Saint Vincent softball pitcher Alona Sleith is expected to have a big sophomore season. But it isn’t just her coaches, teammates and Presidents’ Athletic Conference opponents who have the expectations.
Sleith, a Yough graduate, was named Monday to the Schutt Sports and National Fastpitch Coaches Association National Player of the Year Watch List. That means Sleith is considered one of the top 50 players in the country in Division III softball.
Sleith last season was an All-Central Region and All-PAC first-team selection after she hit .416 with 11 home runs, 38 RBIs and 31 runs scored. She was 6-4 as a pitcher and led the Bearcats with 29 strikeouts in 62 2/3 innings.
She led the conference in average and RBIs.
The Bearcats open the season March 3 at the NTC Tournament in Clermont, Fla., against Adrian.
Penn State Behrend: Senior libero Robbie McMaster (Norwin) recently became the program’s all-time leader in career digs, breaking Derek Polishen’s mark of 606 set in 2015. He had 12 digs in a 3-0 win over Adrian, the fourth of which pushed him past Polishen, who played at Plum.
In 82 career matches for the Lions, McMaster has 625 digs (2.19 per set), and 124 assists.
Westmoreland County C.C.: The Wolfpack (1-20) will be the N0. 5 seed for the WPCC Tournament and will play at CCAC-Boyce at 6 p.m. on Friday night. In a recent 79-74 loss to Boyce, freshman Dipo Olaleye scored 23 points. Sophomore Xavier Johnson added 15 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, and freshman Michael Yuricha (Norwin) had 15 points and 12 rebounds for WCCC.
Allegheny: Senior Delaney Arbore (Norwin) returned after missing three games with an injury and scored 27 points, but the Gators fell to Denison, 66-54. She made four 3-pointers and had seven rebounds and three assists.
St. Francis Brooklyn : Senior forward Maria Palarino (Penn-Trafford) moved into 15th place on the program’s career scoring list. Palarino enters the weekend with 1,033 career points.
West Virginia Wesleyan : Three area players have provided valuable minutes for the Bobcats (4-15, 4-11 Mountain East Conference). Sophomore Abi Gabauer (Norwin), senior Alexa Szelong (Mt. Pleasant) and sophomore Brittany Stawovy (Greensburg Central Catholic) are averaging 9.4, 8.9 and 6.5 points, respectively.
Men’s indoor track & field
Mount Union: Freshman Jacob Shedd (Franklin Regional) finished second in the long jump (22 feet, 2 1/4 inches) at the All-Ohio Championships.
Seton Hill: The 1,600-meter relay team of Dominic Frisina, Cody Kelly, John Orlando and Dontay Jacobs set a school record at the Grand Valley State Big Meet with a time of 3 minutes, 14.19 seconds. They finished third.
Women’s indoor track & field
Grove City: Senior Elizabeth Donahoe (Franklin Regional) won the 500-meter run in a school-record time of 1:21.98 at the Baldwin Wallace Mid-February Meet. She also placed fifth in the 200 (28.33).
Penn State : At the Tiger Paw Invitational at Clemson, junior Maddie Holmberg (Hempfield) finished third in the long jump (20-3 1/2 ) and posted her best time in the 60-meter hurdles (8.52 seconds) during qualifying.
Cincinnati: Freshman Maria Santilli (Norwin) is 6-0 this season playing No. 5 singles for the Bearcats.
Saint Vincent : Sophomore Dani Koehler was named AMCC Player of the Week for the third time this season. She set a school record with Baker average of 22.4 at the AMCC Tournament, where the Bearcats went 5-1.
Seton Hill : The third-ranked Griffins opened the season with an 18-4 home win over Molloy (N.Y.). Redshirt junior John Hofseth scored four goals as the Griffins peppered Molloy with 59 shots. The Griffins followed with a 21-6 win over Alderson Broaddus as Logan Maloni tallied five goals and two assists, and sophomore Robert Hofseth scored four times.
John Hofseth was named the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week, and senior teammate Brett Craig received player-of-the-week honors for defense. Hofseth had six assists against Alderson Broaddus.
John Hofseth and Craig also were named to USILA Division II Team of the Week.
Cal (Pa.): Three local players are starting early in the season for the Vulcans (0-6): freshmen Anna Gnibus (Mt. Pleasant) in center field, shortstop Christiana Czegan (Mt. Pleasant) and sophomore Alexa Pastor (Hempfield) at second base.
Bill Beckner is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Bill at [email protected] or via Twitter @BillBeckner.