Briefs: College baseball
Ryan Styche allowed just five hits as Bethany topped Waynesburg, 9-3, Friday in a Presidents' Athletic Conference game.
Observer Reporter

Friday Ripe for Upsets

Thomas More fell, 16-11, to Grove City in the opening game of a PAC three-game series at Thomas More Field in Crestview Hills, Kentucky.



FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2012

Staniscia relishes W&J turnaround in baseball
This wasn't what Josh Staniscia had in mind when he watched the Washington & Jefferson baseball team average 31 victories a season between 2005-10, winning three Presidents' Athletic Conference and two Eastern College Athletic Conference titles.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review




WHS senior Davis to play football at Thomas More
Wilmington High School senior Kyle Davis has committed to play football at Thomas More College this fall.



Bethany College junior Alison Powell combined to go 2-for-4 during a doubleheader as the Bison lost both games 9-1 to Capital Monday.

Zanesville Times Recorder



Briefs: College Softball & Baseball

Waynesburg split a non-conference doubleheader with Carlow, winning the opener, 3-1, before losing the nightcap, 2-1.

Observer Reporter

Hempfield product boosts St. Vincent
Freshman tennis player Chris Andrejcik said he chose St. Vincent for academics, not athletics.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Sports Town: Josh Staniscia (Washington & Jefferson)

After enjoying a standout season as a freshman, right fielder Josh Staniscia, a Franklin Regional High School graduate, has continued to lead the offensive output for the Washington & Jefferson College baseball team early in his sophomore campaign.

Post Gazette


Sports Town: Alumni Update - Byrum Louco (Waynesburg)

Waynesburg freshman sprinter Byrum Louco, a North Allegheny High School graduate, was named the Presidents' Athletic Conference Men's Track Athlete of the Week.

Post Gazette


Sports Town: Alumni Update - Pam Bonneau (Westminster)

Westminster senior Pam Bonneau, a Peters Township High School graduate, shared Presidents' Athletic Conference Golfer of the Week honors with Grove City's Esther Durling.

Post Gazette


Sports Town: Alumni Update - Sean Malone (Saint Vincent)

Saint Vincent sophomore Sean Malone, a Hampton High School graduate, was named the Presidents' Athletic Conference Men's Tennis Player of the Week.

Post Gazette




Briefs: College baseball
Waynesburg pulled two upsets Sunday by sweeping host Thomas More, 12-0 and 9-2 in a Presdients' Athletic Conference doubleheader.

Observer Reporter

Thiel junior outfielder Eric Steininger (Leechburg) is hitting a team-leading .444 with one home run and 13 RBI and hasn't made an error for the Division III Tomcats (6-9).

Valley News Dispatch


College Corner: Baseball

Westminster College senior Tim Wiand (Owen J. Roberts) hit his first home run of the season in a 3-1 win over Thiel in Game 1 of a doubleheader. In Game 2, senior Ethan Yeager (Owen J. Roberts) had three RBI in a 7-6 win.

The Mercury


Area athletes stand out for Thomas More softball

Three area players have started every game this season for the Thomas More College softball team, which stands 12-6.

Middletown Journal



MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2012

College baseball
Thomas More junior Ryan Darner (Covington Catholic) was named the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week March 20. He went 7-for-16 with a home run, double, six runs, and seven RBI over four games.



SUNDAY, MARCH 25, 2012

Washington & Jefferson College senior Bethany Haver concluded her record-breaking diving career Saturday night with an eighth-place finish at the NCAA Division III 3-Meter Diving National Championship at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Natatorium.

Observer Reporter




NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, March 23. FRIDAY night concluded the third leg of the 2012 NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, with just one more day to follow; but that does not mean that things slowed down at the IU Natatorium at IUPUI. Four new NCAA Division III records were set tonight, proving that the meet showed no signs of slowing down and the athletes are still energized.
Swimming World


Former Boardman swimmers excel at Grove City College

Westminster College seniors Mike Barringer and Mark Brooks and freshman Steven Brooks, all former Boardman High School swimmers, competed at the Grove City Invitational meet at Grove City College Feb. 16-18.



FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2012

Local briefs
College softball: Washington & Jefferson College split a pair of games Thursday at the NTC games in Florida, beating Lawrence (Wis.), 6-4, before dropping a 13-0 loss to Allegheny.

