Grove City freshman and former North Allegheny golf standout, Adam Steinmetz, earned PAC Newcomer of the Year honors at the 2022 PAC men’s golf championship. The three-round tournament concluded Saturday at Oglebay’s Jones Course after conference teams played the first two rounds at the end of the fall season.
Steinmetz shot an 86 Saturday to finish with a three-round score of 241, led Grove City to a fourth-place showing. Steinmetz finished as the top rookie at the event and also claimed Second Team All-PAC recognition by placing 10th. Steinmetz placed 13th in Saturday’s round.
As a senior at North Allegheny in 2020, Steinmetz reached the WPIAL individual championship with a dazzling performance at Indiana Country Club in the WPIAL individual semifinal. Steinmetz shot a 74 at the event, just one stroke behind the leader, Armstrong’s Noah Oliver.
(Photo and press release courtesy of Grove City College Athletics).
The North Allegheny Athletic Hall of Fame Committee is proud to announce their Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2022 and Special Honorees. Tickets, sponsorships and advertisements may be purchased for the 25th Annual Hall of Fame Banquet on Thursday, October 6th at The Chadwick beginning at 6:00 pm by completing the ticket/sponsorship/advertisement form available here.
Class of 2022 Inductees
|Class of 2022||Sport||Graduating Class|
|Karin Hodgdon Girasek||Basketball, Tennis||Class of 1976|
|Ken Rock||Football||Class of 1984|
|Greg Manesiotis, Jr.||Baseball||Class of 1990|
|Nikki Luisi||Soccer||Class of 2005|
|Brittany Kelly||Rowing, Gymnastics||Class of 2006|
|Brian Austin||Track, Football||Class of 2009|
|Emily Humiston||Field Hockey||Class of 2013|
|Brooke Mancuso||Cross Country, Track||Class of 2013|
|Danielle Wall||Volleyball||Class of 2014|
|Jacquelyn Du||Swimming||Class of 2015|
|Mr. John Conyette||Joseph Drazenovich Award||Legendary Service|
|Ms. Susan Ban||Bob Miller Award||Outstanding Supporter of North Allegheny Athletics|
|Mr. Gary Sippel||Dr. Lawrence Bozzomo Award||Distinguished Career Achievement Award|
|Mr. Mike Bagnato||Bob Austen Award||Distinguished Coaching Award|
Former North Allegheny wrestler and senior at Rochester Institute of Technology, Zach Stedeford, earned All-American status and helped RIT to a seventh-place finish at the 2022 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships. Individually, Stedeford placed sixth at the NCAA Tournament at 174 pounds.
Stedeford went 3-3 in the tournament with two losses coming against No. 2 Zane Mulder (Wartburg). After suffering a 15-1 major decision to Mulder in the opening round, Stedeford strung together three wins to move to the consolation semifinals, where he fell to Mulder again, this time by a 9-1 score.
Stedeford’s first win came against Coe’s Tristan Westphal with an 11-5 decision, followed by a 4-1 win over No. 8 Charlie Gryas (Oswego). Stedeford began the second day with a 10-4 win over Stefan Major (Stevens Institute of Technology). In the fifth-place match, Stedeford fell by fall to No. 5 Solomon Nielsen in 6:59.
“Zach Stedeford, up three weight classes from when he competed last prior to the pandemic, drew from all of his experience and guile, and competed for seven minutes in every match treating them like they were his last, and he climbed the podium as an All-American,” said RIT head wrestling coach Jason Bovenzi.
As a senior at North Allegheny during the 2016-17 season, Stedeford posted an outstanding record of 33-10 and finished second in the Section 3-AAA individual wrestling tournament to qualify for the WPIAL Team Tournament.
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – In fourth place with one event remaining in the seven-event heptathlon, Razorback and former North Allegheny track and field standout Ayden Owens, did the impossible to capture his first NCAA Indoor title by 11 points on Saturday at the Birmingham CrossPlex.
