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Alumni Update – Shamar Greene (Slippery Rock)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa.Lindy's Sports has named Slippery Rock University football players Marcus Martin and Shamar Greene to itsGreene SRU Preseason All-Division II team and has ranked The Rock No. 9 in the preseason national rankings listed in the annual college football preview issue of the publication that is on newsstands now.

This marks the second straight year Slippery Rock is listed in the preseason top 25 by Lindy's after ranking 25th last summer. This also marks the second straight appearance on the All-Division II first team for Martin, while it marks the first appearance on the second team for Greene.

The Rock are one of four teams in Super Region One to appear in the Lindy's preseason poll and are one of two teams from the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. National runner-up Shepherd is the highest ranked team from the region at No. 2. Slippery Rock follows at No. 9 to give Super Region One two teams in the top 10. Assumption is ranked No. 14 and Indiana (Pa.) is 15th. SRU played each of those teams last year and posted a 2-1 record with wins over Indiana (Pa.) and Assumption and a loss at Shepherd in the NCAA quarterfinals.

Greene, a West Mifflin graduate, earns his first preseason recognition of the year with a nod as the second team running back on Lindy's list. He will enter the 2016 season needing just 179 yards to become the all-time rushing leader in Rock football history.

The senior is coming off a pair of seasons in which he rushed for more than 1,450 yards. He missed two-and-a-half games with an injury last season and despite those missed opportunities, still finished the season with the fourth highest total rushing yards of any player in the country with 1,545 yards. Greene ranked eighth in the nation in rushing yards per game at 128.8 and averaged 5.7 yards per carry to go along with 14 rushing touchdowns. He also added two receiving touchdowns.

Greene is the only player in Slippery Rock history to rush for more than 1,450 yards in two separate seasons and ranks No. 2 and No. 3 on the single-season rushing ledger with his 2014 and 2015 seasons. After three years, Greene has rushed for 3,754 yards, just 179 shy of breaking Stan Kennedy's (1997-00) record of 3,932 yards.

 

 

(photo courtesy of Slippery Rock University)

 

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Alumni Update - Marcus Martin (Slippery Rock)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa.Lindy's Sports has named Slippery Rock University football players Marcus Martin and Shamar Greene to itsMartin SRU Preseason All-Division II team and has ranked The Rock No. 9 in the preseason national rankings listed in the annual college football preview issue of the publication that is on newsstands now.

This marks the second straight year Slippery Rock is listed in the preseason top 25 by Lindy's after ranking 25th last summer. This also marks the second straight appearance on the All-Division II first team for Martin, while it marks the first appearance on the second team for Greene.

The Rock are one of four teams in Super Region One to appear in the Lindy's preseason poll and are one of two teams from the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. National runner-up Shepherd is the highest ranked team from the region at No. 2. Slippery Rock follows at No. 9 to give Super Region One two teams in the top 10. Assumption is ranked No. 14 and Indiana (Pa.) is 15th. SRU played each of those teams last year and posted a 2-1 record with wins over Indiana (Pa.) and Assumption and a loss at Shepherd in the NCAA quarterfinals.

Martin, a West Mifflin graduate, was also named to Preseason All-America honors by Sporting News, will enter his redshirt junior season this fall needing just one sack to break the all-time career sack record at Slippery Rock. The reigning PSAC Western Division and Super Region One Defensive Player of the Year, Martin opened the first two years of his career on a pace that has never been equaled at any level of college football.

He has recorded 31.5 sacks in just two seasons and leads all players in the nation at 1.21 sacks per game. He was named the PSAC West and Super Region One Freshman of the Year two years ago and has been named to a total of eight All-America honors in his career so far.

He will anchor a defensive unit that returns most of its starters after leading the nation in takeaways and ranking second against the run in 2015.

 

(photo courtesy of Slippery Rock University)

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Track: West Mifflin’s Watts lights it up at WPIAL championships

Written by Brad Everett on .

West Mifflin's Micah Watts didn't burn out at the WPIAL track championships.

He lit up the competition.

Watts was one of only three Class AAA boys to win two individual gold medals. Watts, a senior who attends Propel Andrew Street, won titles in the 200-meter dash and long jump, and placed second in the 100. Seneca Valley's Mike Kolor (800 and 1,600) and Knoch's Jordan Geist (shot put and discus) were the only other two double winners.

In the 200, Watts posted a time of 21.86, which topped a field that included runner-up Ayden Owens of North Allegheny, who finished in 22.11. Watts jumped 22 feet, 8 inches in the long jump. Upper St. Clair's Harvey Kane was second with a leap of 22-4 ¾. Watts suffered his only loss in the 100. He ran a time of 10.95, which was second to Armstrong's Zane Dudek, who posted a mark of 10.88.

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Basketball: At 32, West Mifflin grad embarks on a 12th WNBA season

Written by Joe Bendel on .

Joe Bendel profiles West Mifflin graduate and WNBA standout Tanisha Wright.

"The specter of retirement confronted Tanisha Wright in the winter of 2015. Having recently parted ways with the WNBA's Seattle Storm after 10 years, the former West Mifflin star was at a crossroads.

She was forced to decide if it was the appropriate time to sever ties with a sport that brought incredible stardom at the WPIAL, collegiate (Penn State) and professional levels or to stick it out.

"It was hard, but Seattle was home and I just didn't know if I was going to stop playing or take a year off," Wright said. "I really didn't know."

An offer from the New York Liberty changed everything for the 5-foot-11 guard. Wright reached an agreement with the franchise and went on to start all 34 games in 2015, earning second-team WNBA All-Defensive Team honors. The Liberty finished 23-11 and reached the Eastern Conference semifinals."

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Track: West Mifflin’s Killins claims gold at Baldwin Invitational

Written by Brad Everett on .

Chandler Killins has had a target on her back this season, this after winning a gold medal in the triple jump at last year's WPIAL Class AAA championships.

Last Friday at the Baldwin Invitational, the West Mifflin standout showed she hasn't lost her golden touch.

Killins, a senior, claimed top honors at the meet, which usually serves as a good barometer as to which athletes will be in the mix for titles when the WPIAL championships are held at the same track next Thursday. Killins posted a winning jump of 36 feet, 11 inches. Hempfield's Gabby Holmberg (36-1 ½) was the runner-up and Plum's Ana Benitez (36-0 ¾) finished third.

Killins, Holmberg and Benitez own three of the four best jumps in Class AAA this season. Greensburg Salem's Julia Howard has jumped a WPIAL best 39-2 ½. Killins is second at 37-7 ½.