Mistake-prone W&J falls to Juniata, 68-51
Juniata forced 21 turnovers and turned them into 28 points, downing visiting Washington & Jefferson College, 68-51, Wednesday night in a men's college non-conference basketball game.

Observer Reporter



Cessar keeps busy at GCC
Ex-Rockets basketball star hits court for Wolverines

GROVE CITY — Sarah Cessar doesn’t like to be bored. A three-sport star at Slippery Rock High, Cessar played soccer as a freshman at Grove City College this fall.

Butler Eagle



Mass for St. Vincent coach Zawacki open to public
The public is invited to attend a Memorial Mass for Kristen Zawacki, associate athletic director at St. Vincent College, who died of an apparent heart attack Saturday in her Greensburg home.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

KO graduate Erik Noone in final year on Waynesburg men's basketball team
Keystone Oaks graduate Erik Noone is currently competing in his senior season as a member of the Waynesburg University basketball team.

Saint Vincent women's hoops coach passes away
One of the familiar faces of the National Catholic Basketball Tournament has passed away. Kristen Zawacki, the first and only coach of the Saint Vincent College women's team, died Saturday morning of an apparent heart attack in her home near the Latrobe, Pa., campus. She was 52.
The Telegraph Herald


St. Vincent women's basketball coach dies of apparent heart attack
Kristen Zawacki, the St. Vincent College women's basketball coach, was found dead on Christmas Day in her Hempfield home. The Mt. Pleasant native apparently died of a heart attack.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

St. Vincent women's basketball coach found dead at age 52
Kristen Zawacki, the founder and longtime coach of the women's basketball program at St. Vincent College, was found dead Saturday in her Westmoreland County home.
Post Gazette


Waynesburg Ranked

The Waynesburg University wrestling team received the No. 30 ranking from the National Wrestling Coaches Association in Division III. The NWCA also ranked Yellow Jackets Alex Crown No. 10 in the 124-pound class. Crown is 13-2 overall and has won his last five bouts.
The Herald-Standard


Muskingum edges W&J men
Muskingum College closed the game on a 12-4 run to defeat Washington & Jefferson 63-57 in a men's basketball non-conference game Wednesday night at Henry Memorial Center.




Senior Tara Harris collected eight points and four rebounds to help Bethany College get past Mount St. Joseph 64-61 last week. The Zanesville alum has seven starts in nine games and is averaging 6.2 points and 6.6 rebounds for the Bison, who at 6-4 are off to the program's best start since 2003-04.

Zanesville Times Recorder



Sports Shorts

Shipley gains honors: Washington & Jefferson College freshman Holly Shipley was selected as the 2010 ECAC Division III South Women's Soccer Rookie of the Year, the first player in the program's history to earn the award.
The Herald-Standard

Thiel hoops thriving with young players
Ten of the Thiel men's basketball team's 15 players are sophomores, but they certainly aren't playing like it.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Local Briefs

Waynesburg downs LaRoche, now 8-2: Free throws Elisha Jones and Malaeja Leggett in the final minute secured a 59-51 victory by the Waynesburg University women over LaRoche in a non-conference game in Pittsburgh.
Observer Reporter

Thomas More's Aaron Miller Named PAC Player of the Week
(WEXFORD, Pa.) - Thomas More College senior shooting guard Aaron Miller (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay) was named the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Player of the Week today (Monday, December 20, 2010) by the Conference office.

County Player Boost GCC Hoops

GROVE CITY — Two years ago, Megan Gibson was playing rugby at a college in Maryland.
At the same time, Megan Gebrosky was a green freshman forced into significant playing time with the Grove City College basketball team because of a depleted roster.

Butler Eagle



PAC Honors Spencer

Waynesburg University sophomore Brittany Spencer was named the PAC Women's Basketball Player of the Week for her efforts last week.

The Herald-Standard


Coastal Carolina wins big against Thomas More
In a final tune-up before turning its focus to Big South play, the Coastal Carolina basketball team rolled to a 125-70 win Monday night over Division III Thomas More College.

The Sun News



Local Briefs: College wrestling
The Waynesburg University wrestling team had five pins in the first six bouts and went on to roll over visiting Muskingum 42-6 Saturday.

Observer Reporter

Waynesburg scores 116 in win over Mt. Aloysius
Junior forward Jeff Young scored a career-high 27 points and added 10 rebounds, as Waynesburg University scored 66 second-half points en route to a 116-108 victory over Mt. Aloysius in the third-place game of the Harold J. Brodie Tournament at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Observer Reporter



Fleeger chips in at GCC

GROVE CITY — Steve Lamie would like to take the credit. The Grove City College men’s basketball coach wants to say he knew what Cody Fleeger could do at the college level all along.

