Westmoreland Campus Clippings: Saint Vincent volleyball turns to Wisneski
Saint Vincent has a coach for its newest varsity sport.
The school added men’s volleyball, its 24th sport, and Tuesday announced Derry native Scott Wisneski will lead the first-year program, which is expected to begin play for the 2019-20 season.
Wisneski was an assistant for the Bearcats women’s volleyball team since 2004.
“I am excited to have this opportunity to build a program at Saint Vincent,” Wisneski said in a news release. “This is a very strong area for high school boys volleyball, and it’s a perfect fit for Saint Vincent to add the sport. We have a longstanding tradition of fielding very strong women’s volleyball teams, and we will now have a chance to expand our volleyball family to include a men’s team.”
Wisneski won two state titles as a player at Derry and went on to coach the Latrobe boys team, as well as coaching stints at the Junior Olympic level and with the Foothills Volleyball Club.
“Back when I played, there wasn’t a lot of opportunity to play in high school, let alone continue your career at the collegiate level in this area,” Wisneski said. “Today, there are some very good players and teams in Western Pennsylvania. I hope to give many of these quality players an opportunity to have the chance I never did, to continue their careers here at Saint Vincent.”
Indiana State: Junior Collin Liberatore (Greensburg Central Catholic) pitched a season-high 72/3 innings and allowed just three hits in a 2-1 victory over Michigan State. He struck out five and retired 13 consecutive hitters at one point. Liberatore is 5-0 on the season in eight starts since transferring from Pitt.
Indiana State is 23-5.
Pitt-Greensburg: Senior Dakota McWilliams was named AMCC Pitcher of the Week. He threw four scoreless innings in relief over two games. McWilliams has 261/3 innings, which ties him for the team lead, and a 3.42 ERA.
Saint Vincent: Senior Bobby Finn is the new home run king at Saint Vincent.
Finn blasted his record-breaking 19th career homer Saturday, then added another in the second game of a doubleheader as the Bearcats (14-9, 7-4) swept host Geneva, 8-4 and 9-0.
Finn moves past TJ Conroy, the son of former major leaguer Tim Conroy, who had held the school record with 18 homers.
Freshman pitcher Casey Jones also found his way into the record books as he struck out 13 in Game 2, tying the program mark for Ks in a seven-inning game.
Finn, a Peters Township product, also tied the single-season mark for homers with his 10th. Earlier this season, he tied another program record with three home runs in a game against Chatham.
Jones, of South Side Beaver, is 6-0 this season. He tied Max Henry’s strikeout mark from 2011.
Seton Hill: The Griffins erupted for 23 hits and hammered visiting West Liberty, 22-6. They followed with a doubleheader split against Gannon (4-3, 7-1) to move to 13-15 overall, 6-4 in the PSAC.
Seton Hill: Sophomore Jenna Osikowicz (Hempfield) and freshman Morgan Toal each doubled to lead the Griffins to a 3-1 win over Slippery Rock. The Griffins, who dropped the first game against the Rock, 6-0, improved to 19-10 overall and 5-2 in the PSAC.
Westmoreland C.C.: The Wolfpack (4-2, 2-2) dominated a doubleheader against CCAC-South by scores of 18-0 and 25-0 with both games ending in five innings.
Sophomore Alexis McKnight had seven hits and 11 RBIs in the two games. Sophomore Chelsey Frock (Mt. Pleasant) drove in 10 and homered, and sophomore Hannah Hempfield (Mt. Pleasant) scored five runs.
Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Bill by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .