Kentuckiana Roundup

Simpson 79, Thomas More 66: Freshman Kelli Dixon scored a season-high 20 points, but it wasn’t enough as the Saints (8-3), No. 25 in NCAA Division III, fell to the Storm (9-3) on the final day of the Classic in Las Vegas




Waynesburg 64, Regis 54: Waynesburg University needed overtime but snapped a six-game losing streak with a 64-56 win over Regis College at the Bill Sudeck Holiday Invitational in Cleveland.
Observer Reporter



College Basketball

Kenyon 79, Wash & Jeff 64: Marcus Heasley scored 15 of his 17 points in the first half as Kenyon defeated Washington & Jefferson 79-64 in non-conference game in Gambier, Ohio.
Observer Reporter




Thiel men's basketball making another run
Two seasons removed from a 2-23 disaster, it might seem logical for Thiel men's basketball coach Tim Loomis to crow about last year's Presidents' Athletic Conference regular season title.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review




St. Vincent welcomes high school star Klimchock
It was nothing to hear of Mike Iuzzolino shooting about a bazillion jump shots every day while growing up in Central Pennsylvania.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review




College notebook: With Wilcox, Bethany's start is perfect 10
The Bethany College men's basketball team is undefeated at 10-0 and off to the program's best start since the 1963-64 season. One major reason for the Bison's success is junior Nick Wilcox.

Observer Reporter


Local players fuel Bethany's perfect start
Occasionally, during practice for the Bethany College men's basketball team, Reece Mabery and Brady Pacific tease each other or teammates about their Alle-Kiski Valley connections.
Valley News Dispatch




Spalding University Holds Off Thomas More

The Thomas More College men's basketball team fell, 83-73, to Spalding University tonight (Wednesday, December 21, 2011) in non-conference game at Derek Smith Gymnasium in Louisville, Kentucky.

Moore on All-America team
Waynesburg University senior defensive tackle Darryl Moore Jr. was named to the NCAA Division III Football All-America third team by

Observer Reporter




W&J women win another in Bahamas
The Washington & Jefferson women's basketball team earned its second victory in as many days with a dominant 65-34 win against Goucher Tuesday at the Bahamas Sunshine Shootout in Nassau.

Observer Reporter




College basketball: Jackets successful again
Three free throws during the final minute of play helped the Waynesburg University women's basketball team hold off Hiram College, 58-54, Monday night in a non-conference game at Marisa Fieldhouse.

Observer Reporter




CMU in PAC fits like an old suit
Rummaging through my clothes closet about a couple decades ago, I came across one of the great missteps in fashion history.

Observer Reporter


College Basketball

Hiram 85, Wash & Jeff 66: Hiram's Andrew Wiegand scored 29 points and Hiram used a big edge in rebounding to defeat Washington & Jefferson, 85-66, in a non-conference game at Henry Memorial Center.
Observer Reporter

D3 players travel to Mexico

Seniors Matt Green of Rose-Hulman, Kendall Owens of Thomas More and Aaron Walter of Thomas More, all La Salle graduates, and Capital senior Matt White (Mason) played on the United States football team in the Tazon Des Estralles Bowl Saturday in Cholula, Mexico.

Men's/Women's Basketball
St. Vincent College 74, Penn State Fayette 55 — David Winns scored 18 points and added 10 rebounds, but the Roaring Lions (4-5) were defeated at home in a nonconference game. Brandon Cunningham scored 12 points, and Ryan Hart added 11 points for Penn State Fayette.



Yellow Jackets too much for Lions

Waynesburg University jumped to an 11-0 lead and went on to defeat host Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus 85-64 in women’s basketball on Saturday.
The Herald-Standard

Waynesburg women win 5th straight
Elaine Hasek led five Waynesburg University players in double figures with 19 points Saturday night as the Yellow Jackets cruised to an 85-64 victory over host Penn State-Fayette in a non-conference game.

