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High school notebook: Four Freeport softball players commit to colleges

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Freeport graduate Alyssa Meta is living with an ailment that causes elevated heart rate, dizziness and nausea, among other symptoms. “I have good days and bad days,” she says.
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Sunday, June 2, 2013, 12:05 a.m.

Freeport's softball team made the WPIAL playoffs four straight years, thanks in large part to a talented senior class.

Four of those seniors will continue their playing career at the college level. Infielder Taylor Massart is headed to Allegheny, pitcher Alyssa Meta and catcher/infielder Emily Lindsey have committed to Westminster and outfielder Ashley Sample will attend Seton Hill.

Lindsey led the Yellowjackets (11-7) with a .520 batting average, Massart hit .481 with a team-high 28 RBI and Meta was 8-4 with a 2.48 ERA. Sample didn't play a full season because she also ran track.

Net stars

Fox Chapel senior libero and Ohio State recruit Josh Tublin led the Alle-Kiski Valley selections on the All-WPIAL boys volleyball teams released last week.

Tublin was named to the Class AAA first team, while teammate and outside hitter Michael Eisner and Plum senior outside hitter Bryan Parker made the second team.

In Class AA, Deer Lakes senior middle hitter Kody Butyan made the second team and teammate Zach Guiciardi, a senior setter, was a third-team selection.

Coach takes time off

A familiar face has been missing from the Deer Lakes softball dugout.

Assistant Dana Petruska did not coach this season because of time constraints. She also is the school's basketball coach, and recently took over the middle-school basketball program.

“It's tough not having her around,” Deer Lakes softball coach Craig Taliani said.”

Petruska is a former basketball and softball coach at Mars.


Springdale senior offensive lineman Zach Metklar will continue his playing career at Allegheny College.

Bill Beckner Jr. is the local sports editor of the Valley News Dispatch. Reach him at

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