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Jared Isaacs Earns 100th Career Win At Duquesne

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Duquesne University Junior and North Allegheny graduate Jared Isaacs notched his 100th win this past weekend versus the University of Toledo.  Isaacs, a three-year starter in both singles and doubles, reached the 100 win mark faster than any men’s tennis player in the history of the program.

NA Grad, Kailey Vogl, Earns Co-Valedictorian Honors At Misericordia University

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Info courtesy of Misericordia University

Misericordia University recently recognized the academic accomplishments of the co-valedictorians for the winter 2018 graduating class during the eighth annual winter commencement ceremony at the Anderson Sports and Health Center.

Hannah Larkin of Sinking Spring and Kailey Vogl of Wexford (North Allegheny High School) graduated summa cum laude with Bachelor of Science degrees in health care management. The graduates began their studies in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program in the spring semester and are participating in their integrated clinical experiences at the Masonic Village Retirement Home in Dallas and Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Dallas.

A four-year starter as a forward/midfielder, the daughter of Thomas and Doreen Vogl was second on the Misericordia field hockey team in scoring with eight points and was elected team MVP by her teammates during her senior season. Vogl was fifth in scoring with nine points (4 goals, 1 assist) during her junior year and placed second with four goals and four assists as a sophomore. The field hockey team won two MAC Freedom championships and earned two berths in the NCAA Tournament during her career. At the conclusion of her junior season, she was named to the MAC Sportsmanship team.

Vogl’s classroom work also was recognized as she received the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Scholar of Distinction Award for maintaining a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.90 or higher during her four years as a student-athlete. A member of the team’s leadership committee, she also was a four-time Misericordia University Scholar Athlete recipient for maintaining a 3.4 GPA or higher. Vogl continues to remain active in the Athletic Department as she participates in the Cougars’ Leadership Series.

In the community, she is the Physical Therapy Club’s liaison to the Misericordia University Student-Run Pro-Bono Physical Therapy Clinic that provides free services to people in the community who are underinsured, uninsured or in need. Vogl and her teammates also participated in numerous service activities such as the Special Olympics, Adopt-A-Family and more. The team also produced a video to raise awareness for suicide prevention. Vogl has also been a member of the Relay for Life Event Leadership team since her sophomore year, serving on the publicity and activities committees. A member of the Physical Therapy Club, she was inducted into the Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society.

Larkin and Vogl are scheduled to receive their doctorate degrees during the winter commencement ceremony in December 2021.

W&J’s Rena Israel Recognized As NCAA D-III Statistical Champion

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Following an historic 2018 season, sophomore goalie Rena Israel (Wexford, Pa./North Allegheny) and the Washington & Jefferson College Field Hockey team recorded several NCAA Division III statistical champions. 

Israel was recognized for leading the nation in Goals Against Average (0.28) and Save Percentage (.909). Meanwhile, the Presidents as a team, led all of Division III Field Hockey in Goals Against Average (0.30), Save Percentage (.903) and Shutouts Per Game (0.75). 

In her first season as the Presidents’ starting goalie, Israel commanded one of the toughest defenses in all of Division III. Israel allowed just five goals over 18 games and compiled a 16-2 record with 14 shutouts. The sophomore picked up All-America honors from the Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association and Synapse Sports. Israel was also named to the All-North Atlantic Region team by Longstreth. Israel claimed First Team honors from both the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) and the Empire 8 Conference. 

Photo and information courtesy of W&J College Athletics.

Two Former NA Field Hockey Players Named NCAA All-Region

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Two former North Allegheny field hockey players have been named NCAA Division III All-Region. Sophomore goalie at The College of Wooster, Katie Shideler, was selected to the 2018 Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-Great Lakes Region team.  Sophomore goalie at W&J College, Rena Israel, earned spot on the All-North Atlantic Region team. Both players were second-team selections in their respective region.

Shideler’s .844 save percentage ranked seventh in NCAA Div. III this season, and earning top billing within the Great Lakes Region. The two-year starter led a defense ranked 37th nationally with a 1.30 goals-against average, while the Scots’ 7.38 saves per game ranked 63rd in Div. III.

Israel was fantastic in her first season in charge of the W&J defense. The sophomore, who also made the All-E8 First Team, was one of the stingiest goalkeepers in all of Division III this season, ranking first in the nation in both save percentage (.909) and goals-against average (0.28). For the year, Israel posted a 16-2 record, allowed a whopping five goals and tallied 14 shutouts. In recognition of her play, she received E8 Defensive Player of the Week laurels three times.

Congratulations to both former Tigers and we wish them continued success in their college careers.

(Information provided by Wooster and W&J Athletics.)

Josh Luchini Selected Third-Team All-Patriot League

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Former North Allegheny boys’ soccer standout Josh Luchini was recently named to the All-Patriot League team, rounding out a successful freshman season at Lehigh University.

