Names in the Games
Caitlin Lehberger and her older brother Chris Lehberger fared well for Westminster in a nonconference dual meet against Carnegie Mellon.
New Castle News

Women's Basketball
Sophomore Tara Harris of Zanesville scored seven points and grabbed six rebounds in Bethany College's 69-56 victory over Waynesburg Wednesday.
Zanesville Times-Recorder


Westmoreland Football Player Remembered
A memorial service was held on Wednesday morning for a volunteer firefighter and Geneva College football player who died of leukemia.  Brandon Lewis lost a four-year battle with cancer on Jan. 2. Those who knew Lewis from the school gathered to remember their friend and teammate.

Campus Roundup
John Bodle, Westminster: Bodle swam one individual event against Carnegie Mellon on Saturday, finishing eighth in the 200 fly. He also was a part of the 400 free relay team that finished seventh with a time of 3:34.46. The Titans fell to CMU 151-111.
The Progress

College Notebook: Former 'Cat Has Perfect Form For Grove City
Former Newark High School graduate Joe McCoy had a perfect night shooting for Grove City (Pa.) College in a 75-68 President's Athletic Conference win against Thiel.  McCoy, a senior guard, led the way for the Wolverines with 16 points.
Newark Advocate

Geneva's Inexperience Shows In Loss
When David Phillips played his high school basketball for Beaver Falls last season, he had some remarkable hot streaks. One of those streaks followed him to College Hill as the freshman made eight of 11 three-pointers as Geneva College rode that streak to a lead as big as 15 points over Washington & Jefferson.

Beaver County Times

College Basketball Roundup
Washington & Jefferson 84, Geneva 82: Josip Lucic-Jozak made two free throws with four seconds remaining to lift Washington & Jefferson to an 84-84 win over Geneva.  Lucic-Jozak made all nine of his free throws in the game as he scored 17 points. He also added a team-high nine rebounds. W&J was 23 of 27 from the foul line.

PG South: Mental Toughness Gives W&J An Edge In The PAC
The fact the Washington & Jefferson College women's basketball team was 15-2 overall and led the Presidents' Athletic Conference at 7-1 before last night's contest at Geneva comes as no surprise.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Jackets Blow 15-Point Lead, Fall To Bethany, 77-67
Every loss hurts. But Waynesburg University's 77-67 defeat at the hands of Bethany College at the Rudy Marissa Field House on Wednesday will be one that the Yellow Jackets will want to forget as quickly as possible.
The Herald Standard

Bethany Women Deal Waynesburg a 69-59 Loss
Bethany College women's basketball team went into the visitors' locker room of the Rudy Marissa Field House at the half in what had been a low-shooting game. But the Bison (4-5, 8-10) came out firing in the second half to deal Waynesburg University a second straight loss, 69-56.
The Herald Standard

TMC To Host Thiel In Hoops
Thomas More College hosts Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) rival Thiel College on Wednesday in a men's and women's basketball doubleheader at the Connor Convocation Center in Crestview Hills.
Cincinnati Enquirer

Thomas More College Athletes of the Week
MALE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK...Romell Salon...Sport: Basketball...Class/Position: Junior/Guard...Hometown: Cincinnati...High school: Walnut Hills...What Romell did last week: Salon averaged 8.0 points and 3.0 rebounds per game in two games last week.
Cincinnati Enquirer

Campus Corner
Swimming...Kate Wilt (Bellefonte, Grove City) was fifth in the 200 freestyle in :28.40, third in the 200 breaststroke in :33.94 and swam the leadoff leg of the 400 freestyle relay which Grove City won in 3:46.13. Grove City lost to Denison, 161-124 to fall to 8-3.
Centre Daily

Wrestling...Mel Berry Duals...Thiel 36, WVU Tech 13...Thiel 31, Mercyhurst North East 17...Thiel 27, Muskingum 24...Thiel 30, Rochester Institute of Technology 20
The (Youngstown) Vindicator

District Highlights
Grove City 57, Geneva 43 Geneva was outscored by 17 points in the second half to slide back to the .500 mark (8-8). Rachel Barry led the Golden Tornadoes with 15 points, while teammate Michawn Rich had 17 rebounds. For Grove City, Christine Slater (Center) had 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Beaver County Times

Waynesburg's Wrestling Revival
On this sunny Saturday afternoon, nearly 200 people sat inside Marisa Fieldhouse to watch the Waynesburg University wrestling team battle Gannon.  Football coach Rick Shepas was there, so was softball coach Lou Giachetti.

