Both the Penn State Shenango men’s and women’s basketball teams made great strides last season. This progress has been met with many congratulations, adulation, and counting.
Karsyn Rupert (product West Middlesex High), DiMarius Hill and Aneziah Fryer have all been honored by the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) for their outstanding performances during the 2021-22 season.
Rupert was a year old herself. In the fall, she was elected to the school board at West Middlesex Area High (its youngest member) and over the course of the season posted career highs in points scored, rebounds and eventually made it into of the initial training.
She was also recognized for her performance in class. The West Middlesex native posted a 4.0 in the classroom, earning her Academic All-American status.
Hill has seen many highs in the field. He was among the team leaders for free throw percentage, scoring and games played. He also led the team in interceptions.
Much like Karsyn, Hill’s outstanding and balanced play on the court transitioned into a solid performance off the court. Hill posted a 3.6 GPA, earning him Academic All-American status.
When it comes to Nae Fryer, it’s not so much about what she did as what she didn’t do. Fryer was among the team leaders in almost every statistical category. She not only shone on her own team, but she also led the Penn State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC) in scoring.
These remarkable abilities were welcomed as Fryer was named a first-team All-American, a first for the Penn State Shenango program, which considers its winners among the USCAA’s top 10 players.
This success and these awards are not only personal achievements for these individual players, but also for the teams.
“I was so excited for these players, they really deserved it,” said athletic director Amanda Howett. “These are the kind of awards and recognitions that not only these players can be proud of, but also their teammates and our campus.”
NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC — The Thiel College softball team improved to 4-0 this season with wins over Fitchburg State College (11-9) and Gwynedd Mercy University (8-0) in the game in the fast-pitch Dreams Spring Classic at the North Myrtle Beach Sports Complex.
Leading 6-4, the Tomcats added 4 runs in the 5th inning. Melina Bufalini gave the Tomcats 2 runs on a single. Riley Ladd extended Thiel’s lead to 11-7 early in the 7th when she scored on a brace by Kylee Yothers.
Yothers went 3 for 3 with 2 doubles and 2 RBIs. Sloan went 3 for 4 and drove in a race. Ficeti recorded 3 RBIs on 2 hits. Ladd had 3 hits, including 2 doubles.
Kayla Roddy (2-0) allowed 4 earned runs on 12 hits and struck out 6.
Abby Rotman opened a scoreless game in the 4th against the Gwynedd Mercy University Griffins when she hit a 3-run homer inside the park.
The Tomcats then scored 5 runs in the 6th inning as Ficeti scored a double punting in the 6th while Emmalee Sheeler driven in a race on a single. Ficeti went 4 for 4 against the Griffins with 3 RBIs, 2 doubles and 2 runs scored; Rottman drove in 3 runs on a home run in the 4th inning, and Casey Buchel went 2 for 3 with a run scored.
Lauren Bonner(Reynolds High) improved to 2-0 with the win over the Griffins. She allowed only 2 hits in 6 scoreless innings, stoked 4 and did not walk.
The Tomcats (4-0) continue to play in the Fastpitch Dreams Spring Classic today against Cedar Crest College at 9:30 a.m. and Anna Maria College at 11:30 a.m.
CITY OF BRUSH
GROVE CITY — Two Grove City College baseball pitchers and two Grove City women’s lacrosse players earned Presidents’ Athletic Conference honors in recognition of their respective performances last week.
Left-hander Nick Guidas won pitcher of the week and right-hander Evan Umland got rookie of the week.
Women’s lacrosse forward Brooke Stoltzfus won Offensive Player of the Week honors and defenseman Sarah Jackson was named Defensive Player of the Week. They are the first two players in program history to be recognized as Player of the Week.
Guidas pitched 7 shutout innings in a 2-0 victory over Rose-Hulman at the RussMatt Invitational in Winter Haven, Fla. Guidas struck out 9 and allowed just 2 hits for the victory. Twice PAC pitcher of the week this season, Guidas (2-1) has an ERA of 0.50. He has 19 strikeouts and allowed only 10 hits in 18 innings.
Umland earned his second Rookie of the Week award after registering 3 saves. He struck out 7 over 6 innings, allowing 1 earned run and 2 hits. Umland held batters to an average of .100 for the week. He earned the stoppage in victories over Mount Union, Rose-Hulman and Rhode Island College. Umland (2-0) has a 2.50 ERA in 5 appearances and 28 strikeouts and 4 walks in 18 innings.
Stoltzfus posted a total of 7 goals and one assist last week. She scored 3 times in a 15-2 win over Ursuline, the first win in program history. At Medaille, Stoltzfus scored 4 times in a 15-7 win at Grove City. She added 9 ground balls in total and two caused turnovers. Stoltzfus leads the conference with 13 points and ranks 2nd with 11 goals.
Jackson caused 5 turnovers in Grove City’s 15-7 win at Medaille. She also picked up 5 ground balls in the win. In the victory over Ursuline, she caused 2 turnovers, recorded 7 ground balls and added a goal.
The Grove City baseball team will host Allegheny at 3 p.m. today in the 2022 home opener. The women’s lacrosse team will host La Roche at 1 p.m. Saturday in non-conference action.