The California (Pa.) football team featured the PSAC West Freshman of the Year in back-to-back seasons, as redshirt freshman linebacker Noah Dillow, a Chestnut Ridge graduate, received the honor in 2019. He ranked third on the team with 59 tackles (34 solo), while also totaling 5.5 tackles for loss and two interceptions. Dillow, who was limited to only two games last year due to injury, is the first Cal U defensive player to be named the PSAC West Freshman of the Year since 2010.
The Vulcans were 7-4 this season
Chestnut Ridge graduate Ian Anderson was a freshman kicker for the Vulcans.
Chestnut Ridge alumnus Dick Mock is a volunteer assistant coach for the Vulcans.
Molly Reeder, a freshman from Chestnut Ridge, is a soccer player at Alderson Broaddus University. Reeder is a midfielder who played in eight games for the 2-13 Battlers.
Aaron Browell, a Bedford graduate and a sophomore at Allegany College of Maryland, was a striker/midfielder for the men’s soccer team. He scored three goals including two in a 22-1 win over Westmoreland County Community College in the final game of the year. He started eight games for the 2-9 Trojans.
Bedford graduate Jaden Fuller is a sophomore for the Indiana University (Pa.) volleyball team that went 7-21 this year.
Fuller played in 13 matches and started five. She had 34 kills, 19 blocks, and four digs on the year.
Everett graduate Joshua Scruggs was a senior for the Appalachian Bible College’s men’s soccer team. He started all 12 games for the Warriors and had a goal and three assists on 12 shots. The Warriors were 2-10 this year.
Emily Martz, a Bedford graduate, is a sophomore on the Chatham College women’s soccer team that advanced to the Presidents Athletic Conference title game. Martz played in 11 games for the 8-7-4 Cougars. She had six shots as midfielder/defender.
The Cougars upset top-seeded Westminster in the semifinals, 1-0,but they fell to Grove City in the championship, 4-1.
Bedford graduate Tom Rogish just finished his first year as the linebackers coach at St. Francis. The Red Flash went 5-6 with three of the losses coming in overtime.
Bedford graduate Will Kachman was a senior for the Lipscomb University cross country team. The Bisons won the ASUN Championship last month.
Bedford graduate Megan Oyler is a midfielder on the Lycoming College women’s soccer team that went 10-8-1 this season. She played in 17 games and started 14, scoring two goals and two assists. She was tied for sixth on the team in goals, second in shots on goal, and tied for fourth in shots.
Amber Thomas, a freshman from Bedford at Mercyhurst University, was named to the second-team all-PSAC for women’s soccer. Thomas tallied three goals and two assists for eight points this year She picked up one game-winning goal, and she tallied two goals during the Lakers’ game against Cal (Pa.). She started all 19 games and was second on the team in shots (27) and third on the team in shots on goal (15).
The Lakers were 11-6-2 this year.
Chestnut Ridge alumnus Luke Stultz was a senior golfer for Mount Aloysius College this fall.
Bedford alumnus Caleb Beidle is a freshman member of the Mount Aloysius men’s tennis team and helped the Mounties to a 5-2 this fall. Beidle was 7-0 in the No. 2 singles, and he lost only one set. He and his doubles partner Matt Blose were also 7-0.
He was also named the AMCC Player of the Week on Sept. 23 after going 4-0 on the week.
Chestnut Ridge graduate Payton Whysong is a sophomore tennis player at Mount Aloysius, and she earned All-AMCC honors at No. 2 singles for the Mounties this year.
She was 14-0 and led all AMCC players in victories this year. She and Chloe Love were also named to the first-team in No. 1 doubles. They were 11-3 this year and were second-team All-AMCC last year.
The Mounties were 7-7 this year.
The Penn State-Altoona women’s soccer team was 7-9-2 this year with a couple Bedford County athletes on the squad.
Northern Bedford grad Sadie McConnell was a sophomore and started all 18 games. She led the team with nine goals and was tied for the team lead with five assists. She had 29 shots on goal to lead the team and had three game-winning goals.
McConnell was named as a second-team All-AMCC player and proved to be one of the AMCC’s top scorers, ranking fourth in the conference in points (23) and game-winning goals (3), as well as fifth in total goals scored (9). McConnell was also eighth in the AMCC in shots attempted (49) and ninth in shots on goal (29). It was the second straight year that McConnell was named to the second-team all-AMCC.
Chestnut Ridge graduate Kilee Snyder was a sophomore on the squad.
