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Alumni Update - Brian Resnik (Waynesburg)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

WAYNESBURG, Pa. – Senior Brian Resnik was recently honored for a fantastic senior season by D3baseball.comResnik Waynesburg as a member of its All-Mideast Region teams. Resnik was selected as a third-team honoree.

Resnik started 12 games on the mound this season for the Yellow Jackets, posting a 7-4 record with a 2.83 ERA. He logged a Presidents' Athletic Conference-high 82.2 innings and league-best 86 strikeouts, including a conference season-high 15 in a 16-7 win against Gordon College on March 5, to go along with a PAC-best nine complete games. His seven victories tied for third in the circuit while his .233 opponent batting average ranked fourth among conference counterparts.  

In a 7-0 shutout against league rival Westminster College on May 8, Resnik became the league's all-time wins leader with 29, which was also the senior's 29th complete game of his career. In 47 career starts (52 appearances) he went 29-15 with a 2.97 ERA and 264 strikeouts.

Recently, the Burgettstown graduate was honored with his fourth selection to the All-PAC teams, including his third-consecutive first-team nod. He also picked up his second-straight PAC Pitcher of the Year award. This is the second-straight year Resnik received all-region applause from D3baseball.com.

 

(photo courtesy of Waynesburg University)

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Baseball: Momentum carries Riverside into Class AA championship

Written by Brian Batko on .

Brian Batko profiles the Riverside baseball team.

2016 0527 Riverside Baseball(Photo: Riverside first baseman Kolby Wolf and his teammates are headed to the WPIAL Class AA title game. Rebecca Droke/Post-Gazette)

"The irony is, Kolby Wolf doesn't see many fastballs these days. When he finally did get one Tuesday, he didn't see that, either — as it hit him square in the face, causing his nose, top teeth and, really, everything to go numb.

After a few moments on the ground, Wolf was back on his feet, having met with a trainer, and felt fine while icing down his face. He shoved a couple cotton swabs up each nostril and went back in at first base for the top of the second inning.

How could his teammates not be inspired by that?

Riverside (19-2) and its senior first baseman are headed to the WPIAL Class AA final for a rubber match with Section 5 rival Neshannock (19-2) at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Consol Energy Park."

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Boys Tennis: Carlynton standout will try to take another step

Written by Keith Barnes on .

During the girls tennis season, Hannah Phillips talks about going one round further than she did last year.

Her brother, Luke, would certainly take that as he heads to the PIAA Class AA singles finals for the third consecutive season.

A year ago, Phillips pushed through to the state semifinals before losing to eventual champion Kyle Seelig of Plumstead Christian. It was a tough loss, but not an unexpected one as Seelig was the top-ranked senior in the state and had committed to play collegiately at Ohio State.

This year, Phillips won't be going into the state finals as the reigning WPIAL champion, but as the third-place finisher a year ago, the expectations to getting into the state title match are very much in play.

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Alumni Update - Ben Herstine (La Roche)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

The La Roche Baseball team continues to be rewarded for their individual seasons as they depart for the NCAA Division IIIHerstine LRC College World Series. Five players were nominated to the 2016 Mideast Region Team, and Chase Rowe is the Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season.

Ben Herstine, a Beaver graduate, adds to his list of personal accolades that includes AMCC Player of the Year and Mideast Regional MVP.

Herstine led the AMCC in runs, RBIs, total bases, and triples. He ranked second in the league in home runs, slugging percentage and hits, fifth in batting average and eighth in on base percentage. Herstine also broke the school's single season RBI record and was an excellent defensive first baseman leading the AMCC in putouts and double plays.

 

(photo courtesy of La Roche College)

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Alumni Update - Garrett Browning (Robert Morris)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Moon Township, Pa. – Robert Morris University senior golf team member Garrett Browning was named to the All-Northeast ConferenceBrowning RMU Men's Golf First Team following a sensational senior season in 2015-16. This is Browning's third appearance on the NEC All-Conference team following second team appearances in his junior and sophomore seasons.

Browning led the Colonials with a 74.6 stroke average, the fifth-lowest mark in team history and the best average of his career. He had four top-10 showings in nine events including medalist finishes at the Leo Keenan Invitational and at Appalachian State.

The West Allegheny graduate finished his career with five victories, the most in team history. He had the third lowest career stroke average at 75.8 in 83 rounds and he placed in the top-10 at 16 tournaments, more than all but one player in squad history. Browning had five rounds of par or better in each of the last three seasons and 16 for his career, also second in the team's annals. 

 

(photo courtesy of Robert Morris University)

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Track: Freedom’s Adams grabs elusive gold medal

Written by Brad Everett on .

Freedom's Trevor Adams came very close to winning WPIAL titles his sophomore and junior seasons.

In his final attempt, Adams went out on top.

