Alle-Kiski Valley Campus Clippings: Pitt’s Tre Tipton gets on track
Tre Tipton’s second-quarter 3-yard scoring reception from Kenny Pickett in Pitt’s 30-14 season-opening loss to ACC rival Virginia on Saturday was the second of his collegiate career.
The redshirt senior from Apollo-Ridge, who battled through injury during his first three seasons with the Panthers, first found the end zone as a true sophomore in 2016 in a game against Marshall.
On Saturday, Tipton, who came into the season with 17 career receptions for 184 yards, hauled in three for 26 yards and the score. His longest catch went for 19 yards, and he also had a tight-rope grab on the sideline in the second half that went to a review before being confirmed.
“We just got to continue to progress,” Tipton said in a postgame video interview after Saturday’s game posted to the Pitt athletics website. “That’s the ultimate goal, to find ways to continue to progress. I’ve got to do better as a leader to make sure my team gets there.”
Pitt returns to action Saturday against Ohio University. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. at Heinz Field.
Waynesburg: Burrell graduate Leesha Wagner, a sophomore, scored both goals in the Yellowjackets’ loss to Penn State-Harrisburg on Saturday.
It was the second two-goal game of her collegiate career and her first two tallies this season.
Wagner found the back of the net on her only two shots.
She opened scoring in Saturday’s contest with a tally in the 16-minute mark and gave Waynesburg a 2-1 lead in the 62nd minute.
Wagner, who started all 16 games as a freshman, scored three goals last year, including two in a Presidents Athletic Conference game against Saint Vincent.
The Yellowjackets (1-1) return to action at 3 p.m. Tuesday at La Roche.
Akron: Senior defender Ashley Amato is tough on the back line, and she also is a threat to score from various spots on the field.
In Thursday’s 2-1 nonconference win over Niagara, Amato, a Plum graduate, stepped to the penalty-kick line and delivered a shot that found the back of the net.
It was Amato’s first goal of the season for Akron (1-3) and the first penalty-kick tally of her collegiate career. She has 13 goals in 51 career games.
She also scored her team’s lone goal in an exhibition loss to St. Francis (Pa.) on Aug. 14.
Washington & Jefferson: The Presidents opened their season Saturday with a dominant 4-0 win over La Roche, and Riverview graduate Michael Komaniak got into the scoring act.
He found the net twice in a span of two minutes in the second half to extend the Presidents’ 2-0 halftime advantage.
Komaniak, a sophomore midfielder/forward, got on the scoresheet in the 74th and 75th minutes.
He has five career goals with W&J. Last year, he appeared in 17 games with three starts and scored three goals on 10 shots on goal and added an assist as the Presidents went 6-10-1 overall and 4-3 in the Presidents Athletic Conference.
Robert Morris: It wasn’t the start the Colonials hoped for Thursday in a 38-10 loss against FBS Division I Buffalo, but kicker Nick Bisceglia, a junior from Kiski Area, put points on the board with a 28-yard field goal with 4 minutes, 21 seconds left in the first half.
He added three kickoffs, including one touchback.
Bisceglia appeared in all 11 games for the Colonials last season. He connected on a career-best 40-yard field goal Nov. 11 at Eastern Kentucky.
He also booted a 38-yarder that day as Robert Morris suffered a 40-39 loss in overtime. The 40-yarder came in the waning seconds of the game and sent the contest to the extra session.
Michael Love is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Michael at 412-856-7400 x8632, [email protected] or via Twitter .