Lydia Mock, a freshman from Chestnut Ridge, was a second-team All-AMCC pick and was name the AMCC Newcomer of the Year.
In the conference this fall, Mock ranks eighth in digs per set (3.93), 11th in digs (287), kills per set (2.44), and points per set (2.91), 20th in kills (178) and total points (212.5), 25th in hitting percentage (.149), 26th in assists (34) and service aces per set (0.32), 27th in solo blocks (5), and 31st in aces (23). The freshman led the team in digs and digs per set, is tied for first in points per set and kills per set, and is second in kills, aces, and aces per set.
Mock played in 22 of Penn State Altoona’s 24 matches this season, appearing in 73 total sets. During the season, she was named the AMCC Player of the Week one time.
Mock was the fourth Penn State Altoona women’s volleyball player in program history to be voted the AMCC Newcomer of the Year.
The Lady Lions finished the year at 12-13 and advanced to the ECAC Championship Tournament. Mock had 15 digs, seven kills, and four block assists in the loss to Grove City College in that game.
Bedford graduate Alexis Imler finished her volleyball career at Penn State-Harrisburg on a high note. The team went 15-14 and advanced to the NEAC semifinals.
Imler was named as a second-team All-NEAC member was a primary setter and hitter. She led the Lions with 408 assists and added 231 digs, 160 total points, 115 kills, 40 total blocks and 20 service aces on the season. She was named the NEAC Defensive Player of the Week (Sept. 16) earlier this fall.
Allison Pittman, a sophomore from Bedford, was a sophomore on the Seton Hill cross country team this fall.
Two local athletes are cheerleaders at St Francis this fall. Kirsten Jones, a sophomore from Bedford, and McKenna Harbaugh, a sophomore from Claysburg-Kimmel, are both on the squad.
St. Vincent’s women’s soccer team went 2-14 this fall with Everett’s Abigail Johnson as a junior keeper on the team.
Johnson played in 16 games, starting 14 games in goal. She complied a 2-9 overall record and finished with at least eight saves in nine games, including a career-high 15 saves against Chatham on Oct. 3.
Jenna Brown, a freshman from Bedford, was a member of the Pitt Johnstown women’s soccer team that went 7-11 this fall.
Brown played in 16 games and started five with a goal and an assist. She was fifth on the team in shots with 10 and tied for fourth on the team with seven shots on goal.
The Washington and Jefferson College women’s tennis team won the Presidents Athletic Conference title this fall with Chestnut Ridge graduate Vanessa Hyde as a sophomore on the team.
Hyde was named an All-PAC honorable mention at No. 6 singles, while she and Jade Annaldo were second-team All-PAC at No. 2 doubles. She was 5-9 in singles and 9-7 in doubles.
It was the first PAC title for the women’s tennis team, that upset top-seeded Grove City College, 5-3, for the title. The team was 11-5, but won its last nine matches of the year.
Everett graduate Ashley Kovel is a sophomore volleyball player at Washington and Jefferson this fall. The Presidents were 4-23.
Kovel, who played right-side hitter and middle hitter, played in 20 matches, starting 17, and 72 games. She had 60 kills and two assists, and she led the team with 17 blocks and was second on the team with 44 block assists.
Amelia Beland, a junior from Bedford, was a member of the Waynesburg University women’s soccer team that went 5-10-2.
Beland played in four games for the Yellow Jackets.
Mackenzie Rhodes is junior from Bedford and a member of the Liberty University cheerleading team as a flyer.
Lorne Fyfe, a sophomore from Chestnut Ridge, is a member of the cross country team at Davis College, which is located at Johnson City, New York.
Cortnee Parker, a Chestnut Ridge graduate, is a freshman for the Juniata College women’s tennis team. The Eagles are 1-4 after the fall portion of the schedule.
Bedford graduate Brandon Dawson was a freshman defensive lineman for the Frostburg Bobcats, that were 8-3 this season.
The Juniata College football team has three local graduates playing for the Eagles and another on the coaching staff as the team went 2-8 this season.
Bedford graduate Austin Montgomery was the quarterback for much of the year, but broke his collarbone late in the season. He was 112-176 for 1,390 years and 10 touchdowns. He also ran for 91 yards and three touchdowns.
Claysburg-Kimmel alumnus Bryce Walter was a tight end for the Eagles. He played in all 10 games and had a kickoff return for 13 yards.
Damon Lemin, a freshman defensive lineman from Tussey Mountain, played in six games with three tackles.
