District college notebook: PSU soccer coach receives national honor

| Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

• Soccer America named Penn State's Erica Walsh its National Coach of the Year after she steered the Nittany Lions to the national title game. Also, senior midfielder Christine Nairn and junior forward Maya Hayes were selected as first-team All-Americans, and forward/midfielder Raquel Rodriguez and forward Mallory Weber were named to the all-freshmen team.

• Pitt wrestling coach Rande Stottlemyer earned his 300th career victory in the Panthers' 27-9 triumph over Eastern Michigan last weekend. He has a 300-227-12 all-time record in dual meets. Pitt (6-3) visits No. 2 Oklahoma State on Sunday.

• The Edinboro women's basketball team downed No. 6 Gannon, 65-52, on Wednesday to end the Golden Knights' 14-game winning streak. Senior guard Kiara Brown (Ambridge) scored 26 points for Edinboro (11-3, 8-2 PSAC). Gannon fell to 15-2, 9-1.

• Washington & Jefferson College junior forward Chelsea Apke (Mt. Lebanon) leads the Presidents' Athletic Conference with 10.9 rebounds per game. Her eight double-doubles are tied for the league lead.

• The Indiana (Pa.) women's basketball team won the 600th game in program history by defeating Shippensburg, 74-71, last week.

• The Atlantic 10 named former Duquesne women's basketball player Beth Friday (Upper St. Clair) as one of its inaugural Women's Basketball Legends for her contributions to the program. Friday, who played from 2000-03, will be recognized along with 15 others March 16.

• Gannon redshirt junior Robert Wilson scored his 1,000th career point in the Golden Knights' 66-64 loss to West Chester on Saturday. Wilson, a transfer, scored his first 803 points at Urbana.

• Slippery Rock senior guard Darious Clark hit seven 3-pointers — one shy of the school record — and scored 33 points a 99-76 win over Kutztown on Saturday.

• Penn State senior Casimir Loxsom recorded the 10th-fastest time ever by an American collegiate runner when he won the 800 meters in 1 minute, 46.98 seconds on Saturday at the Nittany Lion Challenge. It was a school and meet record and the world's fastest 800 time this season.

• Chatham sophomore Kianna Hedjazi (Gateway) broke her school record in the 3-meter diving competition Saturday, totaling 231.55 points in a victory over West Virginia Wesleyan College.

• Three Indiana (Pa.) football players were named D2Football.com honorable mention All-Americans: senior running back Harvie Tuck, senior offensive tackle Dan Matha and senior safety Johnny Franco.

• Four Penn State women's volleyball players were honored as Volleyball Magazine All-Americans. Sophomore Micha Hancock and junior Ariel Scott were first-teamers, and juniors Deja McClendon and Katie Slay received second-team spots.

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