A-K Valley campus clippings: Bonnett earns another trip to Olympic Trials
Bailey Bonnett will make another trip to the U.S. Olympic Team Trials.
The Kentucky sophomore and Highlands graduate achieved a U.S. Olympic Team Trial cut by swimming the 200-meter breaststroke in 2 minutes, 32.08 seconds at the USA Swimming Winter Nationals over the weekend in Greensboro, N.C.
Bonnett earned the right to compete in at least the 200 breaststroke at the Olympic Trials in 2020, with time remaining to qualify in other events. She swam at the 2016 trials when she was still in high school.
Houston: Junior Peyton Kondis (Plum/Oakland Catholic) broke her own personal-best time in the 200-yard breaststroke to take first place at the Phill Hansel Invitational, which Houston hosted and won. Kondis finished in 2:11.78 — second-best in school history — taking first place by six-hundredths of a second. She also swam on a pair of winning relays, the 200 and 400 medleys, and placed third in the 100 breaststroke and fourth in the 200 individual medley.
Slippery Rock: Junior Jake Chapla (Plum) kicked a 37-yard field goal, but The Rock fell, 21-17, to Notre Dame (Ohio) in the NCAA quarterfinals. Chapla finished the year with 17 field goals — the best single-season mark in school history — and 116 points, third-best in program history. Redshirt sophomore Chad Kuhn (Kiski Area) had a tackle for loss.
Penn State New Kensington: In his first two games of the season, junior Jamison Nee (Highlands) scored a combined 16 points and added six rebounds and three steals as the Lions began Penn State University Athletic Conference play with a pair of losses.
St. Vincent: Senior Mike Simmons (Kiski Area) tied a season high with 10 points in a 78-62 victory over Grove City. Simmons hit 3 of 4 attempts from 3-point range, with one of his makes giving the Bearcats the lead for good in the first half.
IUP: Junior Natalie Myers (Burrell) had a pair of double-digit performances, with 15 points and nine rebounds in a win over Cheyney and 13 points and five rebounds in a win over Millersville. Myers is averaging 8.6 points and 6.1 rebounds for the Crimson Hawks, who are ranked No. 3 in the country.
St. Francis (Pa.): Senior Courtney Zezza (Plum) scored a season-high 18 points as the Red Flash beat Longwood, 91-88, on Saturday. Zezza hit a pair of 3-pointers, pulled down four rebounds and had two assists.
Pitt-Johnstown: Junior Corey Falleroni (Burrell) and sophomore Alex Delp (Kiski Area) picked up victories as the No. 8 Mountain Cats beat No. 14 Ashland, 20-12. Falleroni won by a 6-5 decision over Eric Fasnacht at 157 pounds, and Delp got an 8-5 decision over Eric Abraham at 197.
Doug Gulasy is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Doug at email@example.com or via Twitter @dgulasy_Trib.