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District notebook: Three former soccer stars set to begin pro careers

| Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, 10:20 p.m.

Three former players with ties to local colleges were among the 55 players allocated to the National Women's Soccer League.

The trio of Canadians — goalkeeper Erin McLeod (Penn State), defender Carmelina Moscato (Penn State) and outside back Bry McCarthy (West Virginia) — are slated to play in the latest attempt at U.S. professional women's soccer.

McCarthy, the Big 12 Defensive player of the Year, will play for the Canadian national team next week in the Yongchuan Cup, a four-nation women's tournament in China. Meghan Klingenberg, a Pine-Richland graduate and a reserve on last summer's U.S. Olympic team, opted to play this season in Sweden.

• Penn State senior Christine Nairn is a finalist for the Hermann Trophy, presented to the nation's outstanding soccer player. Crystal Dunn of North Carolina and Caroline Miller of Virginia also are finalists for the award, which will be presented by the Missouri Athletic Club on Friday.

Men's basketball

• Slippery Rock (8-2, 5-1) assumed sole possession of first place in the PSAC Western Division with a 69-64 win Friday over Millersville.

Women's basketball

• No. 6 Gannon (13-1, 7-0 PSAC) won its 12th consecutive game Saturday, beating Mansfield, 80-49. It's the team's longest winning streak since the 2009-10 team won 37 in a row.

• Thiel senior guard Kelly Muffley scored 10 points in an 80-54 loss to Thomas More on Saturday to become the 13th player in school history to reach 1,000 points.

Football

• California (Pa.) tight end Blake Williamson will play in the Casino Del Sol College All-Star Game at 9 p.m. Friday in Tucson, Ariz. Williamson (Chartiers-Houston) will be joined by Penn State tackle Mike Farrell (Shady Side Academy), Pitt guard Chris Jacobson (Keystone Oaks) and receiver Mike Shanahan (Norwin), and West Virginia linebacker Terence Garvin and fullback Ryan Clarke.

Women's ice hockey

• Penn State director of operations and video coach Mo Stroemel will coach the U.S. women's national university team at the World University Games in December in Italy.

Men's track and field

• Penn State junior Jon Hendershot took first place in the high jump at the Penn State Relays over the weekend. His jump of 2.15 meters is tied for fourth best in the country.

Women's track and field

• Penn State senior Erika Morgan won the high jump at the Penn State Relays. Her jump of 1.79 meters is tops in the Big Ten and fifth in the country. Junior Mahagony Jones ran 60 meters in 7.44 seconds, good for ninth in the nation.

Wrestling

• Penn State sophomore brothers Andrew (149 pounds) and Dylan Alton (157) each went 5-0 to win championships Saturday at the Franklin & Marshall Open. Pitt redshirt junior P.J. Tasser (Belle Vernon) won the title at 174 pounds.

• Waynesburg junior Sam Lombardo (Canon-McMillan) improved to 14-2 as he won the 157-pound crown Saturday at the Waynesburg Invitational.

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