2011-12 PAC NEWS ARCHIVE

 

FRED WALLACE RESIGNS AS W&J HEAD VOLLEYBALL COACH (6/29/12)
Washington & Jefferson College Head Volleyball Coach Fred Wallace announced his resignation on June 29 after nine seasons.  He is leaving W&J to become the head volleyball and softball coach at Morrisville State (N.Y.) College. Wallace helped W&J win the 2005 PAC Championship with a squad that finished 26-6 and earned a bid to the ECAC Division III Tournament.  His teams won nearly 53 percent of their matches (143-129) and made three ECAC postseason appearances.  Wallace owns a 220-182 (.547) overall record in 13 seasons of coaching NCAA Division III volleyball. 

 

THIEL HIRES CLUNE AS WOMEN'S BASKETBALL HEAD COACH (6/25/12)
Thiel College has announced the hiring of Rob Clune as its new head women's basketball coach. He replaces Angie Zeuch, who resigned following the 2011-12 season. Clune is no stranger to the PAC, as he served as head men's basketball and women's soccer coach at league member Bethany College from 1995-2002. Bethany won back to back PAC championships during the 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons. For his efforts, Clune earned PAC Coach of the year honors in consecutive seasons. More recently, he was the men's basketball head coach at Allegheny College from 2002-10.

 

W&J'S STANISCIA, MCLAIN EARN ECAC BASEBALL LAURELS (6/22/12)
Washington & Jefferson baseball standouts Josh Staniscia and Kyle McLain have each been selected to the 2012 ECAC Division III South Region All-Star teams. Staniscia, a sophomore outfielder, was tabbed to the first team while McLain, a sophomore third baseman, was a second team honoree.

 

GROVE CITY'S BREESE NAMED XC/TF ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN (6/19/12)

Grove City College cross country/track & field standout Mary Kate Breese has been named to the 2012 Capital One/NCAA Division III Academic All-America Women's Cross Country/Track & Field team, released today by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Breese, a junior from Mercer, Pa., currently maintains a perfect 4.0 cumulative grade-point average (GPA) majoring in accounting/finance. Earlier, Breese earned her second straight Academic All-District First Team honor. She is a three-time All-PAC selection in cross country, earning first team honors in 2009 and 2011 and second team laurels in 2010. Last fall, Breese finished fifth individually at the PAC championships. Breese earned her first track & field letter this spring, competing as a distance specialist. She finished in third place in both the 5,000 and 10,000 meter runs at the 2012 PAC Championships, earning All-PAC honorable mention recognition.

 

PAC HONORS 359 ON SPRING 2012 ACADEMIC HONOR ROLL (6/14/12)
A total of 359 student-athletes have been named to the PAC Academic Honor Roll for the Spring 2012 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. Combined with 375 honorees on the Fall 2011 honor roll, the PAC honored a total of 734 student-athletes during the 2011-12 academic year, just one short of the all-time record conference total of 735 honorees set in 2010-11. Waynesburg University led the 10 league schools as 59 Yellow Jacket student-athletes earned PAC Academic Honor Roll laurels in the spring.

 

LONG, SARGENT NAMED JUNE PAC SAAC SCHOLAR-ATHLETES (6/13/12)
The PAC has named women's basketball standouts Allison Long of Thomas More College and Marguerite Sargent of Chatham University as PAC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Scholar-Athletes of the Month for June, 2012.

 

GROVE CITY DUO NAMED AT-LARGE ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICANS (6/7/12)

Grove City College senior women's tennis player Megan Bennett and junior swimmer Angela Palumbo both each earned Capital One/College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Division III Academic All-America honors. Bennett and Palumbo both were honored with Second Team laurels on the At-Large Team. Bennett earned her third career CoSIDA Academic All-America honor and Palumbo is receiving her first All-America citation. A 2011 Capital One/CoSIDA Third Team College Division Academic All-American, Bennett helped the Wolverines earn their fourth straight trip to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament while primarily playing second singles and first doubles. In the classroom, Bennett graduated with a 3.98 cumulative grade-point average as a finance major. Palumbo is the most-decorated female student-athlete in Grove City College history, having earned 15 career All-America citations at the NCAA Division III Championships. A mathematics major, Palumbo owns a 3.71 GPA.

 

PAC PLACES SIX ON ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT XC/TF TEAMS (5/31/12)
Six PAC student-athletes (four women, two men) have been lauded with selection to the 2012 Capital One/NCAA Division III Academic All-District IV Cross Country/Track & Field teams, released today by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Women's honorees included senior CJ Corcoran (3.32 GPA, Spanish) and sophomore Laura Lee (3.86, mathematics) of Washington & Jefferson, along with the Grove City junior duo of Mary Kate Breese (4.0, accounting/finance) and Ella Smith (3.52, psychology/exercise science). Earning recognition on the men's side was W&J junior Scott Ryan (3.41, business administration) and Saint Vincent sophomore Chansler Poole (3.69, biology). All six PAC standouts will now advance to the Academic All-America national ballot, with teams to be released later in June.

 

W&J'S KLINEC EARNS NATIONAL D-III GOLD GLOVE AWARD (5/30/12)
Washington & Jefferson College senior shortstop Aaron Klinec was recently announced as the Presidentsí first-ever ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Division III Baseball National Gold Glove Award winner. Klinec, a Second Team All-Mideast Region and First Team All-PAC choice, was one of nine players to earn the prestigious national honor. Klinec moved to the shortstop position this season after starting the last three years at second base.  He made only six errors in 231 chances for a .974 fielding percentage. His defense helped W&J (36-10) rank among the national leaders in fielding percentage (.967, 21st ranked) and double plays (41, 28th ranked). 

 

SOWERS, BELL EARN ALL-AMERICA HONORS IN JAVELIN; CORCORAN PLACES 19TH ON FINAL DAY OF NCAA D-III TRACK & FIELD MEET (5/26/12)
Waynesburg sophomore Megan Sowers and Westminster senior Ryan Bell each earned All-America honors in the javelin Saturday (May 26) on the final day of the 2012 NCAA Division III Men's & Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Claremont, Calif. After being seeded 15th entering the event, Sowers posted a huge jump at the championship, finishing fourth in the nation with a toss of 142-4 (43.39m). It was the highest finish ever by a Waynesburg athlete at the national meet. Bell earned his second All-America honor in as many years, as he followed up on a fourth-place finish in 2011 by placing seventh with a mark of 209-1 (63.73m) in the men's competition. Also competing on the women's side was Washington & Jefferson senior CJ Corcoran, who finished in 19th place with a throw of 125-7 (38.28m).

 

GC'S MICHALAK PLACES 21ST IN HEPTATHLON AT NCAA T&F (5/25/12)

Day two of the 2012 NCAA Division III Men's & Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Claremont, Calif., saw Geneva senior Liz Michalak finish in 21st place in the women's heptathlon. Michalak finished the seven-event competition (four on Thursday, three on Friday) with 4,173 points. She is the first-ever Geneva student-athlete to qualify for the NCAA Division III Track & Field Championships. Three PAC athletes - Westminster senior Ryan Bell, W&J senior CJ Corcoran and Waynesburg sophomore Megan Sowers - are set to compete in the javelin competition Saturday (May 26).

 

DOLSAK, LOUCO PLACE ON DAY ONE OF NCAA TRACK & FIELD (5/24/12)
Three PAC track & field athletes competed on Thursday (May 24) on the opening day of the 2012 NCAA Division III Men's & Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Claremont, Calif. Leading the way was Westminster senior Emily Dolsak, who finished ninth in the nation in the women's discus with a toss of 143-5 (43.72m), which was just one centimeter from earning All-America honors. Waynesburg freshman Byrum Louco did not qualify for the finals in the 400 meter hurdles, as he placed 16th in 55.60. Finally, Geneva senior Elizabeth Michalak competed in the first four events of the women's heptathlon, with the final three events slated for Friday (May 25).

 

PAC PLACES 14 ON 2012 ABCA ALL-REGION BASEBALL TEAMS (5/24/12)
A total of 14 PAC baseball standouts were honored with selection to the 2012 ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Division III All-Mideast Region Teams, released the evening of May 24 at the NCAA Division III Baseball Championship Banquet in Appleton, Wisc. A pair of conference players earned first team honors: Westminster senior 1B and 2012 PAC MVP Tim Wiand of Westminster and Washington & Jefferson sophomore OF Josh Staniscia. Second team laurels went to the W&J trio of senior P (and 2012 PAC Pitcher of the Year) Dave Trushel, senior SS Aaron Klinec and sophomore 3B Kyle McLain, along with senior 1B Andrew Thole of Thomas More, junior P Jared Haller of Saint Vincent and senior P Justin Prejsnar of Westminster. Klinec was also the lone PAC player to earn an All-Mideast Region Gold Glove Award. Third team recognition went to the Waynesburg senior duo of C Brendan Scioscia and P Ben Oviatt, joined by junior SS David Kennett of Thomas More, senior OF Zach Galasso of Saint Vincent, junior utility player (3B/RP) Brad Kubis of Bethany, and sophomore P Eddie Nogay of W&J.

 

PAC HIRES FENSTERMACHER AS ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER (5/23/12)
The PAC has announced the hiring of Kevin Fenstermacher to the newly created full-time position of Assistant Commissioner/Director of Communications, effective July 1, 2012. Fenstermacher will report to PAC Commissioner Joe Onderko and will be responsible for all conference communications efforts. He will also serve as adviser for the PAC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and will have additional duties in the areas of championships, rules compliance and conference governance. Fenstermacher comes to the PAC office from conference member Thiel College, where he has served as associate director of athletics since 2010. He began his Thiel career as sports information director from 2001-2005 and added the title of assistant athletic director in 2005, before spending two years (2008-10) as a member of the information technology department at the College. The Erie, Pa. native is a 2000 graduate of PAC member Bethany College, where he was a member of the varsity football and track & field teams.

 

PAC SENDING SIX TO NCAA TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS (5/21/12)
Six PAC standouts (four female, two male) have qualified to compete in the 2012 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships, taking place May 25-27, 2012 at Burns Stadium in Claremont, Calif. The highest seeded competitor in the conference is on the men's side, as Westminster senior and 2011 NCAA D-III All-American Ryan Bell is seeded fourth in the javelin (66.48m). Also qualifying for the men's competition is Waynesburg freshman Byrum Louco, who is seeded 19th in the 400 meter hurdles (53.39). On the women's side, Washington & Jefferson senior C.J. Corcoran is seeded eighth in the javelin (42.93m), Westminster senior Emily Dolsak is seeded 11th in the discus (44.38m), Waynesburg sophomore Megan Sowers is 15th in the javelin (42.27m) and Geneva senior Elizabeth Michalak is seeded 21st in the women's heptathlon (4,340 points).

 


FIVE PAC STUDENT-ATHLETES NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT (5/18/12)
Five PAC student-athletes (three men, two women) have been selected to the 2011-12 Capital One Academic All-District IV Division III At-Large teams, released today by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). On the men's side, Grove City junior tennis standout Caleb Fuller (3.93 GPA, economics) and junior swimmer Eric Fairchild (3.73 GPA, mathematics) were both honored along with W&J sophomore wrestler Josh Etzel (3.62 GPA, chemistry). GCC posted both PAC reps on the women's squad: senior tennis player Megan Bennett (3.98 GPA, finance) and junior swimmer Angela Palumbo (3.71 GPA, mathematics). All five All-District awardees now move to the Academic All-America ballot.

 

SIX FROM PAC EARN D3BASEBALL.COM ALL-REGION HONORS (5/18/12)
The PAC has placed six players on the inaugural 2012 D3Baseball.com All-Mideast Region baseball teams. Leading the way for the conference were a pair of first team selections: Westminster senior 1B and 2012 PAC MVP Tim Wiand of Westminster and sophomore OF Josh Staniscia of Washington & Jefferson. W&J senior P Dave Trushel, the 2012 PAC Pitcher of the Year, was a second team honoree, while third team laurels went to Thomas More senior 1B Andrew Thole, Saint Vincent senior OF Zach Galasso, and Bethany junior P/3B Brad Kubis as a utility player.

 

BETHANY'S VALLONE NAMED NFCA SOFTBALL ALL-AMERICAN (5/18/12)

Bethany College junior softball outfielder Maria Vallone was named a Third Team All-American by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Thursday night at the NCAA Division III national championship banquet in Salem, Va. Vallone, who became the fourth NFCA All-American in Bison softball history, posted a .470 batting average in 2012 (the second-highest in school history) and set a new Bethany single-season record with a .540 on-base percentage. She also led the PAC with 55 hits and 16 doubles, while also amassing four home runs, 26 RBI, 30 runs and 10 stolen bases.
 

PAC ANNOUNCES SPRING 2012 TEAM SPORTSMANSHIP AWARDS (5/18/12)

The PAC has announced the 2012 Spring PAC Team Sportsmanship Award winners. The PAC Team Sportsmanship Award program was started in an effort to recognize and encourage positive sportsmanship among conference teams. The award is sponsored by the PAC Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC). This is the fourth year the team sportsmanship awards will be given out in each of the 19 PAC-sponsored varsity sports.

 

W&J, WESTMINSTER FALL IN NCAA BASEBALL D-III REGIONAL (5/18/12)

PAC tournament champion Westminster and regular season champion Washington & Jefferson have each been eliminated from the double-elimination NCAA Division III Mideast Regional, hosted by Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio. The Titans were knocked out following a 3-2 loss to La Roche Thursday. The Presidents survived Thursday with an 8-0 blanking of Wooster, eliminating the Scots and allowing W&J to advance to a Friday matchup with defending national champion Marietta. The host Pioneers eliminated the Presidents with a 9-5 decision.

 

MORELAND, KUBIS NAMED MAY PAC SAAC SCHOLAR ATHLETES (5/17/12)
The PAC has announced that senior softball standout Kristen Moreland of Thiel College and junior baseball standout Brad Kubis of Bethany College have been named PAC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Scholar-Athletes of the Month for May 2012.

 

W&J MEN'S GOLF PLACES 34TH AT NCAA D-III CHAMPIONSHIPS (5/16/12)
Washington & Jefferson finished in 34th place at the 2012 NCAA Division III Menís Golf Championship Tournament on May 16 at the Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. The Presidents missed the team cut for the final two rounds as the top 15 teams will advance to compete for the national title.  W&J shot a two-day score of 644 (316-328) in the 41-team, 210-golfer field.  The Presidents were led by sophomore PING All-Region honoree Colin Izzo, who tied for 82nd place in the individual standings after shooting 80-74-154. 

