ShareThis Page
District Colleges

Alle-Kiski Valley campus clippings: Bianco finishes strong at BCCC

Doug Gulasy
| Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, 2:21 p.m.

Brittney Bianco set a strong standard during her time at Butler County Community College.

Bianco, a Freeport graduate and sophomore at BCCC, was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association's 2017 honorable mention women's volleyball All-America team last week.

The 5-foot-6 setter led BCCC to the Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference tournament championship this fall, earning all-conference honors. She had 35 assists in the WPCC championship match against Community College of Beaver County. The Pioneers lost to Howard in the championship match of the ensuing Region XX tournament, with Bianco named to the all-tournament team.

Bianco led BCCC (18-6) with 633 assists, averaging 8.01 per set, and added 231 digs and 44 aces. She finished her BCCC career ranked second in assists with 1,254.

Men's basketball

St. Vincent

The trio of junior Mike Simmons (Kiski Area) and seniors Ben D'Amico (Fox Chapel) and Austin Dedert (Plum) continue to play significant minutes for the Bearcats (6-4, 3-1 PAC). D'Amico ranks second on the team in scoring, averaging 10.1 points and 3.1 rebounds. Dedert is second in rebounding with 4.7 per game to go with 5.8 points. Simmons is averaging 5.2 points and 2.4 rebounds and shooting .435 from 3-point range.

Women's basketball

Slippery Rock

Senior Mallory Heinle (St. Joseph) had a team-high nine rebounds, helping The Rock to a plus-10 margin in that category, in a 71-67 victory over West Virginia Wesleyan. Heinle is averaging 6 points and 4.9 rebounds in 10 games, including six starts. Senior Krista Pietropola (Plum) is averaging 4.4 points and 4.9 rebounds.

St. Francis (Pa.)

Junior Courtney Zezza (Plum) scored 16 points, pulled down nine rebounds, blocked two shots and had five steals as the Red Flash rallied from a 29-point deficit in the third quarter for a 106-101 double-overtime victory over Portland. Zezza ranks in the top 40 nationally in blocks, averaging 2.2. She averages 6.7 points and 5.1 rebounds.



Freshman Mike Mahon (Fox Chapel) finished third at 184 pounds at the Long Island Open. Mahon won four of five bouts with a pair of pins, including a victory by fall over Collin Kiel of the U.S. Merchant Marines in the third-place match.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.

click me