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District college notes: St. Vincent names women’s assistant coach

By Paul Schofield
Kurt Mattern, who was a head women’s basketball coach at Penn State Fayette and a former Ligonier Valley boys basketball coach, has been hired as an assistant women’s basketball coach at St. Vincent. Mattern, a dentist, helped lead PS Fayette to the 2014 Penn State University Athletic Conference regular-season title. …

VND campus clippings: W&J kicker Davis named PAC special teams player of the week
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Washington & Jefferson sophomore kicker Blake Davis (Kittanning) was named Presidents’ Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week. Davis kicked a pair of field goals (24 and 27 yards) and made four extra points in a 34-3 win over Bethany. Davis is third in the PAC in scoring with …
VND Campus clippings: Leechburg graduate Barto picks up initial college victory at Gannon
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Gannon freshman Matt Barto called it one of the best moments of his golf career. And there have been many of those for the Leechburg graduate, who continues his seamless transition to college golf. Barto became Gannon’s first PSAC individual champion Sunday when he made par on the first playoff …
Slippery Rock slips up in ‘surreal’ trip to Big House
By Karen Price
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Tina Brest was among the first in line waiting to get into Michigan Stadium when the buses carrying the Slippery Rock …
District football roundup: Cal (Pa.) staves off late IUP comeback
By Staff Reports
Chaz Veal’s interception in the end zone with 53 seconds remaining preserved a 21-13 victory for California (Pa.) over rival IUP in the sixth annual Coal Bowl at Cal’s Adamson Stadium. Cal (6-1, 5-1) moved into sole possession of first place in the PSAC West, and IUP (5-2, 4-2) dropped …
Former Springdale soccer star creating opportunities for La Roche teammates
By Bill Beckner Jr.
La Roche senior forward Bryan Weimerskirch doesn’t think he is the best player on his soccer team. But the record book says he might be …
District football preview: Preseason favorites IUP, Cal (Pa.) still finding full potential
By Bill West
Though picked by the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West division’s coaches as the top two teams in the preseason poll, Cal (Pa.) and IUP began …
District college notes: GCC grad Stone earns NEC honor
By Paul Schofield
Greensburg Central Catholic graduate Nate Stone, a freshman linebacker at Duquesne, was named Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week after recording 11 tackles in the Dukes’ win at Central Connecticut State. Stone leads Duquesne with 48 tackles, including 23 solo, this season. Stone was a three-year starter at GCC. UPG’s …
Seton Hill soccer player owns impressive streak
By Kevin Lohman
In 2007, high school freshman Jessica Walton started in her first game for the Mt. Pleasant girls soccer team. Walton, now in her senior season …
Cal U-IUP vie in Coal Bowl
By Jeff Oliver
A week after recording their biggest win of the season, Cal U is hoping for a big lump of coal Saturday. Well, sort of. The …
Slippery Rock football returns to Big House
By Chuck Curti
When Paul Lueken took over as athletic director at Slippery Rock in 1994, one the first items on his agenda was to bring back the …
Campus clippings: Fox Chapel grad named PAC Golfer of the Week
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Grove City freshman Jordan Alfery (Fox Chapel) was named the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Co-Men’s Golfer of the Week after taking medalist honors at the Carnegie Mellon Fall Invitational with a season-best 75. Grove City finished with a score of 326 and tied for second place in the event. Alfery is …
Gateway, Plum graduates to meet in Big House Battle
By Michael Love
The Slippery Rock and Mercyhurst football teams will meet in a PSAC West battle on Saturday, but the game won’t be at Slippery Rock or in Erie. The Rock and the Lakers won’t even take the field in the state of Pennsylvania. The teams will face each other at Michigan …
Jeannette grad a shutdown corner, special teams standout with St. Vincent
By Brian Knavish
Darius Brown’s claim to fame is his pass-coverage ability. The Jeannette High School graduate is a senior cornerback on the St. Vincent College football team. …
Thomas Jefferson grad stars on defensive line, and more, at Bethany
By Brian Knavish
Nick Greer is a senior defensive tackle for the Bethany College football team, and a quick glance at the team’s season statistics shows how productive …
District college notes: St. Vincent women win twice
By Paul Schofield
Victories against Waynesburg, 3-1, and Pitt-Greensburg, 3-0, helped the St. Vincent women’s volleyball team improve to 14-9 overall and 5-6 in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference. Anna Christy had 11 assists against Pitt-Greensburg while Alyssa Luther had 23 assists and 11 aces against Waynesburg. St. Vincent had 57 kills against Waynesburg, …