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Football: West Mifflin grad shines at Robert Morris

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Rick Davis profiles West Mifflin graduate Jake Tkach, who is now a standout football player at Robert Morris.

"Choosing the proper uniform number playing youth league football can be tantamount to success; as an aspiring linebacker growing up in Steelers Nation, there are only a few of the must-have numbers that particular position requires.

Number 58 tops the list.

"Ever since I started playing rec football, that was my number," said Jake Tkach, a senior linebacker at Robert Morris. "I wanted to play linebacker way back then. My mom is a huge Jack Lambert fan and when you're that young, you really don't know what number to pick. I started wearing No. 58 all the way back then."

 

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Alumni Update – Shamar Greene (Slippery Rock)

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Slippery Rock's Shamar Greene put-up 123 yards of offense against the PSAC's leading defense, as The Rock earned a 31-28 victoryGreene Slippery Rock over Gannon.


The Golden Knights' defense entered the weekend leading the PSAC in total, scoring, and rushing defense, and Slippery Rock posted 161 yards on the ground led by Greene's 85 yards.


Greene, a West Mifflin graduate, earned the winning touchdown at the 6:05 mark in the third quarter. He also recorded four receptions for 38 yards to help The Rock preserve their undefeated record.


His performance earned him PSAC West Offensive Player of the Week.
 

 

 

(photo courtesy of Slippery Rock University)

 

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Football: West Mifflin's Mitchell makes history

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West Mifflin's DiAngelo Mitchell has been outstanding all season. Last Friday, he put together a historic performance.

Mitchell, a senior running back, set the school single-game rushing record when he torched Laurel Highlands for 403 yards and six touchdowns in a 48-27 win. Mitchell also became just the 11th player in WPIAL history to run for 400 yards in a game. Connellsville's Marcus Furman rushed for a WPIAL-record 455 yards in 2000.

Mitchell's massive effort shattered the previous school record of 359 yards set just last season by Jimmy Wheeler, the school's single-season and all-time leading rusher. Wheeler finished his senior season with a WPIAL-best 2,616 yards and 37 touchdowns.

Mitchell has rushed for 1,306 yards and 21 touchdowns. He's eclipsed the 100-yard mark every game. Mitchell ran for 285 yards against Belle Vernon two weeks ago, so he has rushed for 688 yards in his last two games.

 

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Football: West Mifflin grad shines at Slippery Rock

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Rick Davis profiles West Mifflin graduate Marcus Martin, who is now a standout football player at Slippery Rock.

"Slippery Rock coach George Mihalik said with defensive end Marcus Martin it's all about his attitude ... and he wouldn't change anything about it.

"We call it a relentless attitude. Nothing is going to keep him out of that backfield. Nothing is going to keep him from getting to that quarterback."

Martin, a redshirt freshman from West Mifflin High School, is only four games into his collegiate career but already he is making his mark at the NCAA Division II level. He is tied for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference lead in sacks with five and is tied for second in tackles for loss at 7.5. Nationally, he ranks eight in sacks per game at 1.25 and 19th in tackles for loss with 1.9 per game."

 

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Alumni Update - Rebecca Schorr (Pitt-Johnstown)

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Rebecca Schorr, a West Mifflin graduate, finished 26th with a time of 21:44 to lead the Lady Cat cross country team to a 10th-placeSchorr PJU finish at the 2014 Saint Vincent College Invitational.  

Alderson-Broaddus (WV) College's Jenny Brewer (19:27) won individual medalist honors, but Pitt claimed the team championship in the 14 team field with 21 points.

 

(photo courtesy of University of Pitt-Johnstown)