Westmoreland County Campus Snippets: GCC Graduate Mikayla Bisignani for Top Award

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Mikayla Bisignani stands for one of the highest awards in women’s college sports.

The Greensburg Central Catholic graduate, who had a strong combined swimming and athletics career at Johns Hopkins, is one of nine finalists for the 2021 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

The award goes to the student-athlete who “has shown outstanding achievements in the fields of science, athletics, community service and leadership during her college career”.

The winner will be announced on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. during a virtual ceremony on ncaa.com.

Bisignani was a two-time College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America All-American. She also competed in the discus.

Bisignani is a major in molecular and cell biology with a minor in psychology.

At the beginning of this year she received the Dr. William Howard Award for Scholarships and Athletic Achievement and the Robert H. Scott Award for Athletics, Scholarships and Extracurricular Attendance at Johns Hopkins. As CoSIDA Division III At-Large Academic All-America Team Member of the Year, she also received the Elite 90 Award in 2019, which is given to the student-athlete with the highest grade point average who takes part in an NCAA championship final.

Men’s basketball

Pitt-Greensburg: First year coach Chris Klimchock (Greensburg Salem) and the Bobcats are ranked 3rd in the AMCC pre-season poll.

The Bobcats bring back the senior backcourt tandem of Matt Johnson and JoJo France, both of whom averaged over 15 points per game last season.

Johnson was an all-conference first-teamer in 2019-20.

UPG dropped the season opener against Carlow, 84-82, as France scored 26 points, Johnson 17, junior Jaylen Williams 14 and Reggie Priah 13 in their sophomore year.

Freshman striker Riley Comforti (Southmoreland) had 19 to lead Carlow, who is coached by Greensburg’s Tim Keefer.

Women’s basketball

Pitt-Greensburg: Senior Guard / Striker Nadege Durand was named AMCC Co-Preseason Player of the Year.

The Bobcats were voted third at the conference.

Durand, who shared the preseason honor with Penn State Altoona’s senior Alexis Cannistraci, averaged a double-double last season averaging 15 points and 10 rebounds per game.

Kelsey Oddis (Burrell) is in her first season as the Bobcats head coach after serving as an assistant for two years.

Durand had 17 points and eight rebounds, while junior Sidney McCully scored 11 points and newcomer Melina Maietta (Greensburg Central Catholic) took nine in a 56-43 win over Franziskaner at the season opener.

Maietta was relocated from Coastal Carolina.

Other local players on the team are second grader Qitarah Hardison (Monessen) and second grader Gia Scala (Greensburg Central Catholic).

Point park: Junior striker Jordan Yaniga (Franklin Regional) came off the bench to score 14 points and eight rebounds as the Pioneers (2-0) defeated Penn State Schuylkill (65:42).

St. Vincent: After winning their second conference championship last year, Saint Vincent is the favorite to repeat.

The Bearcats are # 1 in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference coach poll in the preseason.

Saint Vincent, trained by Jimmy Petruska, now in his 12th season, ended a shortened 2020 season 10-0 (7-0 PAC).

The team returns for sophomore guard Ella Marconi (12 points, 8.6 rebounds per game), senior guard striker Taylor Geer (10.1 ppg) and junior striker Madison Weber (8.9 ppg).

Washington & Jefferson check in at # 2 after finishing second a year ago, while Grove City, Bethany and Westminster round out the top 5.

The regular season starts next week and the PAC game starts on November 27th.

The PAC tournament in late February will consist of eight teams, with the winner moving up to the NCAA Division III tournament.

Seton Hill: The Griffins completed a three game road trip to Billings, Mont. With a 74-59 win over the University of Mary in the D2CCA Tipoff Classic at the Trailhead. Grade striker Katie Nolan led Seton Hill (1-2) with 18 points, while Sonia Sarda had 17 points, six rebounds and six assists.

Nolan made the all-tournament team.

West Virginia Wesleyan alum Brittany Stawovy (Greensburg Central Catholic) skipped a fifth season of college hoop and instead joined the Seton Hill coaching staff as an assistant.

Wrestling

Waynesburg: Freshman heavyweight Trent Patrick (Greensburg Salem) scored a third-period fall in his first college game when the Yellow Jackets finished 14th out of 15 teams at the Ned McGinley Invitational in Wilkes-Barre.

Football

Grove City: Second year cornerback Gabe Dunlap (Penn-Trafford) had four tackles and one interception, but the Wolverines (6-3, 5-3 PAC) fell to Case Western Reserve, 35-21.

IUD: Junior defensive lineman Will Mayr (Penn-Trafford) made two tackles and had a sack for the Crimson Hawks in a 38-3 win over Seton Hill.

John Carroll: Senior defensive back Nate Leopold (Franklin Regional) made nine tackles with team high when the Blue Streaks fell 27:21 against Heidelberg.

Seton Hill: Sophomore Luke Hauger (Mt. Pleasant) kicked his eighth field goal of the season from 24 yards, but the Griffins suffered a 38-3 loss to the IUD visitor.

Villanova: Graduate tight end Todd Summers (Franklin Regional) pulled in an 11-yard touchdown pass as the Wildcats dealt with Elon, 35-0. For the season, Summers has 18 receptions for 210 yards and two TDs.

Waynesburg: Junior tailback Justin Flack (Derry) ran for 91 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries in a 31-7 win over Bethany.


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