Observer Reporter

Tornado in town

Geneva pitcher Julie DiLonardo (Plum) has won 52 games the past four years, but only her eight this spring have counted for anything, with the Golden Tornadoes finally eligible to compete for the Presidents' Athletic Conference title after a four-year transition from NAIA to NCAA Division III.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


NewCath soccer player commits to Thomas More

NewCath senior Kaitlyn Owens signed a letter of intent this week to play soccer at Thomas More College, according to NewCath.




Local briefs: College baseball
Washington & Jefferson hit double figures in runs for the third consecutive game as the Presidents defeated Oglethorpe (Ga.), 15-4, Tuesday morning in Winter Haven, Fla.

Observer Reporter

Cribbs to be inducted
Freeport native Logan Cribbs will be inducted into the Thiel College Hall of Fame on Sunday.
Valley News Dispatch

St. Vincent lefty making waves
Once or twice a week last summer, St. Vincent College pitcher Max Henry would head to the back yard of his Latrobe home to work on his control. The Latrobe graduate would tape a box representing the strike zone on a wall then begin to pitch.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review





College Softball: A pair of setbacks against Bethel and St. Catherine at the National Training Center Games in Clermont, Fla. pushed Washington & Jefferson's losing streak to five games.

Observer Reporter




Sports Town: Alumni Update - Julie DiLonardo

Geneva senior Julie DiLonardo, a Plum High School graduate, was named the Presidents' Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week.

Post Gazette


Sports Town: Alumni Update - Alyssa Grossman

Saint Vincent junior Alyssa Grossman, a Hempfield High School graduate, was named the Presidents' Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week in softball for the week ending March 5.

Post Gazette


Sports Town: Alumni Update - Jenna Dorazio

Waynesburg sophomore outfielder Jenna Dorazio, a Bentworth High School graduate, was named the Presidents' Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week PAC Hitter of the Week for the week ending March 5.

Post Gazette


Sports Town: Alumni Update - Max Henry

Saint Vincent sophomore Max Henry, a Greater Latrobe High School graduate, was named the Presidents' Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week in baseball.

Post Gazette


Sports Town: Alumni Update - Nick Berdine

Waynesburg senior left fielder Nick Berdine, a Moon High School graduate, was named the Presidents' Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week in baseball for the week ending March 5.

Post Gazette


Sports Town: Alumni Update - Kreighton Long

Saint Vincent senior Kreighton Long, a Greater Latrobe High School graduate, was named the President's Athletic Conference Mail Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Scholar-Athletes of the Month for March 2012.

Post Gazette


Sports Town: Alumni Update - Hannah Hunter

Waynesburg senior point guard Hannah Hunter, a Hopewell High School graduate, added another award to her growing cache of accolades. The Yellow Jacket standout was lauded by as a member of its All-Great Lakes Region Team.

Post Gazette


Sports Town: Alumni Update - Nick Wilcox

Bethany junior forward Nick Wilcox, a Peters Township High School graduate, earned two All-Region honors in men's basketball.

Post Gazette


Sports Town: Alumni Update - Josh Etzel

Washington & Jefferson sophomore 141-pounder Josh Etzel, an Elizabeth Forward High School graduate, went 0-2 at the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships at LaCrosse, Wisc., last week.

Post Gazette



FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2012

Briefs: College baseball & Women's Softball
Chartiers-Houston graduate Derek McIlvaine had a key two-run double in the first inning to lead Washington & Jefferson College to a 14-5 non-conference collegiate baseball win over Penn State-Behrend.

Observer Reporter




Baseball & Softball

Geneva senior first baseman Noah Medich, a Zanesville Christian alum, has six hits in 30 at-bats with two RBI and four runs scored in 10 games.
Zanesville Times Recorder




Briefs: College baseball
Third baseman Kyle McLain helped the Washington & Jefferson College baseball team to a 7-6 season-opening victory over La Roche with a walkoff RBI in the bottom of the seventh inning in Game 1 of a doubleheader Tuesday at Ross Memorial Park.
Observer Reporter


Geneva senior pitcher Julie DiLonardo (Plum) earned Presidents' Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week honors. DiLonardo recorded a 1.62 ERA and had 58 strikeouts in 56 innings.

