Westmoreland campus clippings: Strong start for Butler at Holy Cross
Holy Cross sophomore guard Austin Butler (Latrobe) scored 26 points for the Crusaders in their first game of the season, a 93-81 win over Sacred Heart. He made 10 of 13 shots.
Butler made the Patriot League All-Rookie team last year.
LIU-Brooklyn : Junior guard Julian Batts (Jeannette) scored 26 points and added six rebounds and four steals in an 83-81 win over Brown. Batts averaged 10.1 points and 2.4 assists in 34 starts last season to help the Blackbirds make the NCAA Tournament.
Saint Vincent : Sophomore Shemar Bennett had 20 points and 11 rebounds to pace the Bearcats to a 97-70 win over Carlow to open the season. Senior forward Tom Kromka added 17 points, and sophomore David Stephen had 14.
Bennett was named PAC Player of the Week. SVC was voted as the preseason favorite to win the PAC by conference coaches.
Shippensburg: Sophomore guard Jake Biss (Latrobe) scored 13 points, dished six assists and grabbed five rebounds to help the Raiders hold off Lincoln, 79-69, at the Wolf’s Bus Line Classic.
Washington & Jefferson: Junior guard Sean Stinelli (Penn-Trafford) had 11 points, and sophomore Zach Queen (Hempfield) had six points and three steals for the Presidents in a 81-68 loss to Franciscan.
IUP: Senior guard Carolyn Appleby (Greensburg Central Catholic) scored 16 points to help lead the Crimson Hawks (2-0) down Ohio Valley, 101-62.
LaRoche: Junior forward Jenna Cole (Norwin) had 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds in a 78-70 loss to Washington & Jefferson.
Pitt: Junior Alayna Gribble (Norwin) scored 17 points as the Panthers bashed New Orleans, 90-38. Gribble missed seven games last season with injuries but still made 88 3-pointers.
Pitt-Greensburg: The Bobcats opened the season with a 75-71 home win over Thiel. Sophomore Nadege Durand led with 21 points and 17 rebounds, junior Colleen Murphy added 19 points and nine rebounds, sophomore Sam Ballow had 11 points and sophomore Cat Gollihugh chipped in 10.
Durand was named AMCC Player of the Week.
Point Park: Sophomore guard Michelle Burns (Hempfield) scored 17 of her game-high 28 points in the second half as the Pioneers defeated Ave Maria, 72-65. Burns added eight rebounds and three assists.
Saint Vincent: Sophomore forward Madison Kollar scored a career-high 29 points on 11-of-15 shooting to lead the Bearcats to a season-opening, 85-57 win over Muskingum. Junior guard Kayla Slovenec added 12 points for SVC.
The Bearcats were voted preseason co-favorites with Washington & Jefferson in the PAC by conference coaches.
Arizona State : Josh Shields (Franklin Regional) and Josh Maruca (Franklin Regional), both redshirt juniors, opened the season with wins as the fifth-ranked Sun Devils toppled No. 16 San Diego State, 30-9. Shields competes at 165 pounds, Maruca at 149.
Bucknell : Freshman Zach Hartman (Belle Vernon) pulled an upset in a season-opening quad-meet when he knocked off No. 17 Alex Smythe of Buffalo, 8-7, at 157 pounds. Hartman and teammate Drew Phipps (Norwin), a junior at 197, each went 3-0 for the weekend.
Iowa: Sophomore Spencer Lee (Franklin Regional) went 2-0 in the season-opening, dual-match sweep of California State-Bakersfield and Kent State. Lee was on the mat for a combined 3 minutes and 34 seconds as he posted a pair of technical falls.
Penn State: Redshirt freshman 149-pounder Jarod Verkleeren (Hempfield) recorded a fall in his official Penn State debut as the top-ranked Nittany Lions rolled past Kent State, 52-3. Junior Dominic Giannangeli (Franklin Regional) picked up a win at 141 pounds at the Bearcat Open in N.Y.
Pitt: Redshirt freshman Micky Phillippi (Derry), who transferred from Virginia and is ranked No. 14 in the country at 133 pounds, picked up his first win for the Panthers as the team opened the season with a 32-4 victory over California State-Bakersfield.
Pitt-Johnstown : Redshirt junior 165-pounder Devin Austin (Penn-Trafford), senior 141-pounder Joey Alessandro (Hempfield) and junior 149-pounder Chris Eddins (Greensburg Salem) posted wins as Division II No. 6 UPJ downed No. 19 West Liberty, 38-10.
Bill Beckner is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Bill at [email protected] or via Twitter @BillBeckner.