Alumni Update - Ryan Ruffing (Washington & Jefferson)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

A pair of offensive linemen headlined the list as senior center John Wanner and junior left tackleRuffing WJ Zack Crossey were named to the First Team while junior running back Ryan Ruffing was tabbed Second Team. Senior linebacker Jared Pratt and junior defensive end Jon Turner each laid claim to a spot on the Third Team. It was the first All-Region honor for each student-athlete.

One of just three running backs in the country to top 1,600 yards, Ruffing, a Thomas Jefferson graduate, earned Second-Team South Region accolades after being named First Team All-PAC. He finished his first season as the primary back with 1,605 yards on 317 carries, an average of 5.1 yards per rush.

He also found pay dirt 25 times on the ground to go along with four times through the air for a total of 29 touchdowns, second most in single-season program history. His yardage total was the third highest total in school history. He led Division III in scoring for the majority of the season until injuries hampered his production in the postseason and he finished third at 14.5 points per game.


(photo courtesy of Washington & Jefferson College)


Hockey: TJ back near the top after poor start

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

In Thomas Jefferson’s first two games of the season, the Jaguars were outscored 20-4 in losses to Deer Lakes and Hempfield.

But since that time, Thomas Jefferson has looked more like the team that went to the Penguins Cup final last season.

The Jaguars have reeled off seven straight wins to move to 7-2, good for third-place in the Tier 1 Western Conference.


Girls Volleyball: Thomas Jefferson misses chance in PIAA playoffs

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley profiles the Thomas Jefferson girls volleyball team. Read his story below.

2014 1113 ThomasJefferson GVolleyball(Photo: Thomas Jefferson's Rachel Stover, left, scores against Beaver Area's Alexa Mamone in a WPIAL Class AA semifinal at Baldwin High School. John Heller/Post-Gazette)

The Thomas Jefferson girls volleyball team had a PIAA Class AA semifinal berth within its grasp, but let it slip away.

The Jaguars held a 2-1 lead in Saturday's quarterfinal match against District 10 champion Fort LeBoeuf, held at Slippery Rock High School, but came up short in the final two sets.

"Fort LeBoeuf was the PIAA runner-up last year and champion in 2012, so we knew we were up against a quality program," Thomas Jefferson coach Ron Kelly said. "They had the best group of hitters we saw all season. Every one of their players could hit the ball."

Thomas Jefferson opened the match with a 25-22 victory, then lost the second set by the same score. The Jaguars took a 2-1 advantage with a 25-17 win in the third set, but Fort LeBoeuf rallied to win the final two sets, 25-20 and 15-12.