Four Bedford County athletes helped the Penn State Altoona men’s soccer team to a 3-12 record this year.

Leading the way is Chestnut Ridge graduate Jordan Crist, senior forward on the team who was named to the AMCC second team. He was ranked 12th in the AMCC in goals (seven), 14th in shots on goal (19), 17th in points (15), and 18th in shots attempts (32). He was also fifth in penalty kicks made (two) and eighth in game-winning goals (two). Christ led his team in all those categories.

In a game against Hilbert, he was voted the D3 HERO of the week for scoring for a career-high four goals and an assist, which were also school records.

Christ ended his career ranked second in school history in goals scored (22), third in shots on goal (59), and fourth in points (48).

Also on the team were Everett graduate Joe Koontz and Bedford alumni sophomore Austin Bussard and freshman William Bonn. Bussard, a defender, started four games and played in six with one shot. Bonn, a midfielder, played in nine games and had three shots.

Koontz was a goalkeeper who was 1-1 in his starts and played in three other games. He had a 3.90 goals against average and had 18 saves.


Paige Burk, a junior from Claysburg-Kimmel, is pulling double duty for Penn State Altoona as both a volleyball and women’s basketball player.

The volleyball team was 8-18, and Burk play in 64 sets in 21 matches. She had 44 kills, seven assists, 29 digs, and 17 blocks.

The basketball team is 3-5 and Burk has started all eight games. She is averaging 9.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. She is third on the team in minutes played and fourth in points scored.

Northern Bedford graduate Sydney Snyder is a sophomore on the basketball team. She has played in four games and started two. She is averaging 6.3 points per game.


The Penn State Altoona women’s soccer team had a 9-8-2 record with Northern Bedford’s Sadie McConnell and Chestnut Ridge’s Kilee Snyder playing a big part as a freshmen.

McConnell led the team with 13 goals and was tied for second with three assists. She had a team high 57 shots and 40 shots on goal as well as four game-winning goals.

McConnell was named to the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference’s All-Conference second team.

Snyder started two games and played in nine with one shot on goal.


Chestnut Ridge graduate Vanessa Hyde is a freshman on the Washington and Jefferson College women’s tennis team.

She complete the fall season with a 1-2 singles record from the No. 6 singles position, while going 6-8 in doubles with Jade Annaldo at the No. 2 doubles.

The team was 10-5 overall and 6-1 in the Presidents Athletic Conference (PAC).


Ashley Kovel, an Everett alumna, is a freshman on the Washington and Jefferson College volleyball and track and field teams.

In volleyball, she played in 15 matches and 25 sets amassing 26 kills in 107 attempts. She had seven digs and seven blocks as the team went 18-10.

She is a jumper on the track and field team.


Dylan Willams, a freshman from Chestnut Ridge, is a member of the Waynesburg University wrestling team.

He is 2-12 with a major decision.

The team is 5-7 on the year in dual meets.


The Waynesburg University women’s soccer team went 7-7-2 on the season with sophomore Amelia Beland, a Bedford alumna, on the team.

She played in all 16 games and started eight of them as a forward. She had eight shots and two shots on goal.


Gus Pyle, a redshirt freshman from Bedford, is a member of the Westminster College (Utah) men’s soccer team as a goalkeeper.

He saw action in one game, a 7-0 win over Colorado State-Pueblo. He did not allow a goal, made one save, and faced three shots in the victory.

The Griffins were 14-4-1 on the year.


Liam Flaherty, a Southern Fulton alumnus that wrestled for Everett, is a freshman on the Wilkes University wrestling team.

He is 0-1 on the year, while the team is 7-1.


Pennsylvania Highlands Community College’s men’s basketball team has a local player on the squad.

Tyler Dawson, a freshman graduate of Bedford, has played in eight games and started seven. He is averaging 7.0 points and 2.4 rebounds per game. He is hitting 61 percent of his field goals.


Justin McCoy is a freshman on the University of Virginia wrestling squad.

The Chestnut Ridge graduate is off to an 18-1 start and won the Hokie Open (Virginia Tech), Wolfpack Open (North Carolina State), and Patriots Open (George Mason).

He recently went 5-1 at the Franklin and Marshall Open to finish fifth.

McCoy is expected to redshirt this season to keep his four years of eligibility.


Robert Bebout is a member of the men’s cross country team at Mount Aloysius.

He finished ninth at the LaRoche Invitational with a 21:27.11 to help the Mounties place second as a team.


Payton Whysong has had a great start to her athletic career as a member of the Mount Aloysius College women’s tennis team.

The freshman from Chestnut Ridge was 2-0 at No. 2 singles and 10-1 at No. 3 singles. She was 14-1 in doubles.

She was named to the AMCC second team at No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles with Leah Stoehr.

The Mounties were 12-3 as a team. They lost in the AMCC championship match to Franciscan University, and the second-place finish was the highest in team history. Whysong was named to the all-tournament team.


