Campus clippings: Tennis coach receives honor
By The Tribune-Review
Published: Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, 7:28 p.m.
Fox Chapel's George Dieffenbach, the longtime tennis coach at Pitt, was named the Edwin J. Faulkner College Coach of the Year by the United States Tennis Association.
Dieffenbach has more than 500 combined coaching wins for the men's and women's teams at Pitt from 1976 to present. He has 318 victories with the women's program.
He has guided teams to 24 Big East Championship berths.
Junior guard Ryan Stanko (Deer Lakes) was named North Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Week after scoring 31 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in a 86-75 win over Thiel in double overtime.
Freshman guard Nolan Cressler (Plum) has started seven of 12 games for the Big Red (4-8). He leads the team in 3-pointers (17) and is averaging 7.9 points and 3.1 rebounds in 18.9 minutes per game.
Cressler played 12 minutes and scored six points, when Cornell played at No. 1 Duke on Dec. 19. Duke won, 88-47.
Cornell plays Thursday night at St. Francis (Pa.).
In his second straight start, freshman point guard Micah Mason (Highlands) scored a game-high 19 points, including 5-of-6 3-pointers in a 74-56 win over Eastern Illinois. He also dished six assists for the Bulldogs (6-5).
Mason, who is averaging 5.8 points in 14.5 minutes, is shooting 54 percent from the floor (19 for 35), including 60 percent from 3-point range (14 for 23). He also has 19 assists.
Senior guard Reuben King (Highlands) has played in all nine games for the Titans (4-5), averaging 19.9 minutes coming off the bench. He is second on the team in 3-pointers (9).
Freshman defensive lineman Reily Shane (Highlands) was named the team's defensive newcomer of the year. He had 17 tackles and three sacks in eight games, including a two-sack effort against Westminster.
Penn State New Kensington
Three players were named to the All-Penn State University Athletic Conference teams. Sophomore forward Michael Clear (Burrell) took first-team honors, while freshman center-back Casey Cavanaugh (Burrell) and junior midfielder Adam Bombalski (Freeport) made the second team.
Penn State New Kensington
Freshman Kennington Knapp (Riverview) was a honorable mention selection for the All-Penn State University Athletic Conference team.
— Bill Beckner Jr.
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