 

PAC BASEBALL TEAMS OPEN NCAA/ECAC POSTSEASON PLAY (5/16/12)
PAC baseball teams has a rough postseason start on May 16, as conference squads dropped three opening round tournament contests. At the NCAA Division III Tournament regional opening round in Marietta, Ohio, #5 Westminster dropped a 13-7 decision to #4 St. John Fisher, while #2 Washington & Jefferson was topped by #7 Manchester 13-3. Both teams are back in action on Thursday (May 17), with the Titans facing #8 seed La Roche in a 9:30 a.m. elimination game, while the Presidents will battle #6 seed Wooster in another elimination contest at 1 p.m. Finally, Waynesburg saw a furious ninth inning comeback fall just short as the Yellow Jackets dropped an 8-7 decision at Penn State-Behrend in the opening round of the 2012 ECAC Division III South Tournament in Erie. After trailing 8-2, WU plated five runners in the ninth and had the potential game-tying run on base before Behrend closed the win, ending the Yellow Jacket season at 22-19 overall.

 

W&J MEN, WESTMINSTER WOMEN WIN ALL-SPORTS TROPHIES (5/16/12)
The Washington & Jefferson College men and Westminster College women have each captured the 2011-12 Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) All-Sports Trophies. The all-sports trophies are awarded annually to the schools which perform the best across the board in league competition. First-place finishes are worth 10 points (nine for men), second place is worth nine points (eight for men) ... last place is worth one point.

 

2012 ALL-PAC BASEBALL TEAMS RELEASED (5/15/12)
The 2012 All-PAC baseball teams and postseason award winners have been released. PAC tournament champion Westminster captured a pair of honors, as Titan senior 1B Tim Wiand was named 2012 PAC Most Valuable Player while veteran Westminster mentor Carmen Nocera was tabbed 2012 PAC Coach of the Year. 2012 PAC Pitcher of the Year laurels went to W&J senior David Trushel.

 

PAC PLACES FIVE ON 2012 NFCA ALL-REGION SOFTBALL TEAMS (5/15/12)
Five PAC standouts have been honored with selection to the 2012 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Central Region teams. Thomas More senior 1B Brittany Wegman and Bethany junior OF Maria Vallone were each tabbed to the first team, while the Geneva duo of senior P Julie DiLonardo and junior 2B Christina Fuqua were tabbed to the second team and Thiel freshman C Danielle Massengill was a third team honoree.

 

W&J MEN'S GOLF TO OPEN PLAY AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS (5/15/12)
The Washington & Jefferson men's golf team will tee off at 10:20 a.m. Tuesday (May 15) to open play at the 2012 NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championships, taking place at the Mission Inn Resort at Howie-in-the-Hills, Fla. The PAC champion Presidents of head coach Sean Dove are paired with players from Illinois Wesleyan and LaGrange in the first two rounds, with Wednesday (May 16) tee times beginning at 8:40 a.m. After Wednesday's round, the 41-team field will be cut to the top 15 teams for play on Thursday-Friday.

 

WAYNESBURG BASEBALL SELECTED TO ECAC SOUTH TOURNEY (5/15/12)
The Waynesburg University baseball team has been selected to compete in the 2012 ECAC Division III South Tournament. The Yellow Jackets (22-18) of head coach Mike Humiston are seeded sixth in the seven-team, single elimination tournament and will open play on Wednesday (May 16) with a first round matchup at third-seeded Penn State-Behrend in Erie beginning at 2 p.m.

 

WALTERS RETIRES FROM GROVE CITY ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT (5/15/12)
Joe Walters, associate athletic director and head tennis coach at Grove City, will retire at the end of the 2011-12 academic year after 40 years of service to the College and its athletic department. Walters is finishing up his 40th season as GCCís head menís tennis coach and his sixth overall season as head womenís tennis coach. He has served as associate athletic director and compliance coordinator since 1996 and currently holds the rank of professor of physical education. Walters also worked as an assistant football coach from 1972 to 1995 and directed intramurals at Grove City for over 30 years. Walters took over as head menís tennis coach during the 1972-73 academic year and guided the Wolverines to a 358-137 record in 40 seasons. Grove City has won 22 consecutive PAC titles in menís tennis. The conference has honored Walters as its Coach of the Year in each of the last seven seasons.

 

W&J, WESTMINSTER HEAD TO MARIETTA BASEBALL REGIONAL (5/14/12)
For just the second time in the history of the PAC, the conference has had a pair of teams qualify for the NCAA Division III Baseball playoffs in the same season. PAC regular season champion Washington & Jefferson (35-8) and PAC tournament champion Westminster (28-15) will compete in the eight-team, double-elimination 2012 NCAA Division III Great Lakes regional hosted by Marietta College at Don Schaly Stadium in Marietta, Ohio, beginning on Wednesday, May 16. The Titans are seeded fifth and will battle fourth-seed St. John Fisher (29-10) in an opening round contest at 9:30 a.m., while the Presidents are seeded second and will face seventh-seeded Manchester (25-19) in a first round game at 8 p.m. The complete tournament schedule is now online.

 

WESTMINSTER CAPTURES 2012 PAC BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP (5/11/12)
The 2012 PAC Baseball Championship Tournament concluded on May 12 at Ross Memorial Park in Washington, Pa., with the second-seeded Westminster Titans posting a 6-0 shutout victory over top-seeded Washington & Jefferson in the title game. Westminster completed a perfect 3-0 run through the tournament to earn the schoolís second PAC baseball title and first since the 2005 season under head coach Carmen Nocera. The championship win belonged to senior SP Vince Iosue, who fired a complete game shutout for the victory on the hill, scattering five hits while walking two and striking out three. With the victory, the Titans (28-15) set a new school record for wins in a season and earned the PAC's automatic bid to the 2012 NCAA Division III Tournament, while W&J (35-8), which also set a new school mark for wins in 2012, is likely in line for one of 16 Pool C at-large berths for the tournament. The tournament field will be announced on Monday (May 14).

 

GROVE CITY TENNIS TEAMS SPLIT NCAA FIRST ROUND MATCHES (5/11/12)
The Grove City College men's & women's tennis teams each opened play in the 2012 NCAA Division III Tennis Championships on May 11. The GCC men had little problem advancing to the second round following a 5-0 blanking of Penn State-Harrisburg at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. With the win, Grove City advances to a second round matchup against Middlebury Saturday (May 12) at 2 p.m. Meanwhile, in Fredericksburg, Va., the Wolverine women saw their season come to an end following a 5-0 opening round defeat to host Mary Washington.

 

GENEVA ELIMINATED FROM NCAA D-III SOFTBALL REGIONAL (5/11/12)
Geneva softball suffered a pair of heartbreaking one-run losses at the 2012 NCAA D-III Softball Regional hosted by Alma College in Alma, Mich. The 2012 PAC Tournament champion GTs, seeded eighth, dropped a 6-5 decision to top seed Trine Thursday. Geneva was then eliminated Friday morning following a 3-2 setback to John Carroll to end the 2012 season at 30-19 overall.

W&J TO HOST 2012 PAC BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT (5/9/12)
The 2012 PAC Baseball Championship Tournament will take place this Thursday-Saturday, May 10-12, 2012. The four-team, double-elimination tournament will be hosted by top seed and 2012 PAC regular season champion Washington & Jefferson College at Ross Memorial Park in Washington, Pa. The 2012 PAC Baseball Tournament champion will earn the conferenceís automatic bid to the 2012 NCAA Division III Baseball Tournament, beginning May 17, 2012. Daily PAC Tournament admission fees are $5 for adults, $2 for non-W&J students and free admission to W&J students with valid ID. Conference and institutional passes are not accepted at PAC Championship events. The complete tournament schedule can be found here. In addition, the PAC Sports Network will be providing an audio webcast of all tournament games at www.pacstream.net.

 

GROVE CITY TENNIS TEAMS TO BEGIN NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS (5/8/12)
The Grove City College men's and women's tennis teams will begin postseason play by competing in their respective NCAA Division III Championship Tournaments this week. The NCAA released the pairings for the 43-team men's tournament and the 49-team women's tournament Monday night. The men's team will compete in a five-team regional at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore this weekend. The Wolverines will play Penn State-Harrisburg in the regional quarterfinals Friday.

Meanwhile, the Grove City women will compete in a six-team bracket at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va. Grove City opens the tournament against Mary Washington Thursday in a regional quarterfinal.

 

2012 ALL-PAC SOFTBALL TEAMS/AWARDS RELEASED (5/8/12)

The 2012 All-PAC softball teams have been released. 2012 PAC Tournament champion Geneva swept the two major awards, as senior P Julie DiLonardo was voted 2012 PAC Player of the Year, while 10th-year Golden Tornado head coach Van Zanic was tabbed as 2012 PAC Coach of the Year.

 

FINAL PAC BASEBALL RELEASE THROUGH MAY 6 NOW ONLINE (5/7/12)
The final 2011-12 conference weekly press release, including Players of the Week, in the spring sport of baseball through May 6 is now online. Conference statistics in baseball and softball are also online.

 

GENEVA TO FACE TRINE IN NCAA SOFTBALL FIRST ROUND (5/7/12)
2012 PAC softball tournament champion Geneva will face Trine in the Alma, MI regional of the 2012 NCAA D-III Softball Tournament this week on Thursday (May 10) at 10 a.m. The Golden Tornadoes (30-17) of head coach Van Zanic, who captured their first-ever PAC softball crown Friday, are seeded eighth and face the region's top seed in Trine in the opening round of the double-elimination tournament. Complete Alma regional bracket info is now online.

 

GENEVA CAPTURES FIRST-EVER PAC SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP (5/4/12)
Fourth-seeded Geneva completed a perfect 3-0 run through the 2012 PAC Softball Tournament with another pitcherís dual victory, a 1-0 title game victory over #2 Thiel giving the Golden Tornadoes and head coach Van Zanic their first-ever PAC softball championship and an automatic berth in next weekís NCAA Division III Championship. The GTs captured the title game despite being one-hit by Thiel senior P Kristen Moreland. GT senior P Julie DiLonardo was also outstanding in the circle, earning a complete-game three-hit shutout victory with no walks and eight strikeouts en route to 2012 PAC Tournament MVP honors. Earlier in the day, the Tomcats advances to the title matchup against the Golden Tornadoes by virtue of a 1-0 decision over #3 Westminster. The complete tournament recap, along with the 2012 PAC All-Tournament team is now online.

 

FIVE PAC DIAMONDMEN NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT IV (5/3/12)
Five PAC baseball standouts have been selected to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District IV team for NCAA Division III, released today by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Saint Vincent and Washington & Jefferson each placed a pair of players: senior IF Mike Hustava (3.84 GPA, communication) and junior IF Brad Burkardt (3.68, computing & information systems) for the Bearcats, as well as sophomores P Eddie Nogay (3.50, English) and OF Josh Staniscia (3.59, undeclared) for the Presidents. They were joined by Thiel senior OF Phil Double (3.85, secondary education/history) on the first team. All five will now advance to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America ballot for NCAA Division III.

 

WESTMINSTER HIRES SIROKI AS MEN'S BASKETBALL COACH (5/2/12)
Westminster has named Kevin Siroki, a 1993 graduate of the college, as its new head men's basketball coach. He replaces Larry Ondako, who resigned at the concusion of the 2011-12 season. Siroki previously was the athletic director and the head men's basketball coach at Galen University in Belize, Central America. Prior, he was the assistant men's basketball coach at Tiffin University (2000-01) and Westminster (1998-2000). Siroki was team MVP as a senior and three-time letterwinner at point guard for the Titans in 1990-93, guided Westminster to a 58-29 record during his four years as an undergraduate.

 

SAINT VINCENT TO HOST 2012 PAC SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT (5/2/12)
Saint Vincent College has earned the top seed and hosting rights for the 2012 Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Softball Championship Tournament. The four-team, double-elimination tournament will take place this Thursday-Friday, May 3-4, 2012 at the Saint Vincent softball field in Latrobe, Pa. The 2012 PAC Tournament Champion will earn the PAC's automatic bid to the 2012 NCAA Division III Softball Playoffs, beginning on May 11, 2012. The Bearcats of sixth-year head coach Nicole Hinerman, who still have one conference regular season doubleheader to play against Grove City Monday, have already clinched the 2012 PAC regular season softball crown by virtue of a 12-4 league mark. Saint Vincent will open play on Thursday (May 3) at 11 a.m. against #4 seed Geneva, followed by the other opening round contest between #2 Thiel and #3 Westminster at 1 p.m. The entire tournament schedule is now online, along with a conference tournament preview. and the Saint Vincent tournament website with live stat, audio webcast and video webcast links.

 

W&J'S VANNOY APPOINTED TO NATIONAL DIVISION III SAAC (5/1/12)
Washington & Jefferson College sophomore women's golfer Katelyn Vannoy has been appointed as a member of the NCAA Division III Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). She replaces former Salisbury University women's field hockey/track & field athlete Liz Tollett of the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC), whose term on the national committee recently expired. The Division III SAAC consists of one student-athlete representative from each pair of conferences represented in the Division III SAAC partnership program and at least one student-athlete from a Division III independent institution. Vannoy will serve as representative for both the PAC and the Capital Athletic Conference. Her national SAAC term begins immediately and runs through 2015.

 

WESTMINSTER SWEEPS 2012 PAC TRACK & FIELD TEAM TITLES (4/28/12)
The Westminster Titans swept the men's & women's team championships at the 2012 Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Men's & Women's Track & Field Championships, which took place on April 27-28, 2012 at the Merriman Athletic Complex at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pa. Under the direction of head coach Tim McNeil, who also swept the 2012 PAC Men's & Women's T&F Coach of the Year Honors, Westminster captured its second straight men's crown and its third women's title in the past four years. For individual laurels, W&J swept the men's awards, as junior distance runner Scott Ryan captured both the PAC Track MVP and Track & Field MVP awards, while President senior teammate Taylor Hockman was tabbed as PAC Field MVP. On the women's side, Westminster sophomore Haley Gabor was named 2012 PAC Track & Field MVP, with Track MVP honors going to W&J freshman Kristen Galligan and PAC Field MVP laurels going to Waynesburg senior Krystal Baker. Complete individual and relays results are online, along with a complete listing of 2012 All-PAC honorees.

 

TMC'S HETZER EARNS 300TH CAREER BASEBALL COACHING WIN (4/25/12)
The Thomas More College baseball team gave head coach Jeff Hetzer his 300th career victory on Tuesday (April 24) as it defeated Capital University, 11-3, in a non-conference game in Columbus, Ohio. With the win, Hetzer's career coaching record is 300-162-3 in 12 seasons at Thomas More.

