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Local college athletes shining early in winter season

Though the high school sports calendar has entered the lull between the end of the fall season and start of winter, a number of Warren County alums have starter their collegiate winter seasons.

Here’s a brief look at how some of those seasons have started.

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DJ Hahn (Warren/Cal U of PA basketball)

Hahn enters her senior season as a major contributor for a loaded Vulcans team. Cal was a preseason No. 2 in the PSAC coaches poll and is off to a 2-0 start to the year. In 41 minutes off the bench during the weekend MEC vs PSAC series, Hahn scored 10 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and had four steals. Cal looks for its third win Wednesday against Virginia Union.

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Clark Eason and Andrew Beyer (Warren/Gannon swimming)

Eason has had a strong start to the year for the Golden Knights. He had first place finishes in the 50 free, 200 free relay and 200 medley relay against Clarion, and was part of the first place 200 free, 400 free, 200 medley and 400 medley relay teams at the Allegheny Invitational. Eason has also posted PSAC qualifying times in the 50 free and 100 free.

Beyer has made an immediate impact in his first year with the Golden Knights. He joined Eason on the winning 200 free relay team against Clarion. Beyer has also posted at least two PSAC qualifying times at every meet this season. Those times have come in the 200 IM, 100 back, 200 back and 400 IM.

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Owen Balas (Warren/Gannon wrestling)

Balas got his sophomore campaign off to a good start at the Mount Union Invitational. The Golden Knights took home the team title and Balas did his part with a fifth place finish at 175 pounds. He opened the tournament with a 16-1 tech fall, then fell, 16-14, in the second round to eventual champion Dylan Wellbaum of Adrian. Balas came back in the consolations to win the fifth place match with a 16-0 tech fall over Urbana’s David Gilbert.

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Callie Hampson (Warren/Cal U of Pa swimming)

Hampson was part of a third place relay team early in the season, and found her groove in the Vulcans’ latest meet against Lock Haven. She took third in the 100 free, fourth in the 50 free and fifth in the 50 back.

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Paige McCullough (Warren/IUP swimming)

McCullough’s junior season has started well for the Crimson Hawks. She’s had a top-3 finish in each meet so far. McCullough, swimming the 100 breast, took second at Shippensburg, third at Edinboro and first against Saint Vincent.

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Aaron Morris (Youngsville) and Spencer Head (Eisenhower/Mercyhurst North East wrestling)

Morris and Head are back for the Saints a year after making the NJCAA National Tournament as freshmen. MNE dropped its first dual match against Niagara County Community College. Head won his match at 165 via pin, while Morris was decked at 157.

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Margo Loutzenhiser (Warren/Gannon basketball)

The Lady Dragons’ all-time leading scorer picked up her first career collegiate points in Gannon’s second game. She played five minutes off the bench and hit a field goal for two points and grabbed a rebound in her debut.

–Information about college athletes can be sent to aclose@timesobserver.com

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