Tuesday, March 1, 2011


Pitt-Johnstown women’s basketball player Andrea Dalton, a Trinity High School graduate, was named first team All-West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference by the league’s coaches.
A three-time WVIAC Player of the Week honoree this season, Dalton leads the Lady Cats in scoring (19.4 ppg.), rebounding (9.0) and three-point field goals made (48). She ranks 15th in scoring in NCAA Division II and 65th in rebounding. Dalton recently scored 20 points and had a career-high 13 rebounds in a win over West Virginia State.
Dalton was a second team all-WVIAC choice as a junior and a member of the 2009 All-WVIAC tournament team. She has been nominated for Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), Daktronics, and Division II Bulletin All-America honors.
Sixth-seeded Pitt-Johnstown (16-11) defeated Ohio Valley 58-55 last night in the first round of the WVIAC tournament. Dalton scored 14 points. Brittany Taylor, a Canon-McMillan graduate, scored a game-high 19 points for Ohio Valley.

In wrestling
Ethan Headlee of Waynesburg helped Pitt, ranked No. 22, to its second consecutive Eastern Wrestling League dual-meet championship. The Panthers went 6-0 in the EWL and have won 12 consecutive conference matches.
Headlee, a 165-pound redshirt junior, has a 24-10 record with eight pins. In the Panthers’ 19-16 victory over Edinboro that clinched the EWL title, Headlee used 4:22 of riding time for a 10-1 major decision over the Fighting Scots’ Ethan Saylor.

Derek Anderson, a freshman from Ellsworth and a Bentworth graduate, is having a successful first season for the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport.
Anderson qualified for the National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NCWA) tournament at the regional held Saturday at Lafayette College in Easton. Wrestling in the 197-pound weight class, Anderson pinned Matt London of Slippery Rock in 53 seconds to advance to the semifinals before losing to Lou Gardone of Penn State-New Kensington. In the consolation final for third place, Anderson decisioned Tim Kierman of Slippery Rock to earn an automatic bid to the national tournament at Mercer University in Macon, Ga.

In gymnastics
Megan Milavec, a sophomore for the University of Pennsylvania, helped the Quakers win the Ivy Classic team title for the first time since 2007. The event was held last weekend at The Palestra in Philadelphia.
A Venetia native and Peters Township graduate, Milavec finished second in the all-around scoring. Milavec posted a career-high score of 9.725 in the balance beam to finish in fourth place. In the floor exercise, Milavec scored 9.7 to break her career-high set only a week ago. She also tied her career high (9.6) in the vault.
Last month, Milavec received the ECAC Coaches Choice Award after setting three personal bests during the Shelli Calloway Memorial Invitational in Towson, Md.

West Virginia’s Kaylyn Millick of Washington is ranked in two disciplines by GymInfo. Millick is ranked 15th nationally in the floor exercise (9.785) and 18th in the uneven bars (9.725).

In basketball
Nick Wilcox, a sophomore forward from Venetia, is the leading scorer for Bethany, which won the Presidents’ Athletic Conference championship Saturday by defeating host Thiel, 74-67. Wilcox is averaging 13.7 points per game and is second on the team in rebounding at 6.8. He also is second on the team in assists and steals.
Bethany (21-7) plays Manchester (Ind.) in the first round of the NCAA Division III tournament Friday night in Wooster, Ohio. Manchester (21-6) won the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament.
Wilcox won’t be the only Peters Township graduate in the Division III tournament.

Justin Kovac, a 5-8 senior guard, helped Penn State-Behrend secure a spot.
Kovac has started all 27 games for the Lions and averages 8.0 points per game. He is third in the Allegheny Mountain Conference in assists (4.2 per game), sixth in three-point field-goal percentage (38.6) and his plus-3.4 assist/turnover ratio is the best in the league.
The Lions (23-4) received an at-large berth to the national tournament Monday and will play Friday against Rhode Island College in Oswego, N.Y.
Behrend lost to LaRoche in the conference tournament championship game.

Two former California University women’s head coaches have guided Appalachian State to the regular season championship in the Southern Conference.
ASU, under third-year head coach Darcie Vincent, finished 17-3 in the conference and 23-5 overall. The Mountaineers begin play in the conference tournament Friday.
Vincent was the head coach at California for eight years (2001-08) and guided the Vulcans to the NCAA Division II national championship in 2004. Heather Kearney, who suceeded Vincent at Cal and was the Vulcans’ head coach for one season, is an assistant at Appalachian State.

Kaitlyn Novak helped Penn State-Fayette to its first Pennsylvania State University Athletic Conference tournament victory. Novak, a sophomore from Bobtown and a Mapletown graduate, scored 13 points, which included several free throws down the stretch, as the Roaring Lions defeated Penn State-Schuylkill 75-58.
Fayette advanced to the conference tournament semifinals that were held at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College. Novak scored 16 points but the Roaring Lions lost to Penn State-Brandywine 86-73.

In softball
Jaci Timko has picked up where she left off last season for Robert Morris. The junior outfielder from Houston is batting a team-best .667 (10-for-15) through five games with one home run, three RBI and five runs for the Colonials (2-3). A Chartiers-Houston graduate, Timko was second on the team in hitting last year with a .349 average.

In baseball
Chris Douglas, a junior right-handed pitcher from Canonsburg, threw six strong innings to earn the win Saturday in IUP’s 9-1 victory over Chowan in Murfeesboro, N.C. A Canon-McMillan graduate, Douglas allowed two hits and one run and struck out five for the Crimson Hawks (2-2).

Jim Rider has been a sparkplug at the top of the batting order for Kent State, the defending Mid-American Conference champion. The Peters Township graduate is batting .424 through seven games for the Golden Flashes (5-2). A shortstop, Rider had a triple, two singles, two RBI and three runs in Kent State’s 13-0 win Saturday over Winthrop.


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