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District college notebook: Baseball season approaching quickly

| Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

It may not look or feel like baseball season will be starting soon, but St. Vincent coach Mick Janosko is preparing his team for its annual southern spring trip to Florida.

The Bearcats open the season against Clark University (Maine) on March 2 in Winter Haven at the Russ Matt Tournament.

St. Vincent will play seven games during the week. It also is scheduled to play Rose Hulman Institute of Technology (Indiana), Eastern Mennonite (Va.), Gwynedd-Mercy (Pa.), Mt. Union (Ohio), St. John Fisher (N.Y.) and Houghton (N.Y.).

The Bearcats also will play in Newport News, Va. March 14-16 against Castleton State (Vt.), Tufts (Maine), Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the host, the Apprentice School.

St. Vincent opens Presidents' Athletic Conference action March 21 at home against Westminster.

Among the players Janosko will be counting are pitchers Steve Janik (Greensburg Central Catholic) and Max Henry (Latrobe), outfielder Jordan Britcher (Indiana), first baseman Joey Fearer (Mt. Pleasant and outfielder Vince Murphy (Derry Area).

Bearcats fall in wild game

St. Vincent and Thiel matched up in a classic Feb. 5 at Greenville.

Thiel outlasted St. Vincent, 124-121, in four overtimes. It was the Bearcats' first Presidents' Athletic Conference loss.

Dillon Stith led St. Vincent with a game-high and school-record 50 points. He was the only starter who did not foul out for the Bearcats. Isaac Turner scored 20 points despite going 2 for 16 from the field, J.C. Howard had 14 points, Ben Klimchock added 13 and Sean Kett 10.

Stith was 26 for 33 from the foul line, and Turner 16 for 22. St. Vincent was 55 of 78, and the teams combined to attempt 124 free throws.

Stith also had 18 rebounds.

St. Vincent (18-3, 11-1) bounced back Saturday with a 68-52 win at Grove City.

Turner led the way with 16 points, and Stith had 15 points and 10 rebounds.

SV women heating up

Despite an upset loss at home to Westminster (85-74) on Feb. 1, the St. Vincent women's basketball team has won four of its past five games.

They defeated Thiel (89-59) and Grove City (73-34) on the road the past week to improve to 15-6 overall and 12-2 in the PAC.

Five girls reached double figures at Thiel. Taylor Mathers led the way with 14 points, and Jasmine Weems had 11. Scoring 10 points apiece were Elle Collins, Brianna Zajac and Jessica Welch.

Collins scored 13 points and Zajac 10 in the victory at Grove City. Mara Benvenuti (Franklin Regional) had 10 rebounds.

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