Producing a four-second career best in the 1,000m, Owens’ 2:31.55 scored 970 points and generated a final score of 6,211 points, the second-best winning score in NCAA history.
“Ayden is a special athlete and a great competitor,” Arkansas men’s head coach Chris Bucknam said. “I’m really, really proud of his effort. For him to battle back like he did, and then run that 1,000m in which he had to beat the Georgia athlete by 13.5 seconds, and to do that with a four-second PR it’s the epitome of what a Razorback athlete is all about.
“For him to set the stage for us today was outstanding.”
The time of 2:31.55 by Owens in the 1,000m, which most combined event athletes dread, is the fastest ever by someone scoring over 6,200 points in the heptathlon. The previous best time in a heptathlon score over 6,200 was 2:32.67 by Oregon’s Ashton Eaton in the 2010 NCAA Indoor held in Fayetteville.
“Just the perseverance of him, it’s easy to be great when things are going well,” said Arkansas associate head coach Travis Geopfert. “The real challenge of character and showing who you are when things aren’t perfect. What are you going to do? He showed what he’s made of. It was an epic performance.
“In my 20 years of coaching I don’t know if I’ve ever seen what Ayden did in terms of execution of the plan. Then the guts to go for it. I’m so impressed with him and proud of him.”
The fastest 1,000m in a heptathlon includes Curtis Beach of Duke clocking 2:28.76 on a 6,190 tally in the 2014 NCAA Indoor while Texas A&M’s Daniel Martin posted a 2:27.30 on a 5,323 effort in the 2016 SEC Indoor.
“It’s my event and I believe in myself,” stated Owens, the UA record holder and collegiate leader with a 6,272 this season. “In all the running events it’s just me and my two legs. All I’m doing is running with my two legs and my heart. When I do that, I know I’m the best in the field.”
Owens had the fastest 60m hurdle time with a career best of 7.80, which moves him equal No. 7 on the UA all-time list and totaled 1,033 points in the event.
In the pole vault, both Owens cleared 15-11.25 (4.86) for 868 points.
“I went to bed last night, said my prayers, and said I would become a champion,” said Owens. “I focused event by event and didn’t worry about another other competitors…I wanted to fight for the Razorback on my chest, for the country on my back of Puerto Rico, and the Owens family.
“I became the NCAA champion and I’m the best in the NCAA.”
The 6,211 total by Owens also bettered the facility record of 6,173 set in 2016 by Wisconsin’s Zach Ziemek.
(Press release and photo courtesy of University of Arkansas Athletics).
National Champion Ayden Owens pic.twitter.com/tztKMOABoU
— Arkansas Track & Field (@RazorbackTF) March 12, 2022
GREENWOOD, Ind. – W&J senior guard, and former North Allegheny girls’ basketball standout, Piper Morningstar, was voted to the 2021-22 Academic All-District Women’s Basketball First Team, as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Morningstar was one of five players selected for District IV Team, which is comprised of NCAA Division III schools in the state of Pennsylvania. Joining Morningstar on the Academic All-District IV Team is Veronica Christ (Elizabethtown), Averi Jordan (DeSales), Bridget Monaghan (Scranton) and Leah Springer (Messiah).
She is a Business Administration major at W&J. The senior leads the Presidents in scoring (11.0 points per game), free throws made (87) and minutes played (27.3) per game. She has converted 40.5 percent from the field. Her 56 assists rank second on the squad while her 17 blocks rank fourth.
Morningstar is a four-time member of the Dean’s List and received a spot on the 2020 PAC Spring Academic Honor Roll.
W&J is currently 19-4 overall and 16-1 in PAC play. The Presidents have secured the top seed in next week’s PAC Tournament. This marks the first time that W&J has finished in first place in the PAC regular season since the 2005-06 season.
The 2021-22 Academic All-District® Men’s and Women’s Basketball Teams, selected by CoSIDA, recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances on the court and in the classroom. The CoSIDA Academic All-America® program separately recognizes basketball honorees in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA.
