2009-10 PAC NEWS ARCHIVE
TMC'S FISHBURN EARNS NCAA POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP (6/29/10)
Recent Thomas More College graduate Chris Fishburn has been named a recipient of the NCAA Spring Postgraduate Scholarship. He is just one of 29 male scholar-athletes across all three NCAA Divisions to receive this honor. Fishburn will be awarded a $7,500 scholarship to be used towards graduate school expenses next year at the University of Cincinnati.
PAC HONORS 327 ON SPRING ACADEMIC HONOR ROLL (6/24/10)
A total of 327 student-athletes have been named to the PAC Academic Honor Roll for the Spring 2010 semester. The PAC Academic Honor Roll honors student-athletes on winter and spring varsity sports teams who have earned a grade-point average (GPA) of 3.6 or higher on a 4.0 scale during their semester of competition. Combined with 314 honorees on the fall honor roll, the PAC honored a total of 641 student-athletes during the 2009-10 academic year, a six percent increase from the 2008-09 total of 606 honorees.
TMC, W&J FOOTBALL RAKE IN PRESEASON RECOGNITION (6/23/10)
The start of the 2010 PAC football season is over two months away, but the conference is already receiving extensive preseason recognition from multiple national publications. The PAC has two teams - two-time defending PAC champion Thomas More and 2009 NCAA playoff participant Washington & Jefferson - ranked in all three national Division III Top 25 polls: USA Today Sports Weekly (Thomas More is ranked 12th, Washington & Jefferson is 19th), The Sporting News (W&J 13th, TMC 21st) and Lindy's College Football Annual (TMC 12th, W&J 21st). In addition, the TMC-W&J game scheduled for Sept. 25 at Bank of Kentucky Field has been tabbed as one of seven national "Games to Watch" in Division III football by TSN. Preseason All-America laurels have been awarded to Thomas More sophomore DB Zach Autenreib (Lindy's/TSN) and senior DL Tyler Owens (Lindy's) and W&J senior S Craig Sedunov (Lindy's). Owens and Autenreib were also each named to the D3Football.com preseason All-America team. The complete 2010 PAC composite football schedule is now online.
MEYER NAMED WOMEN'S TENNIS COACH AT THOMAS MORE (6/23/10)
Ryan Meyer has been named the new head women's tennis coach at Thomas More. Meyer comes to Thomas More from the University of Cincinnati where he was a volunteer assistant coach for the Bearcats' women's tennis team for the past year. Before Cincinnati he was an assistant men's and women's tennis coach at his alma mater, Franklin College, from 2007-2009. Meyer is in his fourth year as a staff professional and director of stringing at Five Seasons Sports Club.
BODO, MCKOLOSKY NAMED 6/10 PAC SAAC SCHOLAR-ATHLETES
The PAC has announced that track & field standout Jodi Bodo of Bethany College and football standout Nick McKolosky of Westminster College have been named PAC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Scholar-Athletes of the Month for June 2010.
GCC'S DEREK KRUSE NAMED ESPN ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN (6/22/10)
Recent Grove City graduate Derek Kruse earned College Division Third Team Academic All-America honors for cross country/track and field Tuesday from ESPN The Magazine and the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Kruse earned four letters in track and field for Grove City and helped the Wolverines capture three PAC titles. In 2010, Kruse took second in both the high jump, 1500-meter run and 1600-meter relay at the PAC Championships. He earned the squad's MVP honor for the 2010 season. Kruse achieved a 3.93 cumulative grade-point average while majoring in molecular biology.
MATT JACKSON JOINS THIEL ATHLETICS MEDIA STAFF (6/21/10)
Matt Jackson has been named Assistant Director of Athletics Media at Thiel College. A native of Franklin, Pa., Jackson spent the last three years as a sportswriter at The Derrick newspaper in Oil City, Pa. Prior to his work at The Derrick, Jackson held a part-time position at the Erie Times-News. He also served as an intern at WJET-TV in Erie and served as the sports editor of the college newspaper at Mercyhurst, where he graduated from in 2007.
BRUNS TABBED AS GROVE CITY WOMEN'S BASKETBALL COACH (6/15/10)
Grove City College has named Michelle Bruns as its sixth head womenís basketball coach. She replaces Sarah Harris, who resigned after four years in the position. A 2005 graduate of Southwest Minnesota State University, Bruns comes to Grove City after working as an assistant master trainer/performance enhancement specialist at the Army Center for Enhanced Performance in West Point, N.Y. since January 2009. Prior to her current position at West Point, Bruns spent three seasons as an assistant womenís basketball coach. A native of Hecla, S.D., Bruns scored 1,645 career points during her playing career at SMSU, earning Division II All-America Honorable Mention as a senior, along with North Central Region Co-Player of the Year honors.
GROVE CITY'S ALBERTSON NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN (6/9/10)
Recent Grove City College graduate Richard Albertson earned Third Team College Division At-Large Academic All-America honors from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and ESPN The Magazine this week. A four-year letterwinner in the butterfly and backstroke, Albertson helped the Grove City men's swimming and diving team capture its third consecutive PAC title this season. he helped GCC to a 49-8 dual-meet record during his career. In the classroom, Albertson earned a 3.92 cumulative grade-point average while earning a bachelor of science degree in molecular biology. Albertson is Grove City's 14th Academic All-American since 2002.
WESTMINSTER WOMEN'S ATHLETICS ICON PASSES AWAY (6/8/10)
Marjorie Walker, one of the founders of women's athletics at Westminster College, died Sunday, June 6, at the age of 75. Her health has been on the decline following lung transplant surgery in July. Walker was a member of the Westminster faculty for 31 years, holding positions as chair of the physical education department, associate director of athletics and head volleyball coach. As the first-ever Titan volleyball coach, she posted a 341-277 overall record and was twice named District Coach of the Year. Walker was awarded the HERitage Award from the Pennsylvania State Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (PSAHPERD) in 2002.
FIVE PAC DIAMONDMEN NAMED TO ECAC ALL-STAR TEAM (6/4/10)
Five PAC baseball standouts have been named to the 2010 ECAC Division III South Region Baseball All-Star teams. Washington & Jefferson led the way with three honorees, including both conference first teamers in 1B Frank Quirin and OF Jim Pasquine. W&J 3B Mike Kennedy was an ECAC second team selection and was joined by Grove City junior C Marcus Magister and Bethany senior DH Chris Leasure.
EIGHT FROM PAC ON ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT XC/T&F TEAMS (6/3/10)
Eight standout PAC student-athletes (five men, three women) have been selected to the 2010 ESPN The Magazine College Division Academic All-District II cross country/track & field teams, released today by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Of the eight, three garnered first team honors and will now advance to the Academic All-America national ballot. On the men's side, Grove City senior Derek Kruse (3.92 grade-point average (GPA), molecular biology) and Westminster senior Jeremiah Patterson (3.91, broadcast communications) were tabbed, while second team honorees were the GCC junior duo of Garrett Cichowitz (3.60, entrepreneuship/Christian thought) and Kevin Gallagher (3.88, political science/history) and W&J sophomore Josh Buckley (3.44, biology). The women's team was led by first team senior Jodi Bodo (3.82, communication) of Bethany and a pair of second teamers from Westminster in senior Abbey Basta (3.79, English) and sophomore Emily Dolsak (3.94, exploratory).
PAC ANNOUNCES SPRING 2010 TEAM SPORTSMANSHIP WINNERS (6/2/10)
The Presidentsí Athletic Conference (PAC) has announced the 2010 Spring PAC Team Sportsmanship Award winners. This award is sponsored by the members of the PAC Student-Athlete-Advisory Council (SAAC), in an effort to recognize and encourage positive sportsmanship among the conference teams. The SAAC is a committee comprised of student-athletes from each member institution assembled to provide insight on the student-athlete experience.
SHANNON O'BRIEN NAMED NEW PAC ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR (6/2/10)
The PAC has hired Shannon O'Brien as the new associate director of the conference, effective August 1, 2010. She comes to the PAC after serving in administrative positions and internships at the University of Buffalo, Buffalo State, the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC), the Buffalo Bisons minor league baseball team, and her alma mater, Medaille College. O'Brien, a 2008 graduate and former softball player at Medaille, earned her master's degree from Buffalo State in 2010.
THREE FROM PAC HONORED AS ECAC SOFTBALL ALL-STARS (6/1/10)
Three PAC softball standouts have been named to the ECAC Division III South Region All-Star Team. Bethany freshman OF Maria Villone was a first team selection, while the Westminster duo of junior UT Ashley Beltz and freshman DP Katie Hughes was tabbed to the second team.
THIEL'S EATON CAPTURES NATIONAL TITLE IN 400 METER DASH
For the first time since 1997, the Presidents' Athletic Conference boasts a NCAA Division III outdoor track & field national champion. The historic milestone was reached on Saturday afternoon, when Thiel College senior Alex Eaton posted a school- and stadium record time of 46.79 to capture national championship honors in the event. With the victory, he concluded his stellar Tomcat track & field career as a six-time All-American. Eaton had advanced to the finals of the 400 meter dash at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Friday in Berea, Ohio, as his advancing time of 48.15 registered as the fourth fastest time of the day. In other final day action, Waynesburg sophomore Krystal Baker placed 16th in the women's triple jump with a mark of 36-7 1/2.
THOMAS MORE HIRES HILL AS FIRST TRACK & FIELD COACH (5/28/10)
Thomas More has hired Jeff Hill as the first-ever head coach of the Saint track & field program, which will be a club sport in 2010-11 before a planned move to varsity status in the 2011-12 academic year. Hill comes to Thomas More from local rival Mount St. Joseph, where he was an assistant track & field coach for the past five seasons
WU'S JONES EARNS SECOND TRACK ALL-AMERICA HONOR (5/27/10)
Waynesburg junior Elisha Jones made school history Thursday at the 2010 NCAA Division
PAC TRIO CONTINUES TO RAKE IN POST-SEASON RECOGNITION
Several organizations have recognized three PAC baseball players for their accomplishments this past season. D3Baseball.com announced its 2010 All-America Team, naming Thomas More P Paul Uhl to the second team and Bethany's Brad Kubis to the third team as a utility player. Uhl also earned Mideast Regional Co-Pitcher of the Year honors from the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA). Rounding out the the honors was Washington & Jefferson 1B Frank Quirin who was named to the Rawlings/ABCA All-Mideast Regional Gold Glove Team. With the recognition, he will now be placed on the ballot for the National Gold Glove Team. Later in the week, Uhl was also tabbed to the ABCA/Rawlings All-America Third Team.
PAC QUARTET TO COMPETE AT NCAA T&F CHAMPIONSHIPS (5/26/10)
Four PAC track & field standouts have qualified to compete at the 2010 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships, hosted by Baldwin-Wallace College on Thursday-Saturday, May 27-29, in Berea, Ohio. Thiel College senior Alex Eaton is the lone men's representative from the conference, as he will compete in the 400 meter run after posting the second-fastest time in the nation this year. On the women's side, three Waynesburg athletes will compete, with junior Elisha Jones and sophomore Marybeth Rocco each participating in the javelin throw, while sophomore Krystal Baker competes in the triple jump.
PAC TRIO NAMED ESPN BASEBALL ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICANS
The PAC has placed three players on the 2010 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America baseball teams, released today by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Leading the way was Thomas More senior 2B Chris Fishburn, who was a first team selection as an infielder. Fishburn, a third- team AAA honoree in 2009, earned All-PAC First Team honors while posting a .396 grade-point average (GPA majoring in soports entertainment and marketing. W&J junior P Pat Kennedy (3.94 GPA, chemistry) was a second team honoree, while Thomas More senior OF Marty Kersting (3.72 GPA, accounting) earned third team laurels.
PAC PLACES NINE ON 2010 NBCA ALL-REGION BASEBALL TEAMS
Nine PAC baseball standouts have been selected to the 2010 National Baseball Coaches Association (NBCA) All-Mideast Region teams. 2010 PAC Player of the Year Jim Pasquine of Washington & Jefferson was named to the first team as a utility player, where he was joined by 2010 PAC Pitcher of the Year Paul Uhl of Thomas More. Second team honors went to the TMC duo of 2B Chris Fishburn and OF Marty Kersting of Thomas More, along with W&J 1B Frank Quirin. Third team laurels went to Grove City C Marcus Magister, Waynesburg 2B Wes White Jr., and the W&J duo of SS Joe Bogdewiecz and OF Neil Pascarella.
FOUR FROM PAC RECEIVE USTFCCCA REGIONAL HONORS (5/25/10)
Four PAC individuals have been honored as 2010 Mideast Region Award winners by the Unites States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Tuesday. Waynesburg sophomore Krystal Baker was named the Mideast Region Women's Field Athlete of the Year. She was also named PAC Women's Field Athlete of the Year after winning league titles in both the high jump and long jump. In addition, Yellow Jacket head coach Jason Falvo and assistant coach Chris Hardie were lauded as Mideast Region Women's Head Coach and Women's Assistant Coach of the Year, respectively. W&J assistant Jessica Cooper was also honored as Men's Assistant Coach of the Year in the region.
BETHANY FALLS AT #1 WESLEY IN ECAC BASEBALL TOURNEY (5/22/10)
The Bethany Bison baseball team saw its 2010 season come to an end on Saturday, as the fourth-seeded Bison were eliminated from the ECAC Division III South Region Tournament following a 12-2 loss at top-seeded Wesley University in Dover, Del.
TMC, W&J BASEBALL EACH ELIMINATED FROM NCAA REGIONAL
The Thomas More and Washington & Jefferson baseball teams each saw their seasons come to an end at the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional Tournament at Marietta, Ohio this week. Thursday, the Saints suffered a 7-6 setback to Penn State-Behrend. After rallying for an 8-5 win over Adrian Friday morning, TMC was eliminated Friday night by the host Pioneers 16-4. W&J was eliminated on Thursday following an 11-1 loss to Marietta.
BETHANY BASEBALL ADVANCES IN ECAC SOUTH TOURNAMENT (5/20/10)
The Bethany baseball team posted a 7-6 walk-off win over Penn State-Altoona today in the ECAC Division III South Region Tournament first round. The fourth-seeded Bison now advance to the tournament semifinals at #1 Wesley on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
EIGHT FROM PAC NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT AT-LARGE (5/20/10)
Eight PAC student-athletes (five men, three women) have been named to the 2010 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District College Division At-Large teams, released Thursday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The Grove City senior swimming & diving duo of Richard Albertson (3.92 GPA, molecular biology) and Kyle Grubbs (3.79, molecular biology) led the PAC men as each earned first team honors in District II and now advance to the Academic All-America ballot. Men's second team honorees were W&J junior swimmer Brandon Smith (3.65, chemistry) and Waynesburg junior wrestler Corbin Semple (3.80, information technology) in District II and Thomas More senior tennis player Johnny Bergman (3.98, political science and history). On the women's side, the Grove City duo of junior swimmer Sarah Page (3.64, chemistry) and sophomore tennis player Megan Bennett (4.0, finance) were District II second team honorees, while W&J senior golfer Leslie Walker (3.48, accounting) was a District II third team selection.