Jonathan Gabriel, a sophomore on the U.S. Naval Academy wrestling team and a Bedford alumnus, has been wrestling 141 pounds for the Midshipmen this year.

He is 5-3 this year with two falls, two technical falls, and a major decision.


The U.S. Naval Academy rifle team is off to a 5-2 start this year and ranked eighth in the nation with two Everett graduates on the team

Kestrel Kuhne and Laurel Kuhne, a junior and a freshman, have helped the Middies to a strong start. The losses are to second-ranked TCU, 4711-4664, and fourth-ranked Kentucky, 4681-4672.

Kestrel Kuhne’s top marks were 582 in small bore and 595 in air with her top aggregate score of 1176.

Laurel Kuhne’s best scores were 552 in small bore and 579 in air. He top aggregate scored was 1122.


Emily Finnegan, a senior from Chestnut Ridge, is a two-time national qualifier on the Otterbein University women’s track and field team.

In the first meet of the indoor year, she threw the weight, 50-0.75, and the shot, 40-7.5, at the Tiffin Alumni Open.

Tanner Sipes, a junior from Everett, is also on the men’s track and field team.

He ran a 23.12 in the 200 and a 1:08.42 in the 500 at the Tiffin Alumni Open.


The Princeton University football team went 10-0 this season, the first time the Tigers have gone undefeated since 1964.

Bedford alumnus Davis Kline was a freshman on the team and is listed as a running back. He saw action in one game and has a tackle in a 66-7 win over Lehigh.


The Shippensburg University women’s indoor track and field team has a Bedford alumna with freshman Lindsay Seifert.

At the Bison Opener at Bucknell, Seifert was sixth in the 800 (2:45.60).


The Shippensburg University women’s tennis team has two Bedford High School athletes participating this year.

Senior Megan Moorhead and freshman Casey Miller are the athletes. Moorhead was 0-5 at the No. 2 singles and was 0-5 in doubles as well. Miller was 0-5 at No. 6 singles, while she went 0-5 at No. 3 doubles.

The Red Raiders were 0-3 in the fall season.


Two Bedford County alumnae were part of the St. Vincent College women’s soccer team that was 4-11-1 this year.

Abigail Johnson, a sophomore from Everett, and Alyssa Turkovich, a junior from Bedford, were members of the team.

Johnson is a goal keeper and the Bearcats were 3-7-1 with her in goal. She allowed 21 goals with 60 saves for a 2.05 goals against average. She started nine games.

Turkovich, a defender, got into two games and had one shot in a 3-2 loss to Hood.


The Lipscomb University men’s cross country team took third in the ASUN championships in October with Bedford alumnus Will Kachman on the team.

Kachman, a junior, was 20th in the ASUN championship with a 26:03.3

The men were also third at the Willamette Invite with Kachman placing 16th in 25:02.9.


Bedford graduate Megan Oyler was a freshman midfielder for the Lycoming College women’s soccer team that was 2-16.

Oyler appeared in 18 games and started 16. She was tied for second on the team with four goals, and she also had an assist. She had 26 shots and had 18 shots on goal, which was tied for second on the team.


The Marietta College men’s tennis team was 2-3 in the fall with HOPE for Hyndman graduate Bryce Emerick on the squad.

Emetic was 5-0 at the No. 6 singles, and he was 2-3 in doubles.


Chestnut Ridge freshman Seth Harbaugh is a freshman on the Millersville University wrestling team.

He is 0-1, and he was injured early in the year.


Everett graduate Stefanie Ketterman is a freshman on the Indiana (Pa.) University women’s track and field team.

In her first indoor meet at Youngstown State University’s YSU Icebreaker, she long jumped 15-2.75; triple jumped 31-6 (29th place); and high jumped 4-7 (19th).


Jaden Fuller, a freshman from Bedford, was a freshman middle blocker on the Indiana (Pa.) University’s women’s volleyball team.

She finished the year with 42 kills, 22 blocks, eight digs, and an ace. She had a season-high six kills against Roberts Wesleyan.


Tussey Mountain graduate Andrew Bithell is a sophomore on the Juniata College men’s basketball team. He played in one game so far this year.

The Eagles are 5-6 this year.


The Juniata College football team had four players from the Bedford Gazette coverage area on the 0-10 team.

Bedford’s graduates Austin Montgomery and Jeremiah Bingham, Claysburg-Kimmel alumnus Bryce Walter, and Chestnut Ridge graduate Austin Buttry were on the team. Bingham was a senior, Walter and Montgomery were juniors, and Buttry was a sophomore.

Montgomery played in four games at quarterback, throwing for 487 yards and four touchdowns. He was named to the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll.

Bingham appeared in nine games, rushing for 12 yards on seven carries.

Walter played in all 10 games at tight end, catching seven balls for 38 yards.

