A-K Valley campus clippings: Simmons leads Saint Vincent men’s basketball over holiday break
Mike Simmons is heating up at Saint Vincent.
The Bearcats’ senior guard, a Kiski Area graduate and former Valley News Dispatch Boys Basketball Player of the Year, was named the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week on Monday.
Simmons averaged 17 points in helping Saint Vincent go 3-0 in games against Hood College, Westminster and Bethany over the holiday break. He scored a career-high 19 points in an 84-82 win over Westminster on Jan. 3 and nearly matched that Saturday against Bethany, scoring 18.
In the three games, Simmons shot 17 of 27 from the field and 13 of 19 from 3-point range, hitting five against Westminster and Bethany.
La Roche: Sophomore Austin Hannes (Knoch) scored 15 points and drained all three of his 3-point attempts, helping La Roche earn a 93-78 win over Medaille.
Allegheny: Senior Zoe Soilis (Freeport) scored six points and tied her season high with four steals in a 97-51 loss to Wittenberg.
La Roche: Sophomore Nia Thomas (Highlands) scored 17 points in an 80-48 win over Mt. Aloysius. Thomas hit three 3-pointers and added five rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Penn State: Senior Jason Nolf (Kittanning) became the Nittany Lions’ all-time pins leader in dominating the field at 157 pounds at the Southern Scuffle. Nolf won all five of his matches, getting three pins, a technical fall and a major decision. His semifinal pin of Stanford’s Dom Mandarino gave him 54 for his career, a school record. He beat teammate Bo Pipher in the finals by technical fall.
Pitt-Johnstown: Senior Steve Edwards (Burrell) pinned Fort Hays State’s Nick Meck in the 174-pound bout as Pitt-Johnstown beat Fort Hays, 22-16, at the NWCA National Duals. Edwards also pinned fifth-ranked Zach Stodden in UPJ’s 23-16 quarterfinal loss to No. 1 Nebraska-Kearney, and beat Jorge Guerrero of Lindenwood (Mo.) University by decision in an 18-17 consolation-bracket loss.
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