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Alumni Update - Shawn Holman (Slippery Rock)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. –The Slippery Rock University baseball team is well represented throughout the country this summer as 16Holman SRU members of the program are participating in 10 wood-bat leagues across the nation, head coach Jeff Messer announced Monday.

Pitcher Shawn Holman and third baseman/pitcher Preston Falascino are playing for the local Butler BlueSox of the Prospect League.

Holman, an Ambridge graduate, has already started three games for Butler, striking out five batters in 13.2 innings.

 

(photo courtesy of Slippery Rock University)

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Alumni Update - Brendan McKay (Louisville)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Louisville baseball team added three more All-America honors on Saturday as the AmericanMcKay Louisville Baseball Coaches Association named sophomore pitcher/first baseman Brendan McKay and junior outfielder Corey Ray to its first team and included sophomore shortstop Devin Hairston as a third team selection.

Saturday's announcement marked the fifth All-American awards this season for McKay and Ray, who were also honored by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, D1Baseball.com and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, while Hairston received his first career All-America honor.

A graduate of Blackhawk High School, McKay finished the season hitting .333 with six home runs, 41 RBI and 19 doubles at the plate, while going 12-4 with a 2.30 ERA and 128 strikeouts in 109.2 innings on the mound.

Chosen to compete for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team for the second straight season, McKay was also selected as an All-ACC honoree for the second straight year as both a pitcher and utility player.

 

(photo courtesy of University of Louisville)

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Alumni Update - Marco Crivelli (Thiel)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

GREENVILLE, Pa. – Thiel College 2016 graduates Marco Crivelli and Morgan Berg were named the winners of theCrivelli Thiel Charles Evanoff and J. Lynn Trimble awards Thursday, per a vote of the Department of Athletics head coaches.

The Evanoff and Trimble awards are given to a male and female athlete from the previous year's senior class who, in the judgment of the coaches, best demonstrated qualities of scholarship, leadership, character and sportsmanship in addition to participation in athletics.

The Evanoff award is named after Thiel College Athletic Hall of Fame wrestler and football player Charles Evanoff '64. The J. Lynn Trimble award is named after former Thiel College softball and volleyball coach J. Lynn Trimble.

Crivelli was a five-time Dean's List honoree and a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success. He was a two-time National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Scholar All-American and was named the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Scholar-Athlete of the Month for December 2015.

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Alumni Update - Anthony Marks (Coastal Carolina)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

OMAHA, Neb. - Andrew Beckwith's first career complete game came on the college baseballs biggest stage asMarks CCU he led Coastal Carolina to a 2-1 victory over No. 1 Florida (52-15) in the Chanticleers' first ever game at the College World Series Sunday night at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha.

While Beckwith was turning in his best career outing, Zach Remillard hit an RBI double and an RBI triple to lead the Chanticleer offense. Anthony Marks and Michael Paez also contributed two hits.

In the top of the third, Coastal was the beneficiary of the first replay in College World Series history.

Marks, a Montour graduate, started things with a one-out double. Two batters later, Connor Owings walked. Remillard followed with a fly ball down the right field line, which was originally ruled foul.

Upon review, the call was overruled, Remillard was credited with a double and Marks scored from second to give Coastal an early 1-0 lead.

Marks will compete in the National Semifinals tonight against TCU. 

 

(photo courtesy of Coastal Carolina University)

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Post-Gazette boys team of the year: Aliquippa boys basketball

Written by Brad Everett on .

Brad Everett profiles the Post-Gazette's Boys Team of the Year, the Aliquippa boys basketball team.

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"More than three months have passed, but Aliquippa boys basketball coach Nick Lackovich still has a hard time believing what his team accomplished this past winter.

WPIAL championship.

PIAA championship.

Perfect record.

"It's surreal," Lackovich said. "We've had a chance to reflect, but it still doesn't seem real.""

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Alumni Update - Brian Resnik (Waynesburg)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

DANBURY, Conn. The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) recently announced its 2016 Division III SouthResnik Waynesburg Baseball All-ECAC Selections and major award winners. Recent graduate Brian Resnik received one of the conference's top honors as its 2016 Pitcher of the Year.

Resnik, a Burgettstown graduate, was also named first-team All-ECAC, picked up the honor after posting a 7-4 record with a 2.83 ERA. He logged a Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC)-high 82.2 innings and league-best 86 strikeouts, including a conference season-high 15 punchouts 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 PAC'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.

