Campus clippings: Plum grad Jake Chapla setting kicking records at Slippery Rock
Jake Chapla had a record-setting effort in Slippery Rock’s 62-37 victory Saturday at Wayne State.
The Plum graduate and senior punter and place kicker for The Rock broke the school career record for extra points. His eight PATs brought his career total to 166, surpassing the mark of 161 that stood since 2000.
The eight points moved him to second all-time at Slippery Rock for career scoring with 283 points. He needs 36 more to become the all-time scoring leader in program history.
Chapla also punted twice for a 41.5 average, and he delivered a 62-yard average on 11 kickoffs.
Chapla was selected the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Football Western Division Special Teams Athlete of the Week.
Chapla and The Rock, ranked No. 11 in the American Football Coaches Association poll and No. 17 in the D2Football.com rankings, host Shippensburg on Saturday at 6 p.m.
Clarion: Kiski Area graduate Ross Greece, a redshirt freshman at Clarion, scored his first collegiate touchdown in the Golden Eagles’ 48-28 victory over PSAC East foe Shippensburg last Saturday.
The 6-foot, 205-pounder got Clarion on the board with a 1-yard run at 5:56 of the first quarter. He finished with six carries for 25 yards, contributing to the team’s 341 rushing yards and four ground scores.
Greece hopes to find the end zone again Saturday as the Golden Eagles host Lock Haven.
IUP: Apollo-Ridge grad Duane Brown didn’t play last year for Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The redshirt sophomore who has transitioned to receiver from running back made up for lost time with two touchdowns in IUP’s season-opening 24-13 win over New Haven.
Brown hauled in a 47-yard touchdown at 7:51 of the first quarter to get the Crimson Hawks on the board, and he added a 2-yard run at 9:07 of the fourth to bookend the scoring.
He finished with two catches for 50 yards, and the TD run was his only carry of the game. He also returned two punts for 26 yards and had another punt return of 44 yards nullified by a penalty.
Cal (Pa.): Valley graduate Tyson Hill, a junior receiver at Cal (Pa.), caught three passes for 104 yards, including a 79-yard touchdown reception, in the Vulcans’ 59-13 season-opening victory over Saint Anselm (N.H.).
His long TD connection came with 11:34 left in the first half and extended Cal U’s lead to 24-3.
Hill is hoping to build on a sophomore campaign that saw him finish with 905 receiving yards and five touchdown on 61 receptions, earning All-PSAC West first-team honors and Don Hansen Football Gazette All-Region third-team recognition.
Gannon: Fox Chapel graduate Michael Marisco had a good day at the Guy and Jeanne Kuhn Invitational on Monday at the Country Club of Meadville. Marisco placed second out of 69 competitors with a 4-over 148 (72-76), and his total helped Gannon place fifth out of 12 teams in the standings.
The tournament was the season opener for both Marisco and the Knights.
The junior business major is coming off a strong sophomore season in which he earned All-PSAC second-team honors. Marisco was the first Gannon golfer to advance to the national finals since 2015 with his fourth-place finish at the Atlantic/East regional.
Point Park: The Point Park women’s volleyball team is off to an 8-1 start, and it scored a 3-1 nonsection victory over Washington & Jefferson in its most recent match Tuesday.
Freeport graduate Brittney Bianco, a senior setter, helped the Pioneers to the victory on offense and in the back row with a season-best 18 assists to go along with 11 digs. Bianco averaged 3.79 assists in 34 games over the nine matches.
She totaled 62 assists over four matches Aug. 30 and 31 as Point Park went 4-0 to claim the Emileigh Cooper Memorial Classic hosted by the University of Rio Grande (Ohio).
Michael Love is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Michael at 412-856-7400 x8632, [email protected] or via Twitter .