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District college notebook: UPJ keeps moving up D-II wrestling rankings

| Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, 9:36 p.m.

of NOTE

• Pitt-Johnstown moved up to No. 12 in the NCAA Division II National Wrestling Coaches Association rankings.

• Following three months at No. 3, the West Virginia rifle team returned to No. 1 in the College Rifle Coaches Association (CRCA) Poll. WVU is 8-0 and was the preseason No. 1.

• The Cal (Pa.) softball team is ranked No. 16 in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Top 25 preseason poll. The Vulcans return all but one starter from last year's 38-6 team.

• Pitt-Johnstown senior second baseman Jake Warner was named second-team preseason National Collegiate Baseball Writers of America All-American. Warner led the Mountain Cats in batting (.420), hits (74) runs (46), RBIs (40), and total bases (99) last season.

• Gannon junior Nettie Blake became the 25th women's basketball player in school history to score 1,000 career points in a win over Seton Hill on Saturday.

• W&J coach Glenn Gutierrez got his 100th career victory when the Presidents defeated Thiel on Saturday.

• Robert Morris sophomore Brandon Denham scored his sixth goal of the season and extended his points streak to seven games in a 6-4 win over Army on Saturday. The win also gave the Colonials hockey team a seven-game unbeaten streak.

• W & J senior wrestler Josh Etzel (Elizabeth Forward) moved into fourth place on the school's all-time victory list with his 87th win against Thiel last Wednesday.

• With its victory over No. 11 Michigan on Sunday, the top-ranked Penn State wrestling team secured at least a share of the Big Ten title. Both teams were unbeaten in the conference entering the match.

• Wheeling Jesuit sophomore forward Taylor Lubinsky (Hempfield) was named Mountain East Conference Player of the Week after leading the Cardinals past the No. 2 and No. 3 teams in the MEC. He averaged 14 points and 6.5 rebounds in wins over Urbana and West Virginia State.

TOP PERFORMERS

Clarion

Kelly Johnson (Mt. Lebanon) had 29 points and 12 rebounds in a victory over Slippery Rock last Wednesday.

Edinboro

• Senior Tabitha Bemis (Quaker Valley) had two first-place and two second-place finishes at the Midwest Indoor Track & Field Open at Spire Institute on Saturday. She won the triple jump and was part of the winning 4x400 relay team.

Geneva

Heidi Mann scored 22 and 24 points in back-to-back games to help the Golden Tornadoes win consecutive games for the first time since the 2011-12 season. Mann made 17 of 23 field-goal attempts over the two games.

Grove City

• Sophomore Megan Bilko (Canon-McMillan) won four events and set a pool record in the 1,000 freestyle in a victory at Westminster Thursday.

IUP

Marcel Souberbielle had 24 points and went past 1,000 for his career in a victory over Pitt-Johnstown last Wednesday. In the same game, sophomore Brandon Norfleet scored a career-high 25 points.

Robert Morris

• Sophomore goalie Terry Shafer posted his second career shutout — and the Colonials' first in nearly a year — and had an assist in a 4-0 win over Army on Friday.

Westminster

• Sophomore Marissa Kalsey (Waynesburg) placed second in the pole vault and set a school record (4.00 meters) at the Midwest Indoor Track & Field Open.

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