GROVE CITY –– The Grove City football team produced a pair of award-winners as running back Wesley Schools earned the Presidents’ Athletic Conference’s Offensive Player of the Week award, while linebacker Curtis Freyermuth captured Rookie of the Week honors. Grove City soccer forward Hailey Weinert and swimmer Elias Griffin captured rookie of the week the awards.
Schools ran for 179 yards and 3 TDs on 31 carries in GCC’s 35-20 victory at conference foe Saint Vincent. Schools leads NCAA Division III with 19 rushing TDs and ranks 2nd nationally with 1,340 yards. His 1,340 yards rank 6th on Grove City’s single-season rushing list. It is Schools’ 3rd PAC Offensive Player of the Week honor this season.
Freyermuth earned his 2nd Rookie of the Week award after intercepting a pass and recording 7 tackles at Saint Vincent. Freyermuth shares the team lead with 2 interceptions this year. He also has 26 total tackles in 7 games.
Weinert scored the game-winning goal in the 88th minute in Grove City’s come-from-behind 2-1 victory at Washington & Jefferson. The win clinched home-field advantage for the defending PAC champion Wolverines, who play at Don Lyle Field in today’s semifinal round at 7 p.m.
Weinert scored her first collegiate goal in Grove City’s 7-0 victory over visiting Saint Vincent.
In Grove City’s home dual meet with Carnegie Mellon at James E. Longnecker Pool, Griffin finished 2nd in the 100 breaststroke (1:00.42) and 4th in the 200 breaststroke (2:14.20). His effort in the 100 breaststroke currently ranks 2nd in the PAC, while his time in the 200 breaststroke ranks 3rd.
The Grove City football team (6-2, 5-2 PAC) concludes its home schedule Saturday against archrival Geneva at 1 p.m. The women’s soccer team (10-6-2) will host W&J in the conference tournament semifinals today at 7 p.m.
• WASHINGTON, Pa. — Midfielder Michaela Burke scored the tying goal with 15 minutes left in regulation, then assisted the game-winner by Weinert with 3 minutes remaining to help lift the Wolverines to a recent 2-1 victory at W&J’s Alexandre Stadium.
Grove City (10-6-2 overall) concludes the regular season at 7-1 in the conference.
W&J (6-8-3, 4-1-3 PAC) grabbed a 1-0 lead at 49:06 on an unassisted goal by Katie Hahn. Grove City pulled into a 1-1 tie at 75:04 when Burke scored her team-leading 13th goal of the season. Forward Ruby Mattson assisted.
Weinert then scored her first collegiate game-winner at 87:01 after she blasted a rebound –– her 2nd goal of the season. Burke assisted.
Grove City doubled up W&J in total shots, 22-11, and held a 13-6 edge in shots on goal. In goal, Columbia Harkrader stopped 5 shots for the Wolverines, earning her 10th win of the season.
• Westminster College women’s soccer team defeated PAC opponent Geneva College, 1-0, at Harold Burry Stadium, New Wilmington.
Westminster (12-5-2 overall, 7-0-1 PAC) ended the regular season without conceding a goal in conference play and has rattled off 6 consecutive shutouts.
With the win Westminster clinched the No. 1 seed in the PAC Tournament. Tonight the Titans host 4th-seeded Chatham University in a semifinal matchup inside Harold Burry Stadium at 7 p.m.
Forward Kayla Trozzi tallied the only goal in the 28th minute to give Westminster a 1-0 lead. The Titans outshot the Golden Tornadoes (29-9) and led in corner kicks (6-2). Titan goalkeeper Camille Holzschuh collected 6 saves en-route to her 4th shutout in 5 contests.
Geneva rounded out the regular season with an overall record of 8-9 and was 3-5 in the PAC.
• Westminster College’s volleyball team lost to Geneva College on Senior Day, 25-19, 25-16, 25-23.
Geneva (21-8, 12-4 PAC) never trailed in the first set, while Westminster (24-6, 13-3 PAC) continued to battle and got within 18-17 following a kill by Maya Steward. The Golden Tornadoes ended the set with a 7-2 run. Geneva went up 2-0 after a set 2 victory. The Titans had their first set lead in the 3rd frame and led 11-10 after a kill by Reilly DeGeorge. Geneva took the lead (12-11) and held off Westminster for a set-3 win.
