Westmoreland campus clippings: Pair of GCC grads up for scholar-athlete award
A pair of area players are semifinalists for college football's William V. Campbell Trophy, which recognizes the top scholar-athlete in the nation.
Both are Greensburg Central Catholic graduates.
Duquesne senior linebacker Nate Stone and Akron senior safety Zach Guiser are two of 181 semifinalists for the trophy. Between 12 and 14 finalists will be selected Nov. 1, and each will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship.
The finalists will be invited to the National Football Foundation awards dinner Dec. 5 in New York City, where the overall winner will be announced and have his scholarship increased to $25,000.
To be eligible, players must be seniors or graduate students in their final year of athletic eligibility, have a grade-point average of 3.2 or higher, be a first-teamer or significant player, and display “strong leadership and citizenship.”
Schools are limited to one nominee apiece.
Stone has 24 tackles, 3 1⁄2 for losses, and 2 1⁄2 sacks, both of which came Saturday in a 38-13 win for Duquesne (3-1) over West Virginia Wesleyan.
Guiser has 16 tackles and an interception for the Zips (2-3, 1-0 MAC).
Junior running back Tyler Balla (Greensburg Central Catholic) rushed for a career-high 193 yards — the most in a game by a Gators player since 2006 — and a touchdown in a wild, 57-40 win over Hiram. Balla also is the first Allegheny rusher to post three straight 100-yard games since 2005.
Balla has 522 yards and six TDs in five games. He ran for 413 and three scores in 10 games last season.
Senior running back Dominique McKinley (Greensburg Salem) ran for 99 yards on 14 carries to help the Titans (3-1, 2-0 PAC) to a 24-21 win over Thomas More in overtime.
McKinley is fifth on the school's rushing list with 2,924 yards.
Penn State Behrend
Sophomore goalkeeper Chris Ralph (Franklin Regional) registered his fifth shutout of the season as the Lions (8-4, 2-0 AMCC) blanked Mt. Aloysius, 1-0.
Ralph has 18 saves and has allowed five goals in eight games.
Freshman forward Henrik Berg was named PSAC co-Athlete of the Week. Berg scored both clinching goals as Seton Hill won a pair of conference games, 2-1 over Slippery Rock and 4-1 over Shippensburg. He had three goals and two assists for the week.
Berg has seven goals this season, including three winners.
Penn State Altoona
Freshman Gabby Stauffer (Greensburg Central Catholic) has a goal and assist, and teammate Jenna Mickel (Franklin Regional) has three assists for Altoona (4-7, 2-1). Both have started all 11 games.
Junior Leigh Appolonia (Yough) has started all 10 games and has 69 saves for the Mountain Cats (1-8-1).
The Griffins stayed perfect at home, moving to 7-0 with a 4-1 victory over Shippensburg. Junior Emily LoPresti, senior Emma Porteous, freshman Syanni Harris and sophomore Katie Kimmich (Franklin Regional) scored for Seton Hill (7-3,1, 5-3-1).
Freshman Anna Billey (Mt. Pleasant) scored her first career goal in a 2-0 win over Mansfield.
Senior Taylor Solo (Penn-Trafford) had 33 assists to help the Vulcans (10-5, 4-0) rally for a 3-2 win over East Stroudsburg. Her 34 assists led Cal in a 3-0 win over Kutztown.
Junior middle hitter Laura Buchanan (Norwin) had a match-best 14 kills and eight blocks in a 3-0 win against D'Youville.
Junior Molly Parker (Norwin) chipped in seven digs, and Haley Farmerie (Greensburg Central Catholic) added three blocks as the Titans (13-4) blanked Pitt-Greensburg, 3-0. In a 3-1 win over Buffalo State, junior Rachel Moore (Greensburg Central Catholic) had a team-best 20 digs.
Parker had 20 digs in a 3-2 loss to Allegheny.
Westmoreland County C.C.
First-year coach Courtney Shirley picked up her first win as the Wolfpack defeated Allegany College of Maryland, 3-0.
Freshman forward Tyler Hufnagel (Penn-Trafford) scored his first college goal. The marker came in a Sept. 30 game against Youngstown State.