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A-K Valley campus clippings: Valley to Allegheny connection working well

| Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, 10:42 p.m.
Valley graduate Chase Balla competes for the Allegheny football team during the 2017 season.
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Valley graduate Chase Balla competes for the Allegheny football team during the 2017 season.

Allegheny College’s Valley trio helped the Gators secure their first victory of the season.

Senior running back Tyler Balla, senior defensive lineman Marcus Davenport and sophomore linebacker Chase Balla all turned in key plays in Allegheny’s 27-20 win over Wooster on Saturday.

Tyler Balla rushed for 116 yards, his first 100-yard performance of the season and sixth of his career. Davenport finished with eight tackles, including three for losses, and two sacks, and Chase Balla added five tackles, a sack and a pass breakup in the win.

Cal (Pa.)

Sophomore Tyson Hill (Valley) had a career day in the Vulcans’ 34-31 loss to Kutztown, hauling in eight catches for 113 yards, with a long of 25 yards.

IUP

Sophomore Justice Evans (Vandergrift/Central Catholic) scored his first rushing touchdown of the season, a 2-yarder, in a 41-7 win over Millersville. Evans rushed for 25 yards.

Robert Morris

Sophomore Brayden Thimons (Highlands) had five tackles in the Colonials’ 22-19 come-from-behind victory over Virginia State. Sophomore Nick Bisceglia (Kiski Area) kicked two extra points.

Slippery Rock

Junior Jake Chapla (Plum) was named PSAC West Special Teams Player of the Week on Sept. 3 for his efforts in The Rock’s 38-31 win over Kentucky State. Chapla averaged more than 47 yards per punt, kicked a field goal and five extra points and recorded three touchbacks on kickoffs.

Washington & Jefferson

Sophomore Jack Ryan and Max Garda, former Burrell teammates, had career days in the Presidents’ 55-0 win over Thiel. Ryan rushed for a career-high 28 yards on five carries and caught two passes for 23 yards, while Garda had a career-high six tackles. Senior Cody Milsom (Knoch) had two tackles and a sack.

Cross country

Clarion

Sophomore Letizia Collini (Kiski Area) finished 19th at the Bethany Cross Country Invitational, running a time of 25 minutes, 37 seconds.

Men’s golf

Gannon

Sophomore Michael Marsico (Fox Chapel) tied for 29th place at the Guy and Jeanne Kuhn Memorial at Meadville Country Club, carding a 12-over 156.

Women’s soccer

Marshall

Junior Megan Bonelli (Apollo-Ridge) recorded her first shutout of the season, and sixth of her career, as the Thundering Herd beat High Point, 1-0, on Saturday.

Women’s volleyball

Saint Vincent

Freshman Hannah Mason (Freeport) was named Presidents’ Athletic Conference Women’s Volleyball Rookie of the Week on Sept. 4 after recording 54 digs during the season-opening Bearcat Challenge, including 25 in a 3-2 loss to Allegheny. She also had nine kills, three aces and 20 digs in a 3-2 win over Oberlin and finished the two-day tournament with 19 kills.

Thiel

Freshman Courtney Grubbs (Freeport) had a big week, recording career highs in assists and digs. First she put up 41 assists to go along with 15 digs, both career highs, in a 3-1 loss to Grove City. She added 31 assists in a win over Brockport, 32 and 17 digs in a loss to Frostburg State and 23 assists in a 3-0 win over SUNY-Potsdam. Senior Jess Kelley (Freeport) had eight kills apiece in the Grove City and Frostburg State matches.

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