Heller Making Waves For Waynesburg
With a depleted stable of running backs, the Waynesburg Yellow Jackets coaching staff had to find someone to hand the ball to in 2007. Graduating two of the top rushers in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference and having to rebuild on the fly may have been too tall of an order for some coaching staffs.

Automatic Bids Have PAC Teams Swimming
PITTSBURGH - Many of the Presidents' Athletic Conference basketball coaches have spent more time over the last decade learning about and analyzing pools than Mark Spitz during his prime.
(Wash.) Observer-Reporter

PAC Men In Rebuilding Mode
One by one, the men's basketball coaches stepped to the podium and offered tales of woe as they talked about the upcoming season at the Presidents' Athletic Conference preseason gathering yesterday at Mellon Arena.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

GCC Men, W&J Women Picked As Favorites At PAC Media Day
PITTSBURGH — The key to winning the Presidents’ Athletic Conference men’s basketball title may have nothing to do with play on the hardwood in 2007-08.
The (Sharon) Herald

Start Of A New Season
PITTSBURGH — Defending champion Grove City edged out Bethany for the top spot in the Presidents Athletic Conference preseason men’s basketball poll during Tuesday’s annual PAC Media Day at Mellon Arena.
The (Wheeling) Intelligencer

W&J Beats Waynesburg In PAC Tournament
Sophomore middle hitter Monika Linden recorded 14 kills, four blocks and four digs as Washington & Jefferson posted a 3-0 victory over Waynesburg in the opening round of the PAC Volleyball Tournament on Tuesday at the W&J's Henry Memorial Center.
The (Uniontown) Herald-Standard

Waynesburg Loses After Debut In Poll
After finally breaking into the NCAA Division III rankings, Waynesburg lost a football game Saturday, but not to just any ordinary team.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Geneva Wins Ugly Over Saint Vincent
BEAVER FALLS - Some coaches will insist there is no such thing as an "ugly" win. None of them could have seen Geneva's 56-27 win over St. Vincent. "It may have been awful to watch but it was even worse to coach," said Geneva head coach Geno DeMarco. "We couldn't get any rhythm going at all."
Beaver County Times

Names in the Games
Women's Volleyball- Westminster College’s Jessi Cooper posted 12 kills in a 30-24, 30-15, 30-24 decision over Thiel on Tuesday in a Presidents’ Athletic Conference battle. Cooper, a senior middle hitter from Laurel, has 381 kills, 31 blocks, 18 digs, four assists and a pair of aces in 107 games.
New Castle News

Presidents Rally To Beat Jackets
WAYNESBURG - There was enough emotion in the locker room at halftime for things to fall apart. Chairs and expletives could have been thrown, heated arguments and incriminating looks could have been exchanged, and team unity could have been left in the trash bucket on the way out for the third quarter.
(Wash.) Observer-Reporter

Waynesburg Gains Respect But Not Victory
WAYNESBURG - One night before the biggest game of Waynesburg's season, Rick Shepas replayed the boxing match between WBC middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik and Jermain Taylor for the football team.
(Wash.) Observer-Reporter

W&J Regroups For 22-21 Win At Waynesburg
The Washington & Jefferson locker room was no different than during any other game this season, although the Presidents were trailing for the first time.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

W&J Linebacker Emerges As Leader Of Strong Defense
David Gitlitz was glad to see No. 1-ranked Ohio State's Big Ten showdown with Penn State was played last night.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

District Roundup
Milton Joyner passed for 239 yards and three touchdowns to lead the host Bison (4-4, 2-3) to a victory in the Presidents' Athletics Conference against Thomas More (4-4, 3-3).
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Waynesburg Drops Heartbreaker To W&J
WAYNESBURG - If this were a boxing match, the scorecard would show a split decision.
The (Uniontown) Herald-Standard