 

(photo courtesy of Waynesburg University)

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Boys Volleyball: Loss in WPIAL final motivates Ambridge

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley profiles the Ambridge boys volleyball team. Read his story below.

Derek Kuhn experienced the thrill of playing in a PIAA boys volleyball title match during his sophomore year at Ambridge High School. He also knew the agony of losing in the first round of the state playoffs in his junior year.

With that in mind, Kuhn and his Ambridge teammates entered the 2016 season with the goal of returning to the state finals.

Then came the Bridgers' stunning loss to Beaver County Christian, a team it beat twice during the regular season, in the WPIAL Class AA title match. The loss left Ambridge fans wondering whether a return trip to the PIAA finals was possible.

"The loss to Beaver County Christian gave us extra motivation and extra drive," said Kuhn, a senior outside hitter. "We knew our season wasn't over. We didn't want it to end that way. We just kept fighting with the goal of returning to the state finals."

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Legendary Blackhawk AD to move to WPIAL

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Maya Sweedler profiles recently retired Blackhawk athletic director Jack Fullen.

"Jack Fullen gets up around 4:30 a.m. every day. An early riser since childhood, when he used to get up to deliver the morning Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Fullen now uses his mornings for exercise, reading newspapers and meeting with coaches.

But that could change starting July 1, when Fullen, 76, switches from his position as athletic director at Blackhawk High School — a role he has filled for the past 42 years — to serving as the assistant to the executive director of the WPIAL.

Regardless of the circumstances of his departure, Fullen, who is only the second person to hold the position of Cougars' athletic director, said he was moving on with no hard feelings and expressed excitement to join the WPIAL.

"Other athletic directors would come to him, so this is a way for him to remain part of it," former Blackhawk football coach Joe Hamilton, 74, said of Fullen's new role. "I'm glad he's staying in [high school athletics], because it's his love. If you cut him open, you'd see green and gold blood coming out of his arteries.""

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Photo Journal: 2016 Boys Volleyball PIAA AA Championship Vol. 2 (June 11)

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .

Ambridge and Northeastern were the finalists in the PIAA AA Boys Volleyball Championship, held at Penn State's Rec Hall, Saturday, June 11, 2016.  Northeastern won its fourth consecutive title with a 3-0.

click here to view video highlights of the matches

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

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Photo Journal: Baseball PIAA AA Semifinal - Riverside vs. Bishop McCort (June 13)

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .

Riverside faced Bishop McCort in the PIAA AA Baseball Semifinals, Monday, June 13, 2016 at Greater Latrobe High School. Bishop McCort scored the only run of the game in the sixth inning to go on to the PIAA finals.

click here to see video highlights of the game

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

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Alumni Update - Lenny Williams (Indiana, Pa.)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

INDIANA, Pa. – Eight finalists have been named for the 2015-16 IUP Men's and Women's Athlete of the Year. The award is given eachWilliams IUP year to the top men's and women's student-athlete at IUP. This year's winners will be announced on Wednesday, June 15.

 

The finalists are made up of four men and four women, and include: men's track & field freshman D.J. Horton (Kane, PA/Kane Area High School ); men's basketball senior Brandon Norfleet (Virginia Beach, Va. /Landstown); football sophomore Chris Temple (Malvern, Pa. /Great Valley); football freshman Lenny Williams; softball graduate student Brooke Darling (Springville, Pa./Elk Lake); women's tennis junior Jarka Petercakova (Bratislava, Slovakia/Sport Gymnasium); women's basketball senior Leslie Stapleton and women's lacrosse senior Amy Weinberg (Clarksville, Md./Atholton).

 

The group includes three All-Americans, six All-Region honorees, two Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) players of the year, and two league freshman of the year. Six of the eight athletes were on teams or participated as individuals in the NCAA Championships.


Williams, a Sto-Rox graduate, broke onto the scene last fall, quarterbacking the Crimson Hawks' new high-octane, spread offense. A Harlon Hill nominee for the top player in Division II, Williams earned Freshman of the Year honors in both Super Region One and the conference, and became the youngest quarterback to earn second team All-PSAC West honors in 10 years.


An electric runner, he finished third in the PSAC and 21st in the nation with 1,229 rushing yards, and was also second in Division II with a 7.8 yards per carry average. He had nine plays of 40 yards or more, including a pair of rushes that covered more than 60 yards each. Williams set a school record with 504 total yards at Slippery Rock and his four rushing touchdowns against Charleston tied a program playoff game record.