GCC/W&J MEN, WC WOMEN CAPTURE PAC ALL-SPORTS TITLES (5/19/10)
The Grove City and Washington & Jefferson men and Westminster women have each captured the PAC All-Sports Trophies for the 2009-10 academic year. The all-sports trophies are awarded annually to the schools which perform the best across the board in league competition. This year marks the sixth consecutive year either winning or sharing the men's all-sports trophy for W&J, while Westminster won its fourth straight women's trophy title.
THOMAS MORE, W&J SPLIT EXTRA-INNING AFFAIRS IN NCAA BASEBALL
MIDEAST REGIONAL; GROVE CITY FALLS IN ECAC FIRST ROUND (5/19/10)
The baseball postseason got underway with a bang on Wednesday, as three of the PAC's four playoff teams were in action. Both PAC champion Thomas More and PAC runner-up Washington & Jefferson went to extra innings in the opening round of the 2010 NCAA Division III Mideast Region Tounament at Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio. The sixth-seeded Saints upset the third-seeded host Pioneers 4-3 in 10 innings, while #4 W&J dropped a heartbreaking 9-7 decision in 10 innings to #5 Adrian. TMC is back in action Thursday against Penn State-Behrend game at 1 p.m., while the Presidents will face either Wooster or Marietta at 4:30 p.m. In other postseason action, Grove City's stay in the ECAC Division III South Tournament was a short one, as the third-seeded Wolverines were upset 8-6 by sixth-seeded La Roche. Bethany, the #4 seed in the ECAC bracket, had its game with #5 Penn State-Altoona postponed to Thursday.
EIGHT PAC PLAYERS NAMED TO NFCA ALL-REGION TEAMS (5/18/10)
The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) named eight PAC softball players to the 2010 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III Central Team. Garnering first team honors were Thomas More sophomore IF Brittany Wegman and Bethany freshman OF Maria Vallone. On the second team were Bridgette Fauth, a senior C from Bethany, and freshman DH Katie Hughes of Westminster. Third team laurels went to Westminster junior P Lis Schulz, Thomas More junior P Dana Bors and two more Bethany players in freshman P Emily Jump and junior 3B Andrea Thomas.
2010 ALL-PAC BASEBALL TEAMS, AWARD WINNERS RELEASED (5/18/10)
The 2010 All-PAC baseball teams have been released. Conference MVP honors went to W&J senior OF/P Jim Pasquine for the second consecutive year. Thomas More sophomore P Paul Uhl was tabbed as PAC Pitcher of the Year, while veteran Bethany head coach Rick Carver garnered PAC Coach of the Year laurels.
GROVE CITY, BETHANY EARN ECAC BASEBALL PLAYOFF BIDS (5/17/10)
The Grove City and Bethany baseball programs have each earned bids to compete in the 2010 ECAC Division III South Region Tournament. The Wolverines are the third seed and will be the home team in a game at #6 La Roche this Wednesday at 3 p.m., while the fourth-seeded Bison will host #5 Penn State-Altoona Wednesday at 2 p.m. The two winners will join #1 seed and tournament host Wesley and #2 seed Neumann in Delaware on Saturday, with the BC/PS-A winner facing Wesley at 9 a.m. and the GCC/LRC victor taking on Neumann at 12:30 p.m. The championship game is slated for 4 p.m. at Wesley.
THOMAS MORE, W&J TABBED FOR NCAA BASEBALL REGIONAL (5/17/10)
For the first time in conference history, two PAC baseball teams will represent the conference in the NCAA Division III Championship playoffs in the same year. 2010 PAC champion Thomas More and PAC runner-up Washington & Jefferson were each selected to compete in the seven-team NCAA D-III Baseball Regional at Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio May 19-23. Thomas More is the sixth seed and will open against the third-seeded host Pioneers Wednesday at 1 p.m., while the Presidents are the fourth seed and will face fifth-seeded Adrian at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in the opening round of the double-elimination tournament.
HICKS, CANNING NAMED PAC SAAC MAY SCHOLAR-ATHLETES (5/17/10)
Carly Hicks of Chatham University and Jeff Canning of Waynesburg University have been named PAC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Scholar-Athletes of the Month for May 2010.
THOMAS MORE CAPTURES FIRST-EVER PAC BASEBALL TITLE (5/15/10)
Thomas More captured its first-ever PAC baseball title with a pair of dramatic wins over top-seeded Washington & Jefferson at W&J's Ross Memorial Park Saturday. The Saints forced a seventh and deciding tournament game with an improbable ninth inning comeback in a PAC Tournament classic. Trailing 5-0 entering the frame and 5-1 with two outs, Thomas More rallied to tie the game 5-5, then capitalized on two W&J errors to win the game 6-5 in the 13th. The Saints then completed the comeback by edging the Presidents 2-1 in the tournament's final contest.
GROVE CITY WOMEN'S TENNIS GOES 1-1 AT NCAA REGIONAL (5/14/10)
The PAC champion Grove City women's tennis team finished 1-1 at the 2010 NCAA Division III Regional Tournament hosted by the University of Chicago in Chicago, Ill. The Wolverine netters made history on Thursday, as they became the first women's tennis team in PAC history to earn an NCAA Tournament win with a 5-1 victory over Webster University. GCC was then eliminated on Friday following a 5-0 defeat to the host school.
TMC TIES FOR 22ND AT NCAA D-III MEN'S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS
The PAC champion Thomas More College men's golf team finished in a tie for 22nd place at the 2010 NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championships in Hershey, Pa., on Friday. TMC fired a four-man total of (322-304-310-301-1237) to tie LaGrange for 22nd place. Complete hole-by-hole scoring totals for al five Thomas More players are available online.
THOMAS MORE SOFTBALL GOES 0-2 AT NCAA REGIONAL (5/14/10)
The PAC champion Thomas More softball team went 0-2 at the NCAA Division III Softball Regional Tournament hosted by DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind. After opening the tournament with a 5-1 loss to Ohio Northern Thursday, the Saints were eliminated Friday following a 5-2 defeat to Trine. TMC closed the 2010 season with a 22-20 overall record.
2010 ALL-PAC SOFTBALL TEAMS RELEASED; TMC DUO LAUDED
The 2010 All-PAC Softball teams have been released. PAC champion Thomas More swept the top two conference awards, with sophomore 1B Brittany Wegman earning 2010 PAC Player of the Year laurels, while second-year Saint mentor Lindsay Bramhall was tabbed 2010 PAC Coach of the Year.
WASH. & JEFF. TO HOST 2010 PAC BASEBALL TOURNAMENT (5/12/10)
Washington & Jefferson College has earned the top seed and hosting rights for the 2010 PAC Baseball Championship Tournament, scheduled for Thursday-Saturday, May 13-15 at Ross Memorial Park in Washington, Pa. The complete tournament schedule is now online, as is the W&J Tournament website and live statistics for each contest..
BETHANY SOFTBALL TOPS UP-B, WILL HOST ECAC TOURNEY (5/12/10)
The top-seeded Bethany College softball team opened the 2010 ECAC Division III South Region Tournament on a winning note Wednesday, as the Bison blanked #8 seed Pitt-Bradford 5-0 in an opening round contest. With the victory, BC will now host the remaining three teams in a four-team, double-elimination tournament on Saturday and Sunday in Bethany.
DAVID ZINN NAMED ATHLETIC DIRECTOR AT CHATHAM (5/11/10)
Chatham University has hired David Zinn as its new Director of Athletics, effective in the 2010-11 academic year. Zinn comes to Chatham from Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C., where he served as the Assistant Professor, Assistant Athletics Coordinator, Academic Advisor, and Strength and Conditioning Coach for the past year. He has both taught and worked in athletics in multiple roles for the past six years at Meredith, an NCAA Division III womenís college. Zinn replaces Amy Buxbaum, who resigned as Chatham AD at the conclusion of the 2009-10 academic year.
PAC CHAMPION GROVE CITY EARNS NCAA D-III WOMEN'S TENNIS BID,
WILL FACE WEBSTER IN OPENING ROUND ACTION THURSDAY (5/11/10)
The PAC champion Grove City College women's tennis team has earned the conference's automatic bid to the 2010 NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Championships. The Wolverines of head coach Joe Walters will face Webster University in an opening round match Thursday (May 13) at 3 p.m. EDT in Chicago.
THOMAS MORE, BETHANY EARN SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT BIDS (5/10/10)
PAC softball tournament champion Thomas More and PAC regular season softball champion Bethany were each been awarded postseason tournament bids on Monday, May 10. The Saints (22-18) earned the PAC's automatic bid to the 2010 NCAA Division III Tournament. TMC, led by second-year head coach Lindsay Bramhall, will play at the Greencastle, Ind., double-elimination regional hosted by DePauw University May 13-17 and will open with a first round contest against Ohio Northern University (37-5). The Bison (32-13), led by veteran mentor Jan Forsty, are the top seed in the eight-team ECAC Division III South Region Tournament this week. Bethany will host eighth-seed Pitt-Bradford (19-19) in a play-in game on Wednesday. With a win over UP-B, the Bison would then host a four-team, double-elimination tournament in Bethany over the weekend.
FINAL PAC SPRING RELEASE THROUGH MAY 9 NOW ONLINE (5/10/10)
The final PAC spring releases for the week ending May 9 in the sport of baseball is now online. Conference statistics for baseball and softball are also now available.
THOMAS MORE CLINCHES 2010 PAC SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP (5/8/10)
The Thomas More Saints captured their second consecutive PAC softball title and third in the past four years at the 2010 PAC Softball Championship Tournament, which concluded Saturday at top-seeded Bethany College in Bethany, W.Va. The day opened with the host Bison earning rematch of the 2009 PAC title tilt with the Saints by posting a 3-0 shutout over third-seeded Westminster. Bethany then avenged a Friday loss to the Saints by posting a 3-1 victory over Thomas More, setting up a decisive winner-take-all third matchup between the programs. The final contest belonged to TMC, which rolled to an 8-1 victory over the Bison. With the win, the Saints earned the PAC's automatic bid to the 2010 NCAA Division III Softball Tournament, with brackets scheduled to be announced Monday at noon.
PAC PLACES EIGHT PLAYERS ON 2010 ESPN THE MAGAZINE/CoSIDA ACADEMIC
ALL-DISTRICT BASEBALL/SOFTBALL TEAMS (5/6/10)
A total of eight PAC student-athletes (six men, two women) were selected to the 2010 ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA All-District teams for baseball and softball, released May 6 by the College Sports Information Directors of America. In baseball, Wash. & Jeff junior P Pat Kennedy and Grove City junior IF Andrew Patterson were named first team in District 2, while Thomas More's senior IF Chris Fishburn and senior OF Marty Kersting were named first team in District 4. Second team laurels went to Grove City junior C Marcus Magister and Wash. & Jeff. junior OF Andy Trettel. In softball, Bethany senior IF Ashley Marinacci and Wash. & Jeff. senior P Georgia Schumacher both earned third team honors in District 2. All first team selections move on to the Academic All-America ballot.
W&J'S DRAKELEY AWARDED NCAA POSTGRAD SCHOLARSHIP (5/3/2010)
Washington and Jefferson senior basketball player Matt Drakeley was awarded the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship today, a $7,500 scholarship that promotes and encourages postgraduate education by rewarding the association's most accomplished student-athletes. The biochemistry major boasts a 3.98 GPA and is one of 58 student-athletes (29 male, 29 female) from all NCAA divisions to earn the scholarship for the winter season. Drakeley is the third W&J student in the past four years to receive the scholarship, joining baseball player Sam Mann (2007) and women's soccer player Megan Ferderber (2009). Drakeley wrapped up his basketball career with the most victories (60) by a W&J basketball player in school history; he averaged 8.3 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists in the 2009-10 basketball campaign.
W&J MEN, WESTMINSTER WOMEN CAPTURE PAC T&F TITLES (5/1/10)
The Washington & Jefferson men and Westminster women captured team titles today at the 2010 PAC Men's & Women's Track & Field Championship, hosted by Grove City College at Robert E. Thorn Field in Grove City, Pa. The Presidents finished with 165 points to edge the host Wolverines (147.3) and end GCC's five-year run as conference champions. The Titans recorded 173 points to easily outdistance second-place Waynesburg (126), giving Westminster its third straight PAC women's crown. Winning coaches Mark FitzPatrick of W&J and Tim McNeil of Westminster were lauded as PAC Men's and Women's Coach of the Year, respectively. Other year-end MVP awards went to Waynesburg sophomore Krystal Baker (women's field), W&J sophomore Josh Buckley (men's field for second straight year), Grove City junior Emily Pierce (women's track) and Bethany senior Taylor McNeil (men's track). Complete results are now online, along with a complete list of All-PAC performances.
W&J LEADS MIDEAST REGION IN FIRST NCAA REGIONAL POLL
The NCAA Division III Baseball Committee has ranked Washington & Jefferson's baseball team No. 1 in the Mideast Region in the committee's first 2010 regional poll, released today. The Presidents are 24-6 overall, as well as 21-3 against regional opponents in games through April 27. The poll ranks the top 15 percent of eligible teams in eight different regions. The 2010 baseball squad is only the third team in any sport at Washington & Jefferson to reach the top spot in an NCAA regional poll; the 2002-03 women's basketball team was ranked in the Great Lakes region, while W&J football earned the top spot in 2007.
GENEVA NAMES GARY DUNDA HEAD MEN'S SOCCER COACH (4/29/10)
Geneca College has hired Gary Dunda as the new head coach of the Golden Tornado men's soccer program. He replaces Todd Beall, who resigned after four seasons to take the head coaching position at his alma mater, Cedarville University. Dunda comes to College Hill after serving as head coach at Division III Goucher College for the past 10 seasons, following previous coaching stints at Missouri Valley and Ottawa. He is a 1997 graduate of national D-III soccer power Messiah, where he was a four-year letterman, and also earned a master's degree from Emporia State in 2001.
