UPG’s Watkins establishes school record for steals
Nate Watkins, a junior forward on the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg men’s basketball team, recently set a school record for career steals.
Watkins, a native of Pittsburgh, had seven steals in the Bobcats’ 97-91 overtime loss to Scranton University Nov. 22.
His career total stood at 106, which eclipsed the old mark of 102, held by Jason Trout, a Greensburg Salem High School graduate who played at UPG from 1996 to 2000.
In other basketball notes:
Lauren Bricker (Hempfield Area) has been named to the All-Patriot League women’s second team following her 15th-place finish for Bucknell University, Union County, at the recent Patriot League Championships.
= Zach Kocian (Hempfield Area), a freshman at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, has been named to the All-Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference men’s team following a 10th-place finish at the recent AMCC Championships.
Freshman kicker Mike Niccols (Jeannette) helped Washington & Jefferson College limit its opponents to 18.5 yards per kickoff return this season. Mike Sirianni, who recently completed his first season as head coach at Washington & Jefferson, said Niccols’ performance was consistently favorable.
“Mike has done a tremendous job kicking off for us all year,” Sirianni said. “He has done a good job with his directional kicking and his distance improved each game, especially in our win over Hanover (42-28 on Nov. 11).”
Washington & Jefferson finished the season with a record of 9-3 after defeating Wilkes University 41-19 Nov. 22 in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Southwest Championship game.
Two men’s players from the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg — Dave Tintera (Penn-Trafford) and Adam Zeleznick — have been named to the All-Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference first team. Mike Mount of UPG was named to the second team, and teammates Steve Green, Justin Innocent and Greg Faltenovich to the honorable mention team.
Tara McHugh (Hempfield Area) closed out her career at Susquehanna University as the school’s all-time leading women’s singles winner with a combined record of 46-10.
Swimming and diving
Freshman Justin Hall (Burrell) registered four individual first-place finishes for Slippery Rock University during a recent weekend performance at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Invitational. He won the men’s 200-yard individual medley, 100 butterfly, 100 breaststroke and 200 breastroke events.
In addition, senior Tony Mehalic (Greater Latrobe) won the 50 and 100 freestyle events for Slippery Rock, and both swam legs of three second-place relay teams (200 and 400 freestyles and 400 medley).
On the women’s side, Jen Zuzack (Greater Latrobe) won the 200 backstroke event and finished second in the 100 backstroke to qualify for the “B” national meet.
Vicki Kajder (Penn-Trafford), a senior setter on the women’s team at Allegheny College, has been named to the All-North Coast Athletic Conference first team for the third time in four seasons at the school. She also earned second-team honors once. Kajder ranked second in the league in assist per game (11.24) this season.
Freshman Nic Engler (Hempfield Area), who competes in the 197-pound weight class for Thiel College, earned the team’s lone pinfall in a season-opening 20-12 victory Nov. 14 over Mt. Union (Ohio) College.
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