Westmoreland campus clippings: Kevin Wanichko adds men’s cross country coach duties at Saint Vincent

Lisa R. Parker

Kevin Wanichko is the new men’s cross country coach at Saint Vincent.

The Latrobe native will have a busy sports year: He already coaches the men’s and women’s track and field teams, and the women’s cross country team.

An SVC alum, Wanichko replaces Andrew Herr, who resigned after 18 seasons leading the Bearcats men.

“The best four years of my life were when I ran cross country at Saint Vincent, and I have always been thankful for those memories,” Wanichko said.

A former head track and field and cross country coach at Chatham, Wanichko held five SVC track records when he graduated in 2012 — 1,500, 3,000 and 5,000 meters, and the 1,600 and 3,200 relays.

He was named to the PAC’s 60th Anniversary All-Time Team.

Wanichko also was the PAC cross country individual champion in 2011.


Allegheny: Junior Sullivan Schueltz (Ligonier Valley) was hitting .265 with nine doubles and seven RBIs through 22 games for the Gators.

Mercyhurst: Sophomore Aidan Shephard (Norwin) hit his sixth homer of the season in a 12-10 loss to Slippery Rock. His three-run shot cut the deficit to 12-9.

Shephard went 2 for 3 with two walks in a 12-3 win over the Rock.

Mt. Aloysius: Freshman Ryan Bushey (Derry) was hitting .280 with a double, triple and five runs scored over 14 games, while sophomore James Rice (Greensburg Central Catholic) was carrying a .226 average with six RBIs and six runs in 17 games for the Mounties (23-12, 11-5 AMCC).

Pitt-Johnstown: Redshirt sophomore Mario Disso (Penn-Trafford) was hitting .266 with a team-best 27 runs scored, 10 doubles and 21 RBIs for the Mountain Cats (19-26-1).

Teammate Josh Ulery (Derry) had a .263 average with 11 RBIs and 14 runs in 32 games.

Potomac State: Sophomore center fielder Josh Hoffman (Belle Vernon) delivered a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the fifth inning as Potomac State defeated Hagerstown, 11-0, in the Region XX D1 Tournament. The Catamounts improved to 34-11.

Saint Vincent: Sophomore Julian Santana went 3 for 5, grad student TJ Dailey was 4 for 5 with a homer two doubles, and sophomore Billy Perroz (Kiski Area) also doubled to pace the Bearcats to a 6-1 victory and a PAC split against Grove City.

Washington & Jefferson: Junior utility man Tyler Horvat (Penn-Trafford) went 3 for 5 with a triple and three RBIs in an 18-3 win over Westminster.

The win gives W&J (24-12) momentum heading into the PAC Tournament, which opens later this week.

Seton Hill: Junior Jack Oberdorf (Greensburg Salem) tripled, homered and drove in two runs, grad student Neal McDermott (Greensburg Central Catholic) went 2 for 3 with a double and senior Caden Wood (6-2) pitched a complete game with seven strikeouts as the Griffins (30-17-1) beat Cal (Pa.), 5-2, for a late-season sweep.

The back-and-forth second game carried more drama as senior Brandon Kline ripped a walk-off single to score junior Braden Durham for a 5-4 victory. Overdorf and freshman Max Mandler homered, while freshman Brian Pirone (Franklin Regional) improved to 4-0 with the win, working an inning and facing just three batters.

Youngstown State: Senior Chad Coles (Norwin) moved into second place on the Penguins’ all-time list for appearances with 93.

This season, Coles is 3-3 with a 6.67 ERA in 19 appearances, including seven starts. Opponents were hitting .257 against him and he had 31 strikeouts and 40 walks in 54 innings of work.


Akron: Junior Lexie Petrof (Ligonier Valley) has moved into the pitching circle this season. She has a 7-12 record with a 3.78 ERA in 28 games. She leads the staff with 90 strikeouts and has walked 26.

Marist: Junior pitcher Kiley Myers (Latrobe) is 7-3 with a 3.21 ERA in 93 2/3 innings this season. She was leading the team with 67 strikeouts against just 17 walks.

Mercyhurst: Grad student Sarah Koscho (Penn-Trafford) went 3 for 5 with a home run and two RBIs, while redshirt senior Kaitlyn Hoffner (Hempfield) earned the pitching win, and sophomore Morgan Hilty (Penn-Trafford) picked up the save as the Lakers defeated Shepherd, 14-10, in the first round of the PAC Tournament.

The Lakers (32-14) will play in the NCAA Division II Tournament for the first time.

Penn: Senior Emma Nedley (Penn-Trafford) homered, drove in three runs and scored twice in a 9-1 win over Yale.

Nedley hit .241 with four homers and 15 RBIs in 39 games this season.

Penn State: Senior pitcher Bailey Parshall (Belle Vernon) continued to climb in the program record books. She struck out seven batters, giving her 201 strikeouts in her career, and finished off another complete game in a 2-0 victory over Illinois. It was her ninth shutout of the season.

Parshall is just the third Penn State pitcher to reach 200 strikeouts. She is now second on the program’s list for single-season wins, and is now tied for fourth in strikeouts in a season.

Parshall moved past former Hempfield ace Jaci Kalp, who was fourth with 194 strikeouts in 2000.

Penn State (31-21) will play Indiana in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Point Park: Junior pitcher Angalee Beall (Franklin Regional) picked up her 14th win of the season, allowing two runs in seven innings, as the Pioneers staved off elimination in the River States Conference Tournament in East Lansing, Mich.

In 17 starts, Beall had a 4.64 ERA with 40 strikeouts and 53 walks. She also sported a .231 average with 12 RBIs in 33 games.

Saint Vincent: Sophomore left fielder Alex Dillner (Norwin) delivered the game-winning single in the eighth inning as the Bearcats stayed alive in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Tournament with a 3-2 victory over Bethany.

The Bearcats’ season ended with an 8-7 loss to Westminster. Sophomore Jessica LaPorte hit a two-run homer for the Bearcats (24-10).

Seton Hill: Freshman Brooke Cleland (Penn-Trafford) hit her second homer in as many days for Seton Hill at the PSAC Tournament in Quakertown.

After hitting a three-run shot Wednesday, the former Penn-Trafford slugger did the same thing Thursday in a 12-0 win over IUP in an elimination game.

Cleland went 3 for 4 with four RBIs in the win.

The Griffins (36-10) lost the next game, 8-3, against Shepherd, and were eliminated from the tournament. They did, however, earn a bid to the NCAA Division II Tournament for the third time in program history.

Towson: Senior Chloe Poulich (Mt. Pleasant) went out with a bang, capping her college career with a three-run homer — part of a five-hit doubleheader — as the Tigers picked fell to Hofstra, 8-4.

Poulich went 2 for 3 in Game 1, a 2-1 loss, then went 3 for4 in the second game. She has been one of the top run producers on the team this season. She had 23 RBIs, four doubles, four triples and four homers.

Junior Emma Armstrong (Penn-Trafford), a transfer from Hartford, had five runs and five RBIs in 28 starts.

Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Bill by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

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