GROVE CITY TO HOST 2010 PAC TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIP
Robert E. Thorn Field on the campus of Grove City College in Grove City, Pa., will be the site of the 2010 PAC Men's & Women's Track & Field Championships, scheduled for this Saturday (May 1) beginning at 10 a.m. The Grove City men and Westminster women are the defending conference champions at the event. Performance lists and heat sheets for the event are now online, while complete results and standings will be available here on Saturday night.
W&J'S TETZLAW TO HEAD PROGRAM AT KEYSTONE COLLEGE (4/28/10)
Washington & Jefferson women's basketball assistant coach Katie Tetzlaw was recently named the head women's basketball coach at Keystone College. Tetzlaw, a Bethany College alum, spent the last three seasons as the top assistant with the Presidents under head coach Jina DeRubbo and helped the team to a 70-17 record (.805) and appearances in two NCAA Division III Tournaments during that time.
W&J RANKED NATIONALLY FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS SEASON
The Washington & Jefferson baseball team have cracked into D3 Baseball.com's Top 25 poll for the first time this season, breaking in at No. 21. The Presidents, now 24-6 overall (10-1 PAC), went 5-1 last week, including wins against La Roche and conference opponents Thomas More and Saint Vincent. W&J hits the field for an important conference contest against Thomas More in Crestview Hills, Ky. tomorrow; the winner will hold the tiebreaker and inside track for the top PAC tournament seed.
GROVE CITY EARNS 20TH STRAIGHT PAC MEN'S TENNIS TITLE (4/23/10)
Perennial PAC power Grove City College earned its 20th consecutive conference men's tennis team title Saturday at the conclusion of the two-day 2010 PAC Men's Tennis Championship at the Pennbriar Athletic Club in Erie, Pa. The Wolverines of 2010 PAC Coach of the Year Joe Walters captured seven of the nine flights to finish with 50 team points, comfortably ahead of second place Waynesburg (28). Conference player of the year recognition went to Washington & Jefferson senior Christopher Faulk, who recorded a straight set victory at first singles. Complete flight brackets for the tournament are now online.
W&J WINS FIFTH STRAIGHT PAC WOMEN'S GOLF TITLE (4/21/10)
The 2010 PAC Women's Golf Championships concluded on Wednesday, April 21 at Oak Tree Country Club in West Middlesex, Pa., with Washington & Jefferson capturing its fifth consecutive conference team title. The Presidents, led by 2010 PAC MVP Leslie Walker and 2010 PAC Coach of the Year Sean Dove, fired a 707 at the two-day event. Coupled with its 721 at the 36-hole PAC Fall Invitational, W&J finished with 1428 strokes to top second-place Westminster (1479). Walker, who fired a 75-76-151 to win medalist honors by 11 strokes over second-place Arielle Goyzueta of Grove City (79-83-162), is believed to be the first women's golfer in PAC history to capture four consecutive conference MVP titles.
W&J'S TRETTEL HAS HISTORIC STREAK SNAPPED AT 55 GAMES
Washington & Jefferson College baseball junior center fielder Andy Trettel's 55-game on-base streak came to an end on Tuesday (April 20) after he went 0-for-3 at the plate during a 6-2 loss to Thomas More at Ross Memorial Park. Trettel's 55-game streak ranks as the second-longest in NCAA Division III history. Salve Reginaís Damian Costantino retains the longest streak in history at 60 games (Apr. 4, 2001 - Mar. 10, 2003).
THOMAS MORE WINS 2010 PAC MEN'S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP (4/20/10)
The 2010 PAC Men's Golf Championships concluded on Tuesday, April 20, at Oak Tree Country Club in West Middlesex, Pa., with Thomas More College clinching its first-ever conference golf crown. The Saints fired a 36-hole total of 313-299-612, which coupled with a 599 at the PAC Fall Invitational resulted in a 72-hole score of 1211, 16 strokes ahead of four-time defending PAC champion Washington & Jefferson (1227). Thomas More head coach Marc Barone was honored as 2010 PAC Men's Golf Coach of the Year at the conclusion of the tournament. In individual competition, junior Ted Marron of W&J earned 2010 PAC MVP honors after firing a 36-hole total of 72-72-144 (+2), three strokes ahead of Saint Vincent senior teammates Jeff Varga and Doug Mehall (147). Complete results are now online, including a list of All-PAC honorees and PAC Coaches Honors recipients.
WAYNESBURG'S SHEPAS TO LEAD ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT (4/15/10)
Following Tuesday's announcement of long-time athletic director Rudy Marisa's retirement, Waynesburg University released today that head football coach Rick Shepas will assume a new role as director of athletics, in addition to his current coaching duties. Additionally, head volleyball coach Stephanie Benkowski will now serve as associate director of athletics. Both coaches had been serving as assistant directors of athletics and will officially move into their new roles on July 1.
SNAVELY, DRAKELEY NAMED PAC SAAC SCHOLAR-ATHLETES (4/15/10)
HARRIS STEPS DOWN AS GCC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL COACH (4/14/10)
Grove City College head womenís basketball coach Sarah Harris has submitted her resignation, effective at the end of the academic year. Harris recently completed her fourth season as Grove Cityís head coach and guided the Wolverines to a 12-14 overall record, including an 8-6 mark in the Presidentsí Athletic Conference. The Wolverines improved their overall record in each of her four seasons as coach. Harris earned PAC Coach of the Year and D3Hoops.com Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year honors in the 2008-09 season.
END OF AN ERA: WAYNESBURG AD RUDY MARISA TO RETIRE (4/13/10)
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DUNFORD REPLACES GANNON AS THIEL TENNIS COACH (4/13/10)
2010-12 PAC ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR INTERNSHIP NOW OPEN (4/13/10)
Thiel has announced the hiring of Tim Dunford as the new head coach of the recently revived Tomcat men's & women's tennis teams. He replaced Andrew Gannon, who was hired to lead the programs two months ago but was recently forced to resign due to health concerns. Dunford comes to Thiel after serving as head tennis professional at Dominion Valley Country Club in Haymarket, Va. since February of 2009. Concurrently, he also worked as an assistant tennis pro at Burke Racquet & Swim Club in Burke, Va. Prior to his most recent stint as a pro, Dunford spent two years as an assistant men's and women's tennis coach at Mount Olive College, where the men's team rose as high as 30th in the 2007-08 national rankings.
The Presidentsí Athletic Conference (PAC) is accepting applications for the PAC Associate Director internship. This is a 20-month internship during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years funded through the NCAA Division III Ethnic Minority & Womenís Internship Grant program. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.
2010-12 PAC ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR INTERNSHIP NOW OPEN (4/13/10)
CHRISTNER NAMED MEN'S BASKETBALL COACH AT WAYNESBURG (4/9/10)
Mark Christner has been hired as the new head menís basketball coach at Waynesburg University. He replaces Frank Ferraro, who resigned after leading the Yellow Jacket program for seven years. Christner comes to Waynesburg from a very successful Calvin program. During his eight years (2002-2010) as an assistant menís coach and head menís junior varsity coach, Christner helped lead the Knights to four berths in the NCAA Division III national tournament. During his time on the bench, Calvin posted an impressive 158-73 record and won three Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) regular season titles.
GENEVA TO HOST NAISMITH BASKETBALL HOF EXHIBIT (4/8/10)
Ian Naismith will display his History of Basketball Exhibit at Geneva College from April 15-17, 2010. Naismith is the grandson of Dr. James Naismith, the inventor of basketball. Visitors will be able to view rare memorabilia from the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in a display approximately 2,000 square feet in size. The exhibit, which will be held in the Merriman Gym at Geneva's Metheny Fieldhouse, is free and open to the public.
W&J'S CIESLINSKI CAPTURES MID-ATLANTIC REGIONAL TITLE
Washington & Jefferson junior golf standout Brad Cieslinski captured the individual medalist title Monday at the NCAA Division III Mid-Atlantic Regional on Monday in Hershey, Pa. Cieslinski, who is the first-ever W&J and PAC golfer to win regional medalist honors, fired a two-day, 36-hole total of 75-71-146 to win by three strokes. W&J finishes fourth in team competition with a 309-311-620.
FORSTY EARNS 500TH WIN AT BETHANY WITH ALLEGHENY SWEEP
Bethany College head softball coach Jan Forsty earned her 500th career victory at the helm of the Bison program with a non-conference doubleheader sweep of Allegheny College on Thursday. Coach Forsty owns a 500-313-3 record for a .613 winning percentage during her 23 years at the school.
TMC'S UHL, BETHANY'S KUBIS RECOGNIZED BY NCBWA (3/25/10)
Released today, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) named Thomas More's Paul Uhl a Division III National Co-Pitcher of the Week, while Bethany's Brad Kubis garnered Honorable Mention Hitter recognition. Uhl, went 2-0 last week, including a no hitter against Penn State Behrend. Kubis, the PAC Hitter of the Week, had a .522 batting average (12-23) which included one double, five homers, 12 RBIs and 10 runs.
TMC'S UHL HONORED BY COLLEGE BASEBALL FOUNDATION (3/24/10)
Thomas More's Paul Uhl was named to the National All-Star Lineup this week by the College Baseball Foundation and Diamond Sport. Uhl, also named PAC Pitcher of the Week, was 2-0 on the mound last week with an 0.00 ERA as he had 10 shutout innings and gave up just one hit and two walks. Against Penn State-Behrend, he threw the NCAA Division III's sixth no-hitter of the season en route to the 10-0 win.
PAC HOOPSTERS HONORED BY SMALLCOLLEGEHOOPS.COM (3/24/10)
Three PAC basketball players were selected for All-America teams by Small College Hoops.com's D-III News today. For the men, Grove City senior Andy O'Keefe was named Honorable Mention All-American, while Thiel freshman Blair Rozenblad was named to the All-Freshman Team. For the women, Washington & Jefferson senior Kennan Killeen was selected as Honorable Mention All-American.
PAC SWIMMERS CLOSE NCAA D-III CHAMPIONSHIPS: WC'S LEHBERGER,
GUTMANN AND GCC 400 FREE RELAY ARE NCAA ALL-AMERICANS (3/20/10)
The 2010 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships came to a close at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis tonight, with swimmers from both Grove City and Westminster again posting All-America performances. For the Wolverines, the Grove City 400 freestyle relay team placed fifth in 3:28.09 to garner All-America recognition. They were joined by the Westminster duo of sophomore Caitlin Lehberger and senior Ben Gutmann, who finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in the 200 breaststroke to also clinch NCAA All-America recognition. Earning CSCAA All-America status on the final night with Top 16 performances were junior Courtney Herdt (13th, 200 breast) of Westminster and freshman Angela Palumbo (15th, 100 free) of Grove City. In team competition, the Wolverine women placed 11th overall with 86 points, while Westminster was 21st with 57 points. The Titan men finished in 35th place overall with 16.5 points.
GENEVA MEN'S BASKETBALL PLACES FIFTH AT NCCAA TOURNEY
The Geneva College men's basketball team posted a 2-1 record to finish in fifth place at the 2010 National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) National Tournament in Oakland City, Ind. from March 18-20. After opening the eight-team tournament with a 79-57 loss to second-seeded Mid-Continent, the seventh-seeded GTs rebounded with wins over Mid-American Nazarene (79-76) and Palm Beach Atlantic (71-68). Geneva closed the 2009-10 season with an 18-12 overall record.
WC'S LEHBERGER PLACES FOURTH IN 100 BREAST; GCC 800 FREE
RELAY PLACES FIFTH ON DAY 3 OF NCAA D-III SWIM CHAMPIONSHIPS
The All-America honors continued to roll in for PAC swimmers on the third day of competition at the four-day NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships, taking place at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minn. Westminster sophomore Caitlin Lehberger earned her second NCAA All-America laurel in as many events by placing fourth in the 100 breaststroke in a school-record time of 1:03.79. Joining her in earning NCAA All-America status was the Grove City 800 freestyle relay team, which finished fifth overall in 7:30.03. In addition, Titan junior Courtney Herdt, WC senior Ben Gutmann and GCC freshman Kaitlin Riesmeyer all earned CSCAA All-America recognition with Top 16 individual finishes. The Grove City and Westminster Day 3 recap articles are now online with complete information.
GCC RELAY HIGHLIGHTS DAY TWO OF NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS (3/18/10)
The Grove City women's swimming and diving team produced several outstanding efforts Thursday night in the second day of action at the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships at the University of Minnesota. Grove City's 200 free relay squad earned All-America honors by placing seventh overall. The team of freshman Jenny Ryan, junior Lauren Baur, junior Sarah Page and freshman Angela Palumbo posted a school-record time of 1:35.35. Ryan's leadoff time of 24.04 is also the fastest 50-yard free time in program history. All three Westminster swimmers were off Thursday and return to action on Friday. The Grove City Day 2 recap is now online.
NABC HONORS GCC'S O'KEEFE, LAMIE FOR REGIONAL HONORS (3/18/10)
The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) honored Grove City College head men's basketball coach Steve Lamie and senior center Andy O'Keefe in recognition of their respective efforts during the 2009-10 season. Lamie earned Great Lakes Co-Coach of the Year while O'Keefe is a First Team All-Great Lakes honoree.
W&J BASEBALL, TMC SOFTBALL LEAD PAC PRESEASON POLLS (3/18/10)
The Washington & Jefferson College baseball team and the Thomas More College softball squad have each been picked to repeat as champions of the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC), according to a preseason poll of the conference's head coaches.
WC'S LEHBERGER, GCC RELAY TEAM EARN ALL-AMERICA HONORS ON DAY
1 OF 2010 NCAA D-III SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS (3/17/10)
The first day of the 2010 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving National Championships in Minneapolis is in the books, with Westminster sophomore Caitlin Lehberger and the Grove City women's 200 medley relay team each earning All-America recognition. Lehberger placed fourth in the 200 individual medley with a school-record time of 2:04.15 to become the first-ever NCAA All-American for the Titans, and the first All-American women's swimmer overall at the school since 1993. The GCC women's 200 medley relay team, consisting of freshmen Jenny Ryan, Angela Palumbo, and Kaitlin Riesmeyer and junior Sarah Page placed 16th in that event with a time of 1:48.51 to earn CSCAA All-America recognition. Several other PAC swimmers competed on day one, with complete Grove City and Westminster recaps now online.
PECK, MCKEEHAN TABBED PAC SAAC SCHOLAR-ATHLETES (3/17/10)
Grove City's Michelle Peck and Thomas More's Daniel McKeehan were named PAC Scholar-Athletes of the Month for March by the conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Peck, a molecular biology major with a 3.74 GPA, is a senior member of the Wolverine soccer and golf teams. McKeehan, a business administration/economics major with a 4.0 GPA, is a senior member of the Saint basketball team.