Butler Eagle


Waynesburg men fall to RIT: The Waynesburg University men's basketball team opened play at the two-day Harold J. Brodie Tournament with an 80-59 loss to the host Tigers in the Rochester Institute of Technology Friday night.
Observer Reporter

Bison Edge Frostburg 75-72 To Run Win Streak To Six
BETHANY, W.Va. – A 16-point second-half lead was slashed to one in the closing seconds, but the Bethany College men’s basketball team was able to hold off Frostburg State for a 75-72 victory at Hummel Field House Friday night.
Ohio Valley Athletics

College Notes

Two former Richland County standouts are playing big minutes at Grove City College in western Pennsylvania.
Mansfield News Journal



Local briefs
The Waynesburg University women's basketball team received a dominant offensive performance from junior guard Brittany Spencer and came out on the winning end of a back-and-forth 73-68 non-conference game against host Hiram on Thursday.
Observer Reporter



Senior Tara Harris, a Zanesville product, had six points, five rebounds and four steals to help Bethany College down Geneva College 67-59 Saturday. Harris has started six times in eight games and averages 6.0 points and 6.9 rebounds.

Zanesville Times Recorder



Reynolds named All-Region
Norwin graduate Lauren Reynolds, a sophomore defender on the Washington & Jefferson College women's soccer team, became the fourth President in school history to be named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division III Women's All-Great Lakes Region team.

Norwin Star

Campus Corner

NEW WILMINGTON – Sophomore guard Matt Shiner of Clearfield hit a three-pointer for Wesminster in a 99-81 non-conference loss to visiting Hiram (Ohio) in Buz Ridl Gymnasium last Wednesday.


Marietta 80, Waynesburg 56

Marietta held a 10-point lead at halftime, and the visiting Pioneers pulled away in the final 20 minutes for a non-conference road victory over the Yellow Jackets.
The Herald-Standard

All-America status
Washington & Jefferson senior safety Craig Sedunov was named to the AFCA Division III All-America team.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Local briefs
Waynesburg men lose to unbeaten Marietta: Trevor Halter scored 20 points and undefeated Marietta pulled away in the second half for an 80-56 victory over host Waynesburg in a non-conference game Wednesday night.

Observer Reporter

West Xtra: Geneva men's team's hopes ride on defense
Special to the Post-GazetteGeneva College men's basketball coach Jeff Santarsiero has the Golden Tornadoes off to a 6-3 start this season.It is one thing for a college basketball coach to say his team is going to be better defensively, but quite another for his players to go out and play solid defense.
Post Gazette

Bethany Off To Best Start in Seven Years Following 64-61 Win
BETHANY, W.Va. – Behind another night of clutch shooting by junior Audra Droginske (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Central), the Bethany College women’s basketball team defeated Mount St. Joseph 64-61 Wednesday night for their third win in a row.
Ohio Valley Athletics


Alex Crown nears D3 wrestling rankings

Waynesburg University wrestler Alex Crown of Carlisle was listed as one of the top “Contenders” for a top-10 spot in the latest set of national rankings, which were released on Tuesday. Crown is 13-2 with six wins by major decision, technical fall or pin.

Sports shorts
Waynesburg University's Courtney Ebersole was named a third-team selection to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Performance Subaru Division III Great Lakes Region team for 2010

The Herald-Standard

Bison Roll on With 92-65 Victory Over Franciscan
BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany College men’s basketball team set season-highs in shooting percentage (57) and points in a 93-65 victory over visiting Franciscan Tuesday night for their fifth victory in a row.
Ohio Valley Athletics


W&J All-American

Thanks to Yough's Craig Sedunov, Washington & Jefferson College has an American Football Coaches Association Division III All-American for the ninth straight year.

Monessen Valley Independent

Thomas More's Tyler Owens Named AFCA All-American
(WACO, Texas) - Thomas More College senior defensive tackle Tyler Owens (Fort Thomas, Ky./Highlands) has been named an All-American by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA).

