Micky Phillippi, a former Derry Area standout, defeats Ohio State’s No. 18-ranked Quinn Kinner, for the University of Pittsburgh during a match Friday at Pitt’s Fitzgerald Field House. Phillippi, ranked No. 4 in the nation at 133 pounds, scored a 4-2 win, but Ohio State came away with the eventual 23-12 match victory.
Luke Pletcher, a former Greater Latrobe standout, defeats Pitt’s No. 17-ranked Cole Matthews, for Ohio State during a match Friday at Pitt’s Fitzgerald Field House. Pletcher, ranked No. 1 in the nation at 141 pounds, picked up a 23-9 major decision as Ohio State scored the eventual 23-12 match victory.
Ethan Smith, a former Latrobe resident, lost to Pitt’s No. 15-ranked Jake Wentzel, for Ohio State during a match Friday at Pitt’s Fitzgerald Field House. Smith, ranked No. 20 in the nation at 165 pounds, dropped a narrow 3-2 decision, but Ohio State came away with the eventual 23-12 match victory.
Greater Latrobe’s Emily Hoffman (seated, center) is joined by mother, Tracie and father, Andy Hoffman, along with sister Andrea (back, center), coach Kaytie Costic and goalie coach Jeff Giordan as she signs her letter of intent to continue her lacrosse career at Division II Limestone College. Hoffman, a three-year starter, and All-WPIAL section team member, plans to study athletic training. Limestone has made 10 appearances in the NCAA Division II Tournament since 2004.
Ligonier Valley’s Kaylee Colt (seated, center) is joined by her father, Eric, mother Kate, and coaches Patricia Houpt and Mark Zimmerman as she signs her letter-of-intent to continue her academic and softball career at Westminster College. Colt is a catcher, infielder, three-year varsity letterwinner, two-time conference champion and a District 6 runner-up in 2017 at Ligonier Valley under Zimmerman and Houpt. She has played the last three travel softball seasons with the Nitro Fastpitch and coach Jeff Cumming’s showcase team.
No matter what happens in the St. Vincent College football season finale on Saturday, first-year head coach Aaron Smetanka and the Bearcats can take positives from this season. With their two wins, the Bearcats already surpassed the win total from the 2018 campaign. Additionally, the Bearcats proved that they can battle against the top competition in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC), falling to first-place and undefeated Case Western Reserve by just eight points.
Courtney McKlveen (seated, center) is joined by her father Scott, mother Tiffany, and coaches Patricia Houpt and Mark Zimmerman, as she signs her letter-of-intent to continue her softball career at Penn State-Fayette. She will play softball for coach John Miller, while studying to become a nurse. McKlveen is a three-year varsity letterman, two-time Heritage Conference champion and a District 6 runner up. She has spent the past three travel softball seasons with the Pittsburgh Nitro softball organization where she is a pitcher and infielder for the 18-under showcase team coached by Michael Gray. McKlveen started playing softball at 7 for the Ligonier Youth Baseball and Softball Association with coach Patrick Kromel.
Ligonier native, Garrett Smithley will compete in the final NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. which can be seen on NBCSN.
Greater Latrobe’s Faith Mucci (third from left) is joined by coach Michele Butler, along with parents Kristen and Joe Mucci as she signs her letter of intent to continue her track and field career at Duquesne University. Mucci, a school record holder in the 100 and 400 relay, is a WPIAL medalist and state qualifier in the 100, 200, 400, and all three relay teams. She’s a member of the National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society and plans to enter into the nursing program at Duquesne to one day be a nurse practitioner.
Two of the best high school wrestlers to come through the area will be hitting the mat at the University of Pittsburgh’s Fitzgerald Fieldhouse at 3 p.m. Friday afternoon when No. 3 Ohio State visits No. 15 Pitt for a dual meet.
Both Ligonier Valley and Richland enter the District 6 Class 2A title game looking for some championship hardware and a chance to make history.
Greater Latrobe’s Emma Fenton, Sadie Wetzel and Skylar Shank all earned spots on the WPIAL Section 3 All-Section team for the 2019 season. Wetzel and Shank were seniors and co-captains, while Fenton finished her junior season. Wetzel, a right-side hitter, Shank, a libero, and Fenton, a middle hitter and setter were all named Second Team All-Stars. Wetzel was also named a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette First Team All-Star. Wetzel led the Lady Wildcats with 121 kills, while Shank led defensively with 223 digs and Fenton had 28 service aces.
GL game date movedGreater Latrobe’s non-section home boys’ basketball game against Pittsburgh Central Catholic has been moved to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12. The game was previously slated for Dec. 13.
The St. Vincent men’s basketball team won its 2019-20 home opener, 75-62, against Penn State-Fayette in a non-conference matchup Tuesday at the Robert S. Carey Center.
The Derry Area Midget Wolfpack won the Washington-Greene County Youth Football League Class AA Division I championship with a 19-6 victory against Ringgold. The overall season record was 11-1 and the division is made up of fifth and sixth-grade players. Izak Lenhart, Preston Donovan and Elijah Morcheid all scored touchdowns in the championship game, while Brady Brown had an extra point.