A-K Valley campus clippings: Tipton, Wirginis make impact for Pitt
After a year away from football, Tre Tipton and Quintin Wirginis made impacts for Pitt in its opening game of the season.
The two Alle-Kiski Valley graduates, who both missed last season to injury, started and contributed to the Panthers’ 33-7 victory Saturday over Albany.
Wirginis (Fox Chapel), a redshirt senior linebacker and team captain, made three tackles, including one for a loss. Tipton (Apollo-Ridge), a redshirt junior wide receiver, caught two passes for 14 yards.
Sophomore safety Chase Balla (Valley) made a team-leading 12 tackles and added a half-sack and fumble recovery in the Gators’ 40-19 loss to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Senior Marcus Davenport (Valley) had four tackles, 0.5 for loss, and a fumble recovery.
Redshirt sophomore Tyson Hill (Valley) caught five passes for 52 yards in the Vulcans’ 28-23 nonconference loss to No. 23 Ohio Dominican. Senior Chad Garnett (Fox Chapel) had two tackles, including 1.5 for loss.
Redshirt sophomore Chad Kuhn had three tackles, 0.5 for a loss, in the Rock’s 38-31 come-from-behind win over Kentucky State on Saturday. Junior Jake Chapla (Plum) kicked a 38-yard field goal and averaged 47.3 yards on three punts, with a long of 51.
Junior Letizia Collini (Kiski Area) placed 11th overall Friday with a time of 25 minutes, 34.61 in the Westminster Fisher Invitational 6K.
Junior Megan Aller (Kiski Area) placed third overall with a time of 18 minutes, 10.4 seconds at Saturday’s Duquesne Duals. Aller ran to the second-best time for Duquesne, which won the event.
Washington & Jefferson
Freshman Faith Remich (Burrell) paced the Presidents’ women finishers by taking 30th at the Westminster Fisher Invitational. Remich clocked a 26:56.62 in the 6K.
Freshman Nick Taliani (Springdale) scored his first collegiate goal, which proved to be the winning goal, in the Gators’ 5-0 win over Juniata on Saturday.
Junior Orazio Barbarino (Plum) scored the winning goal for the Bobcats in a 1-0 win Saturday over Bluffton. His goal came in the 86th minute. Sophomore center back Nick Bono (Kiski Area) was named an Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference player to watch for the 2018 season.
Freshman Cris White (Highlands) assisted on the Bearcats’ lone goal in a 4-1 loss Sunday to DeSales.
Washington & Jefferson
Freshman Mike Komaniak (Riverview) scored his first two career goals as Washington & Jefferson blasted Hilbert, 10-0, on Friday.
Freshman Leesha Wagner (Burrell) scored her first collegiate goal as the Yellow Jackets beat Hilbert, 3-0, at the D’’Youville Spartan Classic on Saturday.
Sophomore Liz Debich (Kiski Area) tallied a season-high six kills as the Gators beat host Saint Vincent, 3-2, at the Bearcats’ tournament Saturday.
Junior Brittney Bianco (Freeport) dished out a season-high 52 assists in a 3-2 victory Saturday over Shawnee State. Earlier in the day, the Butler County Community College recorded a double-double with 32 assists and 12 digs in a 3-0 victory over Bluefield College.
Freshman Hannah Mason (Freeport) had a team-high 25 digs in a 3-2 loss to Allegheny at Saint Vincent’s tournament on Saturday. She recorded a career-high nine kills and 20 digs in a 3-2 win over Oberlin on Friday.
Freshman Hannah Cook (St. Joseph) recorded a career-high nine kills in the Yellowjackets’ 3-2 win over Allegheny at Saint Vincent’s tournament. She finished with 13 kills in four matches. Freshman Amanda Eckman (Apollo-Ridge) had 16 digs in a 3-0 loss to John Carroll and recorded 37 in three matches. Sophomore Alexis Phillips (Plum) dished out six assists in a 3-0 loss to Frostburg.
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