 

2012 PAC GOLF SPRING CHAMPIONSHIP CANCELLED; W&J MEN, WESTMINSTER WOMEN CAPTURE 2011-12 PAC TEAM TITLES (4/23/12)
The 2012 PAC Men's & Women's Golf Spring Championship, a 36-hole event scheduled for April 23-24, 2012 at Cedarbrook Golf Course in Belle Vernon, Pa., has been cancelled due to poor weather/course conditions. As a result, the 2011-12 PAC golf team titles and postseason award winners have been determined exclusively by the 36-hole results of the 2011 PAC Fall Golf Invitational, which took place September 26-27, 2011 at Oak Tree Country Club in West Middlesex, Pa. Traditionally, the PAC team champions are determined by a 72-hole total that combines the 36-hole fall results with the 36-hole spring results, while individual All-PAC honors are determined exclusively by spring results. On the men's side, Washington & Jefferson College finished with a 36-hole total of 295-305-600 to capture the team title by five strokes over second place Saint Vincent (294-311-605). For the women, Westminster College captured its third PAC women's golf crown and its first since 2005, as the Titans fired a 36-hole fall total of 381-377-758 to edge W&J (383-377-760) by two strokes. 2012 PAC Coach of the Year laurels went to W&J coach Sean Dove for the men and Westminster coach Debi Roud for the women. 2012 MVP laurels went to Fall Invitational medalists Sam Cline of Saint Vincent and Esther Durling of Grove City.

 

GROVE CITY CAPTURES 22ND CONSECUTIVE PAC MEN'S TENNIS TITLE; WOLVERINES RILEY, WALTERS SWEEP PAC YEAR-END AWARDS (4/20/12)

Grove City College captured its 22nd consecutive conference team title at the 2012 PAC Men's Tennis Championship, which took place Friday-Saturday, April 20-21 at the Pennbriar Athletic Clue in Erie, Pa. The Wolverines of veteran head coach Joe Walters (who earned 2012 PAC Coach of the Year honors for the final time before his retirement this summer) captured titles in eight of the nine singles and doubles flights, including freshman Peter Riley earning PAC Player of the year honors after winning the first singles title. GCC finished with 52 of a possible 54 points to finish comfortably ahead of second-place Saint Vincent (34 points), followed by Westminster (20), Thomas More (12), Waynesburg (8), Thiel (5), W&J (4) and Bethany (0). In addition to the conference release, updated flight brackets are also available online.

 

BARTON, BOSWELL EARN APRIL 2012 PAC SAAC HONORS (4/17/12)
The PAC announced today that
senior volleyball standout Jordan Barton of Waynesburg University and senior men's soccer standout Tim Boswell of Grove City College have been named Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Scholar-Athletes of the Month for April 2012.

 

CHATHAM HIRES SCOTT KOSKOSKI AS ATHLETIC DIRECTOR (4/12/12)
Chatham University has announced the hiring of Scott Koskoski as its new Director of Athletics. Koskoskiís term will begin Monday, April 23, 2012. Koskoski arrives at Chatham after spending the past year at the University of Denver as Senior Associate Athletic Director. Prior to Denver, Koskoski spent over three years at Temple University as Associate Athletic Director & Leadership Gifts Officer. A native of Fairview, Pa., he earned his bachelorís degree from Mercyhurst College and both an MBA and masterís degree in sport management from Robert Morris University.

 

PAC SET TO CROWN 2012 MEN'S TENNIS, M&W GOLF TITLES (4/18/12)
The PAC will sponsor three spring sport championships at neutral sites during the coming week. On Friday-Saturday (April 20-21), the 2012 PAC Men's Tennis Championships will take place at the Pennbriar Athletic Club in Erie, Pa., with play beginning at 8:30 a.m. each day. On Monday-Tuesday (April 23-24), the 2012 PAC Men's & Women's Golf Championships will take place at Cedarbrook Golf Club in Belle Vernon, Pa., with tee times beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday and 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday. There is no admission charge to either event. The team champions in both men's tennis and men's golf will each receive the PAC's automatic bids to the 2012 NCAA Division III Championships. A conference preview of all three championships is now online, along with live results in all nine flight brackets for the men's tennis championship this weekend. Golf first round tee times will be available here over the weekend.

 

PAC SET TO CELEBRATE "NCAA DIVISION II WEEK" ON APRIL 9-15 (4/6/12)
The PAC and its member institutions will be active in numerous events and programs to celebrate the inaugural "NCAA Division III Week" on April 9-15, 2012. Division III Week is a time to observe and celebrate the accomplishments of student-athletes including their academic accomplishments, athletic achievement and campus leadership and community service. In many cases, student-athletes themselves are planning the activities, led by conference and campus student-athlete advisory committees (SAAC). Releases detailing D-III Week activities at Chatham, Thiel and Washington & Jefferson are now online.

 

PAC STUDENT-ATHLETES CONTINUE TO RACK UP A-A TITLES ON FINAL DAY OF 2012 NCAA D-III SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIP (3/23/12)
The PAC concluded the fourth and final day of the 2012 NCAA Division III Women's Swimming & Diving Championships, taking place March 21-24 in Indianapolis, Ind., with four additional All-America performances to give conference student-athletes a total of 13 All-America performances at the meet. For the second consecutive day, Westminster senior Caitlin Lehberger narrowly missed capturing a national title, as she placed second in the nation in the 200 breaststroke in 2:15.86, just behind Stevens Tech freshman Brittany Goyer, who touched first in 2:15.55. With the performance, Lehberger closed her collegiate career with her ninth All-America honor. Also wrapping up her college career with an outstanding performance was W&J senior Bethany Haver, who placed eighth in the 3-meter competition (442.15) to earn her fourth NCAA A-A title in two years for the Presidents. The Grove City 400 freestyle relay team also earned NCAA D-III All-America laurels with a sixth-place finish in 3:27.43, while GCC junior Angela Palumbo added her third individual A-A honor of 2012 and the 14th overall of her career with a 15th-place finish in the 100 freestyle (51.87). Her Wolverine teammate Jenny Ryan also competed in the 100 free Saturday, placing 26th (52.24). In team competition, Grove City finished in 10th place overall with 101 points, while Westminster was 17th with 47 points and Washington & Jefferson was 23rd with 26 points. Complete individual and relay results for the championship are now online.

 

SVC'S SEDLOCK NAMED HM ALL-AMERICAN BY D3HOOPS.COM (3/21/12)
Saint Vincent senior forward Brittany Sedlock has been named a 2012 NCAA Division III Honorable Mention All-American by the D3hoops.com website. Earlier this month, she was named First-Team All-Great Lakes Region by the website. Last year, the site honored her as a Fourth-Team All-American. The 5-9 forward was recently named a finalist for the Jostens Trophy, given annually to the most outstanding player in NCAA Division III, as well as being a Capital One First-Team Academic All-American. In each of her final two seasons with the Bearcats, she was named the PAC Player of the Year while also being an All-PAC First Team honoree. A native of Northern Cambria, Pa., Sedlock led the PAC in both scoring (16.7 points per game) and rebounding (11.1 rebounds per game) this season.

 

PAC GRIDDER EARNS NCAA POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP (3/16/12)

Grove City College senior football player Tim Irwin has earned an NCAA postgraduate scholarship in recognition of his outstanding academic and athletic performance. Irwin is one of 58 fall sports athletes -- 29 men and 29 women representing all three NCAA divisions -- to earn the $7,500 grant. To qualify, student-athletes must excel academically and athletically, be in their final year of eligibility and plan to pursue graduate study. Student-athletes must also maintain at least a 3.2 grade-point average and be nominated by their institutionís faculty athletics representative.

 

GROVE CITY PICKED TO REPEAT AS MEN'S TENNIS CHAMPS (3/16/12)
The Grove City men's tennis team has been selected to capture the 2012 championship in the PAC, according to the 2012 PAC Preseason Men's Tennis poll, as voted on by PAC head men's tennis coaches.

 

LEHBERGER, LONG NAMED PAC SAAC SCHOLAR-ATHLETES (3/15/12)
The PAC has announced that senior Caitlin Lehberger of Westminster College and senior Kreighton Long of Saint Vincent College have been named Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Scholar-Athletes of the Month for March 2012.
 

PAC AWARDS 2011-12 WINTER TEAM SPORTSMANSHIP HONORS (3/14/12)
The Presidentsí Athletic Conference (PAC) has announced the 2011-12 Winter PAC Team Sportsmanship Award winners. 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).

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BASKETBALL COACHES (NABC) ALL-DISTRICT & D3HOOPS.COM ALL-REGION TEAMS ANNOUNCED (3/13/12)
Two PAC men's basketball players have been named to the 2012 NABC Division III All-District teams, while five PAC basketball players have been named to the 2011-12 D3hoops.com All-Region teams. On the men's side, Bethany junior F Nick Wilcox was named first team All-Great Lakes Region by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), while teammate senior F British Alexander was named to the second team. Wilcox and Thiel junior F Blair Rozenblad were both named to the D3Hoops.com Men's Great Lakes Region second team. On the women's side, Saint Vincent senior F Brittany Sedlock was named to the first team, Thomas More junior G Allison Long was named to the second team, and Waynesburg senior G Hannah Hunter was named to the third team D3Hoops.com Women's Great Lakes Region.

EIGHT PAC WRESTLERS HONORED AS SCHOLAR ALL-AMERICANS (3/13/12)
Eight PAC wrestlers have been named 2011-12 Division III Scholar All-Americans by the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA).  All three PAC wrestling teams had individual honorees and also each the NWCA Division III Scholar Team Award. Thiel's Cory Brown and Matt Lowry earned Scholar All-American honors and the Tomcats ranked seventh as a team with a 3.417 grade point average (GPA). 
Waynesburg's honorees included Alex Crown, Garrett Johnston, Cody Catalina and Anthony Bonaventure, while the Yellow Jackets as a team were ranked 15th with a 3.32 team GPA. Taylor Potts and Josh Etzel earned the honor for Washington & Jefferson and the Presidents earned the team award with a 3.279 GPA, ranked 20th
 

PAC PAIR FINISH SEASON AT NCAA WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIP (3/10/12)
Thiel senior Corey Brown and Washington & Jefferson sophomore Josh Etzel each concluded their seasons this weekend at the 2012 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships, March 9-10 in LaCrosse, Wisc. Brown went 3-3 overall to finish in eighth place nationally at 133 pounds and become the first four-time All-America in Tomcat wrestling history. Etzel, who was the first President to compete at the national championship tournament in nine years, went 0-2 at 141 pounds and finished his season with a 24-5 record. He will take a 31-6 career record into his junior year next winter. Complete tournament information can be found on the NCAA Championships website.

 

PAC SPRING SPORT SEASON PREVIEWS RELEASED (3/9/12)

The 2012 spring sport season previews for baseball, golf, softball, men's tennis, and track & field are now available online.

 

EIGHT PAC STANDOUTS SELECTED TO COMPETE AT 2012 NCAA DIVISION III WOMEN'S SWIMMING/DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS ON MARCH 21-24 (3/7/12)

Eight PAC women's swimming & diving standouts (six from Grove City, one from Washington & Jefferson and one from Westminster) have qualified to compete in the 2012 NCAA Division III Women's Swimming & Diving Championships, scheduled for March 21-24 in Indianapolis, Ind. For the PAC champion Wolverines, three swimmers - Angela Palumbo, Kait Riesmeyer and Jenny Ryan - have qualified to compete in individual events as well as relays, while three others - Lauren Cassano, Jenna Richert and Kate Wilt - will swim in relay events only. The GCC group will be joined by a pair of returning All-Americans in Westminster senior Caitlin Lehberger, a multiple All-American who earned 2012 PAC Women's Swimmer of the Year honors and has the highest qualifying seed in the nation in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.60); and W&J senior Bethany Haver, a two-time AA recipient in 1-meter and 3-meter diving after becoming the first-ever PAC women's diver to qualify for nationals in 2011 and who will again compete in both events this year. The complete championship psych sheet is now online.

 

W&J MEN, GCC/WES WOMEN LEAD ALL-SPORTS TROPHY RACES (3/7/12)

The Washington & Jefferson men hold a narrow lead and the Grove City and Westminster women are tied at the top in the race for the 2012 PAC All-Sports Trophies, through the 2011-12 winter sports season. The all-sports trophies are awarded annually to the schools which perform the best across the board in league competition. First-place finishes are worth 10 points (nine for men), second place is worth nine points (eight for men) ... last place is worth one point.

 

PAC PAIR SET FOR 2012 NCAA D-III WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIP (3/6/12)
A pair of PAC and Midwest Regional wrestling champions are set to compete for national titles this weekend at the 2012 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships, scheduled for March 9-10 in LaCrosse, Wisc. Thiel senior 133-pounder Corey Brown, a three-time All-American for the Tomcats, is seeded second and will face Chad Henle of St. John's (Minn.) in the opening round. Washington & Jefferson sophomore 141-pounder Josh Etzel is unseeded and will battle the #2 seed, Kodie Silvestri of Wartburg, in the first round. Etzel is the first W&J wrestler to compete at the NCAA national meet since 2003. Complete tournament information, including live results and video webcast links, can be found on the NCAA Championships website.

 

EIGHT PAC SWIM/DIVE TEAMS EARN CSCAA ACADEMIC HONORS (3/6/12)
Eight PAC swimming & diving teams have been honored as All-Academic teams by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) for the Fall 2011 semester. To earn CSCAA All-Academic Team laurels, the average grade-point average for all team members must be 3.0 or higher. Saint Vincent (3.3 GPA), Washington & Jefferson (3.1) and Westminster (3.08) were honored on the men's side, while women's honorees included Saint Vincent (3.34), Chatham (3.30), Grove City (3.25), Washington & Jefferson (3.25) and Westminster (3.22).

 

CHATHAM NAMES SHEETS SWIMMING & DIVING HEAD COACH (3/5/12)
Chatham has announced the hiring of Christina Sheets as the new head coach of the Cougar swimming & diving program, with additional duties as equipment manager at the university. A 1999 graduate of Clarion University, she served as assistant swimming & diving coach at her alma mater from 2000-09. Sheets was a 28-time NCAA Division II Womenís Swimming All-American, four-time NCAA Academic All-American, three-time Clarion Female Athlete of the Year, and two-time PSAC Swimmer of the Year during her collegiate swimming career and was inducted into the Clarion Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005.

