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WPIAL baseball players sign with Seton Hill

Three WPIAL baseball standouts are staying close to home.

Chartiers Valley catcher Jonathan O’Neil, Butler pitcher Tyler Slepski and Central Valley pitcher/infielder Logan Urtz signed letters of intent last week during the NCAA’s early singing period and will enroll at Seton Hill next fall.

O’Neil, a two-year captain for the Colts who played summer ball this year for the Steel City Wildcats, is a defensive standout and helped his team to WPIAL and PIAA runner-up finishes as a sophomore in 2008.

Slepski had a 2.74 ERA in 23 innings last spring, and Urtz had 49 strikeouts last season. Urtz, whose brother, Kevin, pitches at Seton Hill, also had six home runs and batted .422 last season.

Seneca Valley golfer signs

Seneca Valley senior Paige Wojdyla signed last week to play Division I golf at St. Francis (Pa.).

A three-time team MVP and the winner of last summer’s Tri-State Section Junior PGA Tournament Series, Wojdyla helped Seneca Valley to its first WPIAL team playoff appearance this season.

NA runner ready for regional

North Allegheny senior Ryan Gil will compete in the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships Northeast Regional on Saturday at Sunken Meadow State Park in Kings Park, N.Y.

Gill was a national finalist and placed eighth in the regional race last year.

The top 10 finishers in Saturday’s race qualify for the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships National Finals on Dec. 11 in San Diego.

Former NFL GM to talk recruiting

Former Steelers and Bills general manager Tom Donahoe is set to make a presentation Dec. 6 for the National Collegiate Scouting Association.

As an unpaid consultant and speaker for the NCSA — an organization that helps high school athletes find colleges and navigate the recruiting process — he will be giving a presentation on maximizing the opportunity to earn an athletic scholarship at 6 p.m. at Keystone Oaks.

Admission to the “College Recruiting Simplified” seminar is free.

Donahoe, who lives in Peters Township, delivered the first of the NCSA’s eight planned presentations Nov. 3 at Shaler.

Riverside coach honored

Longtime Riverside softball coach Pam McCarty is among the spring 2011 inductees for the Beaver County Hall of Fame.

In 14 years as coach — part of 22 seasons she has been with the program — McCarty’s teams have gone 234-47, won 12 section titles, three WPIAL titles and have one PIAA runner-up finish.

Mt. Alvernia cuts program

Just two years after it reached the WPIAL Class A championship game, Mt. Alvernia has dropped its girls basketball program for the 2010-11 season.

The school administration cited low participation numbers.

Volleyball all-star game

The PIAA girls volleyball championships were last week, but 12 WPIAL players have another game to play.

On Sunday, those all-stars will meet 12 standouts from Ohio’s District 1 for the inaugural Terrific 21 Interstate All-Star Match at 4 p.m. at Bishop Canevin.

The 12 WPIAL players are Peters Township’s Nicole Burkhardt, Seneca Valley’s Alyssa DiMaria, Bishop Canevin’s Dana Heidenreich, Ringgold’s Samantha Helmantoler, Upper St. Clair’s Rachel Jones, West Allegheny’s Carissa Miara, Baldwin’s Nikki Oakes and Jenna Snyder, Frazier’s Amando Pato, Fox Chapel’s Cara Reese, Hempfield’s Robin Tabaka and Moon’s Jenny Yardas.


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