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Westmoreland campus clippings: Carolyn Appleby, Kaitlyn Slagus, Monica Burns reach 1,000 points

Bill Beckner Jr.
| Monday, March 5, 2018, 5:57 p.m.

Three former Westmoreland girls basketball standouts who combined to score thousands of points when they played in high school now have done so at the college level.

And none of them are seniors.

They hit their milestones within hours of one another last week.

IUP junior guard Carolyn Appleby and Bucknell junior forward Kaitlyn Slagus each scored their 1,000th point Wednesday night.

Wheeling Jesuit redshirt sophomore guard Monica Burns followed Thursday afternoon.

Appleby, a Greensburg Central Catholic graduate, made down a 3-pointer from the elbow at the 3:35 mark of the second quarter during IUP's 67-52 home win over Seton Hill in the PSAC quarterfinals. She is the 25th player in program history to achieve the mark.

IUP (26-3) is set to open the NCAA Regional tournament after falling to Millersville, 89-96, in the PSAC semifinals in triple-overtime. Appleby fouled out with 15 points. The loss ended IUP's 21-game home winning streak.

Appleby has 1,024 points.

Slagus (Belle Vernon) needed 24 points but finished with a career-high 25 points to reach 1,000 in the Bison's 75-55 win over Army. She made a free throw with 2:51 remaining for Bucknell (21-8), which will be the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Patriot League Tournament. She has 1,001 points.

And Burns, a Hempfield grad known best for her all-time free-throw record of 118 consecutive makes, sank a 3-pointer with 1:45 left in a 73-60 loss to West Virginia State in the Mountain East Conference quarterfinals.

Burns accomplished the feat in only two seasons for the Cardinals (12-17). She has 1,002 points heading into next year.

St. Francis Brooklyn

Junior guard Maria Palarino (Penn-Trafford) scored a career-high 25 points in a 83-77 los to Central Connecicut. Palarino has helped the Terriers (13-16) clinch the No. 3 seed in the Northeast Conference playoffs, which begin Wednesday.

Seton Hill

After dominating weekly honors all season, Seton Hill basketball player Cheyenne Trest added an even larger piece of hardware to her rookie season. Trest was named PSAC West Freshman of the Year.

She is the first player from Seton Hill to earn a major award from the conference.

In addition to Trest's honor, Griffins senior guard-forward Jenna Kaufman was named to the All-PSAC first team.

Trest, who was named PSAC West Freshman of the Week nine times, averaged 14 points Seton Hill (20-10), which fell short of an NCAA Division II regional bid after losing in the PSAC quarterfinals to IUP. Trest led the team in assists (88) and blocks (19). She scored in double figures in 24 of her 30 games, including a personal-best 35 points against Slippery Rock.

Leading scorer Kaufman averaged 17.4 points and 8.0 rebounds. She had 10 double-doubles and has more than 1,000 career points.

Men's basketball

Eastern Michigan

Redshirt junior Elijah Minnie (Monessen) was named Mid-American Conference Player of the Week. The former Robert Morris player had 18 points and nine rebounds in a 74-58 win over Western Michigan, then scored 25 and pulled down eight rebounds in a 71-69 win over Toledo. Minnie has been playing despite the recent death of his mother.

Minnie leads EMU (20-11) in scoring at 16.8 points. The Eagles open the MAC Tournament on Thursday.

Naval Academy

Sophomore guard Matt Cullen (Latrobe) has played in six games and is averaging 1.3 points in 21 minutes for Navy (20-12), which lost to Holy Cross in the opening round of the Patriot League Tournament.

Seton Hill

Junior guard Trevor Blondin was named to the all-PSAC West second team. He averaged 20.8 points for the Griffins (10-18).



For the fourth year in a row, senior Tyler Smith (Franklin Regional) qualified for the NCAA Division I national championships March 14-15 in Cleveland with a runner-up finish at the EIWA Championships at Hofstra over the weekend. Smith reached the finals and lost to top-seeded Yianni Diakomilhalis of Cornell, 17-9. The loss snapped Smith's 17-match winning streak.

Sophomore Drew Phipps (Norwin) narrowly missed advancing to nationals as he took eighth at the EIWA tournament.


Freshman Spencer Lee (Franklin Regional) was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year. The fast-rising standout finished third in the conference tournament over the weekend, scoring a pin, a technical fall and a major decision to move to 18-2 for the season. He has scored bonus points in 14 wins.

Sophomore 157-pounder Michael Kemerer (Franklin Regional) finished sixth. Kemerer and Lee advance to the national tournament March 15-17 in Cleveland.

Ohio State

Sophomore Luke Pletcher (Latrobe) finished as the Big Ten runner-up at 133 pounds but helped the Buckeyes to their third conference title in four years.

Third-ranked Pletcher lost to No. 2 Steven Micic of Michigan, 7-4, in the finals. Pletcher (23-1) advances to the NCAA championships.

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