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Allegheny’s Thiessen aiming for encore to stellar freshman season

By Chuck Curti
Members of the Allegheny women’s soccer team had just arrived on campus last week when coach Michael Webber approached sophomore Jessie Thiessen. Webber wanted to …

District college notebook: Duquesne women’s cross country team picked to defend A-10 title
By Jeff Vella
of NOTE • The Duquesne women’s cross country team, the defending Atlantic 10 champion, was picked to repeat by the coaches in the preseason poll. Returners include sophomore Valerie Palermo, who finished 10th at the championships last fall. The Dukes are hosting the championship meet Nov. 1 at Schenley Park. …
Temple’s Hooks lands at Cal U
By Jeff Oliver
Over the last few years, California University has become a landing spot for one-time Division I football players. Currently, there is one former D-I starter …
Mars graduate Miele on the move at Slippery Rock
By Joe Sager
It’s a new year and a new position for Austin Miele. The Slippery Rock University senior moved from free safety to linebacker this season. He …
Former Elizabeth Forward pitcher continues to rack up honors with Mercyhurst
By Bruce Wald
Nearly one month after being drafted in the fifth round of the Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft by the Seattle Mariners, Elizabeth Forward High School graduate and Mercyhurst (Erie) University standout pitcher Dan Altavilla continues to receive postseason accolades. In early July the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference’s sports …
Keystone Oaks grads impacting Point Park soccer
By Nathan Smith
The Point Park men’s soccer team has international flair with players hailing from across the world including Brazil, England, France, Iraq and the Gaza Strip. …
Area players expect to make Cal U impact
By Jeremy Sellew
There may not be a lot of local players on the California University of Pennsylvania football team’s roster, but the Mid-Mon Valley products are poised …
Penn-Trafford graduate Kajder inducted into Allegheny Hall of Fame
By Doug Gulasy
Vicki Kajder knew she had a strong volleyball career at Allegheny College, but she still wasn’t expecting the letter she received this spring telling her …
Seton Hill seeks improvement in 2nd PSAC season
By Brian Graham
Isaac Collins’ first season as the head football coach at Seton Hill came with growing pains and firsts that should make for a much smoother …
Area players make college choices
By Jeff Oliver
Two area football players made decisions on their college choices recently, each going a different route to do so. Brandon Bowman, who graduated from Charleroi …
After 2 winless seasons, St. Vincent football ready to rebuild under new coach
By Alex Oltmanns
The last two seasons have not been kind to the St. Vincent football team. Going winless in their last two campaigns and having lost 21 …
IUP favored in PSAC West preseason poll
By Bill West
A Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West Division poll pegged Indiana (Pa.) as the preseason favorite Monday, but many of the players and coaches in the conference room at Slippery Rock’s Robert Smith Student Center indicated they suspect very little separates the underdogs and the leaders of the pack this season. …
Cal U gets second spot in PSAC poll
By Jeff Oliver
California University football coach Mike Kellar usually goes chalk from the previous year when it comes to preseason polls. However, going into the Pennsylvania State …
Allegheny soccer Hall of Fame adds Butler grad
By Joe Sager
Mia Hamm inspired an entire generation of young soccer players. Allison Pyewell Nichols had a chance to learn from the American legend in person — …
Academics bigger part of PAC’s appeal
By Bill West
How to recruit football players to an NCAA Division III program is a skill first-year Westminster coach Scott Benzel only recently began to develop. Until he took the Westminster job in January, Benzel, a Plum grad, spent his time trying to convince prospects to play at FCS programs St. Francis …
Duquesne picked 2nd, RMU third in NEC preseason football poll
By Bill West
Finally at the top of Robert Morris football’s coach hierarchy after more than a decade as an assistant, John Banaszak intends to tweak the Colonials’ team culture. Banaszak and the Northeast Conference’s six other coaches provided outlooks for the fall Monday after the conference unveiled its preseason All-NEC selections and …