Quartet of WAHS grads shining in college ranks

Ashley Barker poses with the ECAC trophy for Westminster.

Barker helps Westminster to ECAC title

FROSTBURG, Md. – The Westminster College volleyball team won the 2017 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Volleyball Championship, following a 3-0 win over Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham Sunday afternoon, with WAHS grad Ashley Barker playing a key role.

The ECAC Championship marked the first for the Titans as an NCAA Division III member. Westminster won the ECAC Championship as Division II members in 2001; current assistant coach Shannon Liposky was the MVP.

Tied 7-7 in the first set, Westminster pulled away with a 9-0 lead and led 16-7. Fairleigh Dickinson (27-9) got within four points of Westminster’s lead (22-18), but the Titans won the set, 25-19. The Devils were up, 16-14, in the second set. Westminster got back in front, 19-18, and outscored the Devils 6-1 for the remainder of the set for a 25-19 set two win. The Titans went up 8-3 in the third set and eventually led 19-9. Westminster sealed the set, the match, and the ECAC Championship after junior Ashley Barker found senior Kendell Dickson for the kill, winning 25-13.

Junior Shanna Daniels earned a team-high 14 assists, while junior Ashley Barker totaled 12. Barker added nine digs. Yoho and DeGeorge each had a service ace. Yoho had a match-high seven blocks, while sophomore Haley Farmerie (Manor, PA / Greensburg Central Catholic) had four.

The Titans end the season 30-6 overall, becoming only the third team in school history to win at least 30 matches in a single season; they are the first team to have least 30 wins since 1997.

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Fehlman 3-0 at Journeymen Classic

Warren Area High School graduate and current Lock Haven University wrestler DJ Fehlman won all three of his Pool B matches at the annual Journeymen Collegiate Classic in Troy, New York, Sunday. The event breaks wrestlers into pools by seed for a round-robin individual tournament.

Competing at 133 pounds, Fehlman opened the tournament with a 15-0 tech fall victory over Hofstra’s Garrett Lambert. He then earned a 9-2 win over Army’s Lane Peters before closing out the day with an 11-3 major win over the Citadel’s Andrew Szalwinski.

The performance moved Fehlman’s season record to 4-1.

Lock Haven returns to the mat Nov. 19 at the Army Black Knight Invite.

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McCullough earns pair of top

3 finishes at IUP Invitational

Paige McCullough, a 2017 Warren Area High School Graduate, took third place in the 100 yard breaststroke and swam the second leg for the second place 200 yard medley relay team during the 2017 Indiana University of Pennsylvania Crimson Hawk Fall Invitational Saturday.

McCullough has earned top 3 finishes in all four meets this season to help the Crimson Hawks get off to a 4-1 start.

IUP travels to Cleveland this weekend to take part in the 6th annual Mangus Cup, hosted by Cleveland State.

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Hahn records first career double-double

California University(Pa.) sophomore, and Warren Area High School graduate, DJ Hahn scored 12 points and had 11 rebounds to record her first career double-double in the Vulcans win over Notre Dame (OH) Sunday. That followed an 11-point, seven rebound game in a win against West Liberty Saturday where Hahn made her first career start.

Hahn is off to a quick start in her second season with the Vulcans. As a freshman, she played in 29 games and averaged 2.3 points and 1.5 rebounds in just under 10 minutes per game.

Cal next hosts Kuztown Nov. 18.