Basketball Highlights
Thiel 74, Waynesburg 54: Waynesburg had one of its worst games of the year, suffering a 20-point loss at home to a team that came into the game with a 1-15 record, losing 74-54 to Thiel.


Washington Sunday: Patience Begins To Pay For W&J Wrestling Coach
Young and promising are two words that describe the Washington & Jefferson College wrestling team. "We have 20 kids and only two are seniors," Presidents coach Jay Robison said. "Most of our kids are either sophomores or freshman."

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Washington Sunday: Avella Grad Helps Bethany's Cause
National awards and recognition are not usually one of the perks that come with playing Division III women's college basketball.  But one Bethany College player received such national praise for her efforts last month. The problem was, she wasn't even aware of it.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Thiel Rolls Past Waynesburg
Thiel coach Tim Loomis and Waynesburg coach Frank Ferraro each had different ideas of the how Saturday's Presidents' Athletic Conference game result occurred, but neither doubted the final score as the Tomcats rolled over the Yellow Jackets 74-54.
Herald Standard

Tomcats Slip Past Waynesburg
Ashley Davis' heart is probably still pounding, but then again whose heart wouldn't after delivering their team to victory with a last-second basket.  "My heart is still beating fast," Davis said with smile after the game. "I always think when I'm playing, what would Ray Allen do ... W.W.R.A."
Herald Standard

Sports Digest
WEXFORD, Pa. ó Eleven area student athletes, including four from Westminster College and three from Thiel, have been named to the Presidentsí Athletic Conference Academic Honor Roll for the fall semester of 2008.
The (Youngstown) Vindicator

Women's Basketball
Bethany College sophomore Tara Harris had a nine-point, four-rebound effort to help the Bisons top Washington & Jefferson 66-61 on Wednesday. The Zanesville alum contributed four points and five rebounds off the bench in the Bisons' 67-62 victory over Westminster College 67-62 on Saturday.
Zanesville Times-Recorder


The Lessons of Chuck Noll
LATROBE, Pa. -- There is nothing fancy about where the name went. At least it's spelled right. The words "Chuck Noll Field" hang neatly over a brick press box, two stories above the grass at Saint Vincent College. Noll would be happy about its simplicity.

Names in the Games
Westminster College swim records continue to fall courtesy of Caitlin Lehberger. Lehberger, a freshman from Wilmington, set a pool record in the 400-yard individual medley Saturday as the Lady Titans defeated Mount Union (Ohio) in a nonconference matchup at the Westminster Natatorium, 106-88.
New Castle News

Chatham Offers Big-City, Small-School Environment
Dan and Mary Beth Pais encouraged their three daughters, Danielle and identical twins Kaitlin and Jessica, to get involved in sports when they were young ... Though they each found a different sport in which to excel, the three sisters all ended up choosing to attend Chatham University, where they continue to compete in sports as they pursue their degrees.
South Hills Record


District College Basketball: Geneva Men Fall to Westminster
Richard Colick scored all 16 of his points during a second-half run that saw the Geneva menís team trim a 19-point deficit to one. But in the 200th meeting with Westminster, Geneva couldnít close the comeback.
Beaver County Times

Thomas More Notebook
Five Thomas More College players were listed among the players to watch in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper: senior third baseman Jake Brown (Elder High School), junior shortstop Chris Fishburn (Elder), sophomore second baseman Sam Schmeltzer (South Dearborn), junior pitcher Kyle Wewe (Franklin County) and sophomore first baseman Spencer Franzreb (Oak Hills).
Cincinnati Enquirer

No. 20 W&J Women Falter at Bethany
It was a night where not much went right for Washington & Jefferson's women's basketball team. The Presidents were outshot from the field, foul line and three-point range. Add to that getting outrebounded on the road and the end result was a 66-61 loss at Bethany.
(Washington) Observer-Reporter

Thiel Women, Grove City Men Winners in Twinbill
GROVE CITY ó It was an split for the Thiel and Grove City basketball teams as the Thiel women won, 54-44, before the Grove City men pulled away for a 75-68 win.
The (Youngstown) Vindicator (1/22)
Grove City-Thiel Basketball Highlights