Sports shorts: Baseball clinics scheduled at St. Vincent
The St. Vincent College baseball team will host winter clinics on Jan. 15 and Feb. 12 at the Carey Center Gymnasium on the St. Vincent campus in Latrobe.
Norwin Star

Kate Wilt (Bellefonte, Grove City) won the 100 breaststroke in 1:10.91 in a tri-meet against Chatham and Hiram. She also swam on the winning 200 medley relay team that had a time of 1:56.94.
The Centre Daily Times

PAC Honors Garber

Waynesburg University's Nick Garber was recognized as the PAC Wrestler of the Week for his efforts against Tiffin University. The Waynesburg Central graduate pinned Kyle Begg in 1:11 in their 141-pound bout in the Yellow Jackets' 38-9 victory.
The Herald-Standard

Local Briefs

W&J Sedunov named D-III All-American: Washington & Jefferson College football senior safety Craig Sedunov was named first team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association.
Observer Reporter

Super Saint

Senior defensive tackle Tyler Owens of Thomas More College has been named an All-American by the American Football Coaches Association. Tyler played at Highlands.


Thomas More College

The Thomas More College women's basketball team continues to make its mark in Division III thanks in large part to players from Northern Kentucky.



Sunday Sports Headlines

The Grove City College men's basketball team earned its first Presidents' Athletic Conference victory of the season Saturday afternoon by rolling past visiting Washington & Jefferson 60-48 in the Grove City College Arena. Grove City has now won 16 straight home games against W&J in the regular season.


Thomas More Survives Westminster in PAC Action
(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) - Freshman shooting guard Willis Fleming (Cincinnati, Ohio/Fairfield) scored a career-high 18 points to lead the Thomas More College men's basketball team to a 79-77 win over Westminster College today (Saturday, December 11, 2010) in a Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) game at the Connor Convocation Center in Crestview Hills, Kentucky.

St. Vincent clips Chatham
LATROBE - Sixteenth-ranked St. Vincent College improved to 7-1 overall and 3-0 in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference with a 58-41 win over visiting Chatham University.

The Tribune Democrat



Samm college basketball: Jackets snap 22-game PAC losing streak
Luke Baker and Jeff Young each scored 14 points Saturday afternoon and Waynesburg University snapped a 22-game Presidents' Athletic Conference losing streak with a 63-57 victory over host Grove City.

Observer Reporter


16-0 second-half run leads Thiel past W&J
Tim Loomis wasn't pleased. He wasn't thrilled. He wasn't even satisfied.
Relieved probably best sums up the mood of Loomis, the veteran basketball coach at Thiel College, after the Tomcats survived a foul-filled Presidents' Athletic Conference game Saturday afternoon against Washington & Jefferson at Henry Memorial Center.
Observer Reporter

Area College Roundup

Thomas More 79, Westminster 77: CRESTVIEW HILLS, KY., Sophomore guard Doug Smith scored a game-high 23 points as the Titans (1-7, 0-3 Presidents’ Athletic Conference) lost their sixth straight game and their 12th straight on the road, The Saints (4-2, 2-0) remain in first place. Junior forward Steve Cress scored 14 points and sophomore forward Adam Carswell bucketed a season-high 10 points.



Local Briefs

College wrestling: Washington & Jefferson used five falls en route to a 41-10 non-conference victory over Penn State-DuBois on Friday evening at Henry Memorial Center.

Observer Reporter



Bethany College's Arrington selected to all-conference team

Jackson TWP, Ohio — Kyle Arrington, Jackson class of 2009, was selected for the Presidents Athletic Conference all conference team following the 2010 football season.
The Suburbanite


Tolliver named PAC Player of the Week

WEXFORD, Pa. - Thomas More College sophomore guard Chelsea Tolliver (Morning View/Simon Kenton) was named the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Women's Basketball Player of the Week.

East Xtra: St. Vincent might be noticed in PAC this time around
Saint Vincent College photoSaint Vincent College women's basketball coach Kristen Zawacki has the Bearcats off to a 6-0 start this season.It's always nice to be noticed. Unfortunately, few folks outside of Latrobe in Westmoreland County knew about the Saint Vincent College women's basketball team last season.

Post Gazette



Kate Wilt (Bellefonte, Grove City) swam on the 10th-place 400-yard medley relay team in the Kenyon College Invitational with a time of 4:01.2.


Saints' Tolliver Named PAC Player of Week
Thomas More College sophomore guard Chelsea Tolliver was named the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Women's Basketball Player of the Week Monday by the Conference office.


Tornadoes rip through PS Beaver

Every basketball coach longs for a balanced offense, a team that has players that can score in bunches when other options are bottled up.
Beaver County Times

Thomas More
The Saints' women's basketball team (6-0, 2-0 Presidents' Athletic Conference) moved up to No. 12 in the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll and No. 14 in the poll.

