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Former Warren County standouts making waves

Anna Wenger

Former Warren Area High School volleyball standout Anna Wenger recently completed her junior season at Division I Georgia Southern University. Wenger, a six-foot outside hitter, played in 28 matches and started 10 for the Eagles, who finished with a record of 15-18 overall and 7-9 in the Sun Belt Conference. She wrapped up the year with 163 kills, 27 digs and 27 total blocks.

Prior to Georgia Southern, Wenger played at Akron University where she collected 380 kills, 177 digs and 13 aces in two seasons. Wenger played for Warren as a freshman before transferring to Hempfield High School in Landisville, Pa., where she was an all-state selection and helped the Black Knights win back-to-back state titles in 2012 and 2013.

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Wrestling

Lock Haven University hosted the 11th annual Mat-Town Open Tournament on Sunday, November 27 with Warren grad D.J. Fehlman wrestling his way to a second-place finish in the 141-pound bracket. Fehlman opened the tournament with a 2-0 decision over Maryland’s Michael Doetsch, then won an 11-0 major decision over Marlon Argueta in the quarterfinals. He picked up a 3-2 win over Kenan Carter of Old Dominion to move into the finals, where he was defeated by Lock Haven teammate Ronnie Perry, 7-0.

As of December 12, Fehlman has an official record of 6-3 with one major decision, one tech fall and one pin. His career record now sits at an even 11-11. The Bald Eagles travel to Bloomsburg on Friday for an Eastern Wrestling League dual match before returning home to host the Lock Haven Classic on Thursday, December 29.

Warren’s Alex Streich picked up a win at heavyweight for the Thiel College wrestling team in a dual match against Mount Union on Thursday, December 8. Streich beat Mount Union’s Mike Sinclair 3-2 after the first tiebreaker period.

On December 3, Streich won a pair of matches competing at the Rochester Institute of Technology Invitational. The Tomcats have a break for the holidays before returning to action Saturday, January 7 at Waynesburg University.

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Swimming

Warren’s Clark Eason helped the Gannon University men’s swim team place third out of nine teams at the Wooster Invitational on December 3, posting a new PSAC-qualifying time of 47.67 in the 100-yard freestyle in the process.

Eason’s time in the 100 free was good for 11th place, and he also finished fourth in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 21.52 in the finals. He helped Gannon take second in both the 200 free relay in 1:24.88 and the 400 free relay in 3:07.01.

The Golden Knights return to the pool January 14 at Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y.

At the Blue Devil Invitational hosted by Fredonia State, Warren grad Lacey Grinnen teamed with Anna Rose Watterson, Kristin Owens and Claire Mallick to place 10th in the 800-yard freestyle relay with a time of 8:46.44.

Grinnen and the Penn State Behrend women’s swim team host Washington and Jefferson on Saturday, January 14.

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Basketball

The Penn State DuBois women’s basketball team went into the winter break with an 87-64 PSUAC win over Penn State Greater Allegheny on Friday, December 9. Eisenhower’s Kristen Williams was one of five players to finish in double figures with 10 points.

Williams is averaging 10.3 points per game, 2.8 rebounds per game and 2.6 assists per game for Penn State DuBois, which is currently ranked No. 10 in the USCAA (United States Collegiate Athletic Association) National Coaches Poll. The Lady Lions are back in action January 4 at Westmoreland County Community College.

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Warren County athletes playing winter sports in college include Fehlman (Warren/Lock Haven wrestling), Louie Head (Eisenhower/Lock Haven wrestling), Streich (Warren/Thiel wrestling), Kyle Holden (Sheffield/Thiel wrestling), Austin Slocum (Youngsville/Mercyhurst North East wrestling), Eason (Warren/Gannon swimming), Grinnen (Warren/Penn State Behrend swimming), Sam Sherrard (Warren/Lycoming swimming), Hunter Mohney (Warren/Pitt-Bradford swimming), Williams (Eisenhower/Penn State DuBois basketball), Evan Suppa (Warren/Oberlin basketball), DJ Hahn (Warren/Cal U basketball), Mallory Trumbull (Eisenhower/Grove City basketball), Jen Isenberg (Sheffield/Pitt-Bradford basketball), and Emily McJunkin (Eisenhower/Cal U indoor track). If we missed someone, or to report a college news item, email aclose@timesobserver.com or boviatt@timesobserver.com.

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