FOUR FROM PAC NAMED ECAC BASKETBALL ALL-STARS (3/17/10)
The PAC has placed four conference basketball standouts on the 2009-10 ECAC Division III South All-Star teams for men's basketball and women's basketball. On the men's side, 2010 PAC MVP Andy O'Keefe was a first team honoree, while Westminster senior F Ryne Murray was a second team selection. Washington & Jefferson placed a pair of players on the women's squads, with 2010 PAC MVP Kennan Killeen earning first team recognition and teammate Maggie Gibson being tabbed to the third team.
SEVEN FROM PAC NAMED TO D3HOOPS.COM ALL-REGION TEAMS
Seven PAC basketball standouts (four men, three women) have been named to the 2010 NCAA Division III All-Great Lakes Region Teams by the D3Hoops.com website. On the men's side, 2010 PAC MVP Andy O'Keefe of Grove City joins fellow seniors Daniel McKeehan of Thomas More and Joe Testa of Bethany on the second team, while Thiel freshman Blair Rozenblad was a third team honoree and was also tabbed as the Region Freshman of the Year. The women's slate saw 2010 PAC MVP Kennan Killeen of Washington & Jefferson earn second team recognition, while W&J senior teammate Maggie Gibson and Thomas More junior C Nicole Dickman were each named to the third team.
PAC ANNOUNCES 2009-10 TEAM SPORTSMANSHIP AWARDEES (3/16/10)
The PAC has announced the 2009-10 Winter PAC Team Sportsmanship Award winners. This award is sponsored by the members of the PAC Student-Athlete-Advisory Council (SAAC), in an effort to recognize and encourage positive sportsmanship among the conference teams.
WAYNESBURG'S LUCCI FINALIST FOR V COMEBACK AWARD (3/12/10)
Waynesburg senior womenís basketball player Kristen Lucci has been named one of 10 finalists for the 10th annual V Foundation Comeback Award. The veteran Yellow Jacket hoopster was selected out of a national pool of menís and womenís candidates from all divisions of college basketball. The award is presented in memory of Jim Valvano, the late basketball coach and ESPN commentator, whose personal battle with cancer inspired the creation of The V Foundation. The award recipient will be announced March 30 during ESPNís basketball coverage. In July of 2008, Lucci was diagnosed with Type 1 Arnold Chiari Malformation, a condition that caused her cerebellum to grow down into her spinal canal. On December 15, 2008 she underwent Chiari decompression surgery which involved having a piece of skull and C1 vertebrae removed. She returned to school shortly after Christmas break, but endured a minor set-back in February that hospitalized her until March. Since then, Lucci has suffered no ill effects and made her return to the court for the 2009-10 season.
PAC TRIO EARNS ACADEMIC HONORS FROM NWCA (3/12/10)
PAC wrestling standouts Corbin Semple of Waynesburg, Brandon Sansom of Washington & Jefferson and Corey Brown of Thiel have each receive Scholar-Athlete recognition from the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA). Semple, who was 27-7 this season, holds a 3.80 GPA majoring in information technology. Sansom, 18-18 in the 2009-10 season, possesses a 3.59 GPA with a double major in environmental science and biology. Brown holds a 3.81 GPA majoring in criminal justics. The Thiel squad also earned team honors with a 3.255 team GPA, the 16th-highest in the nation in NCAA Division III.
KILLEEN FINISHES CAREER AS A TOP FREE THROW SHOOTER (3/10/10)
Washington & Jefferson senior Kennan Killeen closed out the 2010 season and her collegiate career finishing with the ninth-best free throw percentage in NCAA Division III history. During her four-year career, Killeen shot 85.6 percent (339-of-396) from the charity stripe. She also landed eighth on the Presidents' all-time scoring list with 1,189 points by the end of the season, in addition to being named the 2010 PAC Women's Basketball Player of the Year.
GENEVA'S SUMNER EARNS 500TH CAREER COACHING WIN (3/9/10)
Geneva head baseball coach Alan Sumner became the first coach in GT history in any sport to record 500 career coaching wins, when the Golden Tornadoes swept a doubleheader from Martin Luther College on Monday. Sumner is in his 22nd year at the helm of the GT baseball program.
NINE PAC SWIMMERS QUALIFY FOR 2010 NCAA
Nine PAC swimming standouts, including six from PAC champion Grove City and three from Westminster, have qualified for and will compete in the 2010 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships, to be held March 17-20 in Minneapolis, Minn. For the Wolverines, juniors Lauren Baur and Sarah Page, sophomore Jenna Richert, and freshmen Angela Palumbo, Kaitlin Riesmeyer and Jenny Ryan will represent Grove City at the 2010 Championships. Grove City's 200 and 800 free relay squads both received invitations to the NCAA Championships. Because those two units received invitations, the participating members can also compete in events in which they provisionally qualified. For Westminster, junior Courtney Herdt of the women's team was the one Titan swimmer who made the cut with a provisional qualifying time, joining senior Ben Gutmann of the men's team and sophomore Caitlin Lehberger of the women's team who already had their tickets punched with automatic qualifying times.
SAINT VINCENT TAKES ECAC D-III SOUTH REGION
The Saint Vincent women's basketball team earned the 2010 ECAC Division III Women's Basketball South Region championship, following a 60-58 win over Juniata. Sophomore guard Emily Fenton sunk a pair of free throws with 5.4 seconds left in the contest to break the 58-all tie and sealed the victory. The Bearcats close out a momentous season with a 23-5 overall record. In addition to bringing home the ECAC title this season, the Bearcats posted its 13th season with 20+ wins, as well as marked its 500th win with the close of the regular season.
PAC HOOPS TEAMS POST 2-2 POSTSEASON MARK ON MARCH
It was a mixed day for PAC basketball teams in postseason action on Saturday, March 6, as conference squads went 2-2 overall. PAC women's champion Thomas More saw its season come to an end in the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament, as the Saints fell at home 80-64 to Washington (Mo.). TMC closed the 2009-10 campaign at 26-4 overall with the loss. In the ECAC D-III South Women's Tournament, the Saint Vincent women overcame a 15-point halftime deficit to defeat Alvernia 74-69 in semifinal action. The Bearcats will now host the winner of the other semifinal between Widener-Juniata for the ECAC title at the Carey Center tomorrow (Sunday, March 7) at 4 p.m. In ECAC men's action, Bethany narrowly dropped a 67-65 decision to Penn State-Behrend in a semifinal matchup at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., to close the season at 19-9 overall. Finally, the Geneva men captured the 2010 NCCAA East Regional title by virtue of an 81-74 home victory over D-II Nyack. The GTs now advance to the NCCAA National Tournament, to be held March 18-20 in Oakland City, Ind., against an opponent TBA.
GARBER, BROWN FINISH 7-8 AT 133, BOTH D-III
The 2010 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships concluded with a pair of PAC stalwarts earning All-America status at 133 pounds. Nick Garber of Waynesburg fell 16-2 to William Livingston of Centenary to open the day, while Corey Brown of Thiel dropped a 3-2 decision to Aliamain Sterling of Cortland State. The two PAC rivals then met in the 7th place match, with Garber recording the final 11 points to record a come-from-behind 13-6 win over Brown. With the seventh place finish, Garber became the first Yellow Jacket All-American since Shawn Whyte in 2001. With his eighth-place finish, Brown is now a two-time All-American (sixth-place finish in 2009). Final brackets are now online.
PAC GOES 1-2 IN NCAA TOURNAMENT; TMC WOMEN
PAC teams went 1-2 in the opening round of the 2010 NCAA Division III Basketball Tournaments on Friday, March 5. The lone victor for the conference was women's champion Thomas More, which rolled to a 68-49 home decision over Fontbonne. With the win, the Saints will now host Washington (Mo.) University in a second round matchup at the Connor Convocation Center on Saturday night (March 6) at 7 p.m. In other league action, the PAC champion Grove City College men hung tight with national power Wooster, before falling by a 63-52 score to end the season at 19-9. In other women's action, a long scoreless spell was costly for the Washington & Jefferson women, who were eliminated with a 71-48 loss to Mount Union in a first round game at Messiah College. The Presidents closed the 2009-10 campaign at 23-5.
BROWN, GARBER EARN ALL-AMERICA STATUS, SEMPLE ELIMINATED ON
DAY ONE OF 2010 NCAA DIVISION III WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS
The first day of the 2010 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships saw a pair of PAC wrestlers clinch All-America status while advancing to Saturday competition, while another was eliminated with a 1-2 record. At 133 pounds, both PAC champion Corey Brown of Thiel and Midwest Regional champion Nick Garber of Waynesburg went 2-1 Friday to clinch at least a Top-8 finish entering Saturday's matches. Brown became a two-time All-American after rebounding from an 8-4 loss to #4 seed Sean White of Wartburg to defeat Drew Hinschberger of Coe 6-2 and #6 seed Munkhbaater Baatar of St. Johns 10-7. Garber followed a similar track in the other half of the 133-lb. bracket, losing his opener to #3 Paul Bjorkstrand of Augsburg 10-6, then posting victories over Paul Marcello of Johns Hopkins (8-7) and White by a 13-6 score. With the wins, he becomes the first All-American wrestler at Waynesburg since 2001. Yellow Jacket 184-pounder Corbin Semple posted a 1-2 mark Friday. After a 5-2 loss to Josh Wake of SUNY-Oneonta, Semple pinned Nic Barclay of Luther in 4:25 before being eliminated by top seed Tyler Burkle of Coe 9-3 in the nightcap. Complete brackets are online.
CHATHAM HIRES CONSUEGRA AS NEW VOLLEYBALL COACH (3/5/10)
Chatham University has announced the hiring of Kristin (Hozak) Consuegra as its new head volleyball coach. She replaces Frank Stackiewicz, who resigned after two seasons. Consuegra comes to Chatham from Division II Indiana (Pa.), where she served as an assistant volleyball coach. She is a 2008 graduate of PAC member Saint Vincent College, where was a four-year starter as a member of the Bearcat womenís volleyball team where she led the Bearcats to two consecutive ECAC Division II championships in 2006 and 2007 playing for her mother (and now PAC coaching rival ) Sue Hozak.
PAC TRIO READY TO ROLL AT D-III WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIP
Three PAC wrestling standouts will attempt to bring home a national title this weekend at the 2010 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The complete brackets are now online. A pair of 133-pounders - PAC champion Corey Brown of Thiel and Midwest Regional champion Nick Garber of Waynesburg - open with tough matches. Garber, who is unseeded going into the event, must first face third-seeded Paul Bjorkstrand of Augsburg in the opening round, while Brown, who is also unseeded, is matched against fourth-seed Sean White of Wartburg. PAC and Midwest Regional 184-pound champion Corbin Semple of Waynesburg is seeded seventh and will open against unseeded Josh Wake of SUNY College at Oneonta. Waynesburg will be providing live online updates, as well as regular radio updates on WCYJ-FM throughout the weekend.
BETHANY MEN, SAINT VINCENT WOMEN SWEEP ECAC OPENERS (3/3/10)
The 2010 basketball postseason got off to a great start for the PAC on Wednesday night, as both active conference squads posted first round home wins in the ECAC Division III South Region Basketball Tournaments. In men's action, #2 seed Bethany edged #7 Neumann 70-68 to advance to the weekend semifinals at top-seeded Catholic University in Washington, DC, where the Bison will face #3 seed Penn State Behrend on Saturday at 7 p.m.. The women's game saw #2 seed Saint Vincent top local rival and #7 seed Pitt-Greensburg 81-71 to reach the semifinal round. The Bearcats received extra good news as #8 Juniata upset #1 Lebanon Valley, meaning Saint Vincent will host the semifinals and finals in Latrobe Saturday and Sunday. SVC will face #6 seed Alvernia on Saturday at 5:30 p.m..
PAC RELEASES 2009-10 ALL-SPORTS TROPHY STANDINGS (3/3/10)
The Grove City College men and women each hold narrow leads in the race for the 2009-10 PAC All-Sports Trophies, through the conclusion of the 2009-10 winter sports season. The all-sports trophies are awarded annually to the schools which perform the best across the board in league competition.
TMC'S MCKEEHAN ONE OF 10 JOSTENS TROPHY FINALISTS
Thomas More College senior men's basketball standout Daniel McKeehan has been selected as one of the 10 finalists for the highly prestigious 2010 Jostens Trophy. The Jostens Trophy is a national award created by the Rotary Club of Salem, Virginia, to honor the most outstanding men's Division III basketball player of the year. The award takes into account three vital parts: basketball ability, academic prowess and community service.
2010 ALL-PAC MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAMS RELEASED
The 2010 All-PAC Men's Basketball teams have been released. PAC champion Grove City College swept the major awards, as senior C Andy O'Keefe earned PAC Player of the Year honors while veteran Wolverine mentor Steve Lamie was tabbed 2010 PAC Coach of the Year.
BETHANY MEN, SAINT VINCENT WOMEN EARN ECAC HOOPS
The Bethany College men and the Saint Vincent College women have each been selected to participate in the 2010 ECAC Division III South Region Basketball Tournaments as the #2 seeds for men and women, respectively. The Bison (18-8) will host #7 Neumann (16-12) on Wednesday at 7 p.m., with the winner advancing to the weekend semifinals/finals at Catholic University in Washington, DC. The Bearcats (20-5) host local rival and #7 seed Pitt-Greensburg (17-9), also on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The weekend semifinals and finals will be held at the top remaining seed after the first round. Saint Vincent could host the weekend games with a win, coupled with a win by #8 Juniata over #1 Delaware Valley on Wednesday.
GROVE CITY MEN HEAD TO WOOSTER FOR NCAA D-III
TOURNEY; THOMAS MORE WOMEN HOST FONTBONNE, W&J FACES MOUNT UNION
The 2010 PAC champion Grove City College men's basketball team will play at the College of Wooster in the first round of the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Tournament this Friday (March 5) at 8 p.m. The Wolverines (19-8) earned the PAC's automatic bid to the tournament and will face the Scots (23-5), who earned the automatic bid as the champion of the North Coast Athletic Conference. The Grove City-Wooster winner will face the winner of the first round contest between Wisconsin-Whitewater (22-5) and Defiance (23-5) on Saturday. The PAC champion Thomas More College (25-3) women's team will be at home this weekend to host three first and second round games in the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Tournament, including the Saints' opener against Fontbonne (18-9) Friday at 7 p.m. The TMC-Fontbonne victor will play the winner of Washington (Mo.)/Maryville (Tenn.) on Saturday. Washington & Jefferson (23-4) received a women's "Pool C" at large bid and will face Mount Union (24-4) in a first round contest at Messiah College in Grantham, Pa., at 5 p.m. Ironically, the W&J-MUC matchup is a rematch of the schools meeting in the first round of this year's NCAA D-III Football playoffs. The winner will face the winner of Messiah-Neumann on Saturday.
