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Summer league no sweat for ex-West Mifflin star Hester

By Dave Mackall
Don’t expect C.J. Hester to be in awe of the lineups at the Pittsburgh Basketball Club Pro-Am summer league. Should he? “It’s my third year in the league,” said one of West Mifflin’s favorite sons and a former high school star who helped West Liberty reach the 2014 NCAA Division …

College notebook: Makara steps down at PSNK
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Joe Makara isn’t giving up on Penn State New Kensington. He’s leaving the school’s wrestling program because he isn’t giving up on his younger brother, …
PAC all-star softball team gets crack at Team USA
By Jeff Vella
Kelsey Cunningham graduated as Washington & Jefferson’s all-time leading hitter, but the Peters Township product has low expectations for her next softball game. “I would …
Monongahela native vital in Seton Hill baseball’s postseason run
By Bruce Wald
Seton Hill University senior shortstop Brendan Costantino was named a second-team, All Atlantic Region selection by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA). The Geibel Catholic High School graduate and Monongahela native helped make the Griffins’ first season in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference a memorable one. After being chosen …
No break from the diamond for Butler grad Herald
By Joe Sager
There is no such thing as too much baseball for Cody Herald. The Butler High School graduate enjoyed a strong spring when he helped his …
Mars grad Cannon guiding Seton Hill pitchers
By Joe Sager
D.J. Cannon wanted to find a job in sports once he graduated from Seton Hill University. Turns out the 2007 Mars graduate didn’t have to …
Plum grads named to PAC Honor Roll
By Michael Love
A pair of Plum High School graduates and collegiate student-athletes — Gina Valotta and David Cross — recently were honored by the Presidents Athletic Conference on its Academic Honor Roll for the Spring 2014 semester. The PAC Academic Honor Roll recognizes student-athletes on varsity sports teams who have earned a …
Fox Chapel graduate an NCAA award nominee
By Tribune-Review
Recent Gannon grad Jen Papich, a Fox Chapel alum, is the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference’s nominee for NCAA Woman of the Year. Papich, a forward who averaged 13.5 points and 6.4 rebounds this past season, finished her career as a three-time All-PSAC West first-team selection. Away from the court, she …
Uniontown grads earn college track All-American status
By Bruce Wald
Two Uniontown High School graduates ended their 2014 collegiate outdoor track and field seasons with NCAA Division II All-American honors. Mallory Sanner, a junior at …
Ringgold, Mt. Pleasant grads lift St. Vincent baseball team
By Bruce Wald
St. Vincent College’s baseball team finished with a .500 record in the President’s Athletic Conference this past spring. Ringgold High School graduate and standout pitcher Mike Cramer looks to help the Bearcats build on that in 2015. A 6-foot-1-inch, 215-pound southpaw, Cramer led all St. Vincent pitchers with a 4.29 …
District college notes: Herald leads Seton Hill all-stars
By Paul Schofield
Outfielder Cody Herald was named to the first team of the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Division II Baseball All-Star squad. Second baseman Garret Vrbanic, shortstop Brendan Costantino, outfielder Taylor Schmidt and relief pitcher Jesse Cooper earned second-team honors. Herald led the Griffins with a .346 batting average. He also had …
Alle-Kiski Valley players to compete in PBC Summer Pro-Am
By Bill Beckner Jr.
A pair of former Alle-Kiski high school stars and a sophomore from Penn State New Kensington will play in the Pittsburgh Basketball Club’s Summer Pro-Am League, set to begin Monday. Incoming Duquesne junior guard Micah Mason, a Highlands graduate, will play in the league for the first time. The 6-foot-2 …
Fox Chapel grad Papich caps college career as Gannon’s Female Student-Athlete of the Year
By Marty Stewart
Jen Papich graduated from Fox Chapel Area High School in 2010 and received many awards for her performance on the basketball court. She recently completed …
Former Penn-Trafford football standout ‘humbled’ by preseason recognition with W&J
By Doug Gulasy
Zack Crossey achieved a lot in his first two seasons with the Washington & Jefferson football team, but the rising junior offensive lineman wants even …
Leader Times notebook: Pitt recruits to face off in Week 3
By Matt Grubba
When Kittanning and Apollo-Ridge clash on the football field Sept. 12, Wildcats and Vikings fans might be joined by more than a few interested Pitt …
District college notes: PAC forms new lacrosse conference
By Paul Schofield
The Presidents’ Athletic Conference and the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference have aligned to create the single-sport Ohio River Lacrosse Conferences (ORLC & ORWLC), which both will kick off league schedules during the spring of 2015. St. Vincent will be one of five PAC schools competing in the new alliance, including …