Thomas More Athletes of the Week
MALE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK...Eddie Brown...Sport: Men's basketball...Class/Position: Sophomore/wing...Hometown: Hamilton, Ohio...High school: Badin...What Brown did last week: Eddie scored 10 points, pulled down five rebounds and recorded two steals in the Saints only game last week, a 92-74 win at Geneva (Pa.) College
Cincinnati Enquirer

Thomas More's Dickman Honored By PAC
Thomas More College sophomore center Nicole Dickman (Notre Dame Academy) has been named the Presidents' Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week.  Dickman averaged 18.5 points and 8.0 rebounds for the 2-0 Saints last week, as No. 16-ranked Thomas More defeated Geneva College, 77-59, and Chatham University, 75-27.
Cincinnati Enquirer

McKolosky Naps Top Awards
Westmont Hilltop graduate Nick McKolosky was honored at the Westminster College football team awards banquet on Sunday.  A junior tailback, McKolosky was named the team's most valuable player and offensive most valuable player.
The (Johnstown) Tribune-Democrat

Thomas More Notebook
The No. 16-ranked Thomas More College women's basketball team's 75-27 win over Chatham (Pa.) University on Saturday was head coach Brian Neal's 100th career coaching win. Neal is 100-25 (.800) in his fifth season. His first career win was Nov. 19, 2004 when the Saints defeated Calvin (Mich.) College, 74-26, in the Capital Classic in Columbus, Ohio.
Cincinnati Enquirer

Twin Towers' Dominate, Lead W&J Past Waynesburg
At times, it seemed to be as easy as taking candy from a baby. Make that a sleeping baby.  Throw the basketball into the low post, throw it off the rim, throw it off the backboard. Heck, just throw the ball in the direction of the basket and Wahab Owolabi and Josip Lucic-Jozak - the Twin Towers for Washington & Jefferson College - would grab it and score, or at least get fouled by Waynesburg.

Washington Sunday: WPIAL Talent Lifts Yellow Jackets Wrestling Team To Winning Record
Thirteen wins and 82 losses -- that's the combined record over the past seven seasons of the Waynesburg University wrestling teamThe Yellow Jackets were winless last season and had only two wins in the past three years.  With that in mind, it's amazing to see that Waynesburg entered the weekend with a 7-2 record.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Washington Sunday: W&J's Women's Team Impresses Its Coach
The fact the Washington & Jefferson College women's basketball team was 13-1 overall and led the Presidents' Athletic Conference comes as no surprise.  After all, the Presidents were 23-7 last season and had all of their starters returning.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Same Old Story For Thiel Team Against Geneva
It was the same old story for the Thiel College menís basketball team Saturday against Geneva.  Inconsistency on offense, coupled with the inability to protect the basketball which led to turnovers and many times points for the opponent, once again hurt the Tomcats in an 88-71 loss.
The (Youngstown) Vindicator

Thiel Ladies Finally Put It All Together To Subdue Geneva
On the heels of a frustrating overtime loss to Westminster earlier in the week, Thiel womenís basketball coach Artina Trader wasnít sure how her young team would respond.
The (Youngstown) Vindicator

Names in the Games
Women's Swimming -
Westminsterís Caitlin Lehberger was solid in a 151-103 verdict over Rollins College. Lehberger, a freshman from Wilmington, claimed three events in the victory. She won the 100 (1:09.78) and 200 (2:31.40) breaststroke, while also swimming a leg on the victorious 200 medley relay team (1:56.32).
New Castle News

Campus Notes
Grove Cityís Christine Slater (Center), a sophomore forward, had 11 points and a team-high six rebounds in a loss to Thomas More. In a win over Bethany, she had 14 points.
Beaver County Times

Early Lead Helps Westminster Roll
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. ó Heading into their Presidentsí Athletic Conference meeting Wednesday night, the Westminster and Thiel menís basketball teams had combined for just three wins this season. The Titans, though, bolted out to an early lead and went on to an 80-63 win.
The (Youngstown) Vindicator

Area Grads Pace Titans to OT Victory Over Thiel
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. ó At first glance at the teamís records, Thielís womenís basketball matchup with Westminster was expected to be a close game. The teams didnít disappoint, as the Titans outscored the Tomcats 14-8 in overtime for a 76-70 victory Wednesday night.
The (Youngstown) Vindicator


District Highlights: Penn State Beaver Beats Geneva For First Time
For the first time in a nine-game series, the Geneva menís basketball team lost to its cross-country rival, Penn State Beaver, on the court.  Four players, led by Geneva transfer Matt Franitti (Blackhawk), scored in double figures as Penn State Beaver got hot in the second half to down Geneva 71-66 at the Penn State Beaver Fieldhouse on Monday.