GCC MEN, TMC WOMEN CAPTURE 2010 PAC BASKETBALL
The 2010 PAC Men's & Women's Basketball Championship Tournaments concluded on Saturday, February 27, with the top-seeded Grove City men and Thomas More women capturing league crowns. The Wolverine men captured the seventh PAC men's basketball title in school history and the fourth under head coach Steve Lamie ('99, '03, '07, '10) with a 78-61 victory over second seed Thomas More at the GCC Arena. In women's action, the top-seeded Saints ended the Cinderella run of fourth-seeded Westminster with a 77-67 finals victory in Crestview Hills, Ky. TMC has now won four consecutive PAC crowns under head coach Brian Neal. Both PAC champions will now receive automatic bids to the 2010 NCAA Division III Tournaments, with brackets scheduled to be released on Monday (March 1).
THOMAS MORE TO HOST WESTMINSTER IN PAC WBB FINAL (2/26/10)
The 2010 PAC Women's Basketball Championship final is set following semifinal contests on Friday night in Crestview Hills, Ky. The top-seeded and three-time defending PAC champion Thomas More Saints had little trouble advancing to the championship game, as they rolled to a 68-40 home decision over sixth-seeded Chatham, which was making its first-ever appearance in the PAC Tournament semifinals. However, the Saints' title game opponent is a surprise, as fourth-seeded Westminster upset second-seeded Washington & Jefferson 64-61 in the other semifinal contest. The two teams met for the PAC title two years ago in 2008, when the Saints edged the Titans 65-58.
2010 ALL-PAC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TEAMS RELEASED (2/26/10)
The 2010 All-PAC Women's Basketball teams were announced between tournament semifinal games tonight at Thomas More. Washington & Jefferson senior point guard Kennan Killeen was named 2010 PAC MVP in a vote of the conference coaches, while Thomas More mentor Brian Neal garnered 2010 PAC Coach of the Year laurels.
TOP SEEDS ADVANCE TO 2010 PAC MEN'S BASKETBALL FINAL (2/25/10)
Top-seeded Grove City and second-seeded Thomas More each staved off semifinal upset bids Thursday night to advance to the championship game of the 2010 PAC Men's Basketball Tournament. The Wolverines overcame an eight-point second half deficit to edge fifth-seeded Washington & Jefferson 63-59 in one semifinal, while in the other, the defending PAC champion Saints used a huge second half run to rally from a five-point (39-34) halftime deficit and defeat third seed Bethany 88-73. Grove City will host Thomas More at the GCC Arena on Saturday night (Feb. 27) at 7:30 p.m., with the winner capturing the 2010 PAC title and the conference's automatic berth in the NCAA Division III Tournament starting next week. Both teams finished 9-3 in PAC regular season play, but Grove City swept both meetings with Thomas More, winning 98-93 in overtime at home and 96-85 in Kentucky.
GENEVA MEN ADVANCE TO NCCAA EAST REGIONAL FINAL (2/24/10)
The Geneva men's basketball team advanced to the finals of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) East Regional Wednesday, as the Golden Tornadoes (15-11) defeated NAIA member Roberts Wesleyan (16-12) in a semifinal matchup at Metheny Fieldhouse. The GTs now advance to the East Regional finals against Nyack on a date TBA, with the winner earning an automatic bid to the NCCAA National Tournament in Oakland City, Ind. on March 18-20.
2010 ALL-PAC SWIMMING & DIVING TEAMS RELEASED (2/24/10)
The PAC has released the 2010 Men's & Women's Swimming & Diving All-Conference Teams. The All-PAC honors are awarded based on the cumulative individual results at the 2010 PAC Swimming & Diving Championships, held at Grove City College on Feb. 18-20.
MCKEEHAN NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN OF THE YEAR (2/22/10)
Thomas More College senior F Daniel McKeehan has been selected as the College Division ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Men's Basketball Player of the Year by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). He is the first male student-athlete in PAC history to earn Academic All-American of the Year laurels and only the second overall (Jackie Sassaman, Waynesburg, women's soccer, 2005). A double major in Economics and Business Finance, McKeehan has a perfect 4.00 grade point average. The first Saint in school history to win the award, he has led Thomas More to a 19-6 record and a share of the PAC regular season title. The College Division is made up of 933 schools at the NCAA Division II, III and NAIA levels. The Academic All-America basketball teams were announced on Monday evening during the ESPN "Big Monday" telecast. Grove City senior C Andy O'Keefe joined McKeehan on the teams, with McKeehan earning first team honors and O'Keefe garnering second team recognition.
GENEVA EARNS NCCAA MEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYOFF BID (2/21/10)
The Geneva men's basketball program has been selected to compete in the 2010 National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) East Regional Tournament. The Golden Tornadoes (14-11) will host NAIA member Roberts Wesleyan (16-11) in an East Regional semifinal game on Wednesday at 7 p.m. If Geneva wins, they will host Nyack College for the right to compete at the NCCAA National Tournament in Oakland City, Ind., beginning on March 18.
GROVE CITY SWEEPS 2010 PAC SWIM/DIVE CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Grove City Wolverines swept the men's and women's team titles following the final day of competition at the three-day 2010 PAC Swimming & Diving Championships, hosted by the Wolverines at the Longnecker Competition Pool in Grove City, Pa., as part of the 2010 Grove City College (GCC) Invitational. The Wolverine men finished with 963.5 points to capture their third consecutive PAC title, easily outdistancing second-place Westminster (734.5). The GCC women posted 862.5 points for their second straight PAC crown, with Westminster (674.5) again in second. Award winners and top three finishers in each event are listed in the PAC meet recap. Complete invitational day one, day two and day three results and well as composite invitational results are now online.
GARBER, SEMPLE PACE PAC WRESTLERS AT NCAA REGIONALS (2/20/10)
Waynesburg University wrestling standouts Nick Garber and Corbin Semple each captured weight class titles to pace a group of nine PAC wrestlers with top four finishes at the 2010 NCAA Division III Midwest Regional Championship, hosted by Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, Pa. Garber topped Thiel's Corey Brown 6-0 in an All-PAC final at 133 pounds, while Semple posted a 10-5 decision over Nicholas Kraus of Trine in the 184-pound final. In addition to Brown, Zach Crown of Waynesburg also finished second at 125 pounds. Third-place finishes went to Zach Cecchetti (125) and Stefen Firmstone (184) of W&J and Jesse Byerly (141) of Waynesburg. Posting fourth-place finishes were W&J wrestlers Dominick Demor (157) and Robbie Mies (197). In team competition, Waynesburg finished fourth in the 10-team field with 87 points, while W&J was seventh (74.5) and Thiel was ninth (33). Complete tournament brackets for all weight classes are now online. Following the meet, it was announced that Garber, Semple and Brown have all advanced to the NCAA Division III National Championships in Cedar Rapids, Iowa next month.
GANNON HIRED TO LEAD NEW THIEL TENNIS PROGRAMS (2/18/10)
Thiel College has hired Andrew Gannon to lead the recently revived Tomcat varsity men's and women's tennis programs. Gannon comes to Thiel from his alma mater, Austin (Tex.) College, where he served as head tennis coach for six years. Thiel recently re-instated both sports, which had been dropped by the school back in 2006.
GROVE CITY'S SLATER NAMED ECAC CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK (2/16/10)
Grove City College junior forward Christine Slater was named the Division III South Co-Player of the Week by the Eastern College Athletic Conference's (ECAC). Slater averaged 20.5 points and 9.5 rebounds in two games for the Wolverines last week. Grove City is 12-11 overall (8-5 PAC) and nabbed the No. 3 spot in the PAC tournament.
SVC'S MACIOCE, THIEL'S WORKMAN HONORED BY PAC SAAC (2/16/10)
The PAC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) has named Saint Vincent senior Katie Macioce and Thiel junior Derek Workman PAC SAAC Scholar-Athletes of the Month for February 2010.
WAYNESBURG EDGES THIEL FOR 2010 PAC WRESTLING TITLE (2/12/10)
The Waynesburg Yellow Jackets captured their first-ever PAC wrestling title by edging perennial PAC power Thiel in the 2010 PAC Wrestling Championship, hosted by the Tomcats at the Rissell-Beeghly Gym in Greenville. The championship came down to the final match at 285 with Waynesburg holding a half-point lead. Yellow Jacket senior Melvin Warrick then clinched the victory with a 6-2 win. With the victory, the Yellow Jackets snapped Thielís 10-year hold (2000-09) on the conference title and earned the first conference crown for Waynesburg in any sport in five years. Following the meet, Waynesburg swept both major individual awards, as freshman 125-pounder Alex Crown was voted PAC Most Outstanding Wrestler, while second-year Yellow Jacket mentor Ron Headlee garnered PAC Coach of the Year laurels.
SAINTS, PRESIDENTS REGIONALLY RANKED BY NCAA (2/10/10)
The NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Committee released its second 2010 regional poll today, marking Thomas More at No. 2 and Washington & Jefferson at No. 4 in the Great Lakes Region. This week's rankings were determined by team records through February 8 games. The rankings at the end of the season will be used Monday, March 1 for selections for the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championships.
SIX PAC CAGERS EARN ESPN ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT LAURELS
Six PAC basketball standouts from five different conference schools have been selected to the 2010 ESPN The Magazine College Division Academic All-District Basketball teams, released today by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Of the six honorees, four were first team selections who will now advance to the national College Division Academic All-America ballot. In men's basketball, Washington & Jefferson senior G Matt Drakeley (3.98 cumulative GPA, cell & molecular biology) and Grove City senior C Andy O'Keefe (3.78, mathematics/secondary education) were both first team honorees in District II, while Thomas More senior F Daniel McKeehan (4.0, economics/business finance) was tabbed to the first team in District IV. The trio was joined by Bethany senior F Joe Testa (3.44, psychology), who earned second team recognition in District II. In women's basketball for District II, W&J senior F Maggie Gibson (3.67, business administration) was a first team selection, while Saint Vincent sophomore F Brittany Sedlock (4.0, mathematics) earned third team laurels.
TMC, W&J WOMEN REMAIN NATIONALLY RANKED THIS WEEK (2/3/10)
The top PAC teams in Thomas More and Washington & Jefferson remain nationally ranked in the Top 25 according to two national polls. Released Tuesday, the WCBA/USA Today Division III Top 25 poll, Thomas More (17-2) moved up one spot to No. 15, while the Presidents (also 17-2) jump two spots to be tied at No. 18. In the D3Hoops.com national poll, Thomas More remains ranked at No. 17, while Wash. & Jeff. moved up a spot to No. 20. The two squads square off for the final time in the regular season this Saturday, as the Saints host the Presidents in Crestview Hills, Ky. for a 1 p.m. bout.
PAC GRAPPLERS NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED BY D3WRESTLE.COM (2/2/10)
Several PAC wrestlers are either ranked or being recognized at the national level by D3 Wrestle.com. Waynesburg's Corbin Semple is ranked No. 5 in the 184-pound class, while teammate Nick Garber is ranked No. 9 in the 133-pound class. Honorable mentions include Waynesburg's Alex Crown (125) and Alex Evanoff (165), as well as Wash. & Jeff.'s Dominck Demor (157). Thiel's Alec Miller is listed as a "contender" to break into the rankings at 165 pounds.
MCCARTHY TABBED TO LEAD WAYNESBURG SOCCER PROGRAMS (2/2/10)
Waynesburg University announced today the hiring of Sean McCarthy as its new head men's and women's soccer coach. McCarthy, an SUNY Old Westbury alum and former assistant coach, replaces former men's coach Carl DeiCas and former women's coach Jim Rue. McCarthy is certified by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and is working on his certification with the United States Soccer Federation (USSF).
THREE WAYNESBURG FOOTBALL PLAYERS INVITED TO COMBINE (2/1/10)
A trio of Waynesburg senior football players in OL Jared Bussard, DB Dylan August and DB Scott Cree have been invited to the EAST PREPS Pro Football Combine. The event, sponsred by Hitz Sports, takes place Feb. 26 and is a chance for the Yellow Jacket players to showcase their skills in front of agents and scouts from various professional football leagues, including the NFL.
SPALDING TABBED AS NEW BETHANY CROSS COUNTRY COACH (1/28/10)
Brandon Spalding, a former national championship qualifier at Bridgewater (Va.) College, has been chosen as the new head menís and womenís cross country coach and assistant track & field coach at Bethany College. Spalding replaces Matt Abel, who resigned in January.
PAC HONORS 327 ON FALL 2009 ACADEMIC HONOR ROLL (1/22/10)
A total of 327 student-athletes have been named to the PAC Academic Honor Roll for the Fall 2009 semester. The PAC Academic Honor Roll honors student-athletes on fall varsity sports teams who have earned a grade-point average (GPA) of 3.6 or higher on a 4.0 scale during their semester of competition.
TMC'S ROGERS GUESTS ON D3HOOPS.COM'S "HOOPSVILLE" (1/21/10)
Thomas More College men's basketball coach Jeff Rogers was a guest on "Hoopsville," the weekly show covering Division III basketball produced by the D3Hoops.com website. The show originally aired on Thursday, January 21. An archived version of the show can be listened to here. (Rogers interview starts at 30-minute mark)
SVC'S FECIK, THIEL'S MCAFEE HONORED BY PAC SAAC (1/20/10)
Senior PAC student-athletes Matt Fecik of Saint Vincent College and Sarah McAfee of Thiel College have been named PAC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Scholar-Athletes of the Month for January 2010.
PAC DIAMOND PAIR NAMED PRESEASON ALL-AMERICANS (1/20/10)
Two PAC baseball standouts have been named to the 2010 Division III Preseason All-America teams by the D3Baseball.com website. Washington & Jefferson senior P/OF Jim Pasquine, the 2009 PAC Player of the Year, and Grove City junior C Marcus Magister were both honored as second team selections.