Buttry was an offensive lineman and appeared in two games this year.


Bedford graduate MacKenzie Rhodes is a sophomore flyer for the Liberty University cheerleading team.


Alyssa Eisenhart, a freshman from Everett, is a setter for the Allegany College of Maryland’s women’s volleyball team.

The Trojans were 0-18 this season.

Eisenhart appeared in 17 matches and had 53 sets, 17 assists, 32 aces, and 35 kills this season.


Sophomore Mary Messersmith, a Northern Bedford graduate, was a member of the Allegany College of Maryland’s cross country team this year.

She placed eighth in the Region XX championship with a season’s record of 24:13.2

She also ran a 29:08.8 in the 6k run to place 17th at the Roaring Lion Invitational at Penn State Fayette.


Three Bedford graduates were members of the Allegany College of Maryland’s men’s soccer team.

Sophomore Aaron Browell and freshman Grant Browell were midfielders on the team and join freshman Madison Suder, who was a midfielder/forward on the team.

The Trojans were 2-9 on the year.

Aaron Browell had five goals, while Grant had Browell had three. Suder had two assists.


Madison Suder is also a member of ACM’s women’s basketball team, which is 2-11 so far this year.

Suder has started 11 games and has scored eight points this year.


Josh Scruggs, an Everett alumnus, is a junior for the Appalachian Bible College men’s soccer team.

Scruggs started nine games as a midfielder and appeared in another game. He had two assists.


Payton Emerick, a Hyndman native, is a senior for the Cairn University women’s basketball team.

She is averaging 7.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, and over a steal a game for the Highlanders.


Chestnut Ridge graduate Noah Dillow was a freshman for the California (Pa.) University football team.

He got into two games before injuring himself and missing the rest of the season.

Dillow had three tackles including two in a game against Kutztown.

The Vulcans were 7-4 this year.


Cedar Crest College’s Kirsten Replogle is a junior on the cross country team and an alumna of Bedford.

Her best time was a 33:51.3 in the 6k at the Dickinson Long-Short Invitational, and she ran a 35:18.8 at the Division III Mideast Regional Cross Country Championships. She also had a 34:11.17 at the CSAC Championships.


Kyle Shaeffer, a redshirt junior from Everett, is a member of the Alderson Broads football team that went 4-7 this season.

He had 10 receptions for 62 years with a high of four catches for 33 yards against Lake Erie.He also had seven tackles, five punt returns for 22 yards, and threw an incomplete pass.

Also on the roster is Tussey Mountain graduate Drew Sitch, a junior.


The Frostburg University women’s soccer team featured a local player in Emily Fierro, who played at Everett.

Fierro played in seven games with two shots and one shot on goal for the Bobcats, who were 5-11-1.


Chestnut Ridge graduate Jay Grubb is a junior on the Pitt-Greensburg men’s basketball team that is 4-7 the season.

Grubb has started nine games, averaging 7.1 points and 3.8 rebounds a game. He also has five assists and nine blocks.


Emily Martz, a freshman from Bedford, saw action in eight games for the Chatham University women’s soccer team that went .

Martz, defender/midfielder, had three shots for the 11-6 squad this year.


Aaron Burkett is a junior on the Lehigh University wrestling team that is off to a 1-7 start.

The Chestnut Ridge graduate has yet to see any action this season.


Kevin Knox, a junior from Everett, is a member of the Cedarville (Ohio) University men’s track and field team.


Breanna Kendrick has started all 12 games for the Mount Aloysius women’s basketball team this season.

The senior from Tussey Mountain has helped the team to a 2-10 start, and she leads the team in scoring with 14.9 points per game and rebounds at 6.5 rebounds per game.


The Penn State Harrisburg women’s volleyball team went 10-18 this season with Bedford graduate Alexis Imler on the team.

The junior had 342 kills and 193 assists this season, while adding 11 service aces.


There are three Bedford graduates on the Pitt-Johnstown track and field teams.

Seniors Jake Zembower and Kyle Pittman are on the men’s team, while senior Katie Lippincott is on the women’s team.

UPJ has not had a meet scheduled for the indoor season yet.


Seton Hill freshman Allison Pittman, a Bedford graduate, is member of the Griffins’ women’s cross country and track and field teams.

She had a season’s best of 22:55.5 in a 5k, and she also ran a 6:03.26 in the mile at an indoor meet.


Two local freshmen are cheerleaders at St. Francis this year.

McKenna Harbaugh, a Claysburg-Kimmel graduate, and Kirsten Jones, a Bedford alumna, are both freshmen for the cheerleading team.


This is the Alumni Update for the fall and early winter season of the 2018-19, focusing on those involved in the fall and winter sports. Please let us know if we missed an athlete from the Bedford Gazette coverage area playing sports in college.

The Gazette Sports Staff takes a lot of time researching this information, but it is possible that we could have overlooked someone. We apologize in advance for any oversights.

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