College notes: Hempfield graduate helps bowling team to rare 300
When the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore women's bowling team defeated Vanderbilt on Sunday to win the Kutztown Golden Bear Invitational title in Reading, a Hempfield High School graduate was part of a rare accomplishment along the way.
Senior T'nia Falbo was among five bowlers comprising the top-seeded Hawks' starting lineup that rolled a perfect 300 game during a 4-2 loss to Vanderbilt.
The defeat forced a deciding match against the second-seeded Commodores.
Maryland-Eastern Shore then defeated Norfolk State, 4-3, to set up a rematch with Vanderbilt, which the Hawks won, 4-1, to claim their second consecutive championship in the event.
Maryland-Eastern Shore coach Kristina Frahm dubbed the Kutztown Golden Bear Invitational “the nation's largest tournament.”
SHU softball picked 6th
The Seton Hill softball team was chosen to finish sixth in its final season in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in a preseason poll of conference coaches.
The school's athletic programs will join the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference in 2013-14.
First-year softball coach Paul O'Brien will welcome a pair of all-WVIAC players in senior infielder Stefanie Wiegand and sophomore pitcher Christine Henderson, when the team opens its schedule at the Shaw (N.C.) Tournament on Feb. 15-17.
West Virginia Wesleyan was chosen to win its sixth consecutive WVIAC championship, receiving 10 of 14 first-place votes in the poll.
Five Seton Hill indoor track and field records were either established or equaled at the Marietta (Ohio) College Open, including senior Calsie Boyd improving on her NCAA provisional qualifying mark in the triple jump by winning the event with a distance of 38 feet, 4.75 inches.
She also won the high jump with a 5-3 mark and went on to her second consecutive West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference field athlete of the week award.
Other school records included Vicki Miller winning the weight throw with a distance of 45-8 1⁄2 and finishing second in the shot put with a throw of 39-6, and Aron Kurzinski winning the 55-meter sprint in 6.61 seconds and Nick Spino finishing third in 7.89.
Algeron Johnson finished second in the pole vault with a distance of 14-3 1⁄4 to tie a school mark and also was a member of the winning 1,600-meter relay team, earning him the WVIAC men's athlete of the week award.