Friday, March 28, 2014

Big water polo weekend at W&J

Washington & Jefferson started its home weekend of women’s water polo action with Friday morning victories over Grove City, 10-6, and Monmouth (Ill.), 14-8, at the Henry Memorial Center Natatorium.

Over the next three days, W&J will host 28 water polo matches will featuring teams from Pennsylvania, Illinois, Connecticut, New York, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

The Presidents and Grove City opened the league play weekend at at 9 a.m. The match was tied 5-5 after three quarters, but W&J scored five goals over the final eight minutes.

Rachel Clauss led the Presidents with four goals, including three in the fourth quarter, and one assist.
In the win over Monmouth, W&J goalkeeper Julia Nadovich made 14 saves as the Presidents forged a 10-3 lead by halftime and improved its record to 10-7.

Gabriele Rodriguez had four goals, three steals and one assist for W&J, and Allison Rocha and Brittany Hopkins each contributed three goals.

In addition to 27 matches this weekend, 2012 Olympic gold medalist Brenda Villa will be on campus Saturday at 6 p.m. (Burnett Center Room 114) for a discussion about her life and development into one of the world's top water polo players.

The schedule for Saturday is as follows:
9 a.m. - Monmouth College vs. Connecticut College       
10:20 a.m. - Penn State Behrend vs. Utica
11:40 a.m. - Grove City vs. Macalester
1 p.m. - Washington & Jefferson College vs. Carthage
2:20 - Monmouth College vs. Penn State Behrend       
3:40 - Connecticut College vs. Utica
5:00 - Grove City vs. Carthage
6:20 - Washington & Jefferson College vs. Macalester
7:40 - Monmouth College vs. Utica
9:00 - Penn State Behrend vs. Connecticut College

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Blasts from the past

If you are or were a fan of Waynesburg basketball, then you might want to check out the Waynesburg College Vintage Basketball channel on YouTube.

There are 15 radio broadcasts of games from the 1986-87 season, when the Yellow Jackets advanced to the NAIA national tournament in Kansas City, along with complete game video of contests in the NAIA tournament against Atlantic Christian (1986-87) and Kearney State (1985-86) and an NAIA District 18 championship game against Westminster (1985-86).

The radio calls are done by John Loeper and Frank Vucic, who were calling the games for WANB Radio. The Waynesburg-Westminster telecast is from WCYJ-TV.

It's a neat trip down memory lane during what was the best period for basketball in Washington and Greene counties.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Waynesburg's Christner named PAC Coach of the Year

Mark Christner
Waynesburg University’s Mark Christner was named Tuesday the PAC Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year after leading the Yellow Jackets to a 15-12 season that included a 9-7 record in conference play and a spot in the PAC tournament semifinals.

Washington & Jefferson junior Nate Bellhy was named to the league’s five-player first team, becoming the first Presidents player to receive the honor since 2009.

Bellhy, a Fort Cherry High School graduate, finished the season third in the conference in both scoring (18.0 points per game) and rebounding (9.0).

Waynesburg’s Jason Propst was named to the second team after averaging a team-best 11.3 points and 6.2 rebounds.

Dillon Stith, a 6-5 senior for conference tournament champion Saint Vincent, was named the PAC Player of the Year.