DeGeorge led the Titans with 10 kills, followed by Steward and Becky Adelman (7 kills each). Adelman added a team-best 2 blocks, Samantha Kelly dished out a team-high 15 assists, Haley Moore had 10 blocks, and Josie Toporcer guided the defense with a team-high 19 digs, followed by Steward (10) and DeGeorge (9).
Westminster clinched the No. 1 seed and 1st-round bye in the PAC Tournament. It will host the winner of 5th-seeded Thiel-v.-4th-seeded Saint Vincent in the semifinals on Thursday at 7 p.m.
• Men’s soccer — The Wolverines closed the regular season with a 1-0 setback at Washington & Jefferson in PAC play.
W&J (10-7-2, 7-0-1 PAC) broke through at 9:20 on a goal by Jake Fetterman. The Presidents outshot Grove City, 21-9, including an 8-2 edge in shots on goal. Each team had 4 corner kicks. GCC goalkeeper Luke Greenway recorded 7 saves in goal for the Wolverines (7-8-2, 5-2-1 PAC).
The Wolverines will be on the road Wednesday night for a conference tournament semifinal at No. 1 W&J at 7.
• Volleyball — The Wolverines concluded its regular season schedule by dropping a 25-16, 23-25, 14-25, 25-18, 15-12 decision to Bethany (17-14, 12-4 PAC) in PAC action at the Grove City College Arena.
Emma Hartshorn led GCC with a season-high 21 kills, while Elisabeth Sems added 10 kills. Setter Cassidy Kohmann recorded 32 assists and senior libero Katie McClymonds (Slippery Rock High) contributed 9 assists, served 3 aces and led the defense with 18 digs. Hartshorn recorded 16 digs while Kohmann, Sems and Faith Keating all had 15 digs. Maria Boris and Ellianna Fry both had 2 blocks for the Wolverines.
Grove City (18-9, 8-8 PAC) will be the No. 6 seed in next week’s conference tournament.
• Swimming & diving — The women’s team dropped a 239-55 decision to Carnegie Mellon in non-conference action at James E. Longnecker Pool.
Anne Shirley Dassow led Grove City by winning the 200 butterfly in a time of 2 minutes, 13.61 seconds. She also took 3rd in the 100 ‘fly (1:00.81). Sydney Laughlin recorded 3rd-place finishes in both the 100 (1:11.43) and 200 (2:33.17) breaststroke. Brittany Byer finished 3rd in the 100 backstroke (1:02.73) and Reese Trauger took 3rd in the 50 ‘free (25.62).
The men’s team suffered a 238-62 setback against Carnegie Mellon. Ben Slate took 2nd in the 200 breaststroke (2:13.31), while Luke Mason placed 2nd in the 400 individual medley (4:16.39). Noah Berkebile earned 2nd in the 200 backstroke (2:00.88), while Elias Griffin took 2nd in the 100 breaststroke (1:00.42).
• Cross country — The men’s team placed 4th at the PAC Championships with 107 team points.
Saint Vincent won the conference title with 25 points, led by Will Greene, who won the individual race in 26:10.15. One hundred men competed.
Jeffery Eide earned 1st-Team All-PAC honors by taking 7th overall (27:32.45). Also for GCC, Michael Martin took 23rd (28:46.22), 1 spot ahead of Einar Trosdal (28:55.19). Aaron Hammer-Huber finished 25th, David Vaccaro 29th and Nathan Warrick 31st.
The GCC women’s team placed 3rd with 84 points, trailing only Waynesburg (36) and Geneva (40). Leading GCC was Heidi Hoffman, who earned 3rd (23:15.15) to earn 1st-Team All-PAC honors. Karen Prem captured 16th place (24:49.67) to earn Honorable Mention recognition, as did senior Allison Hollenbaugh (Lakeview High), 18th (24:56.94). Sophomore Olivia Lowe (Grove City High) earned 22nd (25:14.64), while Kaylee Kriner finished 25th, Jane Vannoy 28th and Denali Hutzelmann 30th.
Waynesburg’s Aubrey Wingeart won the individual gold in 22:51.60 in a 113-runner field.
• Westminster College men’s soccer team fell to PAC opponent Geneva College, 1-0, in double-overtime in New Wilmington.
In double-OT the Titans poured on 5 shots before Geneva struck the decisive blow when Antonio Fiordilino sneaked a shot past Titan goalkeeper Ezra Cimino.
The Titans outshot the Golden Tornadoes (20-17), while Geneva led in corner kicks (3-0). Cimino collected 8 saves.
