Alumni Update - Joe Killian (Allegheny)

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Joe Killian and Chase Boyer of the Allegheny College baseball team earned All-MideastKillian AC Region accolades, announced by the organization on Monday morning.

Just eight days ago, Killian and Boyer became the first Allegheny duo in 23 seasons to respectively claim North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) Player and Pitcher of the Year plaudits.

Killian, a senior infielder from Springdale High School was placed on the All-Mideast Region First Team after closing out a decorated career by leading the NCAC in hitting categories such as batting average (.438), slugging percentage (.701), total bases (101), and homeruns (6). He finished his time in Gator blue and gold with a school record 52 doubles, adding respective second and third-place marks in career hits (211) and at-bats (564). Killian also owns the fifth-place spot for career runs scored (141) and batted in (145).

A four-time All-NCAC selection, Killian was named to the Team of the Week twice (Mar. 15, May 3) in his senior campaign. He tripled his career homerun total heading into the 2016 season and provided heroics with walk-off hits against Baldwin Wallace (Mar. 30) and Pitt-Greensburg (Apr. 14). The latter came from a two-homer day as Killian teed off on the first pitch he saw in the bottom of the ninth inning to break a 12-12 deadlock.


(photo courtesy of Allegheny College)


Alumni Update - Erika Roney (Point Park)

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RIO GRANDE, Ohio – Point Park University women’s soccer scored three goals within five minutes late in the second half to capture a 3-0 win at the University of Rio Grande (Ohio) Saturday, remaining unbeaten in KIAC play.

The score was tied 0-0 at the half, with the Pioneers (7-4-2, 4-0 KIAC) and Red Storm (4-8, 3-1 KIAC) evenly matched in shots, 7-6.

Point Park senior goalkeeper Erica Roney, a Springdale graduate, recorded her fifth shutout this season with four saves.



Football: Springdale looks to experience

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Two years ago, Springdale football coach Dave Leasure was forced to rely on a handful of underclassmen. The Dynamos won just three games in 2013 and failed to qualify for the WPIAL playoffs.

They did bounce back last season by winning their last four games en route to locking up a playoff spot out of the Eastern Conference. Leasure's team finished 6-4 after losing to Shenango in the first round of the Class A bracket.

Springdale, however, is hoping the experience from that challenging year pays off this fall. With their traditional Wing-T offense, the Dynamos opened their campaign on a positive last week with a 34-20 win against Serra Catholic. Ben Sowinski, a junior, rushed for a game-high 203 yards and three touchdowns.


Springdale 2015 Football Preview

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Springdale has had a strong history in soccer for many years, so Dyanmos football coach Dave Leasure is always appreciative of anyone who can kick a football through the uprights either after a touchdown or for a field goal.

"Kickers got us into the [2014] playoffs," Leasure said, noting identical 14-12 Eastern Conference victories against Monessen and Greensburg Central Catholic. "We were able to hit our PATs in those games. We always stress the kicking game in practice."

While hoping for contributions from the kickers, Leasure said there is plenty of experience on his 38-player roster. Seven players return on offense, including all five players on the line for a team that finished 6-4 last year, 5-3 in the Eastern Conference.

"We're pleased with this," he said. "We were 3-6 two years ago, and we started three freshmen and four sophomores that year. These kids are now juniors and seniors and they've played a lot of varsity football. That's big for us because we run the Wing-T offense, and that requires a lot of role blocking. Zone blocking is easier to teach, so this type of blocking takes time to teach. We're light years ahead of where we were last year."


Swimming: Kondrit lands Springdale event win at tri-meet

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Springdale sophomore Kevin Kondrit earned Springdale an event win in a recent tri-meet against Highlands in Knoch. In the most competitive event of the evening, Kondrit out-touched Knoch sophomore John Wilson in the 100 freestyle by 0.14 seconds. Kondrit swam a 50.57 to edge Wilson (50.71). Wilson was a two-time individual WPIAL qualifier from last season. Kondrit is a returning WPIAL qualifier also. He took 13th in the 100 freestyle last season at WPIALs and sixth in the 100 backstroke. The Spring sophomore also swam a competitive race against Knoch's Chad Cummings. This time the Knoch swimmer would out-touch Kondrit. Cummings clocked in at 22.58, just ahead of Kondrit (23.09).