Valley News Dispatch


Softball: Stefano honored
Catham third baseman Jenn Stefano has been honored by the PAC as Hitter of the Week.
The Connellsville grad hit .551 and recorded a .567 on base percentage while posting five RBI, five runs and a triple.
The Herald-Standard



SUNDAY, MARCH 11, 2012

Briefs: Women's softball
An RBI single by Peters Township graduate Kelsey Cunningham in the bottom of the seventh inning lifted Washington & Jefferson past Stevenson, 6-5, in the nightcap of a pair of non-conference games Saturday.
Observer Reporter




Etzel ousted at D-III tournament: Josh Etzel became the first wrestler from Washington & Jefferson College to qualify for the NCAA Division III championships since 2003, but his stay was short-lived.
Observer Reporter


Waynesburg rallies for 11-6 victory

Waynesburg rallied in the fifth inning with two runs Friday and Anthony Longo made the lead stand as the Yellow Jackets defeated Clark University, 11-6.
The Herald-Standard




Notebook: W&J's Kirkpatrick an All-PAC selection

Concluding her collegiate cage career on a high note, Ashley Kirkpatrick earned 2nd-Team All-Presidents’ Athletic Conference honors.
The (Sharon) Herald

Local Briefs

Waynesburg University picked up its fourth doubleheader split at the Rebel Spring Game, losing to Husson (Maine), 3-2, before beating Albion, 7-2.
Observer Reporter




Briefs: College softball
Waynesburg split a pair of games Wednesday at the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla. The Yellow Jackets defeated St. Benedict (Minn.) 3-2 before falling to SUNY-Cortland, the sixth-ranked team in the country, 7-0.
Observer Reporter




Waynesburg splits doubleheader

Waynesburg won the first game, but dropped the nightcap for a doubleheader split with Mt. Aloysius at the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational in Lake Myrtle, Fla.
The Herald-Standard

2012 – 141 lbs. Preview

This is another weight with a returning NCAA champ. Yewah won the 2010 title at 133, then moved up to 141 in 2011 and repeated as champ. This year, he stayed at 141, and his only two losses came at the Midlands where he finished 5th to lead all DIII entrants. His top competition looks to be last year’s semifinal opponent Albright of York. Albright opened the year with a win over the top ranked 133 Ecker and finished it by avenging one of his losses at the Metro Championships.


2012 – 133 lbs. Preview

Here is the first of three weights with a returning 2011 champion. Ecker started the year at 141 before making the cut to 133 a few weeks after dropping a decision to the returning champ at 141, Yewah of La Crosse. He has gone 7-0 since then, wrapping up the regular season with three first period falls in the Empire championships. If he is hitting on all cylinders, he can put a lot of points on the board. Brown from Thiel is a three time All-American looking for his fourth award after finishing 6th once and 8th twice. He wrestles a lot of close matches but finds a way to come out on top almost all the time.

Local briefs: Men's baseball
The Waynesburg University baseball team split a seven-inning doubleheader with Mt. Aloysius Tuesday at the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational, winning the first game 12-6 and losing the second 9-5.
Observer Reporter

St. Vincent women exit postseason basketball
Another early exit from the NCAA Division III Tournament has provided the St. Vincent College women's basketball team a bittersweet taste for more success.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review




College Notebook: In swimming
Four Washington County products helped the Grove City women's swimming and diving team win the Presidents' Athletic Conference championship.
Observer Reporter

Briefs: Longo pitches to a victory
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Steubenville Catholic Central graduate and Waynesburg pitcher Toby Longo pitched a complete-game, 9-1 victory over Colby-Sawyer (N.H.) at the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational.
The Herald-Star

Men's & Women's Basketball
Bethany junior guard Reece Mabery (Highlands) was named to the Presidents' Athletic Conference second team after averaging 13.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.7 steals for the Bison (25-4), who won the conference title and qualified for the NCAA Division III playoffs.

Valley News Dispatch


Yellow Jackets split doubleheader at Rebel Games

Anthony Longo went the distance Monday, leading Waynesburg to a 7-1 victory over Colby-Sawyer (N.H.) at the RussMart Central Florida Invitational in Kissimmee, Fla.
The Herald-Standard

W&J's Etzel in NCAA Tournament: Washington & Jefferson College sophomore Josh Etzel will compete in the 141-pound bracket at the NCAA Divisiona III Wrestling Tournament Friday at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
Observer Reporter




Briefs: College softball
Waynesburg University opened its season Sunday with a doubleheader split in Kissimmee, Fla. The Yellow Jackets defeated St. Benedict (Minn.) 6-3 before losing to Sage (N.Y.) 8-4.
Observer Reporter

Campus Tour

Bethany College senior basketball player British Alexander (Trotwood-Madison) was named first team all-Presidents’ Athletic Conference for the second year in a row after helping the Bison win the PAC championship and set a school record with 25 wins.

