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District football preview: The Rock, IUP look to keep pace in PSAC West

By Bill West
Slippery Rock’s George Mihalik and IUP’s Curt Cignetti continue to see mistakes cost their teams dearly in the PSAC West title race. At this point, both coaches recognize the margin for error is uncomfortably small. Hopes for a PSAC West title hang in the balance for The Rock (5-2, 4-2) …

Valley grad Brennan leads W&J tennis team into PAC finals
By Doug Gulasy
Even as they focused on each individual match this season, junior Courtney Brennan and the Washington & Jefferson women’s tennis team had the season-ending Presidents’ …
Cal U hopes to avoid getting ‘trapped’
By Jeff Oliver
There is a term in sports called “trap game.” Cal U will have to guard against being in a trap game Saturday at Clarion. The …
After long wait to be a starter, Forsythe producing big yards for Waynesburg
By Jeff Vella
The pain Jake Forsythe feels is a good pain. The Waynesburg senior running back carried the ball 33 times for 222 yards in Saturday’s victory …
District college notebook: Debo sets Edinboro career goals record
By Jeff Vella
TOP PERFORMERS Edinboro • Senior soccer player Liz Debo (Norwin) broke the school record for career goals after scoring twice in a 6-3 victory over …
Thomas Jefferson grad gets chance to kick in ‘Big House’
By Brian Knavish
As the starting kicker on the Slippery Rock University football team, Mike Wainauskis is used to playing in front of less than 10,000 fans — …
Jeannette grad, Mount Union not taking opponent lightly in ‘mismatch”
By Brian Knavish
On paper it’s quite a mismatch. The University of Mount Union — featuring Jeannette native Pat Mahoney at right guard — is a perennial powerhouse …
District college notes: St. Vincent names women’s assistant coach
By Paul Schofield
Kurt Mattern, who was a head women’s basketball coach at Penn State Fayette and a former Ligonier Valley boys basketball coach, has been hired as an assistant women’s basketball coach at St. Vincent. Mattern, a dentist, helped lead PS Fayette to the 2014 Penn State University Athletic Conference regular-season title. …
VND campus clippings: W&J kicker Davis named PAC special teams player of the week
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Washington & Jefferson sophomore kicker Blake Davis (Kittanning) was named Presidents’ Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week. Davis kicked a pair of field goals (24 and 27 yards) and made four extra points in a 34-3 win over Bethany. Davis is third in the PAC in scoring with …
VND Campus clippings: Leechburg graduate Barto picks up initial college victory at Gannon
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Gannon freshman Matt Barto called it one of the best moments of his golf career. And there have been many of those for the Leechburg graduate, who continues his seamless transition to college golf. Barto became Gannon’s first PSAC individual champion Sunday when he made par on the first playoff …
Slippery Rock slips up in ‘surreal’ trip to Big House
By Karen Price
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Tina Brest was among the first in line waiting to get into Michigan Stadium when the buses carrying the Slippery Rock …
District football roundup: Cal (Pa.) staves off late IUP comeback
By Staff Reports
Chaz Veal’s interception in the end zone with 53 seconds remaining preserved a 21-13 victory for California (Pa.) over rival IUP in the sixth annual Coal Bowl at Cal’s Adamson Stadium. Cal (6-1, 5-1) moved into sole possession of first place in the PSAC West, and IUP (5-2, 4-2) dropped …
Former Springdale soccer star creating opportunities for La Roche teammates
By Bill Beckner Jr.
La Roche senior forward Bryan Weimerskirch doesn’t think he is the best player on his soccer team. But the record book says he might be …
District football preview: Preseason favorites IUP, Cal (Pa.) still finding full potential
By Bill West
Though picked by the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West division’s coaches as the top two teams in the preseason poll, Cal (Pa.) and IUP began …
District college notes: GCC grad Stone earns NEC honor
By Paul Schofield
Greensburg Central Catholic graduate Nate Stone, a freshman linebacker at Duquesne, was named Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week after recording 11 tackles in the Dukes’ win at Central Connecticut State. Stone leads Duquesne with 48 tackles, including 23 solo, this season. Stone was a three-year starter at GCC. UPG’s …
Seton Hill soccer player owns impressive streak
By Kevin Lohman
In 2007, high school freshman Jessica Walton started in her first game for the Mt. Pleasant girls soccer team. Walton, now in her senior season …