Campus clippings: Kiski Area graduate off to fast start for St. Francis softball
There was no thaw-out, no removal of rust needed for St. Francis (Pa.) senior softball catcher Chelsy Cosentino, who wasted no time resuming her offensive production from a year ago.
A Kiski Area graduate, Cosentino batted .600 (6 for 10) with seven RBIs and five runs across the Red Flash's first four games. She added four doubles, a triple, a home run and totaled 15 bases.
The performance earned her Northeast Conference Player of the Week honors.
The 4-0 start is the first in team history.
Last season, Cosentino hit a team-best .354 with 13 doubles, three triples and had 20 multi-hit games. She was All-NEC second-teamer.
The No. 8-ranked Lakers won their second straight PSAC Division II dual-meet championship, clinching the title with a 23-15 victory over No. 15 Pitt-Johnstown. But a pair of A-K Valley matchups helped to decide the winner.
Mercyhurst redshirt sophomore Jeremy Landowski (Burrell) won a 5-3 decision over his cousin, Cole Landowski (Kiski Area), in the 149-pound bout. At 184, UPJ's Travis McKillop (Burrell), a junior, picked up a major decision against freshman Dakota DesLauriers (Burrell), 8-0.
Senior Ryan Stanko (Deer Lakes) scored a game-high 26 points in his final college game, a 76-72 victory over Denison on Allegheny's Senior Day. The total gives him 1,071 career points, which ranks 19th on the Gators' all-time scoring list.
Stanko also finished fourth all-time in 3-pointers made (171) and fifth in career free-throw percentage (.822). His teammate, senior Bobby Theiss (Plum), contributed a season-high eight points in the season finale, going 3 for 3 from the field.
Washington & Jefferson
Senior Brett Rubin-Goldstein (Fox Chapel) made Senior Night memorable for not only himself, but his home fans. The 6-foot-3 guard connected on a dramatic, buzzer-beating halfcourt shot to beat Geneva, 62-61. He finished with 10 points in the win.
A replay of the shot can be seen at http://gopresidents.com/news/2014/ 2⁄19/MBB_0219142448.aspx
W&J (13-12) opens the PAC Tournament on Tuesday against Waynesburg.
Sophomore Joe Killian (Springdale), the NCAC Newcomer of the Year last season, went 3 for 4 with an inside-the-park home run and had three RBIs in a 12-6 win over John Carroll. He also doubled in the win for the Gators (1-1).
Sophomore Zarley Zalewski (Valley) is hitting .469 (15 for 32) through seven games for Kent State (5-2). He has driven in eight runs, including four in a 14-5 win over Arizona.
Sophomore Ronit Yurovsky (Plum) was named the Big Ten Athlete of the Week after leading the Wolverines to a 6-1 win over No. 22 Notre Dame. She had the clinching point in doubles and singles. It is her third career weekly honor.
Bill Beckner Jr. is the local sports editor of the Valley News Dispatch. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.