Beaver County Times

Bethany Men Down
All 12 players who saw time scored and five reached double figures, as the Bethany men's basketball team defeated the Franciscan University of Steubenville, 93-56, Monday night in non-conference action.
Steubenville Herald Star

Bethany Cruises Past Franciscan, 93-56
All 12 players who saw time scored and five reached double figures, for the Bethany menís basketball team to a 93-56 win over Franciscan in non-conference action.  The Bison (9-6) fired in a trio of 3-pointers during a 14-3 spurt to start the game.
The (Youngstown) Vindicator

Area Baseball Teams Hit Rankings
Amid talk of "pitchers and catchers preparing to report to camp," two district college baseball teams have been recognized in the early going for the 2009 college baseball season.  Thiel is ranked No. 21 in an NCAA Division III preseason poll coordinated by College Baseball magazine...
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

College Basketball
Washington & Jefferson senior basketball player Veronica Kust (Riverview) was named the Presidents' Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Thomas More College Notebook
The Thomas More College men's basketball team made a school-record 14 3-pointers in an 80-48 win over Grove City last week. The Saints were 14-of-28 from long range, and seven different Saints made at least one 3-pointer.
Cincinnati Enquirer

District Highlights
Geneva 75, Waynesburg 60 Christine Carugati and Alyssa Miller each scored a game-high 19 points to lead hot-shooting Geneva. Carugati (Beaver) made 8 of 12 shots from the field and 3 of 6 from 3-point range as Geneva (7-5) shot 51 percent overall and 58 percent from beyond the arc.
Beaver County Times

Geneva Men Roll Past Waynesburg
Coach Jeff Santarsiero got a little emotional during his pre-game speech Saturday night and his Geneva College menís basketball team responded by snapping a four-game losing streak.

Beaver County Times

Senior Hits Clutch Shot As W&J Upsets No. 9 TM
Clinging to a two-point lead over Thomas More, the No. 9-ranked team in NCAA Division III, with less than one minute to play Saturday afternoon, the Washington & Jefferson College women's basketball team needed one more basket to pull off the biggest regular-season win in the program's history.

Big Run Boosts Bethany
Team basketball is something that first-year Bethany men's basketball coach Mike Summey has emphasized since arriving at the Brooke County campus.  And again Saturday afternoon, his Bison went out and showed their mentor that they have been paying attention and will play as one.

The Intelligencer

More Men's Basketball
Malone 93, Geneva 69 Malone shot nearly 61 percent in the first half to take a 21-point halftime lead and cruise to the victory. Brandon Harvey topped Geneva (2-9) with 18 points, while Dave Phillips added 11.

Beaver County Times

Area Colleges
Men...Washington & Jefferson 77, Thiel 62...GREENVILLE, Pa. ó Thiel led by as many as nine points in the second half before a 14-0 run propelled W&J to the victory Wednesday night. Thiel was led Cory Chaffee with 14 points, while Sean Devinney and Nick Sefscik added 11 and 10 points, respectively. Josip Lucic-Jozak led W&J with 30 points, while Wahab Owolabi added 22 points and 12 rebounds.
The (Youngstown) Vindicator

Waynesburg Rallies Past Westminster
A layup by Colby Grubich with 7:31 remaining in the game broke a 67-67 tie and helped Waynesburg defeat Westminster 88-82 in a Presidents' Athletic Conference contest at Marisa Fieldhouse.  Though Waynesburg (2-2, 5-7) led throughout most of the contest, Westminster (2-2, 2-12) took the lead midway through the second half.

District College Roundup
...Freshman Emily Fenton hit two free throws with 5.4 seconds remaining to lead St. Vincent (9-3) to a 70-69 win against visiting Bethany College (4-7). Fenton led all scorers with 16 points.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Local Roundup
Westminster 58, Waynesburg 53 - The Yellow Jackets couldn't hold onto a 12-point lead in the second half, dropping a Presidents' Athletic Conference home game to the Titans.
The (Uniontown) Herald-Standard

