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District college notebook: Potopenko's huge day at plate spurs Waynesburg's record output

| Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 9:14 p.m.



• Sophomore infielder Katey Potopenko (Steel Valley) went 5 for 5 with two homers, a double, four runs and nine RBIs in a 19-5 rout of Franciscan on Wednesday. It was Waynesburg's highest run output since 2008.


• The women's lacrosse team beat two ranked teams last week and moved up to No. 8 in the Division II rankings. Sophomore Drew Hayden (Pine-Richland) scored five goals as the Crimson Hawks topped No. 4 Lock Haven, 11-9, in overtime Sunday. IUP also beat then-No. 8 Rollins (Fla.), 16-14, on Thursday. Hayden is second on the Crimson Hawks (4-2) with 17 goals.


• Freshman Jesse Hinkle (Thomas Jefferson) became the first person in program history to win an individual event, taking first in the javelin at Saturday's Early Bird Invitational at Cal (Pa.). Her throw of 115 feet was 6 feet better than the second-place finisher.


• Junior pitcher Dan Altavilla (Elizabeth Forward) threw a no-hitter in a 3-0 victory over Clarion on Friday. He struck out 12 and walked one, improving to 3-0 this season with a 1.69 ERA.


• Freshman runner Savon Salter (Penn Hills) won three events at the season-opening Early Bird Invitational. He took first in the 110-meter hurdles and 400 meters and was part of the 1,600 relay team.


• Clarion women's basketball coach Gie Parsons is retiring after 25 seasons. The Gateway graduate led the Golden Eagles to six NCAA D-II Tournaments, three PSAC championships and five PSAC West titles while compiling a record of 352-336.

• Edinboro junior Valerie Majewski was named to the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Division II All-American team. Redshirt junior Laurel Lindsay (South Park) was an honorable mention selection. Stan Swank was selected as one of eight finalists for the inaugural Pat Summitt Trophy, which goes to the top coach in D-II.

• St. Vincent senior forward Dillon Stith became the second player in Presidents' Athletic Conference history to earn All-America honors from the NABC, earning a spot on the third team in D-III.

• Grove City sophomore swimmer Megan Bilko (Canon-McMillan) received four All-America honors at the NCAA D-III swimming and diving championships over the weekend, including a ninth-place finish in the 1,650 freestyle.

• West Virginia senior gymnast Hope Sloanhoffer won the program's first Big 12 title Saturday.

• Penn State swimmer Alyson Ackman posted a Big Ten-record time of 1:43.81 in the 200 freestyle at the NCAA D-I swimming and diving championships Saturday, finishing fifth and becoming the first Nittany Lions swimmer to garner first-team All-America status since 2008.

• Robert Morris junior hockey player Cody Wydo was named MVP of the AHA playoffs after totaling seven goals and five assists. The Colonials (19-17-5) earned their first berth in the NCAA Tournament and face Minnesota (25-6-6) at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. The game is on ESPN2.

• The Pitt baseball team (12-10, 4-5 ACC) swept Duke (14-11, 4-5) over the weekend in its first home series in the ACC.

— Jeff Vella

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