Tanks" when Ryan Maha and Blake Chasen enter the building.

Students in grades 9-12 listen intently as the two teach the nuances of becoming a business owner in their 2-year-old initiative, "Empowering Entrepreneurs."

Maha is a West Mifflin graduate and junior basketball player at Carnegie Mellon University; Chasen, of Chevy Chase, Md., is a former CMU team captain and recent grad.

You might call them the "Mr. Wonderfuls" of the Mon Valley."


Alumni Update - Colin Michalski (Pitt-Johnstown)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Colin Michalski, a Baldwin graduate, scored an early goal in the first half to give Pitt-Johnstown the lead, but Bloomsburg scored threeMichalski PJU unanswered goals after that and went on to defeat the Mountain Cats, 3-1, Saturday afternoon at the Pitt-Johnstown Soccer Field.  

The Mountain Cats slipped to 4-9-0 overall and 1-7-0 in the PSAC.


(photo courtesy of University of Pitt-Johnstown)


Alumni Update - Sean Gallagher (Penn State-Behrend)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

STEUBENVILLE, Oh - The Penn State Behrend men's soccer team defeated Franciscan 2-1 in the AlleghenyGallagher PSUB Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) game of the week Saturday afternoon.

The Lions (12-1-3, 5-0-1 AMCC) competed evenly with the Barons (10-4-1, 6-1 AMCC) throughout the first half, but eventually pulled out the win with a second half goal. Behrend compiled 18 shots compared to Franciscan's 15.

Sean Gallagher, a Bethel Park graduate, scored the game-winning goal at the 56:08 mark.


(photo courtesy of Penn State-Behrend)


Alumni Update - Hannah Saunders (Penn State-Behrend)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

ERIE, Pa. – The Penn State Behrend women's volleyball team split a pair of Allegheny Mountain CollegiateSaunders PSUB Conference (AMCC) matches on Saturday at the Junker Center.

The Lions (11-13, 2-4 AMCC) defeated La Roche 3-2 (19-25, 25-20, 19-25, 25-12, 15-13) in the nightcap, while falling to Pitt-Greensburg 3-0 (27-25, 25-21, 25-21) in the first match of the day.

Hannah Saunders, an Elizabeth Forward graduate, dished out 70 assists.


(photo courtesy of Penn State-Behrend University)


Alumni Update - Callie Frey (Pittsburgh)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

NORFOLK, Va. – The Pitt tennis team concluded action at the 2016 ITA Atlantic Regional Championships SundayFrey Pitt evening on the campus of Old Dominion University.

Senior Lolade Ogungbesan and junior Callie Frey both finished the weekend winning their singles matches.

Frey, a Mt. Lebanon graduate, earned a hard-fought battle to Olivia Thaler of William and Mary, 7-6(5), 6-4.


(photo courtesy of University of Pitt)


Alumni Update - Shiloh Simonson (Point Park)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

PITTSBURGH -- Point Park University volleyball took care of business on Senior Day with a 3-0 home win over Cincinnati Christian on Saturday at the Student Center Gym in Downtown Pittsburgh.

The Pioneers drew their record even at .500 overall with the victory and more importantly upped their River States Conference record to 9-1 with the RSC win. Point Park recognized its 2016 seniors before the match, which was the final conference home match for the Pioneers this year.

The victory over CCU (11-7, 3-4 RSC) had the Pioneers come out on top, 25-19, 27-25, 25-20. Point Park played from in front in the first and third sets, and it rallied from deficits of 16-12 and 22-19 to pull out the second set in extra points.

Senior Shiloh Simonson, a Peters Township graduate, posted another double-double of 10 kills and 14 digs, both of which led the team.



Girls Tennis: South players aim for success at WPIAL doubles tournament

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Holly Barwatt and Angela DeRose have been in this position before.

One year ago, in fact.

Barwatt and DeRose won the 2015 2A Section 1 doubles title, were installed as the No. 3 seed in the tournament and, after a win over the Derry duo of Kate Enos and Maria Palumbo, they were knocked out in the quarterfinals by eventual champions Zoe Bojalad and Emily Kraus of Quaker Valley.

And almost everything is identical to how things began a year ago at Norwin. The only differences will be that the tournament will open at 12:30 p.m. at North Allegheny and that Enos will be paired with Juliet Tatone.

Peters Township seniors Anna Komer and Alex Garcia are the No. 3 seeds in the 3A tournament and will open their run to a potential title at 12:30 p.m. today ay Shady Side Academy when they take on Giovanna Elo and Caroline Ciocco of Oakland Catholic. Both players had different partners a year ago, qualified for the WPIAL tournament and won first round matches before being eliminated in the quarterfinals.


Girls Tennis: South Feature Athlete - Morgan Happe, Mt. Lebanon

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Name: Morgan Happe
School: Mt. Lebanon
Grade: 12
Sport: Girls Tennis

Background: Happe was the No. 2 singles player for the second-place team in the WPIAL and will play in the WPIAL 3A doubles tournament with junior Katherine Izzo. Happe did not play in the tournament a year ago, but Izzo did, defeating Maria Santilli and Anna Lanyi in the first round before losing to eventual runner-up Tina Li and Ashley Huang of North Allegheny in the quarterfinals.


Alumni Update - Allen Wright (Indiana Pa.)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

INDIANA, Pa. – Senior Max Kirsch (Ebensburg, Pa. /Central Cambria) of the men's golf team and junior wide receiver Allen Wright ofWright IUP the football team have been named the IUP Athletes of the Week for the week ending Sunday, October 16.

Wright, a McKeesport graduate, made several big plays in a 48-19 over Slippery Rock, starting things off with an 89-yard touchdown reception on the Crimson Hawks' first play of the game.

Wright caught a quick pass in the left slot from redshirt sophomore quarterback Lenny Williams, Jr., made a defender miss, and outran the SRU defense to give IUP an early 7-0 lead. He finished the day with six receptions for 185 yards and two touchdowns. 


(photo courtesy of Indiana Pa.)


Alumni Update - Laura Nath (La Roche)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

ERIE, PA – The La Roche women's volleyball team dropped a pair of heartbreakers in a tri-match on Saturday. The RedhawksNath LRC fell to D'Youville 3-1 (16-25, 27-25, 25-10, 28-26) and Penn State Behrend 3-2 (19-25, 25-20, 19-25, 25-12, 15-13).

The Redhawks held a 1-0 lead over D'Youville before dropping three straight. Tied at 20-20, La Roche and D'Youville alternated points on every possession until the Spartans scored two straight to win the set 27-25. D'Youville cruised in the third set and won a thrilling fourth set.

The Spartans held a 24-22 lead but the Redhawks tied it up and eventually took a 26-25 lead. D'Youville however scored three straight points and then the match for the big conference win.

Laura Nath, a Seton-LaSalle graduate, registered her fourth straight twenty kill game.


(photo courtesy of La Roche College)


Football: South Feature Athlete - Serra Catholic’s Khalil Smith

Written by Brad Everett on .

Name: Khalil Smith
School: Serra Catholic
Grade: 10
Sport: Football
Position: Running back/Linebacker

Background: Smith has emerged as one of the top sophomore running backs in the WPIAL. Smith is the seventh-leading rusher in the WPIAL, having rushed for 1,202 yards and 13 touchdowns. He ran for 230 yards and two touchdowns in last Friday's 12-0 win against Carlynton. Serra Catholic has clinched a playoff berth for the first time since 2009. The Eagles are 5-3 overall and 3-2 in the Class 2A Three Rivers Conference.