 

 

(photo courtesy of Indiana University of Pennsylvania)

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Baseball: Riverside finally yields a run, eliminated from PIAA playoffs

Written by Brian Batko on .

Brian Batko covered Monday's PIAA Class AA semifinal between Riverside and Bishop McCort.

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"Riverside ace Michael Boswell struggled to find the words. Coach Dan Oliastro, a 48-year veteran, didn't quite know what to tell his team either.

A six-game shutout streak in a thrilling playoff run that included a WPIAL championship, a nine-game win streak overall and a remarkable season all ended Monday for the Panthers. They were involved in another pitchers' duel, yet another shutout, but this time came out on the wrong end.

District 6 champion Bishop McCort (22-5) used a two-out infield single to snap Riverside's scoreless streak at 45⅔ innings and earn a 1-0 victory in a PIAA Class AA semifinal at Latrobe High School.

"There's not a whole lot you can say," Oliastro said. "I love this group. They've been great.""

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Baseball: Riverside hopes to return to state championship

Written by Brad Everett on .

Riverside has a great track record in PIAA championship games, winning the title in each of its four appearances.

A win today would give the Panthers an opportunity to win one for the thumb.

A berth in the state state final will be on the line when Riverside (22-2) faces District 6 champion Bishop McCort (21-5) in a Class AA semifinal today at Latrobe at 5:30 p.m. The winner will take on the the Neumann-Goretti-North Schuylkill winner in Thursday's final at Penn State.

Riverside is 6-0 in the postseason and a pitching staff that has not surrendered a run during the run has been making headlines. The Panthers became the first WPIAL team in 61 years to win a WPIAL title with four shutouts. They then blanked Martinsburg Central and Moniteau in the first two rounds of the PIAA playoffs. The Panthers defeated Martinsburg Central, 2-0, in the first round, and Moniteau, 1-0, in the quarterfinals.

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Softball: Ellwood City's perfect season comes to an end in state quarterfinals

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Nobody's perfect, at least not in the WPIAL anymore this season. After a dream season where it won 21 games before its first loss, Ellwood City fell 11-0 to District 9 champion Moniteau Thursday in the PIAA quarterfinals at Slippery Rock University. The Wolverines had set down 21 in a row including capturing a WPIAL title. In the PIAA first round they blanked District 6 runner-up Bald Eagle Area, 10-0, when Skyla Greco fired a two-hitter and struck out seven. In that game, Anna Ferrucci, Ariana Garroway and Camille Maine had two hits each. On Thursday, the tables were turned as Moniteau pitcher Kennedy DeMatteis was sensational, silencing the Ellwood City bats, holding them to one hit.

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Softball: West Allegheny's dream season ends on defensive lapses

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

It was a year to remember for the West Allegheny softball program, but a PIAA quarterfinal to forget. The Indians were undone by five errors that led to five unearned runs as they fell, 6-5, to District 3 champions Donegal on Thursday in a PIAA Class AAA quarterfinal game. West Allegheny still had a chance to win the game despite all the errors, a testament to the kind of team they proved to be all season. They scored five runs on 12 hits. Ashley Seamon allowed three walks, one earned run and struck out five. Brooke Wilson had a huge day at the plate, going 4 for 4 with two runs for the Indians. West Allegheny was WPIAL runner-up this season and finished with a 20-3 record.

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Boys Volleyball: Ambridge thwarted by familiar nemesis Northeastern

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

For the third time in four years, the Ambridge boys volleyball team faced Northeastern in the PIAA Class AA title match.

Unfortunately for the Bridgers, the results were the same as the previous two matchups.

Northeastern swept Ambridge in three sets to claim a fourth consecutive title and seventh in school history.

"Northeastern has a great team and it showed on the court," Ambridge coach Glenn Freed said. "They played great offense and blocked us well. Their passing and serve-receive was strong."

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Baseball: Riverside pitching trio as stingy as it gets

Written by Brian Batko on .

Brian Batko profiles the Riverside baseball team.

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"The old baseball tradition of not talking about a no-hitter usually only lasts a handful of innings.

Riverside's pitching staff has dealt with something like that for 26 days.

With a 1-0 win Thursday against Moniteau, the Panthers notched their sixth consecutive shutout — a streak spanning the entire WPIAL playoffs and now lasting into the PIAA semifinals.

They became just the second team to win a WPIAL title with four or more shutouts — and first since 1955 — then the first to do it again to open PIAA play. It all started with a lopsided 10-0 blanking of New Brighton back on May 17, then another 10-run-rule, five-inning win against Steel Valley."