VND campus clippings: Mason makes pages of Sports Illustrated for 2nd time
For the second time in his basketball career, Micah Mason (Highlands) was featured in Sports Illustrated. Most recently, the Duquesne sophomore guard was pictured in a graphic featuring “Record Sitters,” accomplished players who did not appear in the NCAA Tournament. Mason's recognition came from his nation-leading 3-point percentage. He made 65 of 116 3s this season (.560) to lead the Dukes (13-17). When he was a junior at Highlands, he made the magazine's “Faces in the Crowd” section after scoring 64 points in a game.
Senior forward Jenny Papich (Fox Chapel) was named to the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional All-Tournament team after averaging 19.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists in two games. Gannon (28-4) fell to Edinboro, 77-69, in the semifinals.
Papich finished her career with 1,534 points, posting 12.7 points and 5.8 rebounds a game.
Sophomore forward Heather Davis (Ford City) played in 23 games this season, averaging 7.9 points and 4.6 rebounds in 18.7 minutes. She also made 35 of 88 3-pointers (.398) to find a spot among the team leaders.
Junior outfielder Shane Wingard (Apollo-Ridge) drove in six runs, but St. Mary's swept a doubleheader from the Golden Tornadoes (2-11) in Fort Pierce, Fla. Wingard had four RBIs in an 8-5 loss.
Junior second baseman Allison Rayburn (Valley) connected for the team's first home run of the season, and the fourth of her career, in a 3-1 loss at Pitt-Greensburg. She is hitting .267 with two doubles and a triple for the Wolverines (4-7).
Freshman third baseman Emily Lindsey (Freeport) has started 12 of 13 games for the Titans (10-4) and is hitting .281 with a pair of doubles and five RBIs.
Women's track and field
Coming off a stellar indoor season, senior Haley Gabor (Ford City) is showing solid results early in the outdoor run for the Titans. She helped lead the 400-meter relay team to a victory at the Juniata Invitational with a time of 50.71 seconds. She also took second place in the 100-meter dash in a personal-best time of 12.76 seconds.
Bill Beckner Jr. is the local sports editor of the Valley News Dispatch. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.