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District college notebook: Hot-shooting Apke of W&J named PAC player of week

| Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, 10:09 p.m.
Mark Selders/Penn State Athletic Communications
Penn State wrestler Matt McCutcheon

TOP PERFORMERS

Washington & Jefferson

• Senior forward Chelsea Apke (Mt. Lebanon) finished with 30 points on 12-for-16 shooting in the Presidents' 87-86 victory over previously unbeaten Carnegie Mellon on Saturday. She became the first W&J player to score 30 or more points since Feb. 11, 2006. Apke, who was named PAC Player of the Week, leads the league with 12.3 rebounds per game and is second with 20 points per game.

Carnegie Mellon

• Senior swingman Christian Manoli was named MVP of the DoubleTree Invitational after leading the Tartans to a 68-62 win over No. 8 Hampden-Sydney in Sunday's championship. Manoli had 14 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals in the title game, helping Carnegie Mellon knock off a top-10 team for the first time since 2008.

Penn State

• Freshman wrestler Matt McCutcheon (Kiski Area), making his collegiate debut, went 4-1 and took third place Sunday while competing unattached at the Mat-Town Open hosted by Lock Haven.

Mercyhurst

• Junior hockey player Daniel Bahntge scored a natural hat trick to lift the Lakers to a 6-3 victory over American International on Friday. He entered the day with only one goal in his first 13 games before recording his third career three-goal game.

Geneva

• Senior swingman Jordan Harbison had 31 points on 9-for-16 shooting in his team's 89-81 triumph at Hiram on Saturday, helping him earn PAC Player of the Week. He hit eight 3-pointers, the most by a PAC player this season.

OF NOTE

• Penn State senior forward Maya Hayes and West Virginia senior forward Frances Silva are among 15 semifinalists for the Hermann Trophy, given annually to the top player in women's soccer.

• Westminster senior men's basketball player Anthony Thomas (Union) scored his 1,000th career point in a loss to Penn State Behrend on Saturday, becoming the 36th player in program history to reach the mark.

• The Slippery Rock women's basketball team (1-5) ended an 18-game losing streak with a 68-57 victory at NAIA member Lourdes on Saturday. Junior D'Asia Chambers had 16 points and 13 rebounds for The Rock.

• Penn State field hockey players Brittany Grzywacz and Laura Gebhart were named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division I All-American team. Grzywacz, a senior defender, and Gebhart, a junior midfielder, received second-team honors. Slippery Rock junior forward Lindsay Brown was named to the second team in D-II.

• Robert Morris hockey freshman Brittany Howard scored four goals in a 4-2 win over Maine on Friday, coming one short of the school record. The Colonials also swept College Hockey America's monthly honors, with junior forward Rebecca Vint being named top player and freshman Jessica Dodds as top goaltender.

• La Roche women's basketball guard Danasha Harris (Uniontown) had 12 points, 19 rebounds and six steals in an 82-42 victory over Chatham on Sunday, helping her earn AMCC Player of the Week.

• The Pitt women's volleyball team (19-14, 11-9 ACC) ended its season on a six-match winning streak and placed fifth in the conference after being picked to finish 13th in the preseason polls.

• West Virginia freshman runner Jillian Forsey finished second in the Canadian cross country championships Saturday in Vancouver, B.C., to automatically earn a spot for the North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletic Association (NACAC) cross country championships in February in Trinidad and Tobago. Mountaineers teammate Megan Yuan, a sophomore, placed fifth and also could make the team, which hasn't been finalized yet.

COMING UP

Women's volleyball

• Atlantic 10 champion Duquesne (20-9) visits 15th-seeded Kentucky (21-8) at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

• Big Ten champion Penn State (28-2) received the No. 2 seed for the NCAA Tournament and will host Northeast Conference champion LIU Brooklyn (23-7) at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The Nittany Lions reached the national semifinals last season.

• The NCAA Division II Tournament Atlantic Region matchups Thursday include fifth-seeded Pitt-Johnstown (26-10) against fourth-seeded Shippensburg (28-9), second-seeded Clarion (31-4) against seventh-seeded Seton Hill (26-11), and sixth-seeded Gannon (20-13) against third-seeded Cal (Pa.) (28-8). Top-seeded Wheeling Jesuit will serve as host.

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