THOMAS MORE, WAYNESBURG BASKETBALL GAMES CHANGED (1/6/10)
Due to weather concerns forecasted for the Greater Cincinnati and Western Pennsylvania areas this weekend, the PAC basketball double-header between Thomas More and Waynesburg has been moved from Crestview Hills, Ky., to Waynesburg, Pa. The women's game will tip off at 1 p.m., followed by the men's game at 3 p.m. Additionally, the two teams will face each other again Feb. 10 at Thomas More; women will play at 4:30 p.m. and men will play at 6:30 p.m.
THREE FROM PAC NAMED ALL-AMERICAN BY D3FOOTBALL.COM
Three PAC football standouts have been named to the 2009 Division III All-American teams, releases Saturday prior to the Stagg Bowl by the D3Football.com website. Thomas More senior LB Brad Steinmetz, the 2009 PAC Player of the Year, paced the conference with a second team honor, while third team laurels went to Saint freshman DB Zach Autenreib and W&J senior WR Craig Besong.
THIEL ANNOUNCES ADDITION OF TENNIS, LACROSSE IN 2010-11
Thiel College will add four new athletics programs to its offerings for the 2010-11 school term. Thielís new sports will include menís and womenís tennis and menís and womenís lacrosse. All four programs will compete at the NCAA Division III level and bring the Tomcatsí total number of athletic teams to 24. In addition to its new program offerings, the College also plans to step up its commitment to existing programs and facilities. Beginning in 2010, Thiel will add an additional fulltime football coaching position and will add a seasonal air-supported athletics structure which will cover the entire playing surface at Alumni Stadium during the winter months.
SEVEN PAC GRIDDERS NAMED TO ECAC ALL-STAR TEAM (12/17/09)
Seven PAC football standouts (four from Washington & Jefferson, three from Waynesburg) have been named to the 2009 ECAC Division III Southwest Football All-Star team. W&J selections included senior DE Jacob Bloomhuff, junior LB Nathan Harmatto, junior DB Craig Sedunov and junior P Joe Kelly. The Yellow Jackets were represented by senior OL Jared Bussard, senior RS Scott Cree and freshman K Jon Storck.
PAC PLACES PAIR ON AFCA D-III ALL-AMERICA GRID TEAM
Two PAC football standouts - Thomas More senior linebacker Brad Steinmetz and W&J senior defensive end Jacob Bloomhuff - have been named to the 25-man NCAA Division III Football All-America team, released today by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA). Steinmetz, the 2009 PAC Player of the Year, led the 11-1 Saints to their second consecutive PAC title and NCAA playoff berth after posting 107 tackles, including 13.5 for losses, along with five sacks and one interception. Bloomhuff was among the D-III national leaders in quarterback sacks with 14.5, while adding 35 tackles, 17 pass breakups, three forced fumbles and an interception for the 9-2 Presidents.
DIDONATO, CORBELLO EARN PAC SAAC MONTHLY HONORS (12/15/09)
The PAC announced today Grove City College football/basketball standout Andrew DiDonato and Thomas More volleyball standout Brandi Corbello have been named December's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Scholar-Athletes of the Month.
NINE FROM PAC NAMED ALL-REGION BY D3FOOTBALL.COM (12/11/09)
Nine PAC football standouts have been selected to the 2009 All-South Region teams by the D3Football.com website. Leading the way was Thomas More senior LB Brad Steinmetz, as the 2009 PAC MVP was the lone conference player named to the first team. Second team honors went to senior G Sean Keith and freshman CB Zach Autenrieb of Thomas More, senior WR Craig Besong and senior DE Jacob Bloomhuff of Washington & Jefferson, and senior DT Tony Clark of Grove City. Third team laurels went to the W&J duo of junior S Craig Sedunov and junior P Joe Kelly, along with Thomas More junior DT Tyler Owens.
FALL PAC TEAM SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD WINNERS RELEASED (12/10/09)
The Presidentsí Athletic Conference (PAC) has announced the PAC Team Sportsmanship Award winners for Fall 2009 sports. The PAC Team Sportsmanship Award was started in the 2008-09 sports season, and is an effort to recognize and encourage positive sportsmanship among conference teams. The award is sponsored by the PAC Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) and is presented to one team in each of the 19 PAC-sponsored varsity sports.
SEVERAL PAC PLAYERS NAMED NSCAA ALL-GREAT LAKES (12/7/09)
Five players from three different PAC schools were named All-Great Lakes region by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Thomas More had three players named to the list, including Deanna Goshdigian, who was named first team. Fellow Saint, goalkeeper Jenna Kramer, along with midfielder Spencer Ahrenholtz of Washington & Jefferson, were named to the second team. Thomas More defender Kaitlyn Cohen and Grove City's Michelle Peck were named to the third team.
BETHANY FOOTBALL STAFF TO COACH IN ALL-STAR GAME (12/3/09)
Bethany head football coach Tim Weaver and three members of his staff will coach in the Division III Football Senior Classic, which will be played Saturday, Dec. 5 in Salem, Va. Weaver will be joined by Bison assistants Ryan Lieb, Marcus Wilder and Steve Potter. They will head up the South defense, while the staff from Franklin & Marshall will coach the offense. This is the first year for the Division III Football Senior Classic, which is being hosted by the Collegiate Development Football League (CDFL). The game will be played at Salem Stadium in Salem, Va., which is home for the NCAA Division III National Championship game, also known as the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl. A total of 90 players have been invited and among those on the South roster are Washington & Jefferson DE Jacob Bloomhuff and Waynesburg DB/KR Scott Cree, both First Team All-PAC selections.
THOMAS MORE DROPS NCAA HEARTBREAKER TO JHU, 31-29 (11/28/09)
The PAC champion Thomas More football team saw its 2009 season come to a heartbreaking end on Nov. 28, as the Saints (11-1) dropped a 31-29 decision to visiting Johns Hopkins University (10-2) in the second round of the NCAA Division III football playoffs at The Bank of Kentucky Field. After trailing the entire contest, Thomas More took its only lead at 29-28 on a TD pass with 51 seconds to play, only to see JHU respond with a game-winning 43-yard field goal as time expired.
W&J's ERDELY NAMED FOOTBALL ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN (11/24/09)
Washington & Jefferson College senior safety Mitch Erdely was selected to the 2009 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America College Division Football Team on Tuesday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Erdely is the sixth football player in school history to be selected an Academic All-American, including only the third named to the first team. He was recently named First Team All-PAC after finishing as W&Jís third-leading tackler with 62 stops, including five for a loss. Erdely holds a 3.90 grade-point average majoring in accounting.
THIEL TO ADD VARSITY MEN'S VOLLEYBALL PROGRAM (11/23/09)
Thiel College President Troy VanAken and Director of Athletics Jack Leipheimer announced on Monday that the College will add varsity menís volleyball in time for the 2010-11 season. Menís volleyball will become Thielís 19th varsity athletics program, joining over 50 D-III schools nation-wide which sponsor the sport. Having surpassed the threshold of 50 programs, nationally, the NCAA is designing a new national championship tournament that could be instituted within a couple of years. Thiel womenís volleyball head coach Steve Brewer will take the reins of the new program in addition to his current responsibilities.
PAC FOOTBALL TEAMS POST 2-1 POSTSEASON RECORD (11/21/09)
Three PAC football teams competed in postseason football action on Saturday, Nov. 21. Leading the way was 2009 PAC champion Thomas More, which jumped out to a 28-10 halftime lead, then held off a game DePauw squad to post a 49-39 victory in the opening round of the 2009 NCAA Division III playoffs. With the victory, the Saints (11-0) advance to the NCAA second round, where they will host Johns Hopkins University in a second round contest at the Bank of Kentucky Field in Crestview Hills, Ky., on Saturday, Nov, 28 at noon. In other NCAA playoff action, PAC runner-up Washington & Jefferson (9-2) saw its 2009 season come to an end following a 55-0 blanking at the hands of defending national champion Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio. Finally, Geneva (8-3) captured its record-fifth NCCAA Victory Bowl title, as the Golden Tornadoes went on the road to edge Greenville (Ill.) 29-28. GT running back Gerard Muschette was named Offensive MVP. Conference statistics through November 21 are now updated.
CHATHAM RECEIVES NCAA DIVISION III DIVERSITY AWARD (11/19/09)
The Chatham University Athletics Department was recently recognized for their exemplary work in the area of diversity by being awarded the Diversity in Athletics Award in the category of Overall Excellence in Diversity for Division III schools. The award was based on a recent survey conducted independently by the Laboratory for Diversity in Sport at Texas A&M University and supported by the NCAA. Of the nine schools to earn the Overall Excellence in Diversity award, Chatham is one of only two womenís colleges on the list.
PAIRINGS FOR "PAC-MAC FB CHALLENGE" IN 2010-11 RELEASED
The PAC and the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) have announced the pairings for the "PAC-MAC Football Challenge Series," which will take place during the second weekend of the 2010 and 2011 football seasons. The pairings were determined by matching up the top teams in each conference based on the 2009 final results, followed by the second-place teams, etc. PAC member Thomas More College is not participating due to geographic considerations.
2009 ALL-PAC MEN'S & WOMEN'S SOCCER TEAMS ANNOUNCED
The PAC has released the 2009 all-conference teams and postseason award winners in both men's soccer and women's soccer. On the men's side, Thomas More junior F Aaron Osborne was named MVP, while Saint mentor Jeff Cummings was tabbed as Coach of the Year. For the women, Grove City senior Michelle Peck garnered MVP laurels, while Wolverine head coach Melissa Lamie garnered Coach of the Year recognition.
TMC'S CORBELLO NAMED HM ALL-AMERICAN BY AVCA (11/18/09)
Thomas More College sophomore middle hitter Brandi Corbello was named honorable mention All-America today by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). Last week she was named first team All-Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) and first team All-Great Lakes Region.
W&J's AHRENHOLTZ NAMED SOCCER ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN
2009 ALL-PAC FOOTBALL TEAMS, AWARD WINNERS RELEASED
The 2009 All-PAC football teams have been released. PAC champion Thomas More swept the top two conference awards, as TMC senior linebacker Brad Steinmetz was named 2009 PAC Player of the Year, while third-year Saint mentor Jim Hilvert was tabbed as PAC Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season.
PAC PLACES PAIR IN NCAA D-III FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS (11/15/09)
For the third time in the past five seasons, the PAC has had a pair of teams selected to compete in the NCAA Division III Football Playoffs, which begin this Saturday (Nov. 21). Unbeaten PAC champion Thomas More (10-0) will be at home at The Bank of Kentucky Field against SCAC champion DePauw (7-2) at noon. The Saints of head coach Jim Hilvert earned the PAC's automatic bid into the field. Washington & Jefferson (9-1) earned one of six Pool C at-large bids and will play at defending national champion Mount Union (10-0) in Alliance, Ohio at noon. The W&J-MUC matchup pits President head coach Mike Sirianni, a former standout wide receiver for the Purple Raiders, against his mentor, Larry Kehres. The complete 32-team bracket is now online.
TMC'S CORBELLO NAMED TO AVCA ALL-REGION TEAM (11/14/09)
Thomas More volleyball standout Brandi Corbello has been named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Great Lakes region team. Corbello, a 5-8 sophomore outside hitter who helped lead the Saints to the 2009 PAC title, was an All-PAC first team selection.
PAC SOCCER, VBALL TEAMS FALL IN POSTSEASON PLAY (11/14/09)
PAC soccer and volleyball teams had a rough time in postseason play this week, as all three conference NCAA representatives dropped opening round games. Thomas More men's soccer dropped a 4-2 decision at Carnegie Mellon on Saturday, while W&J women's soccer was defeated at Calvin 4-0 on Friday. Thomas More volleyball won its opening set against St. Mary's (Minn.) on Thursday, but could not hold on as the Saints were defeated 3-1 in the opening round match at Washington University in St. Louis Thursday. In ECAC playoff action, Saint Vincent volleyball opened play with a 3-2 first round victory at Penn State-Behrend Wednesday, before falling at top-seeded DeSales 3-1 on Saturday. Finally, Grove City women's soccer suffered a 2-1 setback to Behrend in an ECAC first round match in Erie on Wednesday.
PAC FOOTBALL PODCAST FOR NOVEMBER 14 NOW ONLINE (11/13/09)
The PAC football podcast, previewing "PAC Football Rivalry Week" games on November 14, is now available online in .mp3 format. Right click on the link to download.
GENEVA ACCEPTS INVITATION TO NCCAA'S VICTORY BOWL (11/11/09)
The Golden Tornado football team has accepted the National Christian College Athletic Association's (NCCAA) invitation to the Victory Bowl. Geneva will face Greenville College (Ill.) next Saturday, November 21 at noon. The location for the game has yet to be set, pending the results of Saturday's games. This game is Geneva's school-record setting sixth Victory Bowl appearance.
PAC BASKETBALL VIDEO PREVIEWS ARE NOW AVAILABLE (11/11/09)
Videos previewing the 2009-10 men's and women's basketball seasons are available for downloading in a WMV format. The videos feature PAC coaches quotes from the 2009 PAC Basketball Media Conference Call on October 29, 2009. These videos are courtesy of Westminster student media.
CALLAHAN, MACIOCE NAMED PAC SAAC SCHOLAR-ATHLETES (11/10/09)
The PAC announced today that soccer standouts David Callahan of Geneva College and Molly Macioce of Washington & Jefferson College have been named PAC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Scholar-Athletes of the Month for November, 2009.
MURRAY, DICKMAN NAMED PRESEASON HOOPS ALL-AMERICANS (11/9/09)
Westminster College 6-4 senior men's basketball forward Ryne Murray continues to collect preseason recognition on All-America teams, as D3Hoops.com named Murray to its 2009-10 preseason men's basketball All-America team as a third-team selection. In addition to his D3Hoops.com preseason All-America nod, Murray has also been listed as a preseason All-American in the The Sporting News' College Basketball Magazine. In women's basketball, Thomas More 6-0 junior C Nicole Dickman joined Murray as a D3Hoops.com preseason All-American, as the junior center was tabbed to the women's Preseason All-America fourth team by the website.
PAC TEAMS RECEIVE NCAA SOCCER/VOLLEYBALL MATCHUPS (11/9/09)
All three PAC champions in soccer and volleyball have received automatic bid to NCAA Division III playoff action this week, as brackets and matchups were announced by the NCAA this morning. In NCAA D-III men's soccer tournament action, PAC champion Thomas More (17-2-1) will travel to Pittsburgh to face Carnegie Mellon (14-2-1) in an opening round contest this Saturday at 1:30 p.m. PAC women's soccer champion Washington & Jefferson is also on the road this weekend, as the Presidents (12-6-2) head to Grand Rapids, Mich., to face Calvin College (13-4-1) this Friday at 1:30 p.m. in the NCAA D-III women's soccer tournament first round. In volleyball, PAC champion Thomas More (28-10) heads to Saint Louis for a first round NCAA D-III Tournament matchup on Thursday against St. Mary's (Minn.) (21-9) for a 6:30 p.m. EST (5:30 p.m. CST) game hosted at Washington University.