W&J Beats Waynesburg, Takes Control Of PAC
As evenly matched as their records were Saturday, was it any wonder No. 7 Washington & Jefferson escaped Waynesburg with a 22-21 victory over the 21st-ranked Yellow Jackets?
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Area Rivalry In National Spotlight
What once was a heated local rivalry simply because Waynesburg and Washington & Jefferson are located about 20 miles apart down Route I-79 has moved into the national spotlight today for a game between two unbeaten and nationally ranked Division III teams.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Area Ties To Waynesburg-W&J Game Today
Today's showdown between undefeated Waynesburg and Washington & Jefferson will involve 24 players and three coaches with ties to the Youngstown area.
The (Youngstown) Vindicator


Unbeaten Presidents, Jackets Ready For 'Fun'
The Presidents' Athletic Conference title and accompanying playoff berth are at stake. So are bragging rights.
(Wash.) Observer-Reporter

Area College Football Preview
Thomas More lost to Geneva, 10-9, while Bethany beat Westminster, 41-21. Bethany snapped a four-game losing streak and a five-game skid against Westminster.
The (Youngstown) Vindicator

He's Only 5-7, But Strothers Makes Big Plays For Waynesburg
At times, Stefon Strothers can blend into a crowd of players. At 5-7, he can be easy to miss, until he's stepping in front of the football to make a game-changing interception.
(Wash.) Observer-Reporter

Titans To Induct Six Into Hall
Westminster College will induct six into the Titan Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday during halftime of the football game against Frostburg State.
The (Sharon) Herald

Bethany Looking For Two In A Row
BETHANY — When the Bethany College football team hosts Thomas More (Ky.) College (4-3, 2-2) Saturday at 1 p.m., the Bison (3-4, 1-3) will not only be looking for their second win in a row this season but also against the Saints.
The (Steubenville) Herald Star

Women's Soccer
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. — The Titans improve their record to 13-3-2 on the season and 6-0 in the Prsidents' Athletic Conference while the Cougars drop to 4-10-2 and 0-5-1 in the league.
The (Youngstown) Vindicator

News And Notes
Waynesburg had its final tune-up last weekend prior to hosting the eighth-ranked Presidents of Washington and Jefferson this Saturday afternoon. Despite allowing three second half touchdowns to the Thiel, the Yellow Jackets were able to preserve a 25-20 victory.

Presidents' Good Hands People
Dave Ravida has two good-luck charms he keeps close by for each of his football games.
(Wash.) Observer-Reporter

Local Roundup
Saint Vincent 3, Waynesburg 0 - The Yellow Jackets made a late push in the third set, but couldn't avoid the shutout on Senior Night at the Rudy Marisa Fieldhouse. The Lady Bearcats won by the scores 30-25, 30-16 and 30-28.

The (Uniontown) Herald-Standard

W&J, Waynesburg Prepare For PAC Showdown
Though it is Westminster (Pa.) that carries the nickname, Titans, in the Presidents' Athletic Conference, two other football teams from the league are preparing for what could be a titanic battle Saturday.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

DeMarco Wins 100th Career Game
Before Geno DeMarco coached his first football game against Division III William Patterson University in 1993, he neglected one small detail. "I was so nervous before the game I forgot to get the footballs out," said DeMarco. "We lined up to play, and we didn't have any footballs." Despite that glitch, Geneva went on to a 10-9 victory.
Beaver County Times

Waynesburg (7-0) Holds Off Thiel...
WAYNESBURG - You've probably heard of teams having a bend-but-don't-break defense. It's a common phrase used for football teams that tend to give up yardage, but don't allow opponents to score. After Saturday's performance, Waynesburg University might want to consider calling its defense a bend-then-make-a-big-play unit.
(Washington) Observer-Reporter

...As W&J (7-0) Rolls, Looks Ahead
GROVE CITY - Football players and, in particular, coaches tend to be a superstitious lot. Most believe it's bad luck and nearly all think it's bad form to talk about future games. The fear is that an opponent will be overlooked and a season destroyed because of a lack of, what they call, focus.
(Washington) Observer-Reporter

