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Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

The 1,000-point milestone eluded Ryan Stanko during his high school basketball career, not because of anything the talented swingman did. It simply didn't have enough time to blossom.

Stanko didn't play varsity as a freshman at Deer Lakes and played sparingly as a sophomore. Yet he still managed 986 career points, tipping the scale for Valley News Dispatch Boys Basketball Player of the Year in 2010 with a stellar senior season.

The now-senior at Allegheny College didn't have such a steep climb to the milestone at the next level. He hit the scoring mark on Saturday in the Gators' 72-56 loss to Wabash in Crawfordsville, Ind.

Stanko (6-foot-4, 215 pounds), who has exactly 1,000 points, is the 26th player in school history to reach the career mark. He missed time early in the season with an ankle injury, but has appeared in 18 games, averaging 12.9 points for the Gators (4-17).

Stanko scored 13.8 a game as a junior, while also averaging 5.5 rebounds and connecting in a team-high-tying 50 3-pointers.

Men's basketball


Junior guard Brian Heinle (St. Joseph) was named the Bobcat male Athlete of the Week after averaging 14.5 points and 8.5 rebounds as UPG split a pair of games. He scored a season-high 22 points, making 9 of 13 shots, in a 98-80 victory over Franciscan.

Sophomore guard Mike Connelly (St. Joseph) scored 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting in a 88-78 win over D'Youville.

Women's indoor track and field


Senior Kristi Titler (Kiski Area) led the way for local athletes with a 10th-place finish in the 5,000-meter run in a time of 26:17.95 at the Jim Wuske Invitationl at Mt. Union. Teammates Natalie Sulava (Leechburg) and Brittany DeMeno (Freeport) also placed for the Cougars. Sulava, a sophomore, took 25th in the 800-meter run (3:09.88) and Demeno was 21st in the shot put (8.2 meters).


Senior Haley Gabor (Ford City) had quite a day at the Crimson & Gold Invitational at Oberlin. She won the 200-meter dash (27.73 seconds), finished second in the 400-meter run (1:00.93) and fourth in the 60-meter dash (8.31), while also helping the 1,600-meter relay to a second-place finish (4:22.71). Westminster took second in the team standings.

Men's indoor track and field

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Freshman Matt Grafton (Kittanning) took third place in the 60-meter dash at the Jim Wuske Invitational at Mt. Union in a time of 8.79 seconds.

Women's basketball


Sophomore guard Makenzie Zidek (Kiski Area) is averaging 8.5 points in 18.1 minutes per game off the bench for the Gators (12-9). She's made a team-best 35 3-pointers. Teammate Jessica Aulicino (Freeport), a freshman, has appeared in 17 games, including two starts.


Senior forward Jenny Papich (Fox Chapel) made all nine shots she attempted and finished with 22 points to lead Gannon (22-1) to a 70-56 victory over Mercyhurst.

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