Monday's Westmoreland Sports Notebook

Three local teams represented on All-State football list; Hempfield's Swan hits milestone

Mon Jan 03, 2022 - 4:41PM

Sean Meyers Sean Meyers

Last Updated: Mon Jan 03, 2022 - 4:42PM

Warriors, Leopards, Cavaliers represented on All-State football list

Players from three Westmoreland County football teams garnered All-State recognition last week. Penn-Trafford, which captured the WPIAL and PIAA 5A championships, had three players and its coach on the list. Quarterback Carter Green, running back Cade Yacamelli, and offensive lineman Declan Ochendowski earned the Class 5A All-State distinctions, while John Ruane was named the 5A Coach of the Year. Kiski Area offensive lineman Brandon Lawhorn Moore was also selected to the 5A team. In Class 4A, a pair of Belle Vernon Area players were included, as Devin Whitlock was chosen as a quarterback, while Cole Weightman was recognized as a defensive lineman.

Hempfield Area’s Swan earns milestone victory

Bill Swan, the longtime head coach of the Hempfield Area boys basketball team, secured his 250th career victory last week. Swan, who is in the eighth year of his second stint guiding the Spartans, improved to 250-205 with a victory against Connellsville Area 59-25 last Thursday. There was irony in defeating the Falcons, as Swan previously served as the head coach at Connellsville, as well as at Portage Area. He is nearing another milestone, as Swan has claimed 199 wins during his 16-year tenure at Hempfield Area.

Pitzer, Hohman win at Powerade Tournament

Two Westmoreland County wrestlers captured gold at the prestigious Powerade Tournament last week at Canon-McMillan, as Mount Pleasant Area’s Dayton Pitzer and Penn-Trafford’s Troy Hohman reigned supreme. Second-seeded Pitzer, a two-time PIAA champion, notched a 4-2 overtime decision against No. 1 seed TJ Stewart of the Blair Academy in the 215-pound bracket final. Hohman, meanwhile, was the fourth seed entering the tournament, but scored a 4-3 victory courtesy of an escape in the final seconds against Malvern Prep’s Jack Consiglio in the 120 championship. Other county placewinners included Burrell’s Cooper Hornack, who finished seventh at 113, Vinny Kilkeary of Greater Latrobe, who came in fifth at 120, Hempfield Area’s duo of Ethan Lebin, who placed eighth at 126, and Briar Priest, who came in third at 138, Franklin Regional’s Finn Solomon, who finished third in the 145-pound field, and Kiski Area’s Enzo Morlacci, who ranked seventh at 160.

Spencer Lee to undergo season-ending surgery

Just three matches into his season, Spencer Lee of the University of Iowa will undergo season-ending surgery. Lee, a Franklin Regional grad, captured his third NCAA Wrestling Championship in the 125-pound bracket last March, securing the title despite a knee injury. Initially, Lee opted to undergo rehabilitation without surgery, and he returned to the mat with three lopsided wins last month. However, Lee announced on Saturday that his knee has still not recovered, necessitating the operation. Lee, a fifth-year senior, boasts a career record of 78-5 with the Hawkeyes. At FR, Lee went 144-1, with the lone loss coming in the PIAA Championship in his senior year, when he competed with a torn ACL.

Seton Hill ousts UPG in women’s basketball matchup

A late addition to the women’s basketball schedule pitted a pair of Greensburg universities on the hardwood on Sunday, as Seton Hill defeated the University of Pitt – Greensburg 91-45. The host Griffins had a previously-scheduled matchup against Frostburg State cancelled, which prompted the addition of the nearby Bobcats. The Griffins dominated in each of the first three quarters, and had seven players reach double figures in scoring. Samantha Kosmacki paced SHU with 16 points, while Sonia Sarda, Courtney Tomas, Katie Nolan, Cheyenne Trest, Maddy Moore, and Kelly Weeks also reached double figures. In the process, Nolan surpassed 1,000 points for her career. The Bobcats, meanwhile, received 13 points from Sidney McCully, while Nadege Durand netted a dozen points.

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