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Allegheny's Makenzie Zidek (Kiski Area) had a career-high 29 points in a win over St. Vincent

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Players who scored 20-plus points for the W&J women in a 90-80 win over Allegheny.

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Career wins for Pitt-Johnstown men's basketball coach Bob Rukavina. He got No. 400 on Saturday.

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Players who dressed for the Waynesburg women's basketball team in its win over Mount Aloysius.

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By Chuck Curti
Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, 4:09 p.m.
 

TOP PERFORMERS

Allegheny

• Sophomore Makenzie Zidek (Kiski Area) made a school record-tying seven 3-pointers and scored a career-high 29 points in a win over St. Vincent on Wednesday.

Clarion

Hannah Heeter had her 32nd career double-double in a win over Mansfield on Wednesday. Her 15 rebounds gave her 19 career games with at least that many, which is a school record.

DeMarius Miller became the first men's basketball player to score 30 or more points in back-to-back games in almost 20 years. He had 34 points Dec. 17 in a loss to Kutztown one game after a career-high 42 against Penn State-Beaver.

Gannon

Jen Papich (Fox Chapel) had 22 points, eight rebounds, five assists, three blocks and two steals in a victory over Lock Haven on Wednesday. She also made a layup with 3 seconds left to give the Golden Knights a 65-63 win Saturday over defending PSAC champ Bloomsburg.

IUP

Leslie Stapleton came off the bench Saturday to score a career-high 21 points in a 76-62 victory over Kutztown. She was 5 of 10 from 3-point range.

Slippery Rock

• Senior center Jazmyne Frost had a season highs of 29 points and eight rebounds Saturday in a victory over Cheyney.

Washington & Jefferson

Nate Bellhy (Fort Cherry) had 21 points and 14 rebounds in a double-overtime win over Juniata on Thursday.

Waynesburg

Jason Propst had 23 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots in a Dec. 18 victory over Hiram.

NOTES

• Waynesburg senior Brandon Fedorka (Hopewell) was named to the AP Little All-America team. Fedorka, the Presidents' Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year, recorded 11½ sacks and 21½ tackles for loss this past season.

• Mercyhurst kicker Steven Wakefield was named to the AP All-America second team. Wakefield made 16 of 17 field goals and 41 of 42 extra points during for a school-record 89 points.

• Slippery Rock senior punter James McCombie was named a Daktronics All-America second-teamer. McCombie ranked fifth among NCAA Division II punters last fall with a 43.2-yard average.

• Duquesne linebacker Christian Kuntz (Chartiers Valley) was named a third-team Football Championship Subdivision All-America by The Sports Network. Kuntz was the national leader in tackles for loss per game (1.8) and is the first sophomore in school history to earn All-American honors from any affiliate.

• Robert Morris football players A.J. Dalton and Antwan Eddie were named to The Sports Network's All-America teams. Dalton was a second-teamer, and Eddie was named to the third team.

• Allegheny senior golfer Oliver White was selected to participate in the Patriot All-American Invitational beginning Sunday in Litchfield Park, Ariz. White was a Golf Coaches Association of America/PING All-American.

• Penn State women's volleyball coach Russ Rose was selected as the American Volleyball Coaches Association Coach of the Year. Additionally, four of Rose's players were named All-Americans: Ariel Scott and Micha Hancock (first team), Deja McClendon (second team), Katie Slay (third team) and Nia Grant (honorable mention). It was McClendon's fourth All-America honor.

• Pitt senior outfielder Casey Roche was named a first-team preseason All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. West Virginia junior left-handed pitcher Harrison Musgrave was named to the NCBWA second team.

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