The Titans (10-7-2 overall, 5-1-2 PAC) earned the No. 3 seed for the PAC Tournament and will play No. 2 Geneva (10-8 overall, 6-2-0 PAC). in Beaver Falls at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
• Swimming & diving — The men’s and women’s teams swept Washington & Jefferson College in their home- and PAC-opener. The Titan men won 160.5-70.5, while the Titan women won 147.5-73.5.
Westminsters Matt Kwalick earned 1st-place finishes in the 200 freestyle/1:50.10, 50 free/22.26, 100 free/49.13. Aaron Dunlany swept the breaststrokes (100/1:01.49 and 200/2:08.32). Also earning a victories were Roody D’Agaro (1,000 free/10:46.86), Stephen Adametz (200 butterfly/2:12.99), senior Thomas Somora (Grove City High) (200 breaststroke/2:23.61), and Connor May (1-meter dive/288.83). The 200 medley relay, consisting of Mark Lanterman, Trevor McCabe, Jacob Musselman, and Blaine Sorrick, won with a time of 1:41.38.
Westminster women’s winners were Maggie Manolis (200 breaststroke/2:40.84), Abigail Jones (1,000 freestyle/11:53.57), Megan Routch (200 freestyle/2:07.88), Anna Grimenstein (200 butterfly /2:29.97), fiBaylee Horvath (50 freestyle/25.74), Marissa Bowers (200 backstroke/2:17.36), and Zoe Cable (1-meter dive/202.28) won an individual event, while Shannon Greer tied for 1st in the 100 backstroke (1:06.16). Manolis, Gabie Johnson, Carinna Lapson, and Emily Russell won the 200 medley relay (2:00.85).
• Cross country — At the recent PAC Championships, the Titan women’s team finished 4th (122 points), while the Titan men placed 7th (207 points).
Katie Schrantz led Westminster with a 4th-place finish (113 runners) in a time of 23:24.70 to earn the first All-PAC 1st-Team honor of her career. Rounding out the top-five finishers for the Westminster women were Erin Ward (23rd/25:16.88), Allison Hampton (27th/25:25.94), Breanna Ferguson (32nd/25:45.37), and Mackenzie Rodarmel (42nd/26:05.60).
Harrison Keenan led the Titans with a 26th-place finish (100 runners) in 29:02.94. Rounding out the top-5 finishers for Westminster were Ian Jackson 50th, Evan Vent 54th, Nathan Kraus 63rd and freshman Michael Tripp (West Middlesex High) 85th.
• Volleyball — The team earned the 5th seed in this week’s PAC Championship Tournament after falling 3-0 to Saint Vincent, 25-13, 25-16, 26-24. The loss set up Thiel for a rematch with 4th-seeded Saint Vincent in the 1st round of the PAC Tournament today at Saint Vincent’s Carey Center at 7 p.m.
Westminster earned the tourney’s top seed, while Geneva is the 2nd seed. Bethany, which claimed the program’s 2nd conference title in 2018, earned the 3rd seed. Grove City captured the tournament’s 6th and final seed.
The Tomcats, who were the 6th seed in 2018, made their 1st appearance in the championship tournament since 2014. Thiel qualified for 6 straight championship tournaments (2007-12) and played in 3 title matches (2009-10, 2012).
Thiel opened the season with a 1-14 record, but since Sept. 28, the Tomcats have gone 9-5 overall (9-4 PAC). Thiel defeated Saint Vincent 3-1 at Beeghly Gymnasium on Oct. 5.
Natalie Zucco paced the Tomcats with 13 digs and 10 kills, Courtney Grubbs handed out 26 assists and 10 digs, Taylor Williams recorded 12 digs, and Raquel McDonald tallied 7 kills.
• Cross country — At the recent PAC Championships, Isabella Merlino led all Thiel runners with a 25:05.29 clocking to finish 21st (113 runners). Jade Rhodes ran a time of 27:21.20 to finish 63rd.
Mei Williams (Wilmington High) was the 3rd Tomcat to cross the finish line (28:40.73), while Logan Addison (Greenville High) ran in 29:58.96. Melaina Kirschner rounded out Thiel’s runners (34:09.52). The women’s team ended the season with an 8th-place finish.
Chad Pakozdi led Thiel’s men’s team with a time of 30:00.13 for a 39th place finish (100 runners). Isaac Evans was 45th. Other Thiel scorers were Legion Lake, Quintin Weaver and Ian Clark. The men’s team capped off their season with an 8th-place finish.