TMC Meets D1 Foe

The Thomas More College men's basketball team will get a chance to play a Division I opponent when it visits Coastal Carolina on Dec. 20.


Small colleges: Waynesburg women remain unbeaten
BETHANY, W.Va. - Elisha Jones scored a game-high 21 points as Waynesburg defeated host Bethany 60-49 in a Presidents' Athletic Conference game.



Waynesburg women remain undefeated

Waynesburg University overcame an early 15-5 deficit with a 25-point run en route to a 60-49 victory Saturday.
The Herald-Standard


Area People in Sports

Thomas More senior Alyssa Carlotta (Roger Bacon) was named the Presidents' Athletic Conference Player of the Year. Carlotta had a .339 hitting percentage and finished with 268 kills. Juniors Brandi Corbello (Boone County) and Katie Sullivan (Seton) were named First Team All-PAC.


College wrestling: Washington & Jefferson College junior Dominick Demor recorded a major decision, the 60th in his career, to lead the Presidents past Penn State-New Kensington, 35-7, in a non-conference college wrestling match.

Observer Reporter

1,000-point club
Washington & Jefferson's Brian Felker and Geneva College's Brian Hill moved into the 1,000-point club on their school's basketball teams recently.
Post Gazette


Big shot Hunter
Here is the video of Waynesburg University's Hannah Hunter making a game-winning shot in overtime Wednesday night against Chatham, after the Cougars' Barb Petty banks in a tying three-pointer.
Big Blog on Campus


Penn-Trafford grad impressive as St. Vincent runner
Chansler Poole is making a habit out of running exciting races at Cooper's Lake Campground.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Waynesburg women off to strong start
WAYNESBURG - Sam Jones was looking for a head coaching job and a challenge three years ago. Waynesburg University offered him both, and the latter was a doozy: rebuild the Yellow Jackets' women's basketball program.

Observer Reporter



Bethany College senior Tara Harris played 19 minutes with two points, four rebounds and two assists in a 60-53 win against Westminster on Wednesday.

Zanesville Times Recorder



Former Coshocton star Autumn Bowman is seeing time for Waynesburg University. The Yellow Jackets are 5-0 on the year, as freshman Bowman scored five points in a 69-48 win against Penn State-Fayette. Bowman has played in all five games and has totaled five rebounds, six assists and three steals.

Coshocton Tribune


Green graduate wins several awards
NEW FRANKLIN — Bethany College junior Cory Potter, a Green High School graduate and New Franklin resident, earned ESPN Second Team Academic All-District II football team honors.



Geneva women top W&J in overtime
Alyse Scarcella's layup with 1:05 to play helped Geneva take a 57-56 overtime victory from Washington & Jefferson Wednesday night.

Observer Reporter


Collins commits to St. Vincent

St. Vincent College women's basketball coach Kristen Zawacki recently announced that Hollidaysburg senior Elle Collins will join the Bearcats next fall to continue her basketball career.

The Altoona Mirror

Loss doesn't dampen determination of Yellow Jackets new coach Christner
WAYNESBURG - The first time Mark Christner walked into Waynesburg University's Rudy Marisa Fieldhouse, he couldn't keep his eyes off the nets and basketballs in the trophy case and the oversized banner on a gym wall signifying the Yellow Jackets' success stories on the basketball court.

Observer Reporter


Locals Stand Out for Thomas More Volleyball

Thomas More College senior outside hitter Alyssa Carlotta, a Roger Bacon grad, was named the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Player of the Year and head coach John Spinney was named the coach of the year. Carlotta led the Saints’ offensive attack as she has a .339 hitting percentage with 268 kills, 22 assists, 82 digs and 26 total blocks. She was also a first team All-PAC selection. Thomas More finished the season with a 28-8 record overall.



Duo help Grove City
Zach Barzanty and Alex Ford, both of Bridgeville, helped the Grove City College men's soccer team advance to the semifinals of the Eastern College Athletic Conference Southern Championship Tournament
The Almanac

St. Vincent star earns honor
St. Vincent junior Brittany Sedlock became the first women's basketball player in school to be named Presidents' Athletic Conference Player of the Week.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

In soccer
Four area players were selected to the All-Presidents' Athletic Conference women's team. Bethany junior forward Cassie Spalding and Westminster senior forward Sarah Nee were named to the first team, Bethany senior midfielder Lisa Wabrick was a second-team selection and Waynesburg senior midfielder Danielle Danhires received honorable mention.
Observer Reporter

Troy graduate Karen Wolfe had 13 starts for Thiel College this season, putting the ball in the net three times on 13 shots.
The Daily Review




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