 

THOMAS MORE WOMEN FALL TO ILLINOIS WESLEYAN IN NCAA D-III TOURNAMENT SECOND ROUND AS LONG SCORES 1,000TH POINT; BETHANY WOMEN ELIMINATED FROM ECAC SOUTH TOURNAMENT (3/3/12)
The PAC champion Thomas More women's basketball team saw its 2011-12 season come to an end this evening in the second round of the 2012 NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Tournament, as the Saints were defeated by visiting Illinois Wesleyan 87-50. With the loss, TMC's season ends at 25-5 overall. One bright spot in the loss for Thomas More came as junior G Allison Long scored her 1,000th career point in a Saint uniform. Also on March 3, the fifth-seeded Bethany women's basketball team was eliminated from the 2012 ECAC Division III South Tournament following an 84-72 setback against top-seeded Medaille at Moravian College, ending the Bison season at 17-12.

 

THOMAS MORE WOMEN POST HUGE COMEBACK IN NCAA D-III FIRST ROUND WIN; SVC WOMEN, BC MEN DROP TOURNEY OPENERS (3/2/12)

The PAC champion Thomas More Saints advanced to the second round of the 2012 NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Tournament with a thrilling 94-91 come-from-behind win over Louisiana College at the Connor Convocation Center in Crestview Hills, Ky. The Saints trailed by as many as 19 points in the contest, including a 17-point second half deficit, before rallying behind a 36-point scoring effort from junior G Allison Long. With the victory, the TMC women will host Illinois Wesleyan (an 84-42 first round winner over Maryville) in the tournament second round Saturday (March 3) at 7:30 p.m. In other NCAA Tournament first round action, the Saint Vincent women saw their season come to an end following an 88-66 setback to York at Juniata College. Finally, the PAC men's champion Bethany Bison saw their own second half comeback fall just short in a 69-57 NCAA first round loss at St. Mary's Thursday night.

 

BETHANY BISON PICKED TO REPEAT AS PAC SOFTBALL CHAMPS (3/1/12)
The Bethany College softball team has been picked to capture the 2012 championship in the PAC, according to the 2012 PAC Preseason Softball poll, as voted on by PAC head softball coaches.

 

SVC'S BRITTANY SEDLOCK NAMED JOSTENS TROPHY FINALIST (2/29/12)
Saint Vincent senior women's basketball standout Brittany Sedlock has been named one of 10 finalists for the 2012 edition of the prestigious Jostens Trophy, announced the Rotary Club of Salem, Va. The Jostens Trophy is a national award to honor the most outstanding men's and women's Division III basketball players of the year. The award takes into account three vital parts: basketball ability, academic prowess and community service. Sedlock, a native of Northern Cambria, Pa., and a graduate of Northern Cambria High School, was recently named the PAC Player of the Year for the second consecutive season, while also being a two-time First-Team All-PAC selection. She was named a Capital One First-Team Academic All-American earlier this month after being a two-time Academic All-District pick. The 2012 Jostens Trophy presentation is scheduled for Thursday, March 15 at the Salem Civic Center in conjunction with the Men's Division III Championships, which will take place in Salem, Va., from March 16-17.

 

2012 ALL-PAC MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAMS RELEASED (2/28/12)

The 2012 All-PAC Men's Basketball teams have been released. Junior F Nick Wilcox of PAC champion Bethany was named the 2012 PAC Player of the Year, while 2012 PAC Coach of the Year laurels went to Thomas More mentor Jeff Rogers.

 

PAC SPRING SPORT COMPOSITE SCHEDULES RELEASED (2/27/12)

The 2012 composite schedules for baseball, golf, softball, men's tennis, and track & field are now available online.

 

THREE PAC HOOPS TEAMS TO PLAY IN NCAA TOURNAMENTS (2/27/12)

Three PAC basketball teams will compete beginning this week in the 2012 NCAA Division III Basketball Tournaments, including getting two teams into the 2012 Women's Basketball Tournament. Six-time defending PAC champion Thomas More will be at home this weekend, as the Saints host Louisiana College at the Connor Convocation Center in a first round game Friday night. With a victory, TMC would then host the winner of the opening round contest between Maryville (Tenn.) and Illinois Wesleyan on Saturday night. The PAC runner-up Saint Vincent women were picked to compete as a Pool C at-large selection, with the Bearcats headed to Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pa., to face York (Pa.) College in the first round Friday, with the winner battling the Juniata-Castleton State victor Saturday night. The NCAA Division III men's bracket has two-time PAC champion Bethany playing one of just two first round games on Thursday night, as the Bison will travel to face St. Mary's (Md.) in an opening round tilt. The winner will head to Virginia Wesleyan (which received a first-round bye) this Saturday for a second round matchup.
 

PAC PAIR TABBED FOR ECAC D-III SOUTH HOOPS TOURNEY (2/27/12)
A pair of conference squads have been selected to compete in the 2012 ECAC Division III South Region Women's Basketball Tournament this week. Waynesburg, the defending ECAC champion, is the #3 seed in the seven-team tournament and will host #6 Penn State-Behrend in one first round game Wednesday night at the Rudy Marisa Gymnasium. The Yellow Jackets will be joined by #5 seed Bethany, who heads to #4 Marywood in another first round contest on Wednesday. First round winners will advance to the weekend "Final Four" hosted at this time by Moravian College who is the #2 seed, should Moravian lose in the first round the games would be played at Waynesburg. PAC teams have won three of the past four ECAC titles, as Saint Vincent (2009) and W&J (2008) preceded the Yellow Jackets as champions.

 

TOP-SEEDED BETHANY MEN, THOMAS MORE WOMEN EACH CAPTURE 2012 PAC BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIPS (2/25/12)

The Bethany College men and Thomas More College women each emerged as champions of the 2012 PAC Men's & Women's Basketball Championship Tournaments with title game wins on February 25. With the victories, both teams have now earned the PAC's automatic bids for next week's NCAA Division III Basketball Tournaments. On the men's side, the top-seeded Bison raced to a 39-19 lead early in the second half, only to see #3 Thomas More rally late. A key steal and four free throws in the final 30 seconds by Bison junior Reece Mabery sealed the 58-53 BC win, giving Bethany its second consecutive PAC crown and their record 14th in league history. The women's title game saw the top-seeded Saints take a 42-35 halftime lead over #2 Saint Vincent, then hold off the Bearcats in the second half for a 77-66 victory and their unprecedented sixth straight PAC title. Sophomore Devin Beasley paced TMC with a near triple-double of 30 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists in the title game victory.

 

WAYNESBURG PLACES SECOND AT NCAA D-III WRESTLING MIDWEST REGIONALS; TC'S BROWN, W&J'S ETZEL WIN WEIGHT TITLES (2/25/12)
Several PAC wrestlers posted strong performances at the 2012 NCAA Division III Midwest Regionals at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland today. Corey Brown of Thiel (133) and Josh Etzel of W&J (141) each captured weight class titles and advanced to compete at the NCAA Division III National Championships in LaCrosse, Wisc., on March 8-10. Waynesburg was second in team standings with 83 pts, followed by 2012 PAC champion Thiel (5th-70.5) and W&J (8th-36.5). Final individual brackets are now online.

 

2012 ALL-PAC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TEAMS RELEASED (2/24/12)
The 2012 All-PAC Women's Basketball Teams were released between semifinal games tonight at the 2012 PAC Women's Basketball Championship Tournament. Saint Vincent senior forward Brittany Sedlock was voted PAC Player of the Year for the second consecutive season, while 2012 PAC Coach of the Year laurels went to Waynesburg mentor Sam Jones.

 

SVC'S SEDLOCK NAMED FIRST-TEAM ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN (2/22/12)

PAC basketball standout Brittany Sedlock of Saint Vincent College has been selected to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America Division III Womenís Basketball Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Sedlock, (4.0 GPA, mathematics education) becomes the first Bearcat to be named Academic All-America by CoSIDA since the schools' transition to NCAA Division III. She had twice been named Academic All-District (2010-11, 2011-12).To be eligible for the award, voted on by Sports Information Directors, student-athletes must maintain a cumulative 3.30 GPA or higher and must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at their institution. Nominees must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games and be a starter or important reserve with legitimate athletic and academic credentials.

 

2011-12 ALL-PAC SWIMMING & DIVING TEAMS RELEASED (2/22/12)
The 2011-12 All-PAC Men's & Women's Swimming & Diving teams have been released. The teams are selected via a formula based on their individual and relay finishes at the 2012 PAC Swimming & Diving Championships at Grove City College on Feb. 15-18, 2012.

 

BETHANY MEN, THOMAS MORE WOMEN EARN TOP SEEDS, HOME COURT FOR 2012 PAC BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENTS (2/18/12)
The Bethany College men and Thomas More College women are the top seeds and will have home court advantage throughout the 2012 PAC Men's & Women's Basketball Championship Tournaments, which take place Feb. 20-25 on campus sites. The winners of the PAC Men's & Women's Basketball Championship Tournaments will each receive the conference's automatic bid to the 2012 NCAA Division III Basketball Tournaments, beginning the weekend of March 2-3, 2012. Admission for all PAC Tournament games is $5 for adults and $2 for students, with students of host schools admitted free of charge with valid college ID. No conference or institutional passes are accepted for PAC Tournament contests.

 

GROVE CITY SWEEPS 2012 PAC SWIM/DIVE CHAMPIONSHIPS (2/18/12)

Grove City College continued its recent domination at the 2012 PAC Swimming & Diving Championships, taking place as part of the James E. Longnecker Invitational in Grove City, Pa. The Wolverine men posted their fifth consecutive league crown, as the Wolverines finished with 850 points to top second place Westminster (711), while the GCC women recorded their fourth straight conference title with 933 points, well ahead of the second place Titans (665.5 points). Year-end swimming MVP awards went to seniors Ben Bowser of Grove City and Caitlin Lehberger of Westminster, while Wolverine mentor Dave Fritz swept the PAC Men's & Women's Coach of the Year honors. Washington & Jefferson swept PAC Diving recognition, with seniors Bethany Haver and Justin Wiefenbach garnering MVP awards and Vic Galati sweeping Coach of the Year laurels for both men and women. Complete results from the three-day invitational are now online, along with a breakdown of PAC top three finishers.

 

CHATHAM TABS HODGE AS CROSS COUNTRY COACH/SID (2/16/12)
Chatham University has named David Hodge as womenís head cross country coach. He will also serve as sports information director and plans on developing a track & field team for next spring. Hodge comes to Chatham from Chowan University, Murfreesboro, N.C. where he served as the head womenís cross country coach beginning in January 2011. During his time there Hodge also served as the assistant sports information director. In 2008, he graduated from fellow PAC member Grove City College. While at Grove City, Hodge was a captain and four-year letterman for the four-time PAC champion Wolverines in the triple jump.

 

PAC SCHOOLS TABBED FOR USTFCCCA ACADEMIC HONORS (2/16/12)

Six PAC men's cross country teams and five PAC women's cross country teams have earned 2011 Division III All-Academic Men's and Women's Cross Country status chosen by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The PAC men's teams were represented by Geneva, Grove City, Saint Vincent, Wash. & Jeff., Waynesburg, and Westminster. The PAC women's teams were represented by Geneva, Grove City, Wash. & Jeff., Waynesburg, and Westminster. A total of 131 men's teams and 187 women's teams earned all-academic status in 2011. To qualify as a USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team, the team must have had a cumulative team GPA of 3.10 through the 2011 fall semester.

 

CORCORAN, EDINGER NAMED PAC SAAC SCHOLAR-ATHLETES (2/15/12)
The PAC has announced that women's swimming & diving/track & field standout C.J. Corcoran of Washington & Jefferson College and junior men's cross country/track & field runner Nick Edinger of Geneva College have been named Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Scholar-Athletes of the Month for February 2012.

 

THIEL CAPTURES 2012 PAC WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIP (2/10/12)
The Thiel Tomcats ended Waynesburgís two-year run as conference wrestling  champions, as a win at 197-pounds by Patrick Morris provided the decisive points at the 2012 PAC Wrestling Championship, hosted by Washington & Jefferson College at the Henry Memorial Center in Washington, Pa. The Matcats finished with 110 points to edge Waynesburg (107) and host W&J (66). With the win, Thiel (which had won 10 straight league crowns before the Yellow Jackets captured the crown in 2010 and 11) has now won 11 of the past 13 PAC team titles. The Tomcats and Waynesburg each won four weight classes, with host W&J picking up a pair of weight class titles. Veteran Thiel mentor Craig Thurber was voted 2012 PAC Coach of the Year following the championship, while Washington & Jefferson senior heavyweight Taylor Potts was voted 2012 PAC Most Outstanding Wrestler.

 

GALLIGAN, SMITH TABBED FOR USTFCCCA ACADEMIC HONORS (2/10/12)
Two PAC women's cross country runners - Grove City junior Ella Smith and Washington & Jefferson freshman Kristen Galligan - have been selected  to the 2011 Division III All-Academic Women's Cross Country Team by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). A total of 141 student-athletes representing 80 institutions earned All-Academic honors in 2011. To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or greater through the most recent semester and placed in the top 35 at the NCAA Division III Regional Championships.

 

PETERSON, RYAN EARN USTFCCCA ALL-ACADEMIC LAURELS (2/9/12)
A pair of PAC men's cross country standouts - Thiel senior Richard Peterson and Washington & Jefferson junior Scott Ryan - have been named to the 2011 Division III All-Academic Men's Cross Country Team by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). A total of 141 student-athletes representing 80 institutions earned All-Academic honors in 2011. To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or greater through the most recent semester and placed in the top 35 at the NCAA Division III Regional Championships.

 

PAC HOOPS TRIO NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT FIRST TEAM (2/2/12)
Three PAC basketball standouts (two female, one male) have been selected to the 2012 Capital One Division III Academic All-District teams, released today by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). On the women's side, senior Brittany Sedlock (4.0 GPA, mathematics education) of Saint Vincent, the 2011 PAC Player of the Year, was a first team selection in District IV. She was joined by Thomas More junior standout Allison Long (3.92 GPA, secondary education), who was tabbed to the first team in District II. The lone men's representative was Thomas More senior Daniel Whelan (3.79 GPA, accounting), who also earned District II first team laurels. All three players now move to the Division III Academic All-America national ballot, with teams to be released later this month.

 

NOCERA TO STEP DOWN AS WESTMINSTER BASEBALL HEAD COACH FOLLOWING 2012 SEASON; MULLIGAN TABBED TO REPLACE (2/1/12)
Westminster College head baseball coach Carmen Nocera will step down following the completion of the 2012 season after 13 years on the coaching staff and will be replaced as head coach by current Titan assistant coach Tim Mulligan. The Titan baseball team has compiled a 228-221-1 record since Nocera has been in the dugout, as Westminster has made the playoffs 10 of the last 13 years. In 2005, Nocera coached the Titans to the PAC championship and was voted PAC Coach of the Year. The 2012 season will make Mulligan's second year on the staff as the team's pitching coach. He has also worked with the Ohio Glaciers, Paramount Scouting Bureau, and the Brothers Class "B" 18 & Under team in Youngstown, Ohio. Before coaching at Westminster, Mulligan was the pitching coach at Canfield High School in Ohio.

