Uniontown grad shines for Pitt-Johnstown women's basketball team

| Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

From Fayette County to Cambria County, Uniontown High School graduate and standout women's basketball player Kelsey Sleighter finds the long range.

A 5-foot-7 junior guard at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, Sleighter is one of the Lady Mountain Cats' top players this season.

She is the team's fourth leading scorer, averaging 10.6 points per game and leads all players with 14 steals. Sleighter is second in three-point baskets with 35 and third in playing minutes, averaging 27 per game. Her 43 assists are second best and she is averaging 3.3 rebounds per game.

Sleighter has scored 10 or more points in seven games this season, including a career-high 26 points in a 96-81 PSAC-West victory at Clarion. She scored 22 points in a season-opening loss at Davis & Elkins College.

In 2012-13, Sleighter played in 25 of Pitt-Johnstown's 26 games and made four starts while averaging 8.7 points per game. She led the Lady Mountain Cats in both three-point field goals (43) and free-throw percentage (28-35, 80.0%). She scored in double figures 11 times.

As a freshman Sleighter played in all 27 games and made three starts. She averaged 8.4 points and 4.3 rebounds per game with 40 three-point baskets and 12 double-figure scoring games.

A three-year scholastic starter at Uniontown, Sleighter was named to the Pennsylvania All-State Girls' Basketball Team after the 2010-11 season. She finished her career as the school's second all-time leading scorer with 1,245 points and was just the third Lady Raider to reach the 1,000-point plateau.

She was the WPIAL's second-leading scorer her senior season (19.3 ppg.) and produced career totals of 145 three-pointers, 503 rebounds, 328 assists and 254 steals.

Academically, Sleighter graduated fourth in her class and was a member of the National Honor Society.

As of Tuesday, Pitt-Johnstown's women's basketball team owned a 7-13 overall record and 4-6 mark in the PSAC-Western Division.

Mildren in the minors

Laurel Highlands High School graduate and former University of Pittsburgh star pitcher Ethan Mildren completed his first season of minor league baseball with the Elizabethton (Tenn.) Twins of the Rookie Appalachian League.

In June Mildren was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the 12th round (350th overall) of the 2013 MLB Draft.

A 6-foot-4, 215-pound right-hander, Mildren began his professional stint on July 4 and appeared in 12 games, all in relief. He pitched 16.1 total innings and had a 1-1 overall record with a 1.65 ERA. Mildren recorded 13 strikeouts and allowed seven walks.

Mildren helped the Twins compile the 10-team Appalachian League's lowest team ERA at 3.10.

Elizabethton compiled a 37-31 final overall record in 2013 and finished in third place in the Appalachian League's West Division.

During his three-year collegiate career, Mildren compiled a 20-14 career record, which included a team-best 10-3 overall record in 2013 with a 2.35 ERA, 114.2 innings pitched and four complete games. He earned first-team All Big East Conference honors.

The three-year starter struck out 197 batters in 281.1 innings pitched while allowing just 48 walks.

During his 2011 freshman season, Mildren walked just six batters in 71 innings pitched, which ranked fifth nationally among all NCAA Division I pitchers in terms of walks allowed per nine innings.

Mildren ranks fourth among all Panthers in wins, fifth in innings pitched, starts (40), seventh in strikeouts, 12th in complete games (8) and 18th in appearances (43).

At Laurel Highlands High School he set school records for career records in wins (23) and strikeouts (284) on the diamond and scored more than 1,000 points on the basketball court.

The Twins' minor league spring training starts March 4 in For Myers, Fla. Mildren spent a month in Florida this winter with the Twins Instructional League. He will be assigned a team in spring training, possibly Minnesota's Class A team in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Bruce Wald is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

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