District college notebook: UPJ keeps moving up D-II wrestling rankings
By Jeff Vella
Published: Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, 9:36 p.m.
• 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.
• Kelly Johnson (Mt. Lebanon) had 29 points and 12 rebounds in a victory over Slippery Rock last Wednesday.
• 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.
• 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.
• Sophomore Megan Bilko (Canon-McMillan) won four events and set a pool record in the 1,000 freestyle in a victory at Westminster Thursday.
•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.
• 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.
• 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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