TMC Women Lead Standings; Men Second
Cincinnati Enquirer

College Basketball Highlights
...Geneva 78, Fredonia 44 Geneva got back into the win column by dominating Fredonia, racing to a 31-11 halftime lead before coasting. Christine Carugati (Beaver) led the Golden Tornadoes with 15 points, while Michawn Rich had 14 (12-of-13 shooting from the free-throw line) and Beth DeLuca (Blackhawk) had 14 off the bench, including 3-for-3 from 3-point range.
Beaver County Times

Thomas More Athletes of the Week
MALE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK...Matty Owens...Sport: Basketball...Class/Position: Senior/Wing...Hometown: Mason, Ohio...High school: Mason...What Matty did last week: Owens averaged 11.5 points and 2.0 rebounds per game to help lead the Saints to a 2-0 week as they defeated Wilmington College and Waynesburg University.
Cincinnati Enquirer

Saints Stats Among Nation's Top Five
Two members of the No. 4-ranked Thomas More College women's basketball team are ranked in the top five in two statistical categories.  Sophomore center Nicole Dickman (Notre Dame Academy) is ranked second in field-goal percentage, shooting 67.3 percent (66 of 98) from the floor.
Cincinnati Enquirer

Bethany Remains Unbeaten At Home
BETHANY - Seeking its fifth straight victory on the home court Monday night at Hummel Field House, the Bethany College men's basketball team raced out to a 15-point lead in the opening half and relied on the clutch free-throw shooting of freshman guard Lance Beckwith at the end for a 71-64 victory against Denison.
The Intelligencer

Thiel Baseball Ranked No. 21
GREENVILLE, Pa. ó College Baseball magazine has picked Thiel College as the preseason No. 21 team in the country, the only Presidentsí Athletic Conference team to be recognized.
The (Youngstown) Vindicator

District Colleges: Geneva Men Lose Again
St. Vincent 80, Geneva 68 Once again, not enough defense for the Geneva menís team. St. Vincent shot 50 percent for the game while, defensively, forcing Geneva into 20 turnovers.
Beaver County Times

W&J Falls to Westminster
Sophomore guard Max Spinner scored 13 points off the bench, including a key three-pointer late in the second half, to help Westminster record a 63-54 Presidents' Athletic Conference victory over Washington & Jefferson at Henry Memorial Center Saturday.
(Washington) Observer-Reporter

Cecchetti Shines
Washington & Jefferson College freshman wrestler Zach Cecchetti, a Kiski Area graduate, won the 125-pound title last week at the Florida Citrus Open. Cecchetti (15-6) went 4-0 in the tournament to win his first collegiate championship.
Valley News Dispatch

North Huntingdon Athlete Fought Illness to Follow His Dreams
As a member of the Norwin High School football team, Brandon Lewis looked forward to the day he could play college football. Although he was diagnosed with leukemia during football camp in his senior year, the 2005 graduate of Norwin High was determined to reach his goal. He attended Geneva College, but he never got to play.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Local Roundup
Thomas More (Ky.) 70, Waynesburg 45 - The road was unkind to the visiting Yellow Jackets, dropping a Presidents' Athletic Conference match-up to the Saints, the No. 4-ranked team in the nation.
The (Uniontown) Herald-Standard

Area Colleges/Saturday's Games
Westminster 63, Washington & Jefferson 54 - WASHINGTON, Pa. ó The Titans (2-11, 2-1 Presidentsí Athletic Conference) used a 15-0 run in the second half to humble W&J (7-5, 0-2), the conferenceís preseason No. 2. Westminster, which had lost 11 of 12, was led by senior guard Bobby Glass (Neshanock), who scored a career-high 17 points.
The (Youngstown) Vindicator


Competitiveness Pays For Stolls
Their mother and father might have been high school athletes, but if you ask the Stoll siblings what has made them so successful athletically, they point to a gentle nudge they get from their grandfather and a big competitive push from each other.
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Lucic-Jozak Wrapping Up His Stellar "Presidential" Career
Josip Lucic-Jozak has developed into one of the premier sixth men not only in the Presidents' Athletic Conference but in the country. Lucic-Jozak, a graduate of Baldwin High School, is in his fourth season on the Washington and Jefferson College men's basketball team.
(Washington) Observer-Reporter

Quaker Comeback Comes Up Short, 72-66
CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. ó Wilmington Collegeís bid to rally from a 21-point second-half deficit came up short as the Quakers dropped a 72-66 decision at Thomas More Wednesday afternoon. The loss snaps a four-game winning streak for Wilmington (7-4), while the Saints improve to 6-5.
Wilmington News-Journal


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