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Local college notes: UPG freshman named co-Newcomer of the Year

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Thursday, March 7, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

Pitt Greensburg freshman Rocco Contristano was honored with the 2012-13 co-Newcomer of the Year award in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference in men's basketball.

The 6-foot-3 guard led UPG in scoring with an average of 11.5 points, field-goal percentage (50.3), 3-point field-goal percentage (41.3) and free-throw percentage (85). He shared the award with Hilbert freshman forward Jerame Owens.

In AMCC games, Contristano shot a league-best 86.6 percent (58 for 67) from the free-throw line and 48.6 percent (17 for 35) from 3-point range.

After starting the season as a key reserve, Contristano earned a starting spot in his sixth game for UPG and scored in double figures in 15 of the Bobcats' 19 remaining games, including a career-high 30 points in a victory over La Roche.

Contristano was the Bobcats' lone selection to the all-AMCC men's team, earning third-team honors.

Freshman guard Emily Nelson represented the UPG women's program by earning a spot on the all-AMCC third team.

Nelson, a Hempfield High School graduate, led UPG in scoring (10.5 ppg.), assists (3.8 apg.) and steals (2.0 spg.) and ranked second in 3-point field-goal percentage (33.1) and free-throw percentage (75.3).

She set a school record this season with 13 assists in a victory over Mt. Aloysius.


The West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference named Mike Cima, a senior infielder/catcher for Seton Hill, as its player of the week after he batted .471 and had five RBI and four runs scored during a three-game stretch.


Eight riders from the Seton Hill women's club team have qualified for the Region 5 Finals of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association on Sunday at Stone Gate Farm in Hanoverton, Ohio.

Seton Hill is ranked No. 2 in Region 5 behind top-ranked West Virginia.

Regional qualifiers are Juliana Caffrey, Erica McCarthy, Caitlin Henzey, Lauren DeCarli, Elaina Moorehead, Taylor Jansen, Lauren Sitler and Alexandra Kemp-Thompson, who finished seventh at the 2012 IHSA Championships.

Individual placewinners at the regional event will advance to the IHSA Zone 6 Championships on April 6 at Reedsville (W.Va.) Farm. The IHSA Championships will be held May 2-5 in Harrisburg.

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