Westmoreland campus clippings: Saint Vincent freshman double dips
Some athletes play two sports in separate seasons. Saint Vincent freshman Sara Basala not only plays two sports in the same season, but she also found time to play two in one day.
At the conclusion of the Bearcats’ final women’s soccer game of the season Nov. 1, she went straight to the pool and competed in a meet.
Two events in one day, only hours apart.
Basala saw time as a backup in the soccer team’s 3-1 win over Thiel, then swam the 100- and 200-yard breaststrokes in a home meet against Allegheny.
“I only felt a little rushed getting from the field to the pool because my game ended at 2:45 and we had to be at the pool at 3:30,” Basala said in a school release. “I ran back to my dorm room, picked up my swim stuff and went to the meet. After that, the meet went smoothly.”
James Madison: A local coach is a conference champion. Mike Shanahan (Norwin), a former Pitt tight end, is a receivers coach and recruiting coordinator for JMU, which rolled over Richmond, 48-6, to clinch the outright title in the Colonial Athletic Association.
The No. 2-ranked Dukes are 10-1 and 7-0 in the CAA.
Shanahan, an all-state player at Norwin, had short NFL stints with the New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers before coaching at Elon for two years.
Mercyhurst: Freshman running back Dustin Shoaf (Yough) scored his first college touchdown on a 10-yard scoring throw from Doug Altavilla as the Lakers downed Millersville, 17-7.
Shoaf has 23 catches for 251 yards.
La Salle: Freshman forward Brandon Stone (Southmoreland/The Christ School) had 12 points, six rebounds and two blocks in his second college game, a 70-64 win against Iona. Stone has one start and is averaging 15.3 minutes for the Explorers (1-2).
Saint Vincent: Junior guard David Stephen poured in a career-high 28 points in an 82-70 victory against Chatham.
Cal (Pa.): Senior transfer Monica Burns (Hempfield) scored 14 of her team-high 21 points as the Vulcans upset No. 5 Virginia Union, 82-80. She added five assists.
She added a season-high 28 points in a 91-77 win over Fairmont State. Burns made 7 of 19 shots and had seven rebounds for the Vulcans (4-0).
Burns is scoring 22.3 points per game.
West Virginia Wesleyan: Junior guard Brittany Stawovy (Greensburg Central Catholic) is averaging a team-best 14.3 points through three games. She scored 20 in the season opener against Mansfield and had 19 against Shippensburg. Stawovy is 12 of 22 from the 3-point arc.
Junior Abi Gabauer (Norwin) scored 11 in the Mansfield game and is averaging eight points.
Bucknell: Senior 197-pounder Drew Phipps (Norwin) and sophomore 165-pounder Zach Hartman (Belle Vernon) picked up wins, but the Bison fell to No. 12 Iowa State, 24-15.
Phipps has 14 dual-match victories in a row.
Iowa: Redshirt senior Michael Kemerer (Franklin Regional) is back in the lineup after missing most of last season because of knee surgery. Kemerer (174 pounds) returned with a dominating 20-0 victory against Tennessee-Chattanooga.
Junior 125-pounder Spencer Lee (Franklin Regional), who is ranked No. 1 at 125 pounds, also cruised in his season opener, 16-5.
Iowa won 39-0.
Ohio State: Top-ranked 141-pound senior Luke Pletcher (Latrobe) scored a major decision in the No. 3 Buckeyes’ 23-12 victory over No. 15 Pitt to move to 6-0 for the season.
Pitt: Redshirt sophomore Micky Phillippi (Derry) picked up a 4-2 decision in a 23-12 loss to No. 3 Ohio State. Phillippi is ranked fourth in the country at 133 pounds.
Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Bill by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .