Local athletes continue to excel in college

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Youth was served for the Edinboro women’s cross country team Saturday, as the young Fighting Scots finished 19th at the Division II national championships.

Edinboro’s top four finishers were freshmen, led by Youngsville graduate Brooke Messinger, who finished the 6K race in 22 minutes, 24.1 seconds, good for 89th place. Following her for Edinboro were Jasmine Fehr (102nd, 22:30.2), Stefanie Parsons (122nd, 22:44.9) and Hope Pietrocarlo (51st, 23:03.4).

Warren Area High School graduate Michaela Lind, also a freshman, had a strong season for ‘Boro as well.

Adams State took home the team title, finishing with 126 points to edge University of Mary, which finished second with 137 points. Cal Baptist was third with 148 points, while Chico State (179) and Alaska Anchorage (180) rounded out the top five. Edinboro totaled 515 points and was the top team among the three PSAC teams to qualify. California (Pa.) came in 25th and Shippensburg 29th.

On the men’s side, redshirt senior Austin Pondel, a transfer from Penn State, was Edinboro’s leading finisher, crossing the line 48th with a time of 32:06.8 in the 10K race. Adams State completed a sweep of the men’s and women’s titles, while Edinboro finished 29th.

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Eason has strong showing

for Gannon at Wooster Invite

Here’s an update from the Wooster Invitational Swim Meet, featuring Gannon and Warren Area High School graduate Clark Eason.

Gannon University (Men’s) finished 3rd with 1,224 points behind Case Western Reserve (1,899) and Westminster (1,248.5) out of nine teams.

Each swimmer was allowed to participate in seven events. Here is how Eason did in order of events:

2nd -56 pts -200 Free Relay

1st -32 pts -50 Free 21.07

9th -40 pts -400 Medley Relay

2nd -56 pts -200 Medley Relay

16th -11 pts -200 Free

6th -24 pts -100 Free

1st -64 pts – 400 Free Relay 3:06.31

Gannon’s next meet is January 12, 2018 in Erie versus Shippensburg University.

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Hahn, Vulcans earn victory at

Bloomsburg, 61-38

BLOOMSBURG – Senior forward Shatara Parsons scored a game-high 27 points on Saturday afternoon to reach the 1,000-point milestone, as the No. 4 California University of Pennsylvania women’s basketball team claimed a 61-38 win at Bloomsburg in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Crossover action.

With the victory, the Vulcans improve to 6-1 this season with a 3-0 mark in league play. Meanwhile, the Huskies fall to 3-5 overall behind a 0-3 record in conference action.

Parsons finished with 27 points after shooting 10-of-17 from the floor and seven-of-eight from the free-throw line. She also collected 13 rebounds to record her first double-double of the season and added five blocks and four steals while playing 34 minutes. Parsons is the 28th player in school history to reach the 1,000-point mark, and the fifth in seven years under head coach Jess Strom, after scoring nearly 800 points the previous two seasons.

Junior Abbey Sporio (Elizabeth, Pa./Elizabeth Forward) tallied eight points, two rebounds, three assists and two steals in 18 minutes off the bench. Classmate Jiahna Flood-Francis (Pittsburgh, Pa./West Mifflin) finished with seven points, five rebounds and two steals, while sophomore DJ Hahn (Warren, Pa./Warren) posted seven points, three rebounds, five assists and two steals.