Tyler Cottle, a Northern Bedford graduate, was a defensive line coach for the Eagles. Also coaching for the Eagles is Shane Dorner, whose father, Mark Dorner, is a Bedford graduate.
The Princeton Tiger football team was 8-2 this season and had Bedford graduate Davis Kline as a running back.
The sophomore ran for 56 yards on 14 carries and had one reception for two yards while playing in four games. His best game was against Bucknell when he ran for 25 yards on four carries including a career-best 11-yard run. He also had his reception in that game.
Senior Atit Amin, an Everett graduate, was a member of the Westminster College football team that won the Eastern College Athletic Conference Bowl with a 35-24 win over Morrisville State, 35-24.
Amin played in three games for the Titans and had a catch for one yard against Thiel.
Athletes that the Gazette sports staff will be following for the winter sports season included:
Andrew Bithell (Tussey Mountain) at Juniata College – The Eagles are 1-3, but Bithell has not seen any action yet.
Maddie Garner (Tussey Mountain) at Mount Aloysius – The Mounties are 1-4 and Garner has played in three games.
Paige Burk (Claysburg-Kimmel) and Sydney Snyder (Northern Bedford) at Penn State/Altoona – The team is 2-3 and both Burk and Snyder have started all five games. Snyder averages 11.6 points a game, while Burk averages 5.2. Burk leads the team with 3.2 assists a game and is second on the team with 4.4 rebounds a game.
Lindsay Shuke (Bedford) at UPJ – UPJ is 6-1 this season, and Shuke has started three games. She is second on the team with 10 threes and is fourth on the team with 6.6 points per game. Shuke also has 12 rebounds, three assists, and three steals.
Ariel Reed (Northern Bedford) at Wilkes College – Wilkes is 3-3 , and Reed has played in all six games, starting one. She averages 3.7 points per game, and she is second on the team with 26 rebounds.
Camden Donahue (Bedford, but shot for Everett) at Air Force Academy – Air Force, 11-1, Is ranked fifth in the nation, second in the Patriot Rifle Conference, and won the President’s Trophy against the other service academies. Donahue has been shooting smallbore and air rifle for the Falcons.
Kestrel Kuhne (Everett) and Laurel Kuhne (Everett) at Naval Academy – Navy, 7-6, is ranked 10th in the country. Kestrel Kuhne had her season’s best with an 1173 aggregate against Ohio State. Her 592 in the air rifle that match was also a season’s best, while she had a 584 in the smallbore against TCU and VMI. Laurel’s best was an 1147 in the President’s Trophy including a 563 in the smallbore. Her best in the air rifle was a 586 against Ohio State.
Seth Baker (Tussey Mountain) at Liberty University – Liberty is in only its third year as a program, and Baker has transferred from Morehead University.
Garret Correll (Everett) at Messiah – Messiah and is 7-0 on the season, and Cornell is 10-0 with four falls. Cornell had three pins in four wins to capture the Messiah Invitational. He was second at the Gettysburg Invitational, where he had to medical forfeit in the final.
Seth Harbaugh at Millersville – Millersville is 0-3, while Harbaugh is 0-1 as redshirt freshman.
Jared McGill at Pitt – McGill is 2-2 as an unattached wrestler and finished fourth at the Mat Town Tournament at Lock Haven. Pitt is 2-1 in dual meets.
Justin McCoy at Virginia – The Cavaliers are 3-1 in dual meets, and McCoy is 7-2 overall and 4-0 in dual meets. He was fifth at the Keystone Classic.
Dylan Williams at Waynesburg – The Yellow Jackets are 3-3, and Williams has wrestling several times for Waynesburg.
Liam Flaherty (Southern Fulton but wrestled at Everett) at Wilkes College – Wilkes is 4-4 in dual meets, and Flaherty is 8-5 this years with a sixth-place finish at the Ned McGinley Tournament.
Alex Fouse (Northern Bedford) at Shippensburg - The Red Raiders are 2-0 on the young season and Fouse is 1-3 as a freshman.
Winter Track & Field
(Hasn’t started yet)
Stefanie Ketterman (Everett) at IUP
Tanner Sipes (Everett) at Otterbein College
Mitchell Zembower at Seton Hill
Allison Pittman at Seton Hill
Cole Weist at UPJ
Ashley Kovel (Everett) at Washington & Jefferson
This is the Alumni Update for Fall 2019, focusing on those involved in the fall sports.
The Gazette Sports Staff takes a lot of time researching this information, but it is possible that we could have overlooked someone. We apologize for any oversights.