Campus clippings: Valley graduate Clark gets back on course
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Published: Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, 12:41 a.m.
Bill Clark (Valley) has been dealing with a wrist injury that slowed his progress and kept the Gannon freshman from playing his best golf. But it appears the injury is healing well.
Clark saved some of his best for last as he put together a solid final round and helped Gannon to a seventh-place finish at the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Championships.
Clark improved seven shots from a first-round 81 to shoot 74 and finish tied for 24th individually in his conference-championship debut at Hershey Links Golf Course.
Clark is a former WPIAL section champion and state-tournament qualifier.
Presidents' Athletic Conference
Three local players are among the top tackle leaders in the PAC. St. Vincent sophomore defensive back Renny LaRue-Holloman (Fox Chapel) is third at 10 tackles per game (60 total), while Thiel junior middle linebacker Wes Schmidt (Kittanning) is ninth (8.3 tpg) and Bethany sophomore Aaron Frye (Kiski Area) is 12th (7.5).
Senior placekicker Brian Shaw (Burrell) connected on 4 of 5 extra points in a 34-13 win over Clarion Saturday. He has scored 12 points for the Rock (6-1).
Washington & Jefferson
Sophomore linebacker Jon Turner (Freeport) has 32 tackles, including 51⁄2 for loss, and three sacks this season for the Presidents (5-1, 4-1 PAC). Teammate Evan Fuentes (Fox Chapel), a senior defensive lineman, has added 23 tackles.
Senior midfielder/defender Zach Hall (Deer Lakes) has four goals and three assists for Slippery Rock (10-5-1, 5-2 PSAC), which has won seven of its last eight games and reached No. 8 in the national rankings, its highest in school history. Hall has a team-high four game-winning goals.
Freshman Maria Pallone (Valley) teamed with classmate Sydney Sterner to defeat Geneva's Brittany Kress and Courtney Light at No. 3 doubles and help the Titans capture the Presidents' Athletic Conference championship. Pallone and Sterner, seeded third in the first championship flight bracket, won 8-1.
Freshman forward Jessie Thiessen (Fox Chapel) was named North Coast Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week after helping the Gators to a pair of 5-0 wins. She had a goal and two assists against Oberlin, then added a goal and one assist against Ohio Wesleyan. Thiessen leads Allegheny with 16 points (5 goals, 6 assists).
Junior midfielder Ally Overly (Springdale) has three goals (9 shots on goal), including a game-winner for the Fighting Scots (10-3-1, 8-3-1).
Junior defender Taylor Bombalski (Freeport) has scored two goals and has one assist for the Yellow Jackets (6-7, 3-2 PAC). She has made nine starts this season.
Penn State Behrend
Freshman Mia Pietropola (Plum) helped lead the Lions to a second-place finish at the Pitt-Bradford Panther relays. Pietropola swam a leg of the winning mixed (co-ed) 400-yard relay team that posted a time of 3:55.59 to collect 14 points for the team.
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