Campus clippings: Franklin Regional grad Smith joins VMI wrestling staff
Virginia Military Institute completed its wrestling coaching staff for the 2018-19 season with a familiar name around the WPIAL.
Former Franklin Regional standout Tyler Smith was named as assistant on Thursday, joining coach Jim Gibson’s staff.
Smith, who initially was named a volunteer assistant at Clarion in June, just finished his mat career at Bucknell. He graduated in May.
Smith reached the NCAA Tournament all four years as a 141-pounder and made the semifinals as a senior before finishing his career with a record of 107-37.
“Tyler has a passion for the sport of wrestling that is unmatched,” Gibson said in a news release. “Along with this passion, he brings tremendous success from every level of wrestling that he has competed. I’m looking forward to see him develop as a coach and instill that same passion into our wrestlers.”
Smith won a PIAA championship as a junior in 2013.
Junior defender Colleen Zilka (Franklin Regional) assisted a goal in a 4-3 overtime loss to John Carroll.
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Sophomore Emily Indof (Greensburg Salem) scored her first goal of the season as the Lions blanked Baldwin Wallace, 2-0. Indof transferred from Duquesne.
Freshman Tiffany Michale and senior Bri Burgunder posted goals to lead the Bobcats to a 2-1, season-opening victory over Bethany. Burgunder was tabbed the AMCC Preseason Offensive Player of the Year. She had a career-high 19 goals and 42 points last season, including a school record with four goals and 10 points in the Bobcats’ 10-0 win over Wilson.
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Junior Abigail Tarosky (Norwin) delivered her second assist of the season as the Red Flash (2-2-1) blanked Binghamton, 3-0.
Junior forward Kristin Marsh scored the lone goal in the Bearcats’ 1-0 win over Marietta.
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Senior goalkeeper Chris Ralph (Franklin Regional) was named AMCC Defensive Player of the Week. He helped the Lions win the Herb Lauffer Memorial Tournament as he allowed one goal and made six saves in 200 minutes of soccer.
Junior goalkeeper Austin Iddon (Penn-Trafford) was named PSAC so-athlete of the week in men’s soccer. He posted eight saves across a pair of shutouts.
Junior defensive end Darius Doty (Greensburg Salem) had six tackles, 2.5 for losses, in a 34-21 loss to Wittenberg.
Senior Javon Trout (Hempfield) shot 1-under-par 71 to take second place at the Pitt-Bradford Fall Invitational at Pine Acres Country Club. The Bobcats also finished second in the team standings.
Senior Reilly Parker (Norwin) had 14 digs and freshman Brooke Corley (Southmoreland) added four aces and four kills in a 3-0 victory over Farmingdale State.
Junior Brooke Petrillo (Derry) had 10 assists and eight digs, and freshman Emily Richie (Norwin) had six kills in the Cougars’ 3-0 win over La Roche.
Freshman Hannah Mason was named the PAC Women’s Volleyball Rookie of the Week. She had a team-high 54 digs and added 19 kills at the Bearcat Challenge. She had 25 digs against Allegheny, and nine kills, three service aces and 20 digs in a win over Oberlin College.
Senior Laura Buchanan (Norwin) tallied 16 kills and nine blocks across two matches but Grove City fell to Mt. Union and Wooster at the Mt. Union Raider Invitational.
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Senior Lexie Irwin (Hempfield) registered 17 assists in a 3-0 win over SUNY Poly, then added 13 kills, 22 assists and eight digs in a 3-0 sweep of Buffalo State at the Morrisville State Tournament. She added a career-high 38 assists, 13 digs and 10 kills Oswego. Irwin was named the AMCC Player of the Week.
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