First-team Academic All-District® honorees advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® ballot. First-, second- and third-team Academic All-America® honorees will be announced in mid-March.
To be eligible for the award, voted on by Sports Information Directors, student-athletes must maintain a cumulative 3.30 GPA or higher and must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at their institution. Nominees must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s games and be a starter or important reserve with legitimate athletic and academic credentials.
Randy Gore recently caught up with Piper Morningstar for an interview during her senior season. Watch below:
(Photo and press release courtesy of W&J College Athletics.)
Former North Allegheny swimmer, Olivia Kraus, is making waves at Allegheny College. The sophomore broke two records this past weekend at the North Coast Athletic Conference swimming and diving championships.
On Friday, during the 50-freestyle time trial, Kraus found her way into the Allegheny record books as her time in the trial of 24.07 broke the school record in the event. The previous fastest time of 24.10 was set twice, once in 1990 by Cynthia Kangos and again in 2009 by Ashley Whitehead.
On Saturday, Kraus qualified for the A-Finals of the 100 freestyle. In the finals, Kraus touched the wall at 51.94 to take seventh. That time broke the previous Allegheny record of 52.13 set in 1990 by Cynthia Kangos.
(Photo and press release courtesy Allegheny College Athletics.)
Former North Allegheny baseball player, Ryan Dougherty, has earned North Coast Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week honors for his season-opening performance at Brevard. A sophomore at Allegheny College, Dougherty led the Gators to a thrilling 11-9 extra inning against Brevard with a 3-of-5 performance, including a double, while driving in five runners and scoring a run. He also stole a base.
Dougherty is looking to build on a great freshman campaign, in which he claimed All-NCAC East Team laurels.
As a junior at North Allegheny, Dougherty was part of a Tigers team in 2019 that reached the PIAA Class 6A semifinals. He was named an all-section honorable mention selection by the Big 56 Conference. Dougherty’s season at NA was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
(Photo and portion of press release courtesy of Allegheny College Athletics).
(Photo and press release courtesy Allegheny College Athletics.)
MEADVILLE, Pa. – Gators’ senior infielder, and former North Allegheny baseball player, Brett Heckert has verbally committed to continue his collegiate playing career at the University of Pittsburgh in the NCAA Division I Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) upon graduation from Allegheny College this May.
Heckert will graduate from Allegheny with honors, possessing a bachelor’s degree in Economics before enrolling at Pitt’s nationally-ranked Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business to pursue his Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) with two years of NCAA eligibility remaining.
The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Heckert chose Pitt from a long list of Division I suitors because of its close proximity to home and the high quality education provided by the Katz School of Business. “Growing up 20 minutes north of Pittsburgh, Pitt was very attractive in the sense that my friends and family would be close and able to come to games,” said Heckert. “I grew up a Pitt fan attending numerous athletic games growing up.”
In two-plus seasons at Allegheny, Heckert has started 64 of the 71 games he has appeared in. He has a .297 career batting average entering his senior campaign after connecting at a .333 clip in 27 games during 2021 and getting off to a blistering .462 start over seven games before COVID-19 shut down the 2020 season. With the Gators, Heckert has 18 extra-base hits, including four home runs (three of which came last season), 41 RBIs, 50 runs scored and 17 stolen bases, while also fielding at a .956 percentage.
Heckert believes that his college choice played a major part in this opportunity even being possible. He credits his decision to attend Allegheny and play for head coach Brandon Crum for making this possible, believing in Crum’s vision for the program and where it would take him. “I chose Allegheny because I trusted in what Coach Crum was building here and knew that going DIII would be my best chance to play right away,” said Heckert. “Playing for Allegheny gave me opportunities that I don’t think I would’ve had elsewhere. For instance, it helped me to develop as a leader and I was forced to assume more responsibility than I had handled previously.”