Dayton Daily News

Marywood squeezed out of playoffs

Katelynn Hackathorn’s three-point play with 2.9 seconds left Wednesday night lifted Bethany College to a 61-60 victory over host Marywood University in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) South Region women’s basketball quarterfinals.




Short-handed Thomas More runs out of tricks

A rash of injuries to key players caught up to the Thomas More College women’s basketball team on Saturday.

Washington and Jefferson College's Etzel wins wrestling regional title

Washington and Jefferson College sophomore Josh Etzel is the first Presidents' wrestler in nine years to win a regional title.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


NCAA Division III: Women's Tournament
York College 86, St. Vincent 66 -- In Huntingdon, junior forward Devin McGrath scored a career-high 31 points and collected 14 rebounds, but it wasn't enough as the Saint Vincent (22-7) lost in the first round.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review




Thomas More women's team rallies past Louisiana College for NCAA first-round win

The injury-depleted Thomas More College women’s basketball team may not have had enough players to keep up at times with the frenetic style of Louisiana College in Friday night’s NCAA Division III Tournament first-round game, but it showed it had enough heart to make a remarkable second-half comeback.

First Round: Home Sweet Home
The best chance for a visiting team to upset a host so far came in Kentucky where Thomas More rallied from an 18-point deficit to beat Louisiana College 94-91.



WPIAL alumni honored

A few local hoopsters were named their conference's player of the year: Bethany's Nick Wilcox (Peters Township) in the Presidents' Athletic Conference
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


District Notebook: NCAA Division III tournament
Saint Vincent (22-6) will play York, Pa., (22-5) at 5 p.m. at Juniata College. The Bearcats, runners-up in the Presidents' Athletic Conference, got an at-large bid.

Post Gazette


Three Kentucky colleges to server as NCAA Division III tournament hosts

Thomas More women: The No. 23 Saints (24-4) have won 13 straight and will host Louisiana College (24-4) at 7. No. 16 Illinois Wesleyan (22-5) and Maryville (21-6) will play at 5. The final is at 7 Saturday.
Courier Journal


2012 women's tournament preview

The Amherst bracket & The DePauw bracket

Five questions: Thomas More's Jeff Hans

Jeff Hans has the Thomas More women’s basketball program back in the NCAA tournament, but that’s the expectation in Crestview Hills.


St. Mary’s Ends Bethany’s Dreams
The 20th-ranked Bethany College men's basketball team sliced a 20-point deficit down to five late in the second half, but the comeback fell short, as St. Mary's held on for a 69-57 victory against the Bison in their NCAA Tournament first-round matchup Thursday night.

The Intelligencer


Spartans set to open NCAA tournament runs

The York women enter the tourney with a 22-5 record and play at 5:30 this evening against Saint Vincent College (22-6) at Juniata.

York Daily Record




Sports Town: Alumni Update - Nick Wilcox

Bethany junior forward Nick Wilcox, a Peters Township High School graduate, was named the Presidents' Athletic Conference Player of the Year in men's basketball.
Post Gazette

2012 men's tournament preview: The Virginia Wesleyan bracket
Bethany (25-3) at St. Mary’s, Md. (19-7), winner to Virginia Wesleyan (25-3)
Trinity, Texas (20-8) at Mary Hardin-Baylor (25-2); McMurry (20-8) vs. Whitworth (24-3)
Edgewood (22-6) at UW-River Falls (20-7); Wheaton, Ill. (21-6) vs. Gustavus Adolphus (20-7)

College basketball notebook for March 1: Women

Grove City College junior guard Leah Gibson (Hoover) earned second-team All-Presidents’ Athletic Conference honors.

Canton Repository

Waynesburg loses in ECAC
WAYNESBURG - Just over five minutes into its ECAC playoff game against Penn State-Behrend, the Waynesburg University women's basketball team looked as if it were ready to advance to the next round.
Observer Reporter





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