Observer Reporter




Milestone reached
Jeff Santarsiero became only the second basketball coach in Geneva College history to win 250 games when the Golden Tornadoes defeated Waynesburg, 77-72, last week. The only other Geneva coach with that many wins is Cliff Aultman, who won 290 games from 1949-70.
Post Gazette


Sports Town: Alumni Update - Stephanie Saussol

Washington & Jefferson senior goalkeeper Stephanie Saussol earned second-team honors on the Division III All-Great Lakes Region team selected by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Post Gazette




Lawson Earns All-Region Honors

Zack Lawson, a Frankfort High graduate, was named to the third team 2011 All-Great Lakes Region men's soccer team by the National Soccer Coaches Association.


Thiel College Names Hall of Fame Inductees
A local high school football coach will join four former student athletes as members of Thiel College's 32nd Athletic Hall of Fame induction class. The Athletic Alumni Commendation Award will be presented to Chris Saluga, the winningest football coach in the history of Chartiers Valley High School.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


John Glenn Grads Receive National Honor
Following the most successful season on the court in school history, two Bethany College volleyball players were recognized for their abilities in the classroom by earning Capital One Academic All-American honors.


Sisters earn Academic All-American honors

Bethany seniors Tiffany and Megan Hoffman were key members to the volleyball program the past four seasons.

Zanesville Times Recorder


Connellsville athletes take home honors
Bethany (W.Va.) College junior volleyball player Jessica Zavatchen was selected to be a Capital One First Team Academic All-American.
Daily Courier


Kentuckiana Spotlight: Soccer
Thomas More College senior midfielder Alex Oeswein (Manual) was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association Division III All-American second team.
Courier Journal


Sport Shorts: Volleyball
Zavatchen honored: Laurel Highlands graduate Jessica Zavatchen was one of three Bethany College volleyball players recognized for the academic and athletic achievements by
The Herald-Standard


Local briefs: Heidelberg rolls past Waynesburg
Dane Givner had 13 points as Heidelberg had 17 players score in an 86-54 non-conference win over Waynesburg University in a college basketball game.
Observer Reporter


Local Colleges: Bethany a Perfect 10

Leading by only two at halftime, the Bethany College men's basketball team turned to its defense, which forced 19 Olivet turnovers and limited the Comets to 25 percent shooting in the second half, as the Bison pulled away for a 68-46 road victory Thursday night.

The Intelligencer




Q & A with Jesse Herman of the Geneva College men's soccer team

Editor’s note: Jesse Herman, a Greencastle-Antrim High School Class of 2010 graduate, was part of the Cinderella season of the Geneva College men’s soccer team.


Carnegie Mellon joining Presidents' for football

Carnegie Mellon University of Pittsburgh will leave the four-member University Athletic Association for football and join the Presidents' Athletic Conference in 2014.


PAC football to welcome 2 more schools in 2014-15

Carnegie Mellon and Case Western Reserve will join the Presidents' Athletic Conference as affiliate members in football only starting with the 2014-15 academic year.


East Xtra: Despite some big missing parts, Saint Vincent shows it can play
The fact the Saint Vincent College men's basketball team got off to a 5-3 start this season is surprising in one way and not surprising in another.

Post Gazette


Kentuckiana Spotlight | Soccer
Thomas More College senior midfielder Alex Oeswein (Manual) was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division III All-Great Lakes Region first team.
Courier Journal

Briefs: College wrestling
Waynesburg University almost pulled off its second upset of a top-20 NCAA Division II team this season when eighth-ranked Mercyhurst pulled out a 21-18 win over the Yellow Jackets Wednesday at Rudy Marisa Fieldhouse.
Observer Reporter




Carnegie Mellon joining Presidents' for football

Carnegie Mellon University of Pittsburgh will leave the four-member University Athletic Association for football and join the Presidents' Athletic Conference in 2014.
Chicago Tribune


UAA teams splitting into conferences

The four football-playing members of the University Athletic Association have been accepted as affiliate members of other conferences and will have access to automatic bids in upcoming seasons.