District College Roundup
W&J 49, Grove City 14: Bobby Swallow threw for 256 yards and five scores as the Presidents (7-0, 3-0) won at Grove City (3-5, 3-3) in the Presidents' Athletic Conference. Luke Espe and Craig Besong each had two touchdown catches.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Senior LB From Canon-Mac is Jackets' Stinger
Brendon Steele has chosen a road that is traveled by few collegiate athletes. Steele, a 2004 graduate of Canon-McMillan High School, is playing football and baseball while attending Waynesburg University.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Waynesburg RB Sets School Marks in Victory
Bo Heller set school records for single-season rushing yards and carries in Waynesburg's 25-20 victory over Thiel in a NCAA Division III Presidents' Athletic Conference game. Heller (Ringgold) rushed for 135 yards and a touchdown on 32 attempts. His 1,305 yards rushing yards broke the mark set by Ryan Abels in 2005. His 238 carries broke Rich Dahar's record of 230 set in 1966.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Yellow Jackets Go To 7-0 With 25-20 Victory Over Thiel
WAYNESBURG - Waynesburg did its part by defeating Thiel, 25-20. Washington & Jefferson did its share as well by defeating Grove City, 49-14. The stage is set for Presidents Athletic Conference showdown next week at John F. Wiley Stadium. Two unbeaten teams will enter, but only one will leave with an unblemished record.
The (Uniontown) Herald-Standard

Thiel's Herrmann Preseason Honorable Mention; Scudere Falls at PAC Tennis Championships
Thiel College senior forward Joe Herrmann, a Jamestown High graduate, has been named a pre-season honorable mention All-American selection by D-III News, the country’s top Division III basketball publication.
The (Sharon) Herald

Bowers' Record Falls
You know what they say about records. They were made to be broken. Well, former West Middlesex High School and Grove City College running sensation, R.J. Bowers, had his NCAA all-division career rushing record surpassed recently. Bowers' record of 7,353 yards was established while playing for the Grove City College Wolverines.
The (Youngstown) Vindicator


District College Preview
No. 25 Waynesburg, 6-0 for the first time since 1967, is in the Division III ranking for the first time this season.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Scudere To Play For PAC Tennis Championships
Westminster College sophomore April Scudere, a Brookfield High graduate, will compete for Presidents’ Athletic Conference tennis championships on Saturday in both singles and doubles.
The (Sharon) Herald

SLIDESHOW: Grove City College vs. Thiel In PAC Football Action
The (Sharon) Herald

DeMarco Says Geneva 'Special'
BEAVER FALLS - An open week in the middle of the season has given Geno DeMarco some time to reflect. The more the Geneva College football coach thinks about his team's 4-2 start in its first season at the NCAA Division III level after leaving the NAIA, the better he feels.
Beaver County Times

Names in the Games
Women's Cross Country Waynesburg - Waynesburg’s Janet Carson finished fourth at the Waynesburg Invitational. Carson, a sophomore from Ellwood City, finished in 25:45.
New Castle News

Area Athletes Help Stem St. Vincent's Struggles
That St. Vincent College's football team is struggling this season comes as no surprise. The Bearcats restarted the sport after a nearly five-decade layoff.
(Washington) Observer-Reporter

PG North: NA Grad Gives Extra Effort
North Allegheny High School graduate Ryan Rylands deflected an extra-point attempt with 3:05 left to preserve the lead in Grove City's 14-13 win over Thiel College in the 24th annual battle for the Mercer County Cup.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Area College Previews - Saturday's Games
Westminster (3-3, 1-2 PAC) vs. Bethany (2-4, 0-3 PAC)
When: 1:30 p.m., Bethany Field, Bethany. W. Va.
Series: Westminster leads, 34-9-2.
Radio-TV: WWNW-FM 88.9 in New Wilmington; WVBC-FM 88.1, Bethany;, (code 3724), Westminster Cable Network (WCN), taped, aired Sunday, 7:30 p.m.
The (Youngstown) Vindicator