GCC WOMEN'S SOCCER, SVC VOLLEYBALL EARN ECAC BIDS (11/9/09)
The Grove City women's soccer team and the Saint Vincent women's volleyball team have each received bids to compete in 2009 ECAC Division III Championship Tournaments this week. The PAC regular season champion Wolverine kickers are the fifth seed in the eight-team 2009 ECAC Division III South Region Women's Soccer Tournament and will play against #4 seed Penn State-Behrend on Wednesday (Nov. 11) at 2:30 p.m. at Gannon University in Erie. The semifinals and finals will take place on Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 14-15) at the site of the highest remaining seed following the opening round of play. The Bearcat spikers are the fifth seed in the eight-team 2009 ECAC Division III South Region Women's Soccer Tournament and will play at #4 Penn State-Behrend in Erie on Wednesday (Nov. 11) at 7 p.m.
TMC TOPS W&J 1-0 FOR FIRST PAC MEN'S SOCCER CROWN (11/8/09)
An Aaron Osborne goal off an assist from Joey Tensing just 7:50 into the game proved to be all Thomas More College needed on Sunday, as the top-seeded Saints (17-2-1) captured their first-ever PAC Men's Soccer Championship by virtue of a 1-0 home victory over third-seeded Washington & Jefferson College at The Bank of Kentucky Field. TMC goalkeeper Zack Lawson made three saves in the shutout victory over the Presidents. With the win, the Saints secured the PAC's automatic bid to the 2009 NCAA Division III Playoffs, with brackets scheduled to be announced tomorrow (Monday, Nov. 9) at 10 a.m.
PAC VOLLEYBALL: THOMAS MORE SWEEPS THIEL FOR TITLE (11/7/09)
Top-seeded Thomas More College captured their second PAC volleyball title today, as the Saints swept Thiel 3-0 (25-22, 25-14, 25-22) to capture the 2009 title at the Connor Convocation Center in Crestview Hills, Ky. Sophomore OH Brandi Corbello led the Saint offensive attack with 16 kills. With the victory, head coach John Spinney and the Saint spikers earned the PAC's automatic bid to the 2009 NCAA Division III playoffs, beginning next week. Following the match, the 2009 All-PAC Volleyball teams and postseason award winners were announced. 2009 PAC Player of the Year honors went to TMC sophomore Emily Bohman. Bethany swept the final two major awards, as Jessica Zavatchen was named 2009 PAC Freshman of the Year and Bison mentor Courtney Kline was tabbed 2009 PAC Coach of the Year.
WASHINGTON & JEFFERSON UPSETS GROVE CITY 1-0; PRESIDENTS EARN
SECOND CONSECUTIVE PAC WOMEN'S SOCCER CROWN (11/7/09)
Freshman Chrissy Marcius scored the lone goal in the 60th minute to lift third-seeded Washington & Jefferson to a 1-0 upset victory at top-seeded Grove City in the championship match of the 2009 PAC Women's Soccer Championship Tournament today. With the victory, head coach Pete Curtis and the President kickers earned the PAC's automatic bid to the 2009 NCAA Division III playoffs, beginning next week.
TMC, THIEL ADVANCE TO 2009 PAC VOLLEYBALL FINALS (11/6/09)
Top-seeded Thomas More and second-seeded Thiel will battle on Saturday (Nov. 7) at 4 p.m. for the 2009 PAC Volleyball Championship after both teams posted semifinal wins in Crestview Hills, Ky., on Friday night. The Saints (27-10) split a pair of close sets with #4 Washington & Jefferson (16-16), before taking control to post a 3-1 win. In the nightcap, the Tomcats (23-10) dropped the opening set to #3 seed and two-time defending PAC champion Westminster, before rolling off three straight set wins to advance.
EIGHT FROM PAC ON ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT GRID TEAMS
A total of eight PAC football players have been honored with selection to the 2009 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District College Division Football teams, released today by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Four players were selected for All-District first team laurels: the Waynesburg duo of senior DB Dylan August (3.77 GPA, secondary education) and senior OL Todd Shulsky (4.0, finance) along with W&J senior DB Mitch Erdely (3.90, accounting) in District II, along with Thomas More senior LB Brandon Kohrs (3.85, biology) in District IV. Second team honors in District II went to Westminster senior RB Nick McKolosky (3.44, biology), Waynesburg senior WR Josh Fisher (3.53, Bible & ministry studies), Bethany senior DL Tim Stefanazzi (3.38, forensic chemistry), and Geneva junior DL Adam Rose (3.45, biology). The four first teams now move to the Academic All-American football ballot later this month.
THIEL DUO EARNS ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT VOLLEYBALL HONOR
A pair of Thiel College volleyball standouts have been named to the 2009 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District II Volleyball teams, released today by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Junior OH Madison Chylik (3.97 GPA, elementary education) was tabbed to the first team, while classmate Danielle Dwyer (3.90, communication) was a second team honoree. Chylik will now move onto the Academic All-America volleyball ballot later this month.
THOMAS MORE, W&J REACH PAC MEN'S SOCCER FINAL (11/4/09)
Both the top-seeded Thomas More Saints and third seeded Washington & Jefferson posted blowout semifinal wins on Wednesday (Nov. 4) to advance to the finals of the 2009 PAC Men's Soccer Championship Tournament. The Saints recorded a 3-0 win over visiting fourth seed Grove City in the afternoon, while W&J scored three second half goals to upset second seed Westminster 4-0 on the road Wednesday night. TMC and W&J met in Washington during the regular season, with the Saints posting a 5-1 victory. Due to a facility conflict with the Thomas More home field this Saturday, the championship contest will be played on Sunday (Nov. 8) at 1 p.m. at Bank of Kentucky Field in Crestview Hills, Ky.
WESTMINSTER, W&J POST PAC VOLLEYBALL 1ST ROUND WINS (11/3/09)
The 2009 PAC Volleyball Championship Tournament got underway on Tuesday, Nov. 3, as third seed Westminster and fourth seed Washington & Jefferson posted opening round victories. The defending PAC champion Titans rolled to a 3-0 sweep of sixth seed Grove City, while the fourth seeded Presidents outlasted fifth seed Bethany 3-2. Both squads now move to the semifinal round, which will take place this Friday (Nov. 6) at top-seeded Thomas More. W&J will face the host Saints at 6 p.m., followed by Westminster facing second seed Thiel at 8 p.m. The championship match is scheduled for Saturday (Nov. 7) at Thomas More at 4 p.m.
GROVE CITY, W&J ADVANCE TO PAC WOMEN'S SOCCER FINALS
Top-seeded Grove City will face third seed and defending PAC champion Washington & Jefferson for the 2009 PAC title this weekend, after both squads posted tournament semifinal wins in the 2009 PAC Women's Soccer Championship Tournament on Tuesday, Nov. 3. The Wolverines shut out fourth seed Westminster 2-0, while the Presidents outlasted second seed Thomas More 2-1 in double overtime. Grove City will now host W&J for the 2009 PAC crown and the conference automatic bid to the 2009 NCAA Division III playoffs this Saturday, Nov. 7 at 1 p.m.
WAYNESBURG ATHLETICS MOURNS PASSING OF DAVE JONES (11/2/09)
Waynesburg University has announced that long time equipment manager and athletic facilities director Dave Jones passed away on Sunday, Nov. 1, at Southwest Regional Medical Center in Waynesburg. He was 67. A native of Waynesburg, the U.S. Air Force veteran spent 20 years as a member of the Yellow Jacket athletic staff.
PAC RELEASES PAIRINGS FOR SOCCER/VOLLEYBALL TOURNEYS
The Presidents' Athletic Conference has announced the seeds and pairings for the 2009 PAC Volleyball and Men's & Women's Soccer Tournaments, scheduled for this week (November 3-8) at campus sites.
THOMAS MORE EDGES W&J 14-7 TO CLINCH SECOND STRAIGHT PAC GRID
TITLE; GENEVA, GROVE CITY, THIEL ALSO WIN ON HALLOWEEN
For the second consecutive year, the PAC football title resides in Kentucky. In the 2009 PAC "Game of the Year", defending conference champion Thomas More used a stifling defensive effort to edge previously unbeaten Washington & Jefferson 14-7 in Washington, Pa. With the win, the Saints (8-0, 6-0 PAC) clinched the 2009 PAC title and the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III playoffs, while the Presidents (7-1, 3-1 PAC) will have to win their final two games to garner a possible Pool C at-large bid to the NCAA postseason. In other Halloween football action, Geneva (7-1) continues its winning ways by rolling to a 54-21 victory over visiting Bethany (2-6). Grove City and Thiel were also home victors, as the Wolverines (3-5, 2-2 PAC) defeated Waynesburg (4-4, 1-3 PAC) 35-24, while the Tomcats (3-5) kept Saint Vincent (0-9) winless with a 38-14 decision in Greenville. Conference statistics will be updated later this weekend.
GROVE CITY SWEEPS PAC CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS (10/31/09)
Grove City College swept the men's and women's team and individual titles at the 2009 PAC Men's & Women's Cross Country Championship, held Oct. 31 at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa. The Wolverine men, led by 2009 PAC MVP Garrett Cichowitz, finished with 18 points in PAC championship competition to easily outdistance second-place Thiel (57). In overall competition, GCC finished with 29 points to edge the host Bearcats (37). The women's slate saw Grove City freshman Sara Fisher take home MVP honors after edging teammate and classmate Ella Smith at the finish line for the individual title. The Wolverine women posted 17 points in PAC championship competition to easily top second place Westminster (62), while finishing with 20 points in overall competition, ahead of second-place Saint Vincent (75). GCC mentor Sean Severson swept both the men's and women's PAC Coach of the Year awards for 2009.
PAC PLACES 23 ON ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT SOCCER TEAMS
The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) have released their 2009 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District soccer teams for men and women, which are loaded with PAC student-athletes. A conference-record 23 PAC soccer players (13 women, 10 men) have been named to the squads, including four first team honorees who now move on to the Academic All-America ballot. For the women, All-District II first team honorees were seniors Megan Cook of Bethany and Spencer Ahrenholtz of W&J. Second team laurels went the Grove City duo of Lauren Woodring and Emily Ostlund, W&J senior Molly Macioce, and Westminster sophomore Samantha Killmeyer. Third team selections included four GCC players - seniors Bethany Preston, Elise Bender, Hannah Yang and Michelle Peck - as well as senior Chrissy Fiori of Chatham and sophomore Tyler Dever of Westminster. Thomas More junior Andrea Carr was also a third team honoree in District IV. For the men, earning first team laurels was W&J junior Sean Maddock and Grove City junior Chuck Witt. Second team selections in District II were Saint Vincent senior Ben Fecik and Grove City sophomore Brian Eckenhoff, while Aaron Osborne of Thomas More was a District IV second teamer. Third team honors went to five players - senior Joel Metz and junior Austin Bernal of Grove City, junior Aaron Zavora and sophomore Coty Hainsey of Westminster, and junior Stephen Bosak of W&J.
SAINT VINCENT TO HOST 2009 PAC CROSS COUNTRY MEET (10/29/09)
Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa., will be the site of the 2009 PAC Men's & Women's Cross Country Championships, scheduled for this Saturday (Oct. 31) with the women's six-kilometer race beginning at 11 a.m., followed by the men's eight-kilometer race starting at noon. Grove City College is the defending conference champion in both men's and women's cross country.
2009 PAC SOCCER TOURNAMENT SCENARIOS NOW ONLINE (10/29/09)
Wondering if your favorite PAC soccer team will make the 2009 PAC Tournament, or who and where they may be playing if they do? We take the guess work out of it, as all of the 2009 PAC Soccer Tournament scenarios have been broken down and are now online.
TMC MEN, W&J WOMEN PICKED FIRST IN PAC HOOPS POLL (10/28/09)
The Thomas More College men and Washington & Jefferson College women were picked to capture 2009-10 championships in the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC), according to the preseason poll released following the 2009-10 PAC Basketball Media Day conference call. Voters in the poll included conference head coaches, sports information directors, and members of the media participating in the media day conference call. Information on all 19 PAC basketball programs can be found at the 2009-10 PAC Basketball Preview page.
2009-10 PAC SWIMMING & DIVING, WRESTLING PREVIEW ONLINE
While the fall season is still winding to a close, the PAC winter sports season got underway this past weekend with the opening of swimming & diving competition, while wrestling action will begin shortly. Season previews for men's & women's swimming & diving and wrestling, as well as the swimming & diving and wrestling composite schedules, are now online. Men's basketball and women's basketball composite schedules are also online, while conference season previews will be online prior to the November 15 season tip-off.
WAYNESBURG STARTS CONSTRUCTION OF BASEBALL FIELD (10/27/09)
When the 2010 baseball season arrives in February, the Waynesburg University baseball team will have a new place to call home. Earlier this month, construction began on a new baseball field for the Yellow Jackets, which will be located just off of West Roy Furman Highway west of Waynesburg. The new facility will be located beside the Waynesburg University softball field.
WC's ZACKAL WINS NATIONAL COSIDA WRITING AWARD (10/26/09)
Justin Zackal, who has served as Westminster College sports information director since 2006, took top honors in the 2009 College Sports Information Directors of America's (CoSIDA) Fred Stabley Sr. writing contest. Zackal's "Through the Looking Glass," a profile of Westminster basketball player and 2009 graduate Bobby Glass, earned CoSIDA's national "Story of the Year" award. The contest drew 316 entries from all NCAA divisions.
GROVE CITY COLLEGE ROLLS TO 23RD CONSECUTIVE TEAM TITLE AT
2009 PAC WOMEN'S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP IN ERIE (10/24/09)
Grove City College captured individual titles in eight of nine flights and captured its 23rd consecutive league title at the 2009 PAC Women's Tennis Championships, which took place on Friday-Saturday, Oct. 23-24 at the Pennbriar Athletic Club in Erie, Pa. The Wolverines of head coach Joe Walters finished with 52 points to easily outdistance second-place Westminster (38), followed by Chatham (20), Waynesburg (13), Thomas More (12) and a sixth-place tie between Bethany and W&J with no score. PAC Player of the Year laurels went to GCC junior Natalie Walten, while Coach of the Year honors went to Chatham mentor Aaron Wilf. The Wolverines receive an automatic bid to the 2010 NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Championships for the first time in PAC history. The final complete tournament bracket is now online.