Crum, who is entering his fifth season as the 24th head baseball coach in Allegheny history, gives credit to Heckert’s insatiable work ethic and commitment to improvement for affording him this opportunity. “I am very proud of his personal accomplishments,” said Crum. “He trusted our staff and bought into our program’s vision. Over these four years that he’s worn the “A,” his commitment, discipline, and competitiveness have been an example for those around him. The changes he’s made to his body allowed him to elevate his game and earn this opportunity at Pitt.”
“Brett has been a cornerstone in our program and I credit his high expectations and competitiveness for much of the success our team has experienced during his time in Meadville.”
While the excitement of knowing what lies ahead for his future is appealing, Heckert is hungry to return to the diamond and lead Allegheny to success in his final go around with the Gators. “Going into my senior season, I feel as though this is the best team I’ve played on and that we have as good a chance as ever to bring home a North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) title,” said Heckert. “I’m excited for the opportunities ahead of me both athletically and professionally. For now though, I am fully focused on one last ride with the Gators.”
Allegheny is scheduled to open the 2022 season in Brevard, N.C., with a three-game series against Brevard with two-games scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 12, and one set for Feb. 13.
Former North Allegheny soccer standout, Morgan Anderson, was named Player of the Year in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference for the second consecutive season on Thursday. Anderson led Chatham University to back-to-back PAC titles, including a thrilling 4-3 double overtime win over Westminster on Saturday.
Anderson is the league’s first back-to-back player of the year award winner since Westminster’s Mallory Bugel in 2005-06.
A three-time All-PAC selection (1st team in 2020-21, 2021; 2nd team in 2019), Anderson has made starts in each of Chatham’s 18 matches this season. Her 22 points are tied for the fifth most in the league while her nine goals are tied for sixth most. She also has four game-winning goals to her credit this fall. Morgan’s 14 points and six goals tied for the second-most scored during the PAC’s regular season. She had a goal and an assist in last week’s title match.
In 65 career appearances (56 starts), Anderson has totaled 73 points on 28 goals and 17 assists.
(Photo and information courtesy of Chatham University Athletics and Presidents’ Athletic Conference.)
Westminster College sophomore, and former North Allegheny libero, Malia Duffy was named second-team all-conference by the Presidents’ Athletic Conference on Tuesday afternoon.
Duffy, who ranks sixth in the conference in digs (4.95 per set), helped Westminster to a perfect 18-0 record in conference play and a third consecutive PAC crown. The Titans, who sit at 28-4 overall, defeated Bethany on Saturday in a 3-0 sweep in the PAC championship and will face Otterbein in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday.
As a freshman at Westminster in the spring of 2021, Duffy led the Titans with 175 digs and was tabbed an all-conference honorable mention.
(Photo courtesy of Westminster College Athletics.)
Washington & Jefferson College sophomore, and former North Allegheny field hockey standout, Hailey Wachowiak was named the Empire 8 all-conference team.
Wachowiak made an immediate impact for W&J from the season opener on. She finished with a team-high 10 goals and a team-high 21 points to pace the Presidents’ offense. Wachowiak tallied her first collegiate hat trick in a 4-3 overtime loss to Wooster in the season opener. Wachowiak ripped in three fourth quarter goals in a 5-0 conference win at Elmira on Oct. 2. Wachowiak finished fourth in points per game and in a tie for sixth in goals among E8 players. The All-E8 honor is the first for Wachowiak, who was playing in her first collegiate season.
While at North Allegheny, Wachowiak was the Tigers’ leading scorer in 2018 and 2019 with 16 goals her junior season and 17 goals during her senior campaign. One of the most prolific goal scorers in the area, Wachowiak earned back-to-back All-WPIAL honors to end her career, including first-team recognition as a senior.
(Photo and W&J game information courtesy of Washington & Jefferson College Athletics.)
Former North Allegheny field hockey standout, Angie Genter, tied the Marywood University field hockey single-game points record in a 5-1 victory over Delaware Valley University on Tuesday, Sept. 28.
With a hand in all five of Marywood’s goals, Genter finished with three goals and two assists for eight points. She doubled her career high for a single game. Genter becomes just the second Marywood field hockey student-athlete to record eight points in a single game, and it is the fifth time the record has been matched.