Women's Soccer
Despite allowing only one first-half goal, the Waynesburg University women's soccer team fell to Westminster College, 5-0, in Presidents' Athletic Conference action.
(Wash.) Observer-Reporter

Thiel's Stimac A Very Impressive Student-Athlete
In a 15-minute telephone conversation Michael Stimac shatters every negative stereotype of the college athlete, while restoring one’s faith in the next generation.
The (Sharon) Herald

Swallow Takes Flight As W&J Quarterback
The sun was setting as Washington & Jefferson coach Mike Sirianni and his quarterback, Bobby Swallow, huddled alone on the field at Harold Burry Stadium long after a 32-14 loss to Salisbury State in the opening game last season.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Yellow Jackets Continue Toward Meeting With Presidents
Waynesburg is 6-0 in 2007. The last time they achieved such a mark, Lyndon B. Johnson was president, in 1967.

Zerhusen leads Saints past St. Vincent
Thomas More scored 34 unanswered points, including 27 in the fourth quarter, to keep St. Vincent winless, beating the Bearcats 44-17 at Chuck Noll Field Saturday in Latrobe, Pa.
The Cincinnati Post

Local Schools' Run Of Success Is Unprecedented

These are strange and mysterious times for the area's small college football fans.
(Wash.) Observer-Reporter

College Roundup
Volleyball: Westminster def, Grove City 3-0 (30-22, 30-21, 30-26).
The (Youngstown) Vindicator)

Grove City vs. Thiel Highlights

Swallow To McCafferty Leads To Another W&J Blowout
NEW WILMINGTON - Brian Dawson had Todd Fry. Chris Edwards had Aaron Krepps. Bobby Swallow has Tom McCafferty.
(Wash.) Observer-Reporter

Waynesburg At 6-0 For First Time Since 1967
BETHANY, W.Va. - Everybody around the Presidents' Athletic Conference talks about the Waynesburg University football team's running attack, and they should.
(Wash.) Observer-Reporter

QB Leads W&J To Easy Win
Westminster's 58-18 home loss yesterday against nationally-ranked Washington & Jefferson was tough to Swallow.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

W&J Overwhelms Westminster
NEW WILMINGTON - Bobby Swallow learned the meaning of accuracy at an early age, firing footballs at a moving bucket in the backyard of his eastern Ohio home.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Yellow Jackets Sting Bison, 45-7, To Stay Perfect At 6-0
Andy Griffith was the most popular television show. The Beatles' Sgt. Peppers' Lonely Hearts Club Band won a Grammy. A stamp would set you back a nickel and a gallon of gas cost 33 cents. The year was 1967.
The (Uniontown) Herald-Standard

Grove City College captures Mercer County Cup
GREENVILLE — The Mercer County Cup is not constructed of crystal, it’s not the crown jewels, and it’s not comparable to winning the BCS or Super Bowl’s Vince Lombardi trophies.
The (Sharon) Herald

McKolosky, Ziegler Set Pace For Westminster Offense
NEW WILMINGTON — In much the same way the Air Force and Army do for the United States armed forces, wide receiver Brett Ziegler and tailback Nick McKolosky take care of business for the Westminster Titan football team through the air and on the ground.
The (Johnstown) Tribune Democrat

Mercer Has Hand In Mercer Cup Win
GREENVILLE — For the first time since 2003, the Mercer County Cup is back in Grove City.
The (Youngstown) Vindicator

Names in the Games
Waynesburg - Waynesburg’s Janet Carson finished 11th at the Bobcat Invitational hosted by Pitt-Greensburg. Carson, a sophomore from Ellwood City, finished in 27:22.6.
New Castle News

District College Preview
Waynesburg (5-0, 2-0) at Bethany (2-3, 0-2), 2 p.m. -- Waynesburg, 5-0 for the first time since 1978, features tailback Robert Heller, a freshman from Ringgold High who leads Division III in rushing yards (1,040), rushing yards per game (208.0) and scoring (19.2 ppg).
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Thiel, GCC Battle for Mercer County Cup
The 24th edition of the annual Mercer County Cup will take place this afternoon as the Grove City and Thiel college football teams renew their Presidents’ Athletic Conference rivalry beginning 1 p.m. at Alumni Stadium/Stoeber Field, Greenville.
The (Sharon) Herald