Adams became this year's WPIAL Class AA shot put champion after a winning throw of 51 feet, 7 ½ inches at last Thursday's championships. Adams also placed fifth in the discus.

It was a much happier result for Adams, especially after his narrow loss in the shot put last season. His throw of 52-6 was bettered only by Kittanning's Nick Bowers, who threw 52-11 ¾. Adams placed third in the discus last season and placed fourth in the shot put his sophomore season.

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Track: Fort Cherry jumper a WPIAL gold medalist for second year in a row

Written by Brad Everett on .

Fort Cherry's Koryn Jozwiakowski went into last week's WPIAL championships as the defending Class AA triple jump champ.

She left a two-time champion.

Just as she did a year ago, the Fort Cherry senior topped the field in the triple jump. Her leap of 37 feet, 7 inches beat out a group that included Shenango's Miranda Schry (36-6), Brownsville's Maris Seto (35-10 ¾) and Quaker Valley's Franzi Nace (35-4 ½). Jozwiakowski's winning jump last season was 37-9.

Jozwiakowski also placed eighth in the long jump with a jump of 16-9. Schry leaped 18 feet to claim the title.

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Track: Central Valley’s Yankello bounces back to win WPIAL hurdles title

Written by Brad Everett on .

Maiah Yankello missed her junior track season because of a torn ACL.

A year later, she's a WPIAL champion after once again tearing up the competition.

Yankello, a Central Valley senior, claimed gold in the 300 hurdles at last Thursday's WPIAL Class AAA championships. Yankello's winning time of 44.40 beat out an excellent field that included runner-up Gabby Holmberg from Hempfield (45.12) and third-place finisher Tori Valachovic of South Fayette (45.72).

It's been a big comeback season for Yankello, a Duquesne recruit who has won titles at several big invitationals. She finished seventh in the 300 hurdles at WPIALs her sophomore season before a knee injury kept her out of action last season.

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Track: New Brighton’s Milliner repeats as WPIAL Class AA triple jump champ

Written by Brad Everett on .

Anthony Milliner had already established himself as the top triple jumper in New Brighton history.

He's now added a second WPIAL gold medal to his impressive list of accomplishments.

Just a junior, Milliner won the WPIAL Class AA title last week for the second year in a row. His winning jump was 46 feet, 4 ½ inches. Washington's Isaiah Robinson was second (45-6) and defending PIAA champion Tyler Carter of Trinity Christian third (44-8 ¼).

Milliner placed in three other events, highlighted by a second-place finish in the high jump. He also finished sixth in the long jump and eighth in the 200-meter dash.

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Baseball: Riverside representing Section 5-AA well

Written by staff reports on .

In the last six years, Section 5-AA has provided the WPIAL champion five times – and with five different teams (Beaver Falls in 2010, Riverside in 2011, Ellwood City in 2012, Beaver Area in 2013, and Neshannock in 2015).

Mathematically speaking, there is a 75 percent chance that will happen again as three of the four semifinalists are from Section 5-AA – Neshannock and Shenango meet in the other semifinal. No team in all of the WPIAL playoffs, though, has had as good an early run as Riverside.

In two games, the Panthers pitching staff has allowed a total of exactly one hit. Mike Boswell allowed one hit in a 10-0 win over New Brighton in the first round and Adam Jeannette one-upped him in the quarterfinals, pitching a no-hitter against Steel Valley in the quarterfinals.

Those two aren't the only stars in the Riverside rotation, though. Vince Loccisano pitched a perfect game in the regular season. Now 18-2, Riverside has six wins each from Boswell and Jeannette and five from Loccisano.

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Baseball: Blackhawk has playoff shutout streak, too

Written by staff reports on .

Riverside isn't the only team to have two shutouts in the first games of the playoffs – Blackhawk has done the same thing. The Cougars have shut out South Fayette, 5-0, and West Allegheny, 7-0, in the first two rounds.

The success continues the momentum Blackhawk has picked up during the season. After starting the season 2-3, Blackhawk has won 15 of its last 16 games with the only loss a 1-0 setback to Central Valley, as Warriors senior Scott Hughes pitched a no-hitter. In those first five games, Blackhawk was held to two runs three times. In the 15 since, Hughes was the only one to hold the Cougars below three.

In 12 of those 16 games, Blackhawk has allowed three runs or less as the Cougars have continued their prowess under head coach Bob Amalia. In the past 15 years under Amalia, Blackhawk has a 238-78 record (.753 winning percentage) and has made the playoffs all 15 years. The Cougars have reached the semifinals eight times in those 15 years.

 

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Baseball: West Stat Leaders (May 24, 2016)

Written by Sports Town on .

The Post-Gazette published its final regular-season statistical leaders last Friday. Here are the top performers among West area schools.