 

W&J TABS FAULK TO LEAD PRESIDENT TENNIS PROGRAMS (1/31/12)
Washington & Jefferson has named Chris Faulk as the Presidents' head men's and women's tennis coach.  Faulk, who served as an assistant coach for both teams last year, is a 2010 W&J graduate and a four-year letterwinner for the men's tennis team.  As a senior, Faulk became just the third W&J student-athlete since 1989 to win PAC Player of the Year honors by winning the No. 1 singles flight title.  A Washington, Pa., native, he is also a United States Professional Tennis Registry certified instructor in the Peters Township Tennis Association.

 

ORSTEIN EARNS 400TH SWIM/DIVE COACHING WIN AT W&J (1/28/12)
With a pair of non-conference victories over Hiram on Jan. 28, Washington & Jefferson head swimming & diving coach Mike Orstein earned his 400th victory as head coach of the President program. Orstein, currently in his 24th season with the Presidents, now boasts a 400-160-1 dual-meet record as the W&J head coach.  Overall, he owns a 460-185-2 record as a college head coach (28 years). 

 

PAC HONORS 375 ON FALL 2011 ACADEMIC HONOR ROLL (1/25/12)
A total of 375 student-athletes have been named to the Presidentsí Athletic Conference (PAC) Academic Honor Roll for the Fall 2011 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. The Fall 2011 total represents a 4.5 percent increase from the Fall 2010 PAC Academic Honor Roll, which featured 359 honorees. Waynesburg University led the 10 league schools as 62 Yellow Jacket student-athletes earned PAC Academic Honor Roll laurels in the fall.

 

BRENNAN, HAMM NAMED PAC SAAC SCHOLAR-ATHLETES (1/18/12)
The PAC announced today that junior soccer standout Abby Brennan of Chatham University and junior men's basketball player Ryan Hamm of Thomas More College have been named PAC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Scholar-Athletes of the Month for January, 2012.

 

EBERLE NAMED HEAD VOLLEYBALL COACH AT CHATHAM (1/11/12)
Chatham has hired Marc Eberle as its head women's volleyball coach. Eberle joined Chathamís team as the assistant volleyball coach in the beginning of the 2011 school year. Eberle came to Chatham from fellow PAC member Saint Vincent College where he helped to form the Bearcat menís club team. He then served as student assistant coach for the SVC womenís volleyball team in 2010.  The 2010 St. Vincent graduate is a native of Penn Hills, Pa., where he played volleyball for four years.

 

TMC'S OESWEIN GARNERS SECOND ALL-AMERICA HONOR (1/4/12)
Thomas More senior M Alex Oeswein earned his second All-American honor of the year last week as he was named to the D3soccer.com All-American Teams. Oeswein, who was named a second team All-American by the NSCAA in December, was named to the All-American Third Team by D3soccer.com. He led the team in scoring with 48 points on a team-high 20 goals and a team-high eight assists. Oeswein also recorded three hat tricks in 19 games played in 2011.

 

WAYNESBURG TABS GRIFFITHS AS HEAD SOCCER COACH (12/29/11)
Waynesburg University has hired Carl Griffiths as its new head men's and women's soccer coach. Griffiths comes to the Yellow Jackets from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill., where he spent the past two-plus seasons as the first assistant coach to the Thunder men's soccer team, which is the winningest program in NCAA Division III history. Griffiths is also a graduate of Wheaton, where during his four years with the Thunder, Griffiths played in 67 games as a defender, including 24 starts as a senior co-captain en route to All-CCIW first team laurels. That same year, Griffiths helped lead the Thunder to the NCAA Division III Men's Soccer National Championship, where they lost to national power Messiah. For his efforts, he was also tabbed for the NCAA Final Four Tournament Team.

 

PAC PLACES 14 ON NSCAA SCHOLAR ALL-REGION TEAMS (12/22/11)
The PAC has placed 14 conference men's soccer standouts on the 2011 College Division Men's Scholar All-East Region teams, awarded by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Leading the way was Geneva senior M Jake McCracken (3.67 GPA, business finance), who was the lone PAC first team representative. Grove City junior D Josh Kern (3.56 GPA, entrepreneurship) was tabbed to the second team, while Geneva junior F Jeb Nash (3.51 GPA, business) was a third team selection. In addition, 11 PAC players representing Bethany, Geneva, Grove City, Saint Vincent and Westminster earned Honorable Mention laurels.

 

WU'S MOORE NAMED ALL-AMERICAN BY D3FOOTBALL.COM (12/19/11)
Waynesburg University senior DT Darryl Moore Jr. has been named to the 2011 NCAA Division III Football All-America Third Team by the D3Football.com website. Moore racked up 60 total tackles, 36 of which were solo stops, nine tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks in 2011. He also broke up a pass, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble on his way to his second-straight All-South Region lauding from the website. Moore also notched his second-straight first-team All-PAC selection in November.

 

TMC'S OESWEIN NAMED NSCAA MEN'S SOCCER ALL-AMERICAN (12/15/11)
Thomas More senior Alex Oeswein, the 2011 PAC Men's Soccer Player of the Year, has been named to the 2011 NCAA Division III All-America Second Team by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). He is the first Saint men's soccer player in school history to garner All-America recognition. Oeswein, a midfielder, led the team and conference in scoring with 48 points on  20 goals and eight assists.  Oeswein also recorded three hat tricks in 19 games played in 2011, as the Saints finished 16-2-1 overall and 8-0 in the PAC. 

 

TC'S BROWN, BC'S HOFFMAN NAMED PAC SCHOLAR-ATHLETES (12/15/11)
The PAC has announced that senior Academic All-American volleyball standout Tiffany Hoffman  of Bethany College and senior All-American wrestler Corey Brown of Thiel College have been named Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Scholar-Athletes of the Month for December 2011.

 

BETHANY VOLLEYBALL TRIO NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICANS (12/14/11)

Three Bethany volleyball standouts - junior setter Jessica Zavatchen and seniors Tiffany Hoffman and Megan Hoffman - have been selected to the Capital One 2011 Academic All-America Division III volleyball teams, released by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Zavatchen (4.0 GPA, pre-physical therapy) was a first team honoree, while Tiffany Hoffman (3.92 GPA, biology) was tabbed to the second team and Megan Hoffman (3.93 GPA, biology) to the third team. The Bison were the only program in the nation to put three players on the Academic All-American teams, which consisted of 18 total players, and one of only three schools with multiple members on the teams. A First Team All-PAC selection, Zavatchen set the Bethany single-season (1,468) and career assists (3,849) records this season, as she led the Bison to a school-record 31 wins and their second consecutive ECAC Division III South Region Tournament championship. Tiffany Hoffman was also a First Team All-PAC choice, while Megan Hoffman was a four-year starter for the Bison spikers.

 

SEVEN PAC KICKERS NAMED TO NSCAA ALL-REGION TEAMS (12/14/11)
The PAC has placed seven men's soccer standouts on the 2011 NCAA Division III All-Great Lakes Region teams, released today by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). 2011 PAC champion Thomas More led the way with three honorees, including both first team selections in 2011 PAC Player of the year senior M Alex Oeswein and senior D Keith Kreidenweis. Second team selections were senior M Jake McCracken of Geneva and junior D Josh Kern of Grove City, while third team laurels went to Thomas More senior GK Zach Lawson, Geneva junior F Jeb Nash, and Bethany sophomore F Arkangelo James.

 

PAC ANNOUNCES ADDITION OF CARNEGIE MELLON AND CASE WESTERN RESERVE AS FOOTBALL AFFILIATE MEMBERS STARTING IN 2014 (12/13/11)
The Presidents' Athletic Conference has accepted Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh and Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in Cleveland as affiliate members in the sport of football. The Tartan and Spartan football programs will begin play in the PAC starting in the 2014 season. The addition of the CMU and CWRU football programs will raise the number of football programs in the PAC from nine to 11. Beginning in 2014, the PAC will play an unbalanced football schedule with eight conference and two non-conference dates. Both schools will remain full members of the University Athletic Association (UAA) in all other sports. Complete information on the new PAC members can be found in the official PAC release, while releases from Carnegie Mellon, Case Western Reserve and the UAA are also online.

 

SEVEN PAC GRIDDERS TO COMPETE IN MEXICO ALL-STAR GAME (12/13/11)
Seven PAC football standouts who just completed their collegiate eligibility this fall have been selected to join the 53-player American roster of NCAA Division III standouts competing in the 3rd Annual Tazon de Estrellas (Bowl of the Stars). The game, which features the Division III all-stars facing the Mexican national team, will take place this Saturday (Dec. 17) at 1:30 p.m. in the 5,000-seat El Tempo del Dolor (The Temple of Pain) in Puebla, Mexico. Saint Vincent leads the PAC with four participants, as Bearcat QB Aaron Smetanka, LBs Anthony Johnson and Armando Fortunato and OL Taofik Amokomowo will be joined by RB/KR Kendall Owens and P/K Aaron Walter from PAC champion Thomas More as well as DL Jarred Frawley from Grove City on the American roster. The game will be webcast live here.

 

EIGHT PAC KICKERS NAMED TO NSCAA ALL-REGION TEAMS (12/12/11)

Eight PAC women's soccer standouts have been selected to the 2011 NCAA Division III All-Great Lakes Region Women's Soccer teams, released today by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). PAC regular season champion Washington & Jefferson led the conference with three honorees, led by the 2011 PAC Player of the Year, sophomore F Holly Shipley. Shipley was joined on the first team by Waynesburg senior F Courtney Ebersole. Second team honorees included the W&J duo of senior GK Stephanie Saussol and junior M Chrissy Marcius, along with Thomas More junior D Abby Gindling and Grove City junior M Grace Rieman. Earning third team laurels was Westminster senior D Tyler Dever and Thomas More sophomore F Courtney Clark.

 

PAC SAAC MEMBERS PARTICIPATE IN PITTSBURGH "POLAR PLUNGE", RAISE OVER $2,500 FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS OF PENNSYLVANIA (12/11/11)
The Presidentsí Athletic Conference (PAC) Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) raised over $2,500 for the Pennsylvania Special Olympics, as 31 PAC SAAC members participated in the 2nd Annual Pittsburgh Polar Plunge in the Allegheny River outside Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on Dec. 11. The group included conference student-athletes, coaches/administrators and SAAC advisors. Video of the 31 brave SAAC members taking the frigid dip can be found on our PAC Youtube page, while photos of the event are now available on our conference Facebook page.

 

W&J'S HOLLY SHIPLEY NAMED NSCAA SOCCER ALL-AMERICAN (12/10/11)
Washington & Jefferson College sophomore forward Holly Shipley became the first womenís soccer All-American in school history after being named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Continental Tire NCAA Womenís Division III All-America Team.  Shipley was a third-team selection. Shipley was one of only three sophomores on the three All-America teams.  The NSCAA honored 40 players from the 440 NCAA Division III womenís soccer programs.  Shipley becomes the first All-American in the 22-year history of varsity womenís soccer at W&J.  The 2011 PAC Player of the Year led the Presidents with 32 points on 12 goals and eight assists.  She scored three game-winning goals and produced a team-high 63 shots. 

 

GENEVA COACH JEFF SANTARSIERO EARNS 250TH CAREER WIN (12/7/11)

Geneva College menís basketball head coach Jeff Santarsiero earned his 250th career victory as a collegiate men's basketball coach when the Golden Tornadoes defeated Waynesburg 77-72. Santarsiero became only the second head coach in Geneva menís basketball history to secure 250 career victories. With this win the Golden Tornadoes made history by picking up the schoolís victory as an official member of the Presidentsí Athletic Conference. The victory pushed Genevaís overall record to 2-6 including a 1-2 mark in the conference.

 

PAC PLACES SIX ON ALL-SOUTH REGION FOOTBALL TEAMS (12/6/11)

Six PAC football standouts have been honored with selection to the 2011 NCAA Division III All-South Region teams, released by the D3Football.com website. Leading the way for the conference was Waynesburg senior DT Darryl Moore Jr., who was the league's lone first team selection. Second team honorees included W&J sophomore WR Alex Baroffio and Thomas More junior DG Zach Autenrieb, while three others - Thomas More sophomore RB Domonique Hayden and the Waynesburg duo of senior C Nick Hanley and senior DB Sean Hunt - earned third team laurels.

 

GENEVA MEN'S SOCCER PLACES SECOND IN NCCAA TOURNEY (12/4/11)
The Geneva men's soccer team nearly completed a miracle run to the championship before finishing as the national runner-up at the 2011 NCCAA Men's Soccer National Tournament, held this week in Kissimmee, Fla. The Golden Tornadoes, led by head coach Gary Dunda, entered the eight-team, single-elimination tournament as the seventh seed and were the lone non-scholarship team competing. However, the GTs posted upsets over second-seeded Palm Beach Atlantic 1-0 on Wednesday and against Judson 2-1 in overtime Thursday to advance to the national title match against top-seeded California Baptist. The upset run came to an end Saturday night, as Geneva dropped a 2-1 decision and was thus denied its first NCCAA National Championship since the 1994 season.

 

GROVE CITY SOCCER PAIR NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICANS (11/30/11)
A pair of Grove City College senior men's soccer players earned Division III Academic All-America honors from Capital One and the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Brian Eckenhoff  (3.98 cumulative grade-point average (GPA), business management) earned Second Team Academic All-America at midfielder and Tim Boswell (3.98 cumulative grade-point average (GPA), molecular biology) earned Third Team Academic All-America at forward. The 2011-12 academic year marks the first year that CoSIDA has based its Academic All-America program on individual divisions within college athletics. Currently, CoSIDA honors student-athletes in NCAA Divisions I, II and III, along with a "College" division that includes NAIA institutions and junior colleges.

 

SVC MEN, GCC WOMEN LEAD 2011-12 ALL-SPORTS STANDINGS (11/29/11)
The Saint Vincent College men and Grove City College women each hold narrow leads following the conclusion of the 2011 fall sports season in the race for the 2011-12 Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) All-Sports Trophies. The all-sports trophies are awarded annually to the schools which perform the best across the board in league competition. First-place finishes are worth 10 points (nine for men), second place is worth nine points (eight for men) ... last place is worth one point. Complete standings through the 2011 fall season are now available online.