Case Western, CMU going back to PAC
The Presidents' Athletic Conference will welcome two former members back into the fold when Carnegie Mellon and Case Western Reserve join for football in the 2014 season.

Observer Reporter

CMU, Case Western to join PAC for football

Carnegie Mellon coach Rich Lackner: Just an old 'PAC guy'
Small college football will get a little more interesting beginning with the 2014 season.
Post Gazette

Football: PAC expands
The Presidents’ Athletic Conference has accepted Carnegie Mellon and Case Western Reserve as football affiliate members beginning in 2014-15. The number of football programs in the conference increases to 11, and the league will play an unbalanced schedule with eight conference games and two non-conference games.
The Herald-Standard



Carnegie Mellon joins Presidents' Athletic Conference for football

The Carnegie Mellon University football team will join the Presidents' Athletic Conference as an affiliate member for the 2014 season. Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland will also join the PAC for football that same season.
Post Gazette

Briefs: Bethany's Wilcox is PAC Player of Week
Nick Wilcox, a Venetia native and Peters Township graduate, has been named the Presidents' Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week after leading the Bison to a pair of victories.
Observer Reporter

Sport Shorts: Hunter top PAC player
Waynesburg University senior guard Hannah Hunter was named the PAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week after helping the Yellow Jackets to victories over Geneva (78-28) and Chatham (81-54). Hunter averaged 12.5 points, 8.5 assists and 7.0 assists per game, including a double-double with 13 points and 11 assists against Chatham.
The Herald-Standard

Other Local Bridgewater Area Standouts

Austin Cahill, Washington and Jefferson College, Immaculata—The Immaculata High School graduate started 11 games last season and is one of the team’s captains.




W&J's Shipley named All-American: Washington & Jefferson College sophomore Holly Shipley was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America NCAA Women's Division III All-America Team as a third-team selection.
Observer Reporter

Small college basketball: Carter's buzzer-beater gives W&J first PAC win
Washington & Jefferson freshman guard Andy Carter made a baseline jumper from 13 feet as time expired to give the Presidents a 65-63 victory over Westminster 65-63 in a Presidents' Athletic Conference game Saturday afternoon at Henry Memorial Center.

Observer Reporter


TMC men lose at Bethany in PAC

BETHANY, W.Va. - Senior center Colt Stafford recorded a double-double, but it wasn't enough as the Thomas More men's team lost to Bethany College 90-74 Saturday in a Presidents' Athletic Conference game at Hummel Field House.

Bethany Basketball Continues Best Start In Nearly 50 Years

 Senior British Alexander and junior Nick Wilcox both had double-doubles to lift the Bethany College men's basketball team to an 89-74 victory over Thomas More Saturday.



Briefs: College wrestling
Waynesburg University snapped a four-match losing streak with a 40-6 win at Muskingum Thursday.
Observer Reporter




Bison Men Off to Best Start Since ’63 Season
For the second time in less than a week, the Bethany College men's basketball team faced a halftime deficit, but on Tuesday, the Bison shot 53 percent in the second half to rally for an 88-75 victory against visiting Carnegie Mellon in a non-conference tilt.
The Intelligencer

College roundup

Saints beat W&J on last shot : Todd Krohman made his only two baskets of the game in the final minute of play, the final one a three-point shot with one second to play to give Thomas More a thrilling, 67-66, in a Presidents' Athletic Conference game.

Observer Reporter

West Xtra: Injuries, graduations have Geneva off to a slow start

The Geneva College men's basketball team and the Pittsburgh Penguins had something in common when their seasons started -- both had key individuals who were sidelined because of concussions they received last winter.
Post Gazette


Waynesburg women rout Geneva, 78-28

The Waynesburg women scored more points in either half than did host Geneva in the entire game with the Yellow Jackets cruising to a convincing 78-28 road victory.
The Herald-Standard

Thomas More Saints find help on pickup court

It's rare when an NCAA Division III basketball team can land a Division I talent. Although the leading scorer and rebounder on the Thomas More basketball team attended a DI school on an athletic scholarship, it wasn't for basketball.