Luchini finished second on the Mountain Hawks with 16 points, posting six goals and four assists, just five points behind senior and Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year Mark Forrest. Luchini was named to the All-Patriot League third team. Luchini is the second Mountain Hawk rookie in as many seasons to be named to the Third Team after midfielder Stevo Bednarsky in 2017. (more…)

Rena Israel Named 1st-Team All-Empire 8 Conference

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Former North Allegheny field hockey player Rena Israel has been named to the all-conference team in the Empire 8 Conference (NCAA D-III). Israel, a sophomore goalie at W&J, garnered first-team laurels in the Empire 8. She was also named the conference’s Defensive Player of the Week three times during the course of the 2018 season.

Israel helped the nationally-ranked Presidents to 14 shutouts on the season en route to a conference title and berth in the NCAA playoffs. On the season, Israel recorded a 16-2 record in net, made 50 saves and posted a .909 save percentage.

For more on the Empire 8 all-conference teams, click here.

Israel and the W&J field hockey team reached the second round of the NCAA tournament before bowing out in a hard-fought loss to Salisbury, 1-0, in overtime. Israel collected eight saves in the contest, two shy of her single-game career high.

Nicholas Thornton Helps Lycoming College To Berth In NCAA Playoffs

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For the second straight year, former North Allegheny soccer player, Nicholas Thornton, has helped lead the Lycoming College Warriors into the NCAA Division III Soccer Tournament.  Thornton, a junior defender and team captain, has been a starter all season on a defense that has allowed only 13 goals.  Lycoming finished the regular season ranked 23rd in the country with a record of 15-3-2 and earned an at large berth in the tournament.  Lycoming will play a first round game against Penn State Behrend on Saturday, November 10th at John Carroll University.

Luke Nolan Named PAC Defensive, Goalkeeper Of The Week

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Luke Nolan totaled four saves in Geneva College’s 2-0 non-conference victory at Alfred State on Tuesday. It was his first shutout of the season

He followed that up with a pair of saves in Geneva’s 3-1 win at Thiel College on Friday.

The North Allegheny graduate was named Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Defensive/Goalkeeper of the Week for his performance.

(Photo courtesy of Geneva College.)

Christian Giannetti Named PAC Defensive Player of the Week

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Christian Giannetti helped Grove City College compile a 0.48 goals-against average last week, including a shutout of Buffalo State (6-3-2) last Tuesday.

Friday against Washington & Jefferson College, he also scored Grove City’s first goal, helping Grove City to a 2-1 win.

The North Allegheny graduate was named Presidents’ Athletic Conference Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week for his performance.

With the Tigers, Giannetti was a member of back-to-back WPIAL championship teams in 2016 and 2017.

(Photo courtesy of Grove City Athletics.)

Israel snags second E8 Defensive Player of the Week honor

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For the second time this season, Washington & Jefferson field hockey goalkeeper Rena Israel (Wexford, Pa./North Allegheny) has been named the Empire 8 Conference Field Hockey Defensive Player of the Week.

Israel walked away with today’s honor after backstopping the Presidents to a critical 2-1 E8 victory over St. John Fisher on Saturday, Sept. 29. The sophomore from Wexford, Pa. made four saves to keep the high-powered Cardinals to one goal. Israel also commanded a W&J defense that held Fisher, who ranks second in the conference with 17.7 shots per game, to 10 total shots.

For the season, Israel has allowed just one goal in 420:00 minutes of action. Nationally, Israel leads all of Division III in both goals-against average (0.17) and save percentage (.923).

With the win, the Presidents improved to a perfect 8-0 on the season and took sole possession of first place in the E8 with a 3-0 conference record. The W&J victory also snapped a six-game win streak for the Cardinals, who are 7-2 on the year.

W&J will look to keep its win streak rolling on Wednesday, Oct. 3, when the Presidents battle the Bobcats of Frostburg State at 7 p.m. at Cameron Stadium.

Morgan Anderson Named PAC Rookie of the Week

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Chatham University freshman, and former North Allegheny soccer player, Morgan Anderson was recognized this week as the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week.

Anderson totaled three points on a goal and an assist during Chatham’s 2-0 week. She netted the game-winning score in Wednesday’s 1-0 shutout at Mount Union before assisting on Victoria Vernail’s game winner in the 110th minute of Saturday’s 2-1 double overtime victory against Frostburg. Anderson logged 126 reserve minutes for the Cougars in the pair of victories.

A four-year varsity player at North Allegheny, Anderson helped the Lady Tigers to a 14-8-1 record her senior year in 2017, and an appearance in the WPIAL semifinals and the PIAA quarterfinals. Anderson finished third on the team in scoring as a senior, posting seven goals on the campaign.  She was selected as a Big 56 Conference and WPIAL all-section pick her junior and senior seasons.

Luchini Named Patriot League Rookie of the Week

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BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Lehigh freshman Josh Luchini was named Patriot League Rookie of the Week, announced by the league on Monday. Luchini is a graduate of North Allegheny and member of the 2016 and 2017 WPIAL championship teams.