 

"PAC SPORTS NETWORK" RELEASES 12-DATE VIDEO WEBCAST SCHEDULE OF 2011-12 PAC CONFERENCE BASKETBALL ACTION (11/22/11)
The "PAC Sports Network" will broadcast a 12-date schedule of PAC basketball doubleheaders and single games in 2011-12. The network, consisting of Western Pennsylvania broadcasters Randy Gore, Justin Pyles and David Singer, will produce live video webcasts covering all 10 PAC members during the upcoming conference basketball season, beginning with a doubleheader featuring Thomas More at Geneva on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011. Webcast links will be available at the conference website at www.pacathletics.org. The tentative video webcast schedule can be found here.

 

PAC ANNOUNCES 2011 FALL TEAM SPORTSMANSHIP AWARDS (11/22/11)
The 2011 Fall PAC Team Sportsmanship Award winners have been released. The PAC Team Sportsmanship Award program was started during the 2008-09 sports season, and is an ongoing effort to recognize and encourage positive sportsmanship among conference teams. The award is sponsored by the PAC Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC), a committee comprised of student-athletes from each member institution that assemble to provide insight on the student-athlete experience.

 

BENDEL RETIRES AS SAINT VINCENT WOMEN'S TENNIS COACH (11/21/11)

Saint Vincent women's tennis coach Jim Bendel, who re-started the Bearcat women's tennis program in 2004 following a 13-year hiatus, is retiring as head coach effective Nov. 30. Chris McMahon, who has served as an assistant coach for the program, will take over as Interim Head Coach on December 1.

 

SAINT VINCENT'S MEJIA EARNS ALL-AMERICA HONORS AT NCAA D-III CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP; W&J RUNNERS ALSO FINISH (11/21/11)

Saint Vincent senior Ivette Mejia earned NCAA Division III All-America honors at the 2011 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships on November 19 in Winneconne, Wisc., as she placed 29th out of 277 runners with a time of 21:37.41. In addition, the W&J duo of Scott Ryan and Kristen Galligan placed 175th and 179th, respectively, at the championship. Ryan and Galligan were the first runners in W&J school history to compete at the national meet.

 

THOMAS MORE FOOTBALL FALLS IN NCAA D-III PLAYOFF FIRST ROUND; SAINT VINCENT, WAYNESBURG SUFFER ECAC BOWL SETBACKS (11/19/11)
The 2011 PAC football season came to an end of November 19, as conference teams dropped three postseason contests. PAC champion Thomas More was edged 24-21 at Franklin in the opening round of the 2011 NCAA Division III Playoffs, ending the Saints' season at 9-2 overall. The ECAC Division III Southwest Bowl saw Saint Vincent fall 23-15 at Lebanon Valley in the Bearcats' first postseason game since 1949, while Waynesburg dropped a 48-21 decision at Widener in the ECAC Division III South Atlantic Bowl. The lone PAC football win of the day belonged to Bethany, which improved to 5-5 with a 48-0 blanking of King's in a PAC/MAC Football Challenge contest originally scheduled for September 11, which had been postponed due to severe flooding in the Wilkes-Barre area.

 

MOSES, SMITH NAMED 11/11 PAC SAAC SCHOLAR-ATHLETES (11/18/11)
Junior cross country standout Ella Smith of Grove City College and junior football tight end Adam Moses of Waynesburg University have been named PAC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Scholar-Athletes of the Month for November 2011.

 

PAC RELEASES 2011 ALL-CONFERENCE VOLLEYBALL TEAMS (11/17/11)
The 2011 All-PAC Volleyball teams have been released. The 2011 PAC Player of the Year is junior setter Deanna Briody of PAC champion Geneva, while Thomas More libero Kelsey Castiglioni was tabbed as PAC Freshman of the Year. 2011 PAC Coach of the Year laurels went to Geneva co-head coaches Wendy Smith and Curt Conser.

 

2011 ALL-PAC MEN'S & WOMEN'S SOCCER TEAMS RELEASED (11/16/11)
The 2011 All-PAC teams in the sports of men's soccer and women's soccer are now online. Thomas More head coach Jeff Cummings swept 2011 PAC Coach of the Year honors in the two sports, while 2011 Player of the Year laurels went to Thomas More senior M Alex Oeswein for the men and Washington & Jefferson sophomore F Holly Shipley for the women.

 

2011 ALL-PAC FOOTBALL TEAMS RELEASED (11/14/11)

The 2011 All-PAC football teams have been released. Conference Player of the Year honors went to Thomas More sophomore running back Domonique Hayden, while 2011 PAC Coach of the Year laurels went to Saint Vincent head coach Bob Colbert.

 

SAINT VINCENT, WAYNESBURG EARN ECAC FB BOWL BERTHS (11/14/11)
A pair of PAC football teams have earned berths in ECAC Division III bowl games this Saturday (Nov. 19), with both facing opponents from the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC). Saint Vincent will travel to Lebanon Valley for the 2011 ECAC Division III Southwest Bowl, while Waynesburg heads to Widener for the 2011 ECAC Division III South Atlantic Bowl at 1 p.m.

 

PAC QUALIFIES THREE FOR NCAA D-III XC CHAMPIONSHIPS (11/13/11)

Three PAC cross country standouts have qualified to compete at the 2011 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 19 at Lake Breeze Golf Course in Winneconne, Wisc. Saint Vincent senior and 2011 PAC cross country champion Ivette Mejia will make her first trip to the NCAA D-III national meet after placing ninth at the 2011 NCAA Division III Mideast Regional Championships on Saturday (Nov. 12). Mejia is joined by the duo of junior Scott Ryan and freshman Kristen Galligan, who became the first national cross country qualifiers in the history of Washington & Jefferson College. Ryan placed 13th in the men's regional race Saturday, while Galligan was 13th in the women's race. The first seven athletes from each region who are not a part of a qualifying team were selected to participate in each championship.

 

THOMAS MORE FOOTBALL TO FACE FRANKLIN IN NCAA 1ST RD (11/13/11)
The 19th-ranked PAC champion Thomas More College football team will make its sixth appearance in the NCAA Division III Football playoffs when travels to Franklin, Indiana to play 16th-ranked Franklin College in a first round game on Saturday (November 19, 2011) at 12 noon at Faught Stadium. Franklin (9-1) is an automatic qualifier into the playoffs after winning the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC). The winner of the game will face the winner of the first round matchup between top-ranked defending NCAA Division III national champion University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and Albion College. The complete 32-team NCAA Division III bracket is now online.

 

TMC WOMEN'S SOCCER SUFFERS 2-0 NCAA FIRST ROUND LOSS (11/12/11)
The 2011 PAC champion Thomas More women's soccer teams saw its season come to an end on Nov. 12, as the Saints dropped a 2-0 decision at Washington (Mo.) in the opening round of the 2011 NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Championship tournament. TMC closes the 2011 campaign at 12-5-1 overall.

 

THOMAS MORE MEN'S SOCCER FALLS 2-1 TO HOPE IN NCAAs (11/11/11)
The 2011 PAC champion Thomas More men's soccer team saw its season come to an end on Nov. 11, as the Saints (16-2-1) dropped a 2-1 decision to Hope at River Forest, Ill., in the opening round of the 2011 NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championship tournament. After trailing 1-0 on a Hope goal in the 25th minute, Thomas More tied the match 1-1 at 37:29 when freshman F Kyle Troutman  found the back of the net on a header off a deflection. Hope scored the eventual game-winning goal at 86:38. Both teams posted 12 shots in the contest.

 

PAC PLACES 10 ON ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT FOOTBALL TEAMS  (11/10/11)
The PAC has had 10 conference football student-athletes named today to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-District Division III Football teams, released by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Nine of those honorees came in District IV, led by Grove City and Washington & Jefferson with three selections each. GCC representatives included senior LB Tim Irwin (3.63 GPA, molecular biology), sophomore DB Chris Gibbs (3.83, molecular biology) and sophomore P Joe Diani (3.62, mathematics). For W&J, senior TE Brett Axner (3.91, business administration), senior OL Gary Flavion (3.48, history) and senior DL Frank Gigler (3.69, pre-physical therapy) represented the Presidents. Other D-IV honorees included Westminster senior QB Shawn Lehocky (3.86, economics), Waynesburg senior DB Ryan Williams (3.48, wellness), and Thiel junior DL Tim Taylor (3.51, biology). In District II, the lone PAC representative was Thomas More junior TE Sam Brown (3.78, accounting). All 10 PAC players will now advance to the Division III Academic All-America team ballot.

 

PAC VOLLEYBALL QUINTET NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT (11/10/11)
Five PAC volleyball standouts have been honored with selection to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-District Division III Volleyball teams, released today by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Three Bethany spikers: seniors Megan Hoffman (3.93 GPA, biology) and Tiffany Hoffman (3.92 GPA, biology) and junior Jessica Zavatchen (4.0 GPA, pre-physical therapy) earned All-District II first team laurels. In District IV, first team honorees included Thiel junior Kelly Barzak (3.78 GPA, elementary education and Westminster sophomore Rebecca Riemer (3.96 GPA, biology). All five PAC standouts now advance to the NCAA Division III Academic All-America national ballot.

 

GENEVA VOLLEYBALL DROPS THRILLER IN NCAA 1ST ROUND (11/10/11)
The 2011 PAC champion Geneva volleyball team dropped a heartbreaking 3-2 decision to OAC power Heidelberg today in the opening round of the 2011 NCAA Division III Volleyball Championship tournament at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich. The Golden Tornadoes (27-9) took the first set against the 'Berg and led 2-1 after three sets. In the fifth and final set, the GTs had a pair of match points at 14-13 and 15-14, but could not close out the match as Heidelberg (32-6) ripped off three straight points to win 17-15 and advance to the NCAA second round.

 

FINAL PAC FOOTBALL PODCAST FOR NOV. 12 NOW ONLINE (11/10/11)
The final PAC Football Podcast of the 2011 regular season, covering "PAC Football Rivalry Week" on Saturday, November 12th, is now online in .mp3 format. Right click on the link to download.

 

2011-12 MEN'S & WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PREVIEWS RELEASED (11/10/11)

The 2011-12 men's and women's basketball previews are now available online. November 15th will be the first day of competition for both the men and women.

 

PAC TEAMS POST SWEEP IN ECAC D-III SOUTH VOLLEYBALL TOURNEY FIRST ROUND; BOTH GROVE CITY SOCCER TEAMS FALL IN ECACs (11/9/11)
PAC teams posted a 2-2 record in the opening round of ECAC fall tournament play tonight. In the 2011 ECAC Division III South Volleyball Tournament, both #2 Bethany and #8 Saint Vincent posted first round wins. The Bison had little trouble sweeping #7 Marywood 3-0 and will now host the weekend "Final Four" thanks to the Bearcats, who upset top-seeded DeSales 3-2 in another first round match. Bethany will battle #3 Swarthmore in one semifinal at Hummel Fieldhouse, while Saint Vincent will face #4 Moravian in the other semi. The semifinals will take place on Saturday (Nov. 12) with match times currently TBA. In other playoff action, both Grove City soccer teams were eliminated in first round ECAC play. The #7-seeded GCC men fell 1-0 at #2 Medaille in the 2011 ECAC D-III South Men's Soccer Tournament, while the eighth-seeded Wolverine women dropped a 4-1 decision at top-seeded Frostburg State in the 2011 ECAC D-III South Women's Soccer Tournament.

 

TMC WOMEN, THIEL MEN PICKED TO WIN PAC HOOPS TITLES (11/9/11)
The Thomas More College womenís basketball team and the Thiel College menís basketball team have been picked to capture the 2011-12 championships in the PAC, according to the 2011-12 PAC Preseason Basketball poll, released today. Voters included conference head coaches and sports information directors.

 

FOUR PAC TEAMS EARN ECAC D-III FALL TOURNAMENT BERTHS (11/7/11)
The PAC has had four teams earn berths into this week's ECAC Division III South Tournaments for volleyball and soccer. PAC runner-up Bethany (28-6) is the second seed in the eight-team 2011 ECAC D-III South Region Volleyball Tournament and will host seventh-seeded Marywood (17-11) in a first round match Wednesday (Nov. 9) at 7 p.m. The defending ECAC champion Bison are joined in the tourney by Saint Vincent, whom Bethany defeated for the 2010 ECAC crown. The Bearcats (21-11) are seeded eighth and will travel to top-seeded DeSales (27-6) for an opening round match Wednesday at seven. Both Grove City soccer teams have earned ECAC bids as well. The Wolverine men (12-5-1) are seeded seventh and will travel to face second seed Medaille (17-3-1) Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the 2011 ECAC Division III South Men's Soccer Tournament. Meanwhile, the GCC women (12-8-1) are seeded eighth in the 2011 ECAC D-III South Women's Soccer Tournament and will play at top-seeded Frostburg State (14-2-2) Wednesday at 6 p.m. First round winners will advance to the weekend "final four" in each sport, hosted by the highest remaining seed.

 

FALL PAC CHAMPIONS LEARN NCAA D-III CHAMPIONSHIP SLATES (11/7/11)
Three PAC fall sport champion learned their tournament fate today as the NCAA announced the 2011 Division III Championship brackets in the sports of women's volleyball and men's & women's soccer. In the 2011 NCAA Division III Volleyball Championship, PAC champion Geneva (27-8) will travel to Grand Rapids, Mich. for a first-round matchup against OAC champion Heidelberg (31-6) at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Thursday (Nov. 10) at 12:30 p.m. PAC champion Thomas More (16-6-1) will open the 2011 NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championship with an opening round contest against Hope (10-4-3) from the MIAA, taking place on Friday (Nov. 11) at 2:30 p.m. EST (1:30 p.m. CST) at Dominican (Ill.). Finally, PAC women's soccer champion Thomas More (12-4-1) will compete in a 2011 NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Championship first round game at UAA member Washington (Mo.) (15-4) on Saturday (Nov. 12) at 5 p.m.

 

TEN PAC SOCCER STANDOUTS NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT (11/7/11)
A total of 10 PAC soccer student-athletes (five men, five women) have been named to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-District Soccer first teams, released recently by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). As first team honorees, all 10 PAC student-athletes now advance to the Academic All-America soccer ballot. On the men's side, Bethany senior M Alex Stubbs (3.90 GPA, business administration) was tabbed in District II, while in District IV three Grove City standouts - junior D Josh Kern (3.56, entrepreneurship), senior M Brian Eckenhoff (3.98, business management) and senior F Tim Boswell (3.98, molecular biology) - joined Westminster senior F Coty Hainsey (3.67, mathematics) on the squad. For the women, Thomas More senior D Kelsie Rust (3.97, middle school education) was tabbed in District II, while in District IV the Washington & Jefferson duo of junior M Dawn Murphy (3.63, history) and junior F Chrissy Marcius (3.49, child development education) was joined by Westminster senior D Tyler Dever (3.84, political science) and Grove City senior F Arielle Goyzueta (3.74, elementary education).

