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District college notes: Seton Hill baseball favored in WVIAC

| Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

The Seton Hill University baseball team has been picked as the preseason favorite to win the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament championship in a poll of the league's 15 coaches.

The Griffins, ranked nationally in NCAA Division II in virtually every preseason college baseball publication, received nine votes to win the league title and 13 of 15 first-place votes and 109 points, projecting their fourth consecutive North Division crown.

Seton Hill has advanced to the past three Division II Atlantic Region playoffs.

Shepherd, which also qualified for the regional playoffs after beating Alderson-Broaddus for the WVIAC Tournament championship, was picked to finish second in the North Division.

Concord was favored over Fairmont State to win the South Division title.

Seton Hill begins its schedule with a three-game series at Francis Marion on Feb. 16-17. The Griffins visit Concord on March 9 in their WVIAC opener.

Among the leaders

Westmoreland County Community College freshman Danielle Murphy, a Hempfield High School product, ranked second among Division III junior college women's basketball players in 3-point shooting percentage entering the week.

Murphy was shooting 53.0 percent (35 for 66) from behind the arc.

Sophomore forward Hannah Falcsik, another Hempfield product, ranked fourth in rebounding with an average of 13.8 per game, while freshman guard Jasmine Belt (Uniontown) was fourth in assists (6.3).

WCCC owned a 16-4 record with a five-game win streak.

Academic stars

Seton Hill University junior women's basketball players Paige Alviani, Katie Gattuso and Tiara Stossel have been named to a Capital One Academic All-District team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), making it the only Division II school with a trio of selections.

Former Greensburg Salem High School player Chris Klimchock, of St. Vincent College, was a men's selection in Division III.

CoSIDA requires a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.30 as a sophomore in athletics and academics to be eligible for honors, and nominees must have participated as a starter or valuable reserve in 50 percent of their team's games.

The national academic team will be voted on later in February.

Alviani, a guard who was averaging 15.6 points per game and was leading Seton Hill with 75 assists, is majoring in elementary education; Gattuso, a forward and the Griffins' leading scorer (16.6 ppg.) and rebounder (11.9 rpg.) — her rebounding average also was tops in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference — is a political science major; and Stossel, a guard who was averaging 10.0 points per game, is a mathematics major.

Klimchock, a senior guard and psychology major at St. Vincent, was ranked fourth in scoring (15.5 ppg.) in the Presidents' Athletic Conference and was leading the league in assists (3.8 apg.) and assists-to-turnover ratio (1.9).

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