Alumni Update - Pete Coughlin (Washington & Jefferson)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Washington & Jefferson senior quarterback Pete Coughlin has been named a Second TeamCoughlin WJ Preseason All-America by

The recognition gives W&J a Preseason All-America for the second consecutive season after offensive lineman Zack Crossey was a First Team honoree in 2015. Coughlin is the second quarterback from W&J to land on the Preseason All-America list, joining W&J Hall of Famer Bobby Swallow, a 2008 Second Team Preseason All-America. In total, Coughlin becomes the ninth President honored since the website began recognizing preseason All-Americas in 2000.

Coughlin, an Upper St. Clair graduate, has twice been named Second Team All-Presidents' Athletic Conference. Last season, he led W&J to the sixth-ranked total offense and eighth-ranked passing offense in Division III as he completed 223-of-314 passes for 3,023 yards, 25 touchdowns and seven interceptions. His completion percentage of 71.0 led all of Division III and established new single-season records both at W&J and in the PAC. Over the final six games of the season, Coughlin completed 122-of-154 attempts, a 79.2 completion percentage, for 1,915 yards with 18 touchdowns and no interceptions, while eclipsing 300 yards in the final four games of 2015.


Football: Blue Chip Chat - Upper St. Clair's Gabe Houy

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In today's Blue Chip Chat, Mike White profiles Upper St. Clair's Gabe Houy.

Name: Gabe Houy
School: Upper St. Clair
Year: Senior
Height: 6-7
Weight: 265
Pos: OT-DT

Houy is considered one of the top offensive linemen in Western Pennsylvania. He has shed 20-25 pounds since last year and will start on offense and defense this season, after starting only on offense last year. Houy (pronounced Hoy) also plays basketball. His mother, Lori, is a reporter for WPXI-TV channel 11.


Alumni Update - Alex Bell (Slippery Rock)

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LOCK HAVEN, Pa. –Three members of the Slippery Rock University baseball team were named to the 2016 All-Pennsylvania StateBell SRU Athletic Conference Western Division Team after outstanding seasons, the league office announced Thursday.

Sophomore Tyler Walters earned first team honors at designated hitter while senior first baseman Alex Bell and junior outfielder Ty Zimmerman both received second team all-league recognition.

One of the top run-producers in the league, Bell had a career-year batting cleanup for The Rock. In 48 games, he hit .409 with 31 runs scored, 11 home runs and a team-high 51 RBI to go with 15 doubles, a .690 slugging percentage and a .451 on-base percentage. He concluded the season ranked seventh in the PSAC in hits (70), seventh in home runs, seventh in slugging percentage and eighth in RBI. Bell was at his best in big situations as evidenced by his team-leading .448 batting average with runners in scoring position.

Bell, an Upper St. Clair graduate, leaves Slippery Rock ranked 10th in school history in career RBI (113), 11th in home runs (17), 14th in hits (165) and 16th in doubles (34).


(photo courtesy of Slippery Rock University)


Boys Tennis: Upper St. Clair has its season come to an end

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Upper St. Clair has been one of those teams that, when it wins titles, it does it in droves.

In 2004, the Panthers started a string of four consecutive WPIAL titles and, the last time they won prior to that, they took four in a row from 1995-98.

So, when Upper St. Clair came into the season as the defending WPIAL champion, it was hoping the pattern would hold.

Instead, the Panthers suffered an upset in the second round of the WPIAL tournament as section rival Mt. Lebanon pulled out a 3-2 victory on Tuesday at The Club in Monroeville to eliminated them from postseason contention. It was the first time Upper St. Clair was a one-and-done champion since 1990.


Boys Tennis: South Feature Athlete - Upper St. Clair's Kevin Kwok

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Name: Kevin Kwok
High School: Upper St. Clair
Grade: 10
Sport: Boys Tennis

Background: Kwok is the top singles player for the Panthers and will have a key role if they are to repeat as WPIAL Class AAA champions. He will likely have several key matchups in the tournament as Upper St. Clair moves on and, if the seedings hold, could face Charlie Shrohl of Mt. Lebanon, Jared Isaacs of North Allegheny and Robby Shymansky of Fox Chapel.