Burin Overcomes Adversity
Jennifer Burin had to learn how to surmount adversity over five years spent with the Bethany College women's soccer team in Bethany, W. Va.
The (Youngstown) Vindicator

Gitlitz Leads Presidents Into Tough Stretch Of The Season
Washington & Jefferson's football team emerged from the soft belly of its schedule last week and had a closer-than-wanted 28-12 victory over Thiel.
(Wash.) Observer-Reporter

College Football Area Preview
W&J topped Thiel, 28-12, last Saturday, while Westminster lost to Thomas More, 34-7.
The (Youngstown) Vindicator

Saint Earn Shutout
Junior Garry Sheahan scored off a free kick in the 16th minute to give Thomas More a 1-0 win over Grove City Wednesday in Presidents' Athletic Conference action in Wilder.
Cincinnati Post

Mercer County Cup At Stake
Thiel and Grove City college football teams will clash Saturday afternoon at Thiel with the Mercer County Cup at stake. Thiel has won the last three meetings of the friendly rivals
The (Sharon) Herald

Area Grads Pace Westminster Soccer Team

Mars Area High School graduates Mallory Bugel and Mandy Bearrow and North Allegheny grad Kristen Martin are starters on the Westminster College women's soccer team, which is off to a 7-2-2 start.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

First Start At Westminster

Blackhawk graduate Adam Falkowski made his first start for the Westminster College football team and led the Titans with 11 total tackles in Saturday's 34-7 loss to Thomas More.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Women's Soccer
Junior Christina Adams and sophomore Lauren Graeser each scored one goal and assisted on two others as Westminster topped Washington & Jefferson, 3-0, in PAC action at Alexandre Stadium.
(Wash.) Observer-Reporter

Bison Play Host To Undefeated Waynesburg
If the Bethany College football team wants to claim its first Presidents Athletic Conference victory of the season Saturday, it will have a tall order in front of it, as they play host to undefeated Waynesburg (Pa.) University for the Bison’s Homecoming contest.
The Wheeling Intelligencer

News And Notes
For just the second time this season, the Washington and Jefferson Presidents were held under 50 points in a 28-12 victory over the Thiel Tomcats.

Geneva Adds Men's, Women's Indoor Track And Field
Geneva, in its first year of NCAA Division III competition, has added men's and women's indoor track and field.
Pittsburg Tribune-Review

Men's Soccer
Chad Swisher's hat trick paced Thiel College to a 4-1 victory at Waynesburg in a PAC match.
(Wash.) Observer-Reporter

Area College Roundup
The Titans (3-2, 1-1 Presidents' Athletic Conference) came into the game ranked seventh in NCAA Division III defense, but Thomas More (3-2, 2-2) had 324 yards, including 184 passing.
The (Youngstown) Vindicator

Geneva Can't Solve Salisbury
BEAVER FALLS - Geno DeMarco, like most football coaches, is good at beating himself up when things go wrong. So, DeMarco was pretty rough on himself Saturday night after Geneva College dropped a 20-7 decision to Salisbury in a non-conference game at Reeves Field.
Beaver County Times

Presidents Ad-Lib in Victory Over Thiel
Over the last three weeks, the Washington & Jefferson College football team followed a simple script: Take the ball, score early and often, and cruise to a blowout win.
(Washington) Observer-Reporter

Jackets Give Bearcats Krull Treatment
WAYNESBURG - Ryan Krull was almost unstoppable. The first time St. Vincent College quarterback Mark Speal threw a pass Saturday, Krull broke hard to the post, fought off an opponent and hauled in the aerial. A few minutes later, Krull caught Speal's second pass of the day and raced up the sideline for a touchdown.
(Washington) Observer-Reporter

