A-K Valley campus clippings: Plum grad Ana Benitez makes history for Point Park
Ana Benitez made history in her first trip to the NAIA indoor track and field championships.
The Point Park freshman and Plum graduate became the first field All-American in school history by placing eighth in the long jump.
Benitez, the first Point Park woman to compete in a jump event at nationals, recorded a distance of 38 feet, 4 inches.
Redshirt sophomore Sydney Bordonaro (Burrell) announced her plans to move to Long Beach State, where she immediately will be eligible to play as a graduate transfer. Bordonaro played 16 games for the Waves this season, averaging 6.8 points. The long-range specialist shot 42.4 percent from 3-point range.
St. Francis (Pa.)
Junior Courtney Zezza (Plum) recorded her first double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds in a 94-78 win over Bryant. She helped the Red Flash finish the regular season with a share of the Northeast Conference title, averaging 7.4 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game in just under 20 minutes per contest.
Senior Joey Luciana (St. Joseph) drove in 10 runs as the Golden Tornadoes won two of their first three games of the season. Luciana went 5 for 10 with a triple and five runs scored. He had a pair of four-RBI performances in a 12-6 win over Valley Forge and 15-9 loss to Eastern Nazerene. Sophomore Jake Poremski (Kiski Area) went 2 for 6 with a triple and an RBI in two games.
Washington & Jefferson
Senior Ryan Sciullo (Kiski Area) tripled twice and drove in three runs in an 8-2 victory over Case Western Reserve on Sunday. Sciullo had four RBIs in W&J's first four games.
Senior Jordan Gillette (Highlands) had a big homecoming meet, tying a career high with a 9.875 on floor during a quad meet with Pitt, Penn State and Temple at Fitzgerald Field House. Gillette added a 9.75 on beam and 9.725 on uneven bars to help WVU post a score of 196.075, the Mountaineers' highest on the road this season.
Sophomore Rachel Tanilli (Deer Lakes) was named the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference's West Division Athlete of the Week after a red-hot performance in the Golden Knights' first nine games of the season. Tanilli batted a team-high .370 with three doubles, a home run and a team-high seven RBIs. She hit a three-run homer in a 9-0 win over Ursuline on Friday. Tanilli also went 4 for 4 on stolen base attempts and scored four runs.
St. Francis (Pa.)
Senior Jordan Seneca (Plum) hit her first home run of the season in a 7-6, 11-inning loss to Omaha. Seneca set a Northeast Conference record with 22 home runs last season.
Sophomore Miranda Reesman (Leechburg) went 2 for 3 with a double and two RBIs in a 6-4 win over Baldwin-Wallace. She added two hits, including a double, in a 7-2 loss to Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Sophomore Peyton Kondis (Plum/Oakland Catholic) was named to the American Athletic Conference's all-conference team in the 100 breaststroke, 200 individual medley and with the 200 and 400 medley relays. She also qualified for the NCAA championships, scheduled for next week in Columbus, Ohio, in the 100 breaststroke
Freshman Bailey Bonnett (Highlands) qualified for the NCAA championships in the 100 and 200 breaststroke.