Sunday, January 30, 2011


The NCAA has selected Sally Walker as one of its four regional softball umpiring advisors.
A Waynesburg native, Walker is athletics director at Urbana (Ill.) University High School. She served as an NCAA umpire from 1995-2009, working four College World Series, five Division I Super Regionals and 11 Division I Regionals. She also worked as an assignor for the NFCA leadoff Classic and is currently the Missouri Valley Conference Coordinator of Umpires.
In 2007, Walker was selected for the Illinois Coaches Association Umpire Hall of Fame in recognition of her work as a high school girls softball umpire. She umpired in an Illinois state championship game for five consecutive years.
On the college level, Walker has umpired regular-season games in the Big Ten, Big 12, Missouri Valley Conference and the Southeastern Conference.
Walker played softball in high school at Waynesburg and in college at West Virginia.

In football
Not many area athletes have had the opportunity to play for an NCAA national championship, but former Canon-McMillan standout Alex Pihakis did this season.
Pihakis is a redshirt freshman defensive lineman for Delaware, which advanced to the Football Championships Series (formerly Division I-AA) national title game. The Blue Hens (12-3) lost to Eastern Washington 20-19 in the championship game in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Pihakis (6-0, 241) played in five games for Delaware and made two tackles, including one for a loss.

In basketball
Emily Correal, a former Observer-Reporter Girls Basketball Player of the Year, scored 25 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for William & Mary in an 89-75 loss to James Madison in a Colonial Athletic Association game Jan. 6. The 25 points are a career high for Correal, a sophomore who was a standout in high school at Peters Township.

Andrea Dalton, a senior forward from Washington, is the leading scorer for Pitt-Johnstown’s women’s team.
A Trinity graduate, Dalton is averaging 18.8 points per game, which ranks third in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and 24th in NCAA Division II.
Dalton also leads UPJ in rebounding (8.3) and free-throw percentage (81.8) with the latter ranking fourth in the conference. She recently had a 21-point, 14-rebound performance in UPJ’s 79-67 victory over Ohio Valley.

In track & field
In her first event after having ankle surgery in the summer, IUP’s Brianna Liebold won the long jump competition at in the Al Hall Freedom Games at Edinboro.
Liebold’s jump of 18-10 3/4 inches was the longest in nation in the indoor season for NCAA Division II. Liebold also finished third in the 200 meters (26.87).

In wrestling
West Virginia’s Matt Ryan, a redshirt junior from Eighty Four, has a 14-4 overall record, including an 8-2 mark in dual meets. Ryan, who opened the year with nine consecutive victories, has started every dual meet for the Mountaineers at 184 pounds.


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