Alumni Update - Erin Gilmartin (Point Park)

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PITTSBURGH – Point Park University women’s soccer held the University of Maine Fort Kent scoreless in the second half, but fell short, 3-1, Wednesday.

Point Park (0-2-1) senior Erin Gilmartin, a Springdale graduate, scored in the 85th minute to cut the lead to 3-1, but it was too little too late for the Pioneers.



Alumni Update - Joe Killian (Allegheny)

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The accolades continue to roll in for Allegheny College baseball senior Joe Killian as he was named All-Killian ACAmerica Honorable Mention by on Thursday morning.

Killian, a senior infielder from Springdale High School is the program's first All-American in 16 seasons. In 2000, Allegheny placed a pair of players on All-American teams as Brad Hensler (first) and Jeff Mountain (second) garnered the plaudits.

This is the third award over the past four days that Killian has received, having been selected to both and ABCA/Rawlings All-Mideast Region First Teams earlier in the week. Just 11 days ago, he became the first Gator since Jason Nypaver in 1996 to collect North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) Player of the Year honors.

Killian closed his illustrious career in style, pacing the conference prior to NCAA Regionals in batting average (.438), slugging percentage (.701), total bases (101), and homeruns (6). His name is a constant in the Allegheny record books, owning top five slots for career doubles (52, 1st), hits (211, 2nd), at-bats (564, 3rd), runs scored (141, 5th), and runs batted in (145, 5th).

A four-time All-NCAC selection, Killian gained national recognition twice from when he was selected to the publication's Team of the Week on Mar. 15 and May 3. He provided heroics with walk-off hits against Baldwin Wallace (Mar. 30) and Pitt-Greensburg (Apr. 14), with the latter coming on a round-tripper in a 12-12 deadlock to complete a two-homerun afternoon.



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."