Luchini played a major role in the Mountain Hawks’ 3-0 win over Army West Point in the Patriot League opener. He scored the first goal in the 33rd minute and scored his second in the 60th minute which ended up being the dagger.

Luchini is now ranked third in the Patriot League for shots (22), tied for sixth in goals (3) and points (7), and in a tie for first in game-winning goals (2).

“It’s a well-deserved recognition for Josh who’s had a very good couple of games for us,” said head coach Dean Koski. “He scored the game winner against Rider two weeks ago and then had two goals against a very good Army team in his first Patriot League match.

“Hopefully there is more to come from Josh as he is learning every game and getting better week to week.”

Rena Israel awarded E8 Defensive Player of the Week accolades

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After guiding the Washington & Jefferson field hockey team to victories over both Slippery Rock and Stevens this past week, Rena Israel (Wexford, Pa./North Allegheny) has been named the Empire 8 Conference Field Hockey Defensive Player of the Week.

Monday’s honor marks the first weekly award for Israel, who took over the role as the Presidents’ starting goalkeeper at the beginning of the season.

The week began on Wednesday, Sept. 12, when Israel played all 70 minutes in the Presidents’ 1-0 victory over Slippery Rock, the team’s second-ever victory over a Division II program. The sophomore made two saves and commanded a W&J defense that held The Rock to just five shots.

Against the Ducks on Saturday, Israel extended her personal scoreless streak to 280 minutes in another Red & Black 1-0 win. She made three saves against Stevens, which gives her eight on the year. Following W&J’s last two bouts, Israel leads the E8 in goals-against average (.000), save percentage (1.000), and shutouts (4).

At North Allegheny, Israel was considered one of the top goalies in the WPIAL and helped the Tigers to a WPIAL championship game appearance as a junior (2015) and a WPIAL semifinal appearance as a senior (2016).

Cordon Louco A-10 Men’s XC Performer of the Week

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Duquesne’s Cordon Louco (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Allegheny) was named the Atlantic 10 Men’s Cross Country Performer of the Week, conference officials announced on Tuesday.

Louco garners the award after posting a first-place finish at the Duquesne Duals on Saturday, touring the 8K course at Schenley Park in 25:34.53.

This helped the Dukes place first at the meet, as Duquesne finished with five runners in the top eight of the field.

Louco becomes the first Dukes runner to be named A-10 Performer of the Week since Rico Galassi on Oct. 4, 2016.

(Courtesy of Duquesne University Athletics.)

2018 NA Hall of Fame Class Announced

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The North Allegheny Hall of Fame Committee is pleased to announce its 2018 Hall of Fame Induction Class and award winners. The 22nd Annual Hall of Fame Banquet will be held on Thursday, October 4, 2018 at The Chadwick. We will begin the celebration festivities with a social hour at 5:00 pm, followed by the Induction Ceremony at 6:00 p.m. Please click here for a list of inductees, plus a banquet and program advertising order form for your convenience.

We hope you will join us as we honor our former student-athletes, coaches, and award winners on their outstanding athletic accomplishments and contributions.

Former Tiger, Oluwaseun Idowu, Named to Butkus Award Watch List

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(Courtesy of Pitt Athletics)

Pitt senior linebacker Oluwaseun Idowu was selected to the preseason watch list for the 2018 Butkus Award, annually presented to college football’s top linebacker, it was announced Monday.

Idowu was one of 51 players nationally named a candidate for the prestigious award, mirroring the No. 51 that the award’s namesake, Dick Butkus, wore during his Hall of Fame career. The Pitt standout was one of just six ACC linebackers chosen for the watch list.

A local product from North Allegheny in Wexford, Pa., Idowu’s journey at Pitt began as a training camp walk-on at safety in 2014 and is now set to culminate with his senior season as a nominee for one of college football’s most esteemed awards.

After redshirting during his first year with the Panthers, Idowu played in 10 games during the 2015 season as a special teams ace and also transitioned into a reserve role at linebacker.

Since earning a scholarship during camp in 2016, Idowu has solidified himself as one of Pitt’s starting outside linebackers each of the last two seasons.

Idowu played in 13 games with 12 starts at Star linebacker during the 2016 campaign, finishing third on the team with 74 tackles. He also added two tackles for loss and two forced fumbles, helping the Panthers knock off Penn State and Clemson on their way to an eight-win season and a berth in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl.

Last season, Idowu established himself as one of the ACC’s top linebackers. In 2017, he started all 12 games for the Panthers and earned second team All-ACC selection from the media after leading Pitt in tackles (94), TFLs (11.5) and sacks (five).

A healthy and physical activity major, Idowu was also an All-ACC Academic Football Team honoree last year.

The Butkus Award, which was created in 1985, will announce its semifinalists for the 2018 recipient on October 29, while finalists will be selected on November 19.

A 51-person selection committee will choose the winner of the 2018 Butkus Award, which will be announced on the live ESPN telecast of The Home Depot College Football Awards on December 6.