Campus clippings: Penn State Behrend has 5 Plum graduates
College Football Videos
When it comes to men's volleyball, Penn State Behrend clearly has opened a recruiting pipeline to Plum.
This year's team has five Plum graduates on the roster: Junior defensive specialist Derek Polishen, sophomore outside hitter Eric Theiss, and freshmen Matt Shepherd (OH), Zach Miller (DS) and Daniel Szurley (OH).
The Lions are off to a 3-1 start. In their latest victory, 3-0 over Cazenovia, Theiss managed a team-high nine kills and three aces and Shepherd chipped in four kills. Behrend allowed just 24 set points in the victory.
Freshman Thad Paunovich (Kiski Area), who played on the varsity girls team in high school because there was no boys' team, is fifth on the team with 18 kills. He had nine digs in a 3-2 victory over No. 13-ranked Elmira.
Teammate Charlie Tindall (Deer Lakes), a junior setter, has six kills so far. Another local member of the team is senior defensive specialist Cory Swarmer (Leechburg).
Men's indoor track
Senior Denis Lydon (Plum) took sixth place in the 3,000-meter run and freshman Matt Grafton (Kittanning) came in 14th in the 60-meter dash at the Kane Invitational and Cornell University. Lydon's time was 9:00.31, while Grafton sprinted home in 8.25 seconds.
Senior Nick Gentile (Freeport) won the 800-meter run at the Penn State National Invitational in a time of 1:53.75, which qualified him for the IC4A Championships in March. The time is the fourth-fastest in school history.
Gentile also is gearing up for the upcoming Northeast Conference Championships.
Women's indoor track
Freshman Sam Logan (Knoch) ran a leg of the Colonials' 3,200-meter relay team that shattered the school record by 23 seconds.
The team finished in 9:20.15 at the Penn State National Invitational. That mark surpassed the ECAC qualifying standard by five seconds and is the best time in the Northeast Conference this season. The Penn State meet marked the first time Logan ran the 800 at the college level.
Sophomore guard Nolan Cressler (Plum) scored a career-high 29 points but Cornell (1-17) fell to Yale, 61-57. Cressler hit 8 of 16 shots, 10 of 10 free throws and three 3-pointers.
Senior forward Jenny Papich (Fox Chapel) scored 21 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for her third double-double of the season and sixth of her career, as Gannon, ranked No. 4 in the nation in Division II, downed California (Pa.), 65-57. Gannon hadn't swept the season series from California since the 2009-10 season. Papich has scored 1,367 career points.
Senior guard Hannah Shaffer (Apollo-Ridge) scored a career-high 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Titans to a 85-74 upset of St. Vincent in PAC play.
Washington & Jefferson
Senior 184-pounder David Dibenedetto (Fox Chapel) picked up a pair of wins in the Wilkes Tri-Match.
The first was a 5-2 decision over Levi Veppert of Wilkes and he followed with a 78-second pin of Trinity's Joe Gerish.
Bill Beckner Jr. is the local sports editor of the Valley News Dispatch. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.