TWO GENEVA STUDENT-ATHLETES HONORED BY NCCAA (10/21/09)
Two Geneva players were honored by the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) as players of the week in their respective sports. Senior defensive lineman Brian Wilson was honored as the NCCAA national football player of the week, while sophomore forward Josh Mann was named NCCAA national soccer co-player of the week.
WAYNESBURG'S KRAUSE HONORED BY D3FOOTBALL (10/20/2009)
Waynesburg defensive lineman Matt Krause was named to D3Football.com's Team of the Week for his accomplishments in last week's bout against Geneva. In his first collegiate start, Krause posted a game-high 12 tackles, which included six solo take-downs, two for a loss and a sack.
CU'S GREENWOOD, WU'S JONES HONORED BY PAC SAAC (10/20/09)
The PAC has announced that Samantha Greenwood of Chatham University and Elisha Jones of Waynesburg University have been named Scholar-Athletes of the Month by the PAC Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) for October, 2009.
TMC WOMEN'S SOCCER BREAKS INTO NSCAA NATIONAL TOP 25
The unbeaten Thomas More women's soccer program (11-0, 2-0 PAC) has broken into the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division III National Top 25 poll this week in the #25 spot. It marks the first time in school history that the Saint women have been nationally ranked. Thomas More is ranked third in the Great Lakes region, while the Washington & Jefferson (9-3) men are ninth in the region.
W&J'S BLOOMHUFF EARNS TRIO OF WEEKLY AWARDS (10/7/2009)
W&J senior defensive end Jacob Bloomhuff has been honored with three awards this week for his achievements in the Presidents' 31-10 victory over Geneva. In addition to being selected as PAC football defensive player of the week, Bloomhuff was also named to D3Football.com's National Division III Team of the Week and the ECAC Division III Southwest Defensive Player of the Week. Bloomhuff recorded a career-high 4.5 sacks for a loss of 20 yards.
GENEVA WOMEN'S TENNIS PLAYER HIGHLIGHTED BY NCCAA (10/7/2009)
For the third consecutive week, a Geneva student-athlete has been recognized nationally by the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA). Women's tennis player, Kara Zimmerman, has been recognized as the NCCAA player of the week for her personal streak of 11 consecutive victories in singles and doubles. Geneva is riding a six-match winning streak with an 8-4 overall record.
GROVE CITY'S WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY NATIONALLY RANKED
The Grove City women's cross country team is ranked No. 32 in the country by the United States Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division III Naitonal Poll. Grove City received 21 voter points in making its first appearance in the national poll this season.
THREE PAC PLAYERS NAMED CAMPBELL TROPHY SEMIFINALISTS
Three PAC senior football standouts - Thomas More LB Brandon Kohrs, W&J safety Mitch Erdely, and Westminster RB Nick McKolosky - are among 34 NCAA Division III players selected as semifinalists for the 2009 William V. Campbell Trophy (formerly known as the Draddy Trophy), and as candidates for the 2009 National Football Foundation (NFF) National Scholar-Athlete Awards. Nominated by their schools, which are limited to one nominee each, semifinalists must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility, have a GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a first team player or significant contributor, and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship. The NFF Awards Committee will select and announce up to 15 finalists on Oct. 29.
GENEVA FRESHMAN RUNNER CLAIMS NCCAA NATIONAL HONORS (10/1/09)
Geneva freshman cross country runner Shannon Rech was recognized by the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) as the National Runner of the Week. Rech led the Golden Tornadoes to a fourth place finish at the Saint Vincent College Invitational last weekend and posted a career-best time of 20:19 on the 5K course. It is the second consecutive week a Geneva student-athlete has been handed a national honor.
W&J EDGES WESTMINSTER AT PAC WOMEN'S GOLF FALL INVITE (9/30/09)
The 2009 PAC Women's Golf Fall Invitational wrapped up on Wednesday, September 30 at Oak Tree Country Club in West Middlesex, Pa., with the final of two rounds. In team competition, Washington & Jefferson overcame a six-shot deficit after day one by firing a second day total of 347 to finish at 721, edging Westminster (368-355-723) by two strokes. In individual play, W&J senior Leslie Walker fired an 80-78-158 to capture medalist honors, as she finished 10 strokes ahead of second place Arielle Goyzueta (84-84-168) of Grove City. The PAC Fall Invitational counts towards one half of the 72-hole total used to determine the 2009-10 PAC champion, with the final 36 holes to be played at Oak Tree in April 2010.
THOMAS MORE SWEEPS PAC MEN'S GOLF FALL INVITATIONAL (9/29/09)
The 2009 PAC Men's Golf Fall Invitational concluded on Tuesday, September 29 in rainy conditions at Oak Tree Country Club in West Middlesex, Pa. Thomas More swept the team and individual awards, with the Saints firing a four-man total of 293-306-599 to lead second place Washington & Jefferson (312-314-626) by 27 strokes. The Saints also posted the top two individual finishers, as medalist Joe Ruzick (68-73-141, -1) topped teammate Brandon Dulle (71-74-145, +3) by four strokes. The PAC Fall Invitational counts towards one half of the 72-hole total used to determine the 2009-10 PAC champion, with the final 36 holes to be played at Oak Tree in April 2010.
DRAKE NAMED INTERIM WOMEN'S CAGE COACH AT GENEVA (9/24/09)
Renee (Freeman) Drake, a former basketball standout and assistant coach at Geneva, has been named interim head coach of the Golden Tornado women's basketball program for the 2009-10 season. Drake replaces Ron Galbreath, who recently retired due to health concerns after a coaching career which spanned over 35 years and over 600 career wins. She was a former assistant coach under Galbreath at Geneva from 2004-07 and most recently served as head girls basketball coach at Western Beaver High School. Drake, a 2003 Geneva graduate, currently ranks ninth on Genevaís all-time scoring list with 1153 points and sixth in career rebounding with 766 caroms.
GENEVA'S CALLAHAN GRABS NCCAA NATIONAL HONORS
Geneva's senior goalkeeper David Callahan has been named the National Christian College Athletic Association's (NCCAA) national player of the week. Callahan becomes the first Geneva student-athlete to receive the national award this season.
GALBREATH RETIRES AS GENEVA'S WOMEN'S HOOPS COACH (9/15/09)
After more than five decades as a basketball coach, Ron Galbreath, Geneva women's basketball head coach since 2002, has announced his retirement. Galbreath spent 25 season at Westminster College coaching its men's basketball team prior to his position at Geneva College. In his long and distinguished career as a head coach at the collegiate level, Galbreath posted an overall record of 634-192. He was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1993.
THIEL HIRES ZEUCH AS WOMEN'S BASKETBALL HEAD COACH (9/9/09)
Angela M. ďAngieĒ Zeuch has been hired as head womenís basketball coach at Thiel College. She replaces Artina Trader, who resigned from the position in August. Zeuch takes over the Thiel program after spending two seasons as an assistant at Wesleyan University in Middleton, Conn. Prior to her stint at Wesleyan, Zeuch spent three years (2004-07) as an assistant at Division I Colgate University. A 2004 graduate of Case Western Reserve University, Zeuch was a four-year starter and two-year captain for the Spartans.
WESTMINSTER PICKED ON TOP IN 2009 PAC VOLLEYBALL POLL
Westminster College has been picked to repeat as Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) volleyball champions in 2009, according to a preseason poll of league volleyball coaches. The two-time defending champion Titans were followed by Thomas More, W&J, Thiel, Grove City, Bethany/Waynesburg (tie) and Chatham.
2009 PAC FALL SPORTS PREVIEWS NOW ONLINE (8/28/09)
The start of the fall 2009 varsity sports season in the PAC is just around the corner. To get you ready for fall action, PAC sport previews for football, volleyball, men's soccer, women's soccer, women's tennis and men's & women's cross country are now available.
PAC ANNOUNCES ITS ENTRANCE INTO SOCIAL MEDIA (8/26/09)
The Presidents' Athletic Conference has announced its entrance onto two of the largest social media networks: Twitter and Facebook. These two sites will allow the conference to connect with fans, media and others.
GROVE CITY ANNOUNCES SEVERAL HEAD COACHING CHANGES (8/26/09)
Grove City College has announced several changes and additions to its athletics coaching staff in preparation for the 2009-2010 academic year.
THIEL'S TRADER RESIGNS FOR POSITION AT ALMA MATER (8/25/09)
Thiel head womenís basketball coach Artina Trader has resigned her position, effective on August 31, to accept the head job at North Carolina Wesleyan College, her alma mater. A national search for her replacement at Thiel is currently underway.
TMC TABS ALUM JOHNSON AS WOMEN'S GOLF COACH (8/25/09)
Thomas More has announced that Gabby Johnson has been named the new Saint head womenís golf coach. Johnson is no stranger to Thomas More athletics as she was a four-year letter winner on the Saintsí womenís basketball team from 2005-2009.
MONIQUE BOWMAN HIRED AS PAC ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR (8/19/09)
The PAC has announced the hiring of Monique Bowman as Associate Director. Bowman's position is a 10-month internship fully funded by the NCAA Division III Ethnic Minority & Women's Internship Grant program. Bowman comes to the PAC after working as an account executive/internship coordinator for Fahlgren Mortine Public Relations in Columbus, Ohio, since 2007. A native of Youngstown, Ohio, where she attended Liberty High School, Bowman is a cum laude graduate of Capital University with a degree in public relations.
PAC FOOTBALL MEDIA DAY VIDEOS NOW AVAILABLE (8/11/09)
Video of each PAC football coach speaking at the 2009 PAC Football Media Day on August 5 is now online, courtesy of the Saint Vincent College channel on YouTube. Click on the appropriate link to hear a short season preview from Saint Vincent coach Bob Colbert, Geneva coach Geno DeMarco, Thiel coach Kurt Reiser, Bethany coach Tim Weaver, Waynesburg coach Rick Shepas (part 1 and part 2), Westminster coach Jeff Hand, Grove City coach Chris Smith, Washington & Jefferson coach Mike Sirianni and 2008 PAC Coach of the Year Jim Hilvert of Thomas More.
STEVE CARR NAMED TRACK & FIELD HEAD COACH AT THIEL (8/11/09)
Thiel College has hired Steve Carr as its new head men's & women's track & field coach. Carr, who replaces Ricardo Franklin, is a 13-year collegiate assistant who most recently spent three years as assistant coach at Wheaton (Mass.) College. Carr is a 1995 graduate of Allegheny College, where he was a four-year conference champion in the pole vault.
THOMAS MORE PICKED TO REPEAT AS PAC FOOTBALL CHAMPS (8/5/09)
Thomas More College was picked to capture the 2009 football championship in the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC), according to the preseason poll released at the 2009 PAC Football Media Day at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe. Voters in the polls included conference head coaches, sports information directors (SIDs), and members of the media present at the conference media day. Thomas More earned 17 of 28 total first-place votes and 200 points in the conference poll to edge second place Washington & Jefferson (191) by just nine points, followed by Grove City (115), Waynesburg (86), Westminster (82), Bethany (67) and Thiel (43).
PAC ANNOUNCES RELAUNCH OF CONFERENCE WEBSITE (8/3/09)
The Presidentsí Athletic Conference (PAC) has announced the relaunch of the conference website at www.pacathletics.org. The newly refurbished PAC website went live on Saturday, August 1, 2009 and includes a new colorful layout and increased ease of navigation. It is the first re-design of the conference website in over three years.
GENEVA'S OTTE RESIGNS; YOWLER TO COACH GT HARRIERS (8/2/09)
Geneva head cross country and track & field coach Bret Otte has resigned to take the head track & field coaching position at his alma mater, Calvin College. Brian Yowler, who has served as Otte's cross country assistant for the past three years, was named the program's new head coach. A national search for a new track & field head coach is underway.
EK NAMED SUPERVISOR OF MEN'S BASKETBALL OFFICIALS
The PAC has named Bill Ek Supervisor of Men's Basketball Officiating, effectively immediately. Ek has 20 years of collegiate basketball coaching experience and also serves as supervisor of men's basketball officials for the Division III Ohio Athletic Conference and the NAIA American Mideast Conference, as well as the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference and the Ohio Regional Campuses.
W&J FOOTBALL, PAC GRIDDERS EARN PRESEASON LAURELS
The 2009 football season has yet to begin, but the PAC has received preseason recognition from several media sources. Washington & Jefferson, which advanced to the national quarterfinals in the 2008 NCAA Division III playoffs, is ranked in a pair of preseason Top 25 national polls. The Presidents are ranked 13th by The Sporting News and 17th by Lindy's. In the D3Football.com poll, W&J is 14th, while Thomas More is listed among others receiving votes. Three PAC standouts have been honored with selection to various preseason All-American teams. Senior LB Brad Steinmetz of defending PAC champion Thomas More was tabbed to the Sporting News All-America squad and was a Lindy's second team selection. Waynesburg senior return specialist Scott Cree and Bethany senior TE Jorge Laboy were each tabbed to the Preseason All-America team selected by the D3Football.com website, with Cree earning first team honors and Laboy garnering second team recognition.
FRANKLIN RESIGNS AS THIEL TRACK & FIELD COACH
Thiel College head track & field coach Ricardo Franklin has resigned his position. A 2002 Thiel alumnus, Franklin recently completed his second season with the Tomcats. A national search to find Franklinís replacement will begin immediately.
PAC SAAC NATIONAL REP SIMPSON NAMED USOC LIAISON
Former Westminster College swimmer Conor Simpson has been chosen to serve as the NCAA Division III student-athlete representative for the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). Simpson was one of three NCAA student-athletes - one from Divisions I, II and III - selected to serve a one-year term ending in May 2010. Simpson was selected to the committee while attending the NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) meeting in Denver in July as a representative of the PAC and the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC). His duties for the United States Olympic Committee begin in September.
PAC OFFICERS FOR 2009-10 ACADEMIC YEAR ANNOUNCED
The PAC has announced new officers for the 2009-10 academic year, effective July 1, 2009. Dr. Esther Barazzone, president of Chatham University, will serve as the chair of the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Presidents' Council. Chatham AD Amy Buxbaum and FAR Tracey Johnson will chair the PAC athletic directors and faculty athletic representatives (PAC FARA), respectively. Andrew Forish, a rising senior swimmer at Washington & Jefferson College, was voted president of the PAC Student-Athlete-Advisory Committee. The 2009-10 SAAC VP will be Geneva College rising senior soccer player David Callahan.