D-III Weekend Wrapup

This weekend was a huge weekend for Division III swimming. With so many winter invitationals happening, many teams stripped off all their warm winter clothing and dove into the pool, freshly shaven after a month of No-Shave-November, and put up some amazing times. Take a look at some of the big meets that happened over this weekend:

Thomas More offering tickets for food
Fans of Thomas More College basketball can see a couple of games for free and help out a Northern Kentucky charitable organization.




Thomas More Defeats Geneva in PAC Opener

Junior small forward Phil Feinberg (Tempe, Ariz./Corona Del Sol) recorded his first career double-double to lead the Thomas More College men's basketball team to a, 75-63, win over Geneva College tonight (Wednesday, November, 30, 2011) in the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) opener for both teams at Metheny Fieldhouse in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania.

Briefs: College wrestling
Waynesburg University took part in the Ohio Northern Invitational Saturday. The Yellow Jackets competed in a field that featured eight ranked teams from NCAA Division II, Division III and the NAIA.
Observer Reporter




Area College Roundup
Westminster 74, Waynesburg 71: Sophomore guard Ben Donlow (Poland) posted game highs of 29 points and 11 rebounds to help Westminster (2-4, 1-1 Presidents’ Athletic Conference) snap a four-game losing streak. Lou Galante came off the bench to lead Waynesburg (2-5, 0-2) with 17 points.

College basketball roundup: Drayer leads Waynesburg women
As expected, Presidents' Athletic Conference contender Waynesburg University jumped out to a comfortable early lead Saturday against winless Westminster in a conference game at Rudy Marisa Fieldhouse.

Observer Reporter


College Corner

Saint Vincent College junior Melissa Mansur (St. Pius X) had eight points, three steals and a rebound as the Bearcats opened Presidents’ Athletic Conference play with a 72-62 win over Westminster. Mansur is scoring at a 6.6-points-per-game clip, and is tied for the team lead with 16 steals. She also had eight assists and is pulling down 4.2 rebounds per game

The Mercury




W&J women lead GC Invitational
The Washington and Jefferson College women's swimming team is in first place after one day of the Grove City College Swimming & Diving Winter Invitational.
Observer Reporter




The Bethany men's basketball team won, 67-63, at Grove City on Wednesday night to extend its historical start to the season — 5-0 for the first time since 1966-67.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review




Women's basketball
Ashley Kirkpatrick scored a team-high 14 points on 7-for-9 shooting as Washington & Jefferson College dominated every statistical category during an 87-49 win over Chatham at Henry Memorial Center.
Observer Reporter

Early conference starts
The Thomas More men's and women's basketball teams opened the conference portion of their schedules Wednesday at Geneva, and the Northern Kentucky men's and women's teams open the conference portion of their schedules tonight at St. Joseph's (Ind.).

Football & Volleyball

Bethany College junior linebacker-fullback Gage Lotozo collected four tackles and a sack and caught a 9-yard pass in a 48-0 rout of Kings College in the season finale. The Sheridan alum helped the Bison defense rank 26th out of 239 Division III teams, while starting all 10 games with 39 tackles on defense and catching three passes for 14 yards with two scores on offense.
Zanesville Times Recorder

Geneva's Rorick gaining valuable experience as a freshman

Beaver Falls — Geneva’s Zac Rorick has been asked to do something he hasn’t done in several years as a basketball player: adjust.
Ellwood City Ledger

Waynesburg women nursing leads with Spencer
WAYNESBURG - Sam Jones, Waynesburg University's energetic young women's basketball coach, receives about a dozen videotapes each year in the mail from potential recruits who are looking to join an NCAA Division III program.

Observer Reporter




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