District Roundup
Grove City 36, Bethany 15: The host Wolverines broke open a tight game with 15 unanswered points in the fourth quarter in the Presidents' Athletic Conference. The Bison lost despite 151 yards rushing by Marcus Santini. Andrew DiDonato led Grove City with 190 yards passing.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

District Roundup
Waynesburg 42, St. Vincent 20 - Waynesburg (5-0), off to its best start since 1978, jumped to a 28-point lead in the first quarter and cruised past St. Vincent (0-5) in a Presidents' Athletic Conference game. Bo Heller (Ringgold) rushed for 130 yards and scored three touchdowns.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Yellow Jackets Sting Bearcats, 42-20
WAYNESBURG - History was on both sides of the ball in Waynesburg University's Presidents' Athletic Conference home opener against St. Vincent College Saturday.
The (Uniontown) Herald-Standard


Names in the Games
Grove City - Grove City’s Joey Cortez finished 95th at the Paul Short Invitational hosted by Lehigh University. Cortez, a senior from Ellwood City, finished in a time of 27:55.
New Castle News

District Colleges
Salisbury (5-0) at Geneva (4-1), 6 p.m. -- Geneva won its third in a row and the 500th in school history with a 29-7 victory against La Salle last week. ... A Geneva defense that allows 13.0 points per game will be challenged by Salisbury's offense that generates 43 points and 315 yards rushing per game.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Local Roundup
Waynesburg University 3, LaRoche College 0 - The Waynesburg University volleyball team used a career-best offense performance from junior right-side hitter Lindsey Garrison to defeat La Roche College on Friday evening by a 3-0 (30-27, 30-19, 30-19) count at the Rudy Marisa Fieldhouse during Homecoming weekend. The Yellow Jackets improve to 6-15 on the year, while the Redhawks fall to 6-15 overall.
The (Uniontown) Herald-Standard


Geneva takes on No. 13 Salisbury
The Salisbury University football program may not been well-known to most area football fans.
Beaver County Times

Collier Having Lots Of Success As Running Back At Thomas More
Cordario Collier has plenty to brag about as the top running back on the Thomas More College football team.
The News & Tribune

College Notebook
It's hard to imagine Washington & Jefferson's football team having a more productive game than last week's 64-6 drubbing of Saint Vincent, which restarted football this season after a four-decade layoff.
(Wash.) Observer-Reporter

Area Colleges
Westminster's 14-7 Homecoming win over Grove City last Saturday gave the Titans their first 3-1 start since 2000.
The (Youngstown) Vindicator

Bowers' Mark As All-Time Rushing Leader About To Fall
R.J. Bowers didn't think his all-division career rushing record would last forever. He just didn't figure it would be in jeopardy so soon.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Local Briefs
Women's Soccer: Four different players scored for Grove City in a 4-0 win over visiting Waynesburg in a Presidents' Athletic Conference match.
(Wash.) Observer-Reporter

South Park Grad A PAC Man
South Park graduate Chris Ellwanger was named Presidents' Athletic Conference Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Thomas More Update
Homecoming weekend:
The Thomas More athletic teams celebrated homecoming last weekend by going 4-1.
The Enquirer


Around The Region
The Washington and Jefferson Presidents continue with their assault on the record books. Last weekend at St. Vincent, the Presidents broke two NCAA Division III records.

W&J Rout Of Saint Vincent Sets 2 Division III Marks
Washington & Jefferson set NCAA Division III records with 863 yards of offense and 41 first downs in a 64-6 victory against Saint Vincent on Saturday.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Saints Blank Mount In Men's Soccer
Freshman Aaron Osborne and junior Garry Sheahan scored two goals each as Thomas More defeated Mount St. Joseph, 5-0, in men's soccer Monday.
The Kentucky Post

Third Quarter Does In Saints
Waynesburg scored two third-quarter touchdowns to break a 6-6 tie and post a 20-6 Presidents' Athletic Conference victory over Thomas More on Saturday at Dixie Heights High School.
The Kentucky Post


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