VND campus clippings: Mason makes pages of Sports Illustrated for 2nd time
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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.
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