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UPG's Watkins establishes school record for steals

| Sunday, Nov. 30, 2003

Nate Watkins, a junior forward on the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg men's basketball team, recently set a school record for career steals.

Watkins, a native of Pittsburgh, had seven steals in the Bobcats' 97-91 overtime loss to Scranton University Nov. 22.

His career total stood at 106, which eclipsed the old mark of 102, held by Jason Trout, a Greensburg Salem High School graduate who played at UPG from 1996 to 2000.

In other basketball notes:

  • Annie Sral, a senior guard for the women's team at UPG, has been named player of the week in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference after averaging 16.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists for the Bobcats, who posted a 1-1 record at the recent Wheeling (W.Va.) Jesuit University Classic.

  • St. Vincent College guard Tony Washam has been named men's player of the week in the American Mideast Conference. Washington averaged 24.0 points and 11.5 rebounds per game in two recent victories.

    Cross country

    Lauren Bricker (Hempfield Area) has been named to the All-Patriot League women's second team following her 15th-place finish for Bucknell University, Union County, at the recent Patriot League Championships.

    = Zach Kocian (Hempfield Area), a freshman at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, has been named to the All-Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference men's team following a 10th-place finish at the recent AMCC Championships.

    Football

    Freshman kicker Mike Niccols (Jeannette) helped Washington & Jefferson College limit its opponents to 18.5 yards per kickoff return this season. Mike Sirianni, who recently completed his first season as head coach at Washington & Jefferson, said Niccols' performance was consistently favorable.

    "Mike has done a tremendous job kicking off for us all year," Sirianni said. "He has done a good job with his directional kicking and his distance improved each game, especially in our win over Hanover (42-28 on Nov. 11)."

    Washington & Jefferson finished the season with a record of 9-3 after defeating Wilkes University 41-19 Nov. 22 in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Southwest Championship game.

    Soccer

    Two men's players from the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg -- Dave Tintera (Penn-Trafford) and Adam Zeleznick -- have been named to the All-Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference first team. Mike Mount of UPG was named to the second team, and teammates Steve Green, Justin Innocent and Greg Faltenovich to the honorable mention team.

    Tennis

    Tara McHugh (Hempfield Area) closed out her career at Susquehanna University as the school's all-time leading women's singles winner with a combined record of 46-10.

  • Jamie Sutyak (Greater Latrobe) was named most valuable player of the women's team at Mercyhurst College. She also was named to the All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honorable mention team by posting a 14-2 record at No. 4 singles and a 13-4 mark at No. 3 doubles.

    Swimming and diving

    Freshman Justin Hall (Burrell) registered four individual first-place finishes for Slippery Rock University during a recent weekend performance at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Invitational. He won the men's 200-yard individual medley, 100 butterfly, 100 breaststroke and 200 breastroke events.

    In addition, senior Tony Mehalic (Greater Latrobe) won the 50 and 100 freestyle events for Slippery Rock, and both swam legs of three second-place relay teams (200 and 400 freestyles and 400 medley).

    On the women's side, Jen Zuzack (Greater Latrobe) won the 200 backstroke event and finished second in the 100 backstroke to qualify for the "B" national meet.

  • Rachel Driver (Belle Vernon Area) recently helped the California University of Pennsylvania women's team to a school-record time in the 400-yard medley relay. Driver combined with three teammates to post a time of 4 minutes and 11.19 seconds in a home victory over Mt. Union (Ohio) College and Wheeling (W.Va.) Jesuit University.

  • Jason Hall (Burrell) and Nate Horrell (Ligonier Valley) are members of the Westminster College men's team, which posted a victory in the 200 medley relay in a recent win over the College of Wooster (Ohio). Shaun McNamara (Norwin) is a member of the winning Westminster 400 freestyle relay team.

    Volleyball

    Vicki Kajder (Penn-Trafford), a senior setter on the women's team at Allegheny College, has been named to the All-North Coast Athletic Conference first team for the third time in four seasons at the school. She also earned second-team honors once. Kajder ranked second in the league in assist per game (11.24) this season.

    Wrestling

    Freshman Nic Engler (Hempfield Area), who competes in the 197-pound weight class for Thiel College, earned the team's lone pinfall in a season-opening 20-12 victory Nov. 14 over Mt. Union (Ohio) College.

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