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Connellsville graduate starts at Robert Morris

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Cassie Show, a freshman shortstop from Connellsville Area High School, has started every game this season for Robert Morris University.

In the field, she is second on the team in assists with 75 and fourth in putouts with 63.

"Cassie won the starting shortstop job as a freshman because of her tremendous athleticism and her strong and accurate throwing arm," said Craig Coleman, Robert Morris University 17th-year softball head coach and athletic director. "Like all freshmen, she is working on mastering the far-more-complex nuances of our defense that she was ever exposed to in high school and she continues to progress in that area."

Show helped Coleman become the first coach in the school's history to win 500 career games during a 7-2 victory at Fairleigh-Dickinson University earlier this spring.

She singled in the Colonials final run and added a walk while making three putouts and an assist defensively with no errors.

"Offensively, she has improved with each week in terms of adjustment to Division I level pitching and we have great hopes that she will become an excellent hitter during the early parts of her career," added Coleman.

As of April 16, Robert Morris owned a 17-22 overall record with an 8-4 mark in the Northeast Conference.

Geibel coaching changes

The off-season of coaching change continues with local scholastic basketball programs. Geibel Catholic recently accepted the resignations of girls' Head Coach Pat Klocek and boys' basketball Coach Dan Andria.

Klocek, a native of Mt. Pleasant, won three section titles with a 90-71 cumulative mark over seven seasons. The Gators qualified for the WPIAL playoffs each season under Klocek. Before taking over as head coach in 2004, he served as the assistant girls' coach at Geibel for four seasons. He has been coaching area basketball for 26 years.

Andria compiled a 17-23 record over the past two seasons and previously had successful coaching stints at Fairchance-Georges and Albert Gallatin High Schools. Geibel made the playoffs in both seasons under Andria.

At Fairchance-Georges, he produced 10 winning seasons in 12 years and his 1979-80 team won 28 of 34 games and finished third in the state tourney.

Andria enjoyed seven winning seasons at Albert Gallatin and the 2006-07 team reached the WPIAL Class AAAA championship game.

Marshall Biddington, a standout Geibel golfer and basketball player in the mid-1990s, coached the Gators in 2008-2009 after Ken Misiak had coached Geibel since the school opened in 1964.

Misiak's career record was 734-359. Misiak's teams made the playoffs in 27 of the 31 years Geibel competed in the WPIAL. He led Geibel to the 1978 PIAA Class A championship.

6 wins at Edinboro

Former Connellsville Area High School standout wrestler Ethan Saylor finished his first collegiate season at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania with six wins.

He became the starter at 165 pounds and concluded the season with two losses in the Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) Tournament.

A four-year starter at Connellsville in wrestling and soccer, Saylor finished with a scholastic career wrestling record of 121-42. He wrestled at both the 145 and 160-pound weight classes for the Falcons.

Under the direction of 14th-year head wrestling Coach Tom Flynn, Saylor helped the Fighting Scots compile a 9-10-1 overall record and 4-2 mark in the EWL before finishing fifth out of seven teams at the league tournament.

Three of Saylor's six wins came by fall and he also produced one major decision victory.



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