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Name, School - AB - H - Avg
Kiefer Bishop, O.L. Sacred Heart 35 19 .543
Zac Logan, Beaver 37 19 .515
Hunter Valent, Rochester 41 21 .512
Frank Guerra, Montour 50 25 .500
Andrew Clark, Carlynton 57 27 .474
Jake Seitz, Carlynton 51 24 .471
Trent Vietmeier, Montour 47 22 .468
Austin Tisch, Hopewell 45 21 .467
Tyler Sabo, Hopewell 57 26 .456
Michael Turconi, Blackhawk 51 23 .451

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Softball: West Allegheny, Beaver ride hot hands into WPIAL quarterfinal matchup

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Beaver closed out the regular season with three consecutive wins. In the WPIAL first round it defeated Mars, 4-1. On Monday in the WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinals, it will face a team that is even hotter. While the Bobcats haven't lost a game since April 26, West Allegheny has not lost since April 6, a stretch of 14 games. No. 3 West Allegheny (17-1) will meet No. 6 Beaver (11-5) Monday at North Allegheny at 5 p.m.

The Indians were a 9-5 winner over No. 14 Trinity on Wednesday, while the Bobcats got past No. 11 Mars, 4-1. West Allegheny reached the WPIAL quarterfinals last season while Beaver was eliminated in the first round. Beaver won the WPIAL Class AAA title in 2014. West Allegheny is trying to get past the WPIAL quarterfinals for the first time since 2013. In the regular season Ashley Seamon was 11-0 for the Indians. Casey Farkasovsky was 10-5 with 102 strikeouts.

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Photo Journal: Softball WPIAL AAA First Round Playoffs - Mohawk vs. Avonworth (May 18)

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .

 

Mohawk and Avonworth meet in the WPIAL AA First Round Playoffs, Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at North Allegheny High School. Mohawk held the lead into the 7th inning when Avonworth came alive with back to back home runs to win the game 7-5.

click here for video highlights of the game

Photos by Marilyn C. Schwilm, Tri-State Sports & News Service

 

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Baseball: Burgettstown grad leaves big hole at Waynesburg

Written by Joe Bendel on .

Joe Bendel profiles Burgettstown graduate and Waynesburg University baseball player Brian Resnick.

"The text message arrived at 5:55 a.m.: "My back is locked up and I'm not sure if I can pitch today."

The recipient, Waynesburg University baseball coach Mike Humiston, couldn't believe his eyes. Was his ace, Burgettstown graduate Brian Resnik, really going to miss what might be his final collegiate game? And, more importantly, would Resnik miss out on a chance to become the all-time wins leader in the Division III Presidents' Athletic Conference?

"I thought it might be an April Fools' joke, knowing Brian, but it wasn't April," Humiston said. "I asked him if he needed a chiropractor, anything. He said it was pretty messed up, but he'd do his best to get loose."

Resnik hopped out of bed at 6 a.m. May 8, eight hours before game time, and took a walk. Next came deep stretching, then a jog. By the time he arrived at the ballpark at noon, he felt somewhat better, but still couldn't bend over. The clock was ticking."

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Track: Aliquippa sprinters hope to race into record books

Written by Brad Everett on .

Gold seems to be Kaezon Pugh and Thomas Perry's favorite color.

If the Aliquippa teammates get more of it at Thursday's WPIAL Class AA championships, they'll enter a club that has few members.

Pugh and Perry both qualified for two events. If they claim a gold medal in any of them, they'll earn the distinction of winning WPIAL gold medals in football, basketball and track in the same school year. They were both starters on Aliquippa's WPIAL champion football and basketball teams. Since 2000, only three athletes have accomplished the feat: Aliquippa's Darrelle Revis and Tommie Campbell in 2003-04, and Jeannette's Nick Spino in 2007-08.

The two would seem to have their best chance of reaching that plateau by winning the 400 relay. The Quips are the defending champions and the No. 2 seed (Beaver Falls is No. 1). Pugh and Perry both ran on last year's team. They'll likely be joined by Draper Gilliam and Avante McKenzie. Pugh and Perry also qualified for WPIALs in the long jump. Pugh jumped 20-7 ¼ and Perry 19-4 ½.

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Track: Beaver Falls standouts earn No. 1 seeds at WPIALs

Written by Brad Everett on .

Dom Perretta is one of the most decorated runners in the state and is looking to three-peat in two events.

Derrell Carter is one of the top sprinters in the area and hopes to bring home his first gold medal.

While their backgrounds are a bit different, the Beaver Falls teammates enter Thursday's WPIAL Class AA championships in a similar spot, as they are No. 1 seeds in two different races.

Perretta, a senior, hopes to finish his career in a big way over the next two weeks. He is the top seed in the 1,600 and 3,200 at the WPIAL championships, and can win those events for the third year in a row. As long as he qualifies for the PIAA championships, Perretta can become the first runner in PIAA championship history to "double" in those two events three consecutive years. Perretta will also anchor Beaver Falls' 1,600 relay team, which is seeded second at WPIALs.