 

GENEVA VOLLEYBALL CAPTURES FIRST-EVER PAC TITLE (11/5/11)
The Geneva Golden Tornadoes captured their first-ever PAC championship in any sport on November 5, as top-seeded Geneva overcame an opening set loss to defeat second-seeded Bethany 3-1 (23-25, 25-22, 25-17, 25-22) in the title match of the 2011 PAC Volleyball Championship Tournament. With the victory, the GTs (27-8) have earned the PAC's automatic bid to next week's NCAA Division III Championships.

 

THOMAS MORE SAINTS SWEEP 2011 PAC SOCCER TITLES (11/4/11)

The Thomas More Saints swept the 2011 PAC soccer titles on November 4 with a pair of home championship victories. The Saint women had little trouble with fourth-seeded Waynesburg in the 2011 PAC Women's Soccer Tournament final, as Thomas More outshot the Yellow Jackets 24-0 en route to a 3-0 victory. The final of the 2011 PAC Men's Soccer Tournament was a different story, as second-seeded Geneva led 1-0 at the half and 2-0 early in the second, only to see TMC rally to tie the game 2-2 with under three minutes to play in regulation, then post the game-winning 5:43 into overtime for a 3-2 OT victory. Both Saint squads now receive the PAC's automatic bid to the 2011 NCAA Division III Championship playoffs which begin next week.

 

GENEVA, BETHANY EACH ADVANCE TO PAC VOLLEYBALL FINALS (11/4/11)
Top-seeded Geneva and second-seeded Bethany each posted semifinal wins on November 4 to advance to the finals of the 2011 PAC Volleyball Championship Tournament, being hosted by Geneva in Beaver Falls, Pa. The host Golden Tornadoes, playing in their first-ever PAC Tournament after gaining NCAA Division III active membership status this summer, swept rival and fifth-seeded Westminster 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-19). The second match was a different story as the Bison took a 2-0 lead of third-seed and two-time defending PAC champion Thomas More, only to see the Saints rally to tie the score 2-2. The fifth set was tied 13-13 when Bethany won the final two points to clinch the 3-2 win (25-18, 29-27, 19-25, 18-25, 15-13) and a berth in the PAC finals, which will take place at Metheny Fieldhouse at Geneva on Saturday (Nov. 5) at 4 p.m. The winner of Saturday's final will receive the PAC's automatic bid to the 2011 NCAA Division III Championship playoffs which begin next week.

 

THOMAS MORE, GENEVA EACH ADVANCE TO PAC MEN'S SOCCER FINALS; BOTH SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP MATCHES MOVED TO FRIDAY (11/2/11)

The top two seeds each advanced out of the semifinal round of the 2011 PAC Men's Soccer Championship Tournament Wednesday. Top-seeded Thomas More posted a 3-1 victory against #4 Bethany, while #2 Geneva edged #3 Grove City 1-0. The Saints will now host the Golden Tornadoes for the 2011 PAC men's soccer title this Friday (Nov. 4) at 3 p.m. at the Bank of Kentucky Field, immediately after the 2011 PAC women's soccer title match between #2 Thomas More and #4 Waynesburg, which begin at noon. Both matches were moved from Saturday due to a facility conflict with the Thomas More-Waynesburg football game.

 

PAC FALL TOURNAMENTS GET UNDERWAY ON NOVEMBER 1 (11/1/11)
The 2011 PAC Championship Tournaments in the fall sports of women's soccer and volleyball got underway on Tuesday, November 1. In women's soccer, top-seeded and three-time defending PAC champion Washington & Jefferson was upset 1-0 by fourth seed Waynesburg, allowing the Yellow Jackets to advance to the PAC title match this weekend at #2 seed Thomas More, which posted a 2-0 semifinal shutout against #3 Grove City. The date and time of the women's soccer final will be announced Wednesday night. In PAC volleyball first round action, two-time defending PAC champion and #3 seed Thomas More overcame a 2-0 deficit to edge #6 Saint Vincent 3-2, while #5 Westminster posted a minor upset with a 3-2 victory at #4 Thiel to reach the PAC semifinals for the 10th straight year.

 

THOMAS MORE, SAINT VINCENT EACH SELECTED TO D3HOOPS.COM WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PRESEASON TOP 25 NATIONAL POLL (11/1/11)
A pair of PAC programs have been selected to the 2011-12 Preseason Top 25 Division III Women's Basketball national poll, recently released by the D3Hoops.com website. Defending PAC champion Thomas More is ranked 18th, while 2010-11 PAC runner-up Saint Vincent is 24th. Both teams qualified for the NCAA Division III Tournament a year ago. A complete breakdown of the preseason Top 25 teams is also online.

 

PAC ANNOUNCES VOLLEYBALL/SOCCER TOURNEY SCHEDULES (10/29/11)
The PAC has announced the schedules for the 2011 PAC Championship Tournaments in the sports of men's & women's soccer and women's volleyball. The tournaments, which take place next week on campus sites, will crown the 2011 PAC champions in all three sports that will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championships the following week (Nov. 10-12). Admission for all PAC Championship events is $5 for adults, $2 for students and $1 for programs. PAC and institutional passes are not accepted at PAC championship events.

 

SAINT VINCENT MEN, GROVE CITY WOMEN CAPTURE TEAM TITLES AT 2011 PAC MEN'S & WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS (10/29/11)
The Saint Vincent men and Grove City women each captured team titles on October 29 at the 2011 PAC Men's & Women's Cross Country Championship, hosted by Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa. The Bearcat men finished with three of the top five runners en route to 35 points and their second consecutive league crown, easily outdistancing second-place Thiel (70). Saint Vincent head coach Andy Herr was tabbed as PAC Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year, while Bearcat senior Kevin Wanichko captured individual champion/PAC MVP laurels. The women's race saw the Grove City juggernaut continue rolling to its 25th straight PAC title, as the Wolverines posted 38 points to finish well ahead of second-place Waynesburg (83). GCC head coach Sean Severson was named PAC Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year, while Saint Vincent senior Ivette Mejia routed the field by over a minute to clinch individual champion/PAC MVP recognition. Men's complete team results and individual results are online, as are women's complete team results and individual results.

 

2011-12 SWIMMING & DIVING/WRESTLING PREVIEWS ONLINE (10/28/11)

As the fall sports season winds to a close, the winter season is getting underway. The 2011-12 PAC winter previews for swimming & diving and wrestling are now available online.
 

GROVE CITY COLLEGE CAPTURES 25TH CONSECUTIVE LEAGUE TITLE AT THE 2011 PAC WOMEN'S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP IN ERIE (10/22/11)
The Grove City Wolverine women's tennis program captured its 25th consecutive conference title at the 2011 Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Women's Tennis Championship on Oct. 21-22 at the Pennbriar Athletic Club in Erie, Pa. The Wolverine netters of head coach Joe Walters , who earned 2011 PAC Coach of the Year laurels following the match, captured six of the nine flight titles to finish with 48 points, ahead of Westminster (37) and Saint Vincent (30). GCC senior Stacy Moon earned 2011 PAC Player of the year laurels after capturing the first singles flight title. Complete singles and doubles brackets for all nine flights this weekend are now online. Click the link to view the championship awards ceremony.

 

SAINT VINCENT'S MCGRATH, WESTMINSTER'S LEHOCKY NAMED PAC SAAC SCHOLAR-ATHLETES OF THE MONTH FOR OCTOBER, 2011 (10/18/11)

Junior basketball/volleyball standout Devin McGrath of Saint Vincent College and senior football quarterback Shawn Lehocky of Westminster College have been named PAC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Scholar-Athletes of the Month for October 2011. Each month, SAAC members at a PAC school nominate a student-athlete to highlight based on academic and athletic accomplishments. Honorees must be a varsity member in their respective sport(s) and in their junior or senior year. Scholar-Athletes of the Month must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and be actively involved on his or her campus community.

 

GCC'S ROBERTS EARNS 600TH VOLLEYBALL COACHING WIN (10/5/11)

Grove City College head volleyball coach Susan Roberts earned her 600th career victory as a collegiate volleyball head coach on Oct. 5 when the Wolverines posted a five-set road victory at PAC rival Waynesburg. Now in her 29th season as a head coach, Roberts now has a 600-408 all-time coaching mark, including a 548-384 record at Grove City. She is also now one of just 11 active NCAA Division III coaches with 600 or more victories.

 

THOMAS MORE EARNS HIGHEST RANKING IN TEAM HISTORY (10/4/11)

The Thomas More football team moved up in the AFCA Division III Coachesí Top 25 Poll. The Saints received 805 points and are ranked No. 6 in the nation. The No. 6 ranking is the highest in the football program's 22-year history as the Saints' previous best ranking was No. 8, where they were ranked for the past two weeks. Washington & Jefferson also received votes for the third straight week.

 

W&J'S FLAVION, WESTMINSTER'S LEHOCKY AMONG 30 NCAA DIVISION III SEMIFINALISTS FOR 2011 WILLIAM V. CAMPBELL TROPHY (9/29/11)

Washington & Jefferson senior offensive lineman Gary Flavion and Westminster senior quarterback Shawn Lehocky are listed among the 30 NCAA Division III candidates for the 2011 William V. Campbell Trophy, awarded by the National Football Foundation (NFF), which recognizes an individual as the absolute best scholar-athlete in the nation. Nominated by their schools, which are limited to one nominee each, candidates for the awards 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 up to 16 recipients, and the results will be announced via a national press release on Wednesday, October 26. Each recipient will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship and will vie as finalists for the 2011 Campbell Trophy.

 

W&J MEN, WESTMINSTER WOMEN EACH EARN TEAM TITLES; CLINE, DURLING ARE MEDALISTS AT 2011 PAC FALL GOLF INVITATIONAL (9/27/11)
The 2011 PAC Fall Men's & Women's Golf Invitational took place on Monday-Tuesday, Sept. 26-27 at Oak Tree Country Club in West Middlesex, Pa. The men's race saw defending PAC champion Washington & Jefferson overcome a one-shot deficit after day one by firing a 295-305-600 to edge Saint Vincent (294-311-605) by five strokes in team competition. Individual medalist was Sam Cline of Saint Vincent with a 68-77-145, edging Bryan Smith of Thiel (70-77-147) by two shots. In women's action, Westminster maintained its two shot lead over Washington & Jefferson after day one as both teams fired a 377 on the second day, giving the Titans (381-377-758) the edge over the Presidents (383-377-760). Esther Durling of Grove City ran away with the individual medalist honors, firing an 81-82-163 to win by a commanding 17 strokes. The 36-hole PAC Fall Golf Invitational counts for half of the 72-hole team total (combined with the 2012 PAC Golf Championship this coming April) which will determine the 2011-12 PAC golf team champions.

 

ADAMS, GIGLER HONORED AS PAC SAAC SCHOLAR-ATHLETES (9/15/11)
The PAC has selected senior softball athlete Martha Adams of Geneva and senior football player Frank Gigler of Washington & Jefferson as Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Scholar-Athletes of the Month for September 2011. Each month, SAAC members at a PAC school nominate a student-athlete to highlight based on academic and athletic accomplishments. Honorees must be a varsity member in their respective sport(s) and in their junior or senior year. Scholar-Athletes of the Month must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and be actively involved on his or her campus community.

 

BETHANY-KING'S FOOTBALL GAME POSTPONED (9/9/11)

Due to flooding and a mandatory evacuation in Wilkes-Barre, PA, where Kingís College is located, Saturdayís football game between Bethany College and Kingís has been postponed. The game could possibly be made up following the teamsí currently scheduled regular season finales. However, the game would only be played on Nov. 19 at Bison Stadium if neither Bethany nor Kingís qualified for the postseason.
 

WAYNESBURG-WILKES FOOTBALL GAME CANCELLED (9/8/11)

Due to heavy flooding in the Wilkes-Barre area that has resulted in a campus evacuation at Wilkes, the Wilkes-Waynesburg football game scheduled for Saturday at noon has been cancelled .

 

PAC/MAC FOOTBALL CHALLENGE SERIES VIDEO NOW ONLINE (9/5/11)
As we begin preparations for the PAC/MAC Football Challenge Series games this weekend, a preview video is now online highlighting the eight contests, with seven being played on PAC campuses this Saturday, Sept. 10.

 

WC'S KLAMUT NAMED CHAIRMAN OF NCAA COMMITTEE (9/1/11)

Westminster College men's and women's swimming head coach Rob Klamut was appointed chairman of the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Rules Committee at the group's meeting held June 22 in Indianapolis. Klamut's term as chairman begins Sept. 1 and will end Aug. 31, 2012, which will conclude his three-and-a-half-year term as a committee member.

PAC TITLE HOLDERS PICKED TO REPEAT IN VOLLEYBALL AND XC (8/31/11)

All three 2010 PAC champions in the sports of volleyball and men's and women's cross country have been picked to repeat, according to the preseason coaches polls. Thomas More College has been picked to capture its third volleyball championship in 2011. Saint Vincent College has been picked to repeat and capture the 2011 men's cross country championship for a second year, while Grove City College has been picked to capture its 23rd women's cross country championship in the PAC.

 

SIMONETTI HIRED TO LEAD CHATHAM CROSS COUNTRY (8/30/11)
Chatham University has hired Jennifer Simonetti as head cross country coach, assisted by Dan Spaulding. Simonetti will also serve as assistant soccer coach for the Cougars. She comes to Chatham from Marietta College, where she served as the womanís head soccer coach. In 2005, Simonetti graduated from the University of Dayton, where she was a CSCAA Third Team All-American standout soccer player for the Flyers.

 

NFL REFEREE GENE STERATORE JR. TO LEAD PAC FB OFFICIALS (8/24/11)
Gene Steratore Jr., a 28-year officiating veteran who currently serves as a referee in the National Football League (NFL), will serve as the PAC Coordinator of Football Officiating in his role as head of the Tri-State officials association, beginning in the 2011 season. He replaces Ed Manning, who retired following the 2010 season after 11 years in the position.

 

2011 PAC FALL SPORTS PREVIEWS: MEN'S & WOMEN'S XC (8/29/11)
Today, we look at PAC men's and women's cross country. Last year, the Saint Vincent men knocked off 23-time defending champion Grove City and became the first team in school history to capture a PAC title. All but four runners return for the Bearcats in 2011, including six of the team's top seven. However, the Wolverines will be looking to regain the PAC title in 2011 with 16 veteran returners. On the women's side, Grove City enters the 2011 season looking to build upon an historic 2010 season in which the Wolverines won their 22nd straight PAC title and advanced to the NCAA Division III Championships for the first time in school history. Grove City returns four of its seven runners who competed in the NCAA Championships last fall. However, GCC will face quality competition from several league foes including Saint Vincent, who has 2010 PAC MVP returner Ivette Mejia. Also Geneva will look to place third or better this season now being approved for NCAA Division III active membership this past summer. The complete 2011 PAC Men's and Women's Cross Country Preview is now online, along with the 2011 composite men's and women's cross country schedule.

 

2011 PAC FALL SPORTS PREVIEWS: WOMEN'S TENNIS (8/26/11)
Today, we look at PAC women's tennis. Perennial league power Grove City will rely upon a deep and talented senior class this season as the Wolverines pursue their 25th straight PAC title. However, GCC will face quality competition from several conference foes including Westminster, who is coming off the three best seasons in team history and finished second in 2010 for a fifth consecutive season. Other challengers include Saint Vincent, who has seven players slated to return, including 2010 PAC MVP Alexis Cup; Chatham, who finished fourth last year and will be under the guidance of a new coaching staff; and Thomas More, who returns five players from last year's squad that finished fifth. Also Geneva, after being approved for NCAA Division III active membership this summer, will be looking to build off three consecutive winning seasons. The complete 2011 PAC Women's Tennis Preview is now online, along with the 2011 composite women's tennis schedule.

 

2011 PAC FALL SPORTS PREVIEWS: WOMEN'S SOCCER (8/25/11)
Today, we look at PAC women's soccer. The quality of play in women's soccer continues to grow. Last year, both tournament semifinals came down to penalty kicks and the championship had a scoreless first half. Three-time defending PAC Champion Washington & Jefferson will attempt to reach the NCAA Division III Tournament for a school-record fourth consecutive season. The Presidents return nine starters from a team that posted a 14-6-1 record last year. However, W&J will again face quality competition from several conference foes, including Thomas More who will return eight of its 10 scorers that went undefeated in the regular season last year. Other challengers include Grove City, who returns seven full-time starters, and Westminster, who made a late-season surge and upset top-seeded Thomas More in the conference semifinals last season. Also Geneva, after being approved for NCAA Division III active membership this summer, will be looking to build off of a 10-8-3 record last season including its third consecutive trip to the NCCAA East regional tournament. The complete 2011 PAC Women's Soccer Preview is now online, along with the 2011 composite women's soccer schedule.

 

2011 PAC FALL SPORTS PREVIEWS: MEN'S SOCCER (8/24/11)
Today, we look at PAC men's soccer. Last year, all three PAC Tournament games were upsets, concluding with fourth-seed Thomas More edging third-seed Bethany in the title match. The two-time defending PAC champion Saints will try to advance to their third straight NCAA Tournament this fall. However, TMC will again face quality competition from several conference foes, including 2010 regular season champion Washington & Jefferson. Other challengers include Bethany, which brings back its starting goalkeeper and top five scorers, and Grove City, who returns seven starters. Also Geneva, after being approved for NCAA Division III active membership this summer, will be looking to build off of a solid campaign of 14-3-2 in 2010. The complete 2011 PAC Men's Soccer Preview is now online, along with the 2011 composite men's soccer schedule.

 

2011 PAC FALL SPORTS PREVIEWS: VOLLEYBALL (8/23/11)
Today, we look at PAC volleyball, where the quantity of quality teams has never been stronger. Two-time defending PAC champion Thomas More has eight returning players and will look for a "three-peat" this fall. However, the Saints will again face quality competition from several conference foes, including 2010 league runner-up Thiel, which has five starters returning. Other challengers include Bethany, which brings back 12 returners from last year's ECAC D-III South championship squad; Saint Vincent, which is coming off its most successful run in program history last year; and Westminster, which is looking to make another run at the PAC championship title. Also, Geneva cruised through the PAC schedule with a record of 16-2 last year and will look to make an impact this year as an NCAA Division III active member. The complete 2011 PAC Volleyball Preview is now online, along with the 2011 composite volleyball schedule.

 

2011 PAC FALL SPORTS PREVIEWS: FOOTBALL (8/22/11)
For six weekdays leading up to the September 1 competition start date, the PAC will be releasing 2011 conference previews for all varsity fall sports. We begin with football, where three-time defending PAC champion Thomas More has won 19 consecutive league games and will look for a "four-peat" this fall. However, the Saints will again face stiff competition from several conference foes, including 2010 runners-up Washington & Jefferson and Waynesburg. Geneva, the only PAC team to top Thomas More during the past three seasons, also begins its first season in pursuit of the PAC crown after being approved for NCAA Division III active membership this summer. The complete 2011 PAC Football Preview is now online, along with the 2011 composite grid schedule and the 2011 preseason poll.

 

PAC FOOTBALL MEDIA DAY - 10 FOR 10: TMC'S JIM HILVERT (8/19/11)
Starting Monday, August 8, the PAC will release one video each weekday for the next two weeks featuring speakers at the 2011 PAC Football Media Day at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa., on Wednesday, August 3. Our tenth and final video is Thomas More's head coach Jim Hilvert of the three-time defending PAC champion Saints. The first nine videos released over the past two weeks of PAC ED Joe Onderko giving a conference overview and head coaches Geno DeMarco of Geneva, Kurt Reiser of Thiel, Jeff Hand of Westminster, Bob Colbert of Saint Vincent, Chris Smith of Grove City, Tim Weaver of Bethany, Rick Shepas of Waynesburg and Todd Young of Washington & Jefferson also remain available for online viewing.

 

STANLEY VIEIRA NAMED ATHLETIC DIRECTOR AT CHATHAM (8/15/11)
Chatham has announced that Stanley Vieira has been hired to fill the position of Athletic Director for the university, starting in the 2011-12 school year. Vieira comes to Chatham from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, a member of the NCAA Division III athletics, where he served as the athletic director and a part time faculty member since 1999. He replaces David Zinn, who resigned this spring after one year in the position. Under Vieiraís leadership, the athletics department at Lesley grew significantly and currently offers 12 varsity sports. He oversaw the transition of Lesley to co-education and incorporated six menís teams to the department. In 1993, Vieira graduated from the UMass-Boston with a degree in political science after running varsity track for his alma mater. He later went on to receive his M.A. from Lesley in 2003.
 

FALL 2011 PAC COMPOSITE SCHEDULES NOW ONLINE (8/15/11)
The start of the 2011 PAC fall sports season is just over two weeks away! Conference composite schedules for all fall sports - football, volleyball, men's soccer, women's soccer, women's tennis and men's & women's cross country - are now online.

 

VANAKEN NAMED TO NCAA D-III PRESIDENTS ADVISORY BOARD (8/12/11)
Thiel College President Dr. Troy VanAken recently was appointed to represent the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) on the NCAA Division III Chancellor / Presidents Advisory Group (PAG). President VanAken's term of service on the PAG begins immediately and continues through the close of the January 2015 NCAA Convention. Established in 2006, the PAG provides guidance for policy decisions in Division III governance.

 

KAMER TABBED AS NEW MEN'S GOLF COACH AT THOMAS MORE (8/12/11)
Marty Kamer has been named the new Thomas More head men's golf coach. He replaces Cory Blackson, who resigned but retains his duties as sports information director. Kamer, who has an 8.8 USGA handicap index, earned his undergraduate degree from Bellarmine.  For the past two years he has worked in various positions at Lassing Pointe Golf Course in Union, Kentucky.

 

BETHANY NAMES MICHAEL GUINN CROSS COUNTRY COACH (8/10/11)
Michael Guinn
, a former assistant coach at Division II institutions West Virginia Wesleyan College and Seton Hill University, has been named the new head menís and womenís cross country coach at Bethany. He replaces Brandon Spaulding, who served as head coach the past two seasons.

 

FOSTER HIRED AS W&J MEN'S & WOMEN'S TENNIS COACH (8/8/11)
Chris Foster has been hired as the new head menís and womenís tennis coach at Washington & Jefferson.  Since 2004, he has been a tennis professional and instructor with the Upper St. Clair (Pa.) Tennis Development Program.  Foster earned varsity letters at three different NCAA menís tennis programs, including his final two years at Marist College where he was a national tournament participant.  A 2007 graduate of Upper St. Clair High School, he was the PIAA Doubles Champion during his senior year. 

 

THREE PAC MEN TABBED TO USTFCCCA ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM (8/8/11)
Washington & Jefferson senior Scott Ryan and the Westminster duo of junior Ryan Bell and sophomore Mark Saylor are among 200 Division III men's track & field athletes nationwide selected to the 2011 Division III Men's Track & Field All-Academic team by the United States Track & Field and Cross County Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 and have met an NCAA automatic or provisional qualifying marks in an individual or relay event.

 

PAC PRESEASON FOOTBALL LAURELS CONTINUE TO ROLL IN (8/7/11)
Several PAC football programs have been lauded with preseason honors as we prepare to enter the start of training camps this week. Three-time defending PAC champion Thomas More (which is ranked by the NCAA as the second all-time winningest team in NCAA Division III history) is ranked 11th in the nation by both D3Football.com and Lindy's and 14th by The Sporting News. Washington & Jefferson is also ranked 16th by The Sporting News and is listed among others receiving votes by D3Football.com. Lindy's also placed the W&J-Thomas More clash on September 24 as one of five games to watch in NCAA Division III this fall, Finally, Waynesburg junior tight end Adam Moses was tabbed as a first team preseason All-American by Lindy's.
 

FOUR PAC ATHLETES NAMED ALL-ACADEMIC BY USTFCCCA (8/5/11)
Four standout track & field athletes from the PAC - Waynesburg senior Elisha Jones and the W&J trio of CJ Corcoran, Katelynd McElhany and Michelle Wuenstel - are among 328 Division III females nationwide named to the 2011 Division III Women's Track & Field All-Academic team by the United States Track & Field and Cross County Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 and have met an NCAA automatic or provisional qualifying marks in an individual or relay event.

 

VALLONE, BAUGHMAN NAMED ECAC D-III SOUTH ALL-STARS (8/5/11)
A pair of PAC softball standouts have been honored with selection to the 2011 ECAC Division III South All-Star team. Bethany sophomore outfielder Maria Vallone was a first team selection, while Waynesburg senior pitcher/designated player Amanda Baughman was tabbed to the second team as a utility player.

 

THOMAS MORE TABBED FOR PAC FOOTBALL "FOUR-PEAT" (8/3/11)
Three-time defending conference champion Thomas More College has been picked to again capture the 2011 football championship in the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC), according to the preseason poll released at the 2011 PAC Football Media Day at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe today. Voters in the polls included conference head coaches, sports information directors (SIDs), and members of the media present at the conference media day.

 

GENEVA TABS LORI WYNN FOR WOMEN'S BASKETBALL POST (8/1/11)
Geneva College has announced the hiring of Lori Wynn as the new head coach of the Golden Tornado women's basketball program. She replaces Renee Drake, who resigned last month after two years in the position. Wynn has spent 18 years as a collegiate head coach, including the last eight as head coach at NAIA member Malone University. She began her collegiate playing career at Geneva briefly in 1988 before transferring to and graduating from Houghton (N.Y.) College.

 

RECTENWALD HIRED AS NEW CHATHAM BASKETBALL COACH (7/28/11)
Chatham has hired Sandra Rectenwald to fill the position of head basketball coach, starting in the 2011-12 school year. She replaces Mark Katarski, who resigned to become an assistant coach at NCAA Division I Niagara. Rectenwald comes to Chatham from Swarthmore College, where she served as the Assistant Coach for three years. She is a 2003 graduate of Carnegie Mellon where she was a four-year member of the Tartan basketball team. Rectenwald was selected for the UAA All-Academic team three times, and was a two-time captain for CMU.

 

SEVEN PAC PROGRAMS EARN CSCAA ACADEMIC LAURELS (7/26/11)
Seven PAC swimming & diving programs (Grove City/W&J/Westminster men & women and Saint Vincent women) have earned Team Scholar Awards (3.0 team GPA or higher) for the Spring 2011 semester by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA).

 

MAREK TABBED AS NEW W&J CROSS COUNTRY/TRACK COACH (7/21/11)
Washington & Jefferson has named Shawn Marek as its new head men's & women's cross country/track & field coach. He replaces Mark FitzPatrick, who resigned to take the head coaching job at Denison. Marek recently spent two years as the head coach for both sports at Salem College in Winston Salem, N.C. A 2000 graduate of Saint Bonaventure, Marek was a co-captain for the Bonnies' NCAA Division I cross country squad. 

 

THREE PAC PROGRAMS EARN AVCA TEAM ACADEMIC HONORS (7/21/11)
Three PAC volleyball programs  - Geneva, Thiel and Waynesburg - are among 88 Division III teams and 481 total programs at all levels honored with the 2010-11 Team Academic Award by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). The award honors collegiate volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.
 

PAC FOOTBALL DUO TABBED TO AFCA "GOOD WORKS" TEAM (7/20/11)
A pair of PAC football standouts - Tim Taylor of Thiel and Jay Volker of Thomas More - are among a record 132 student-athletes honored with nomination to the 2011 Allstate Good Works Team, released today by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA). The award recognizes the selfless contributions to volunteerism and community service made by college football student-athletes across the nation and is widely considered the sportís pre-eminent community service award. 

 

PAC PAIR LAUDED IN WBCA D-III ACADEMIC TOP 25 HONOR ROLL (7/12/11)

The top two PAC women's basketball teams in the 2010-11 season - conference champion Thomas More and runner-up Saint Vincent, both NCAA Tournament qualifiers - have equally distinguished themselves in the classroom. Both programs have been honored in the 2010-11 NCAA Division III Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll released by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), which honors teams that carry the highest combined grade point averages (GPAs) inclusive of all student-athletes on their rosters for the entire season. The Saints are ranked 15th (3.484 team GPA) on the list, while the Bearcats are 24th (3.433 team GPA).

 

DRAKE RESIGNS AS GENEVA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL COACH (7/8/11)
Geneva head women's basketball coach Renee Drake has resigned from her position due to family obligations. Drake, a 1,000-point scorer for the Golden Tornadoes during her playing days, was 17-33 in two years leading the Geneva program. A search for a replacement has begun.

 

PAC ANNOUNCES NEW OFFICERS FOR 2011-12 ACADEMIC YEAR (6/30/11)
Richard G. Jewell J.D.
, president of Grove City College, will serve as the chair of the PAC Presidentsí Council in the 2011-12 academic year, beginning on July 1, 2011. Jewell succeeds Dr. Ken Smith, president at Geneva College, who served as the chair of the PAC Presidentsí Council in 2010-11. With Jewell assuming the chair of the Presidentsí Council, the other standing PAC councils will also be chaired by Grove City College representatives in the upcoming academic year.
 

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