An NFHCA Scholar of Distincton in 2020, Genter was also named to the Atlantic East All-Academic Team that same year, and selected to the NFHCA Division III National Academic Squad as a freshman and sophomore.
At North Allegheny, Genter led North Allegheny to the WPIAL championship game in 2016 and 2017 and earned team MVP honors in 2018.
(Photo and collegiate information courtesy of Marywood University Athletics).
(Player of the Week information and photo courtesy of Binghamton University Athletics).
Former North Allegheny standout and Binghamton University junior middle blocker Anna Sprys has been selected as the America East Player of the Week, as announced by the conference office Tuesday morning. It’s the first weekly honor of her career.
Sprys helped lift Binghamton to an undefeated week, and used a 12-block effort en route to Binghamton’s five-set victory over Albany. That individual showing of a dozen blocks, was the most that the America East has seen in a conference matchup in a decade. To go along with her defensive output, the Pittsburgh, Pa. native had a .352 hitting percentage and 24 kills in two matches (against NJIT and Albany).
At North Allegheny, Sprys was an all-state selection and helped lead the Tigers to back-to-back undefeated seasons (47-0) and back-to-back WPIAL and PIAA titles in 2017 and 2018. Among many outstanding performances in her high school career, in the 2018 WPIAL championship game, Sprys sparked a 3-0 title sweep over Baldwin with a team-high 13 kills to go along with six blocks and two aces. Below is an interview recorded by the North Allegheny Sports Network with Sprys following that championship victory.
We are very excited to celebrate, in person, this year’s North Allegheny Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2021. This year’s banquet will be held on Thursday, October 7, at The Chadwick. This year’s list of inductees and honoree’s accomplishments were extremely amazing.
We hope you will be able to join us for an evening of fun, friendship, and reflection as we celebrate the tradition of excellence established by past and present student-athletes and staff. We hope your group will support this year’s Hall of Fame Banquet by purchasing a table, as well as attending the banquet. It is our desire for each booster group to purchase a table, sponsor a full page advertisement, and attend this year’s celebration.
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North Allegheny Athletics were once again ranked the top Pennsylvania high school athletic program, and the second-best nationally by Niche. Our student-athletes and staff depend on your support and appreciate your efforts. As always, your assistance and support are greatly appreciated.
Former North Allegheny field hockey standout, Hailey Wachowiak, made her collegiate debut on Saturday and netted a hat trick for Washington & Jefferson College in a 4-3 overtime loss to the College of Wooster at Cameron Stadium.
Wachowiak led the Presidents with her first collegiate hat trick in her first collegiate game. It was the first three-goal performance since Alana Boyd scored three against Elmira on Oct. 27, 2018. Wachowiak also tallied a game-high six shots for the Red and Black.
While at North Allegheny, Wachowiak was the Tigers leading scorer in 2018 and 2019 with 16 goals her junior season and 17 goals during her senior campaign. One of the most prolific goal scorers in the area, Wachowiak earned back-to-back All-WPIAL honors to end her career, including first-team recognition as a senior.
(Photo and W&J game information courtesy of Washington & Jefferson College Athletics.)
Former North Allegheny soccer standout, Sarah Schupansky, was selected to Top Drawer Soccer’s National Team of the Week for NCAA Division I soccer. On Sunday, Schupansky scored a golden goal to propel the University of Pittsburgh to a 3-2 overtime win over Oklahoma State.
FINAL (OT) | Pitt 3, No. 16 Oklahoma State 2
— Pitt Women’s Soccer (@Pitt_WSOC) August 22, 2021
Two games into her freshman season, Schupansky already has one goal and two assists.
At North Allegheny, Schupansky helped guide North Allegheny to back-to-back WPIAL titles in Class 4A and an appearance in the PIAA championship game last fall. She also collected a bevy of postseason awards, including All-American and All-State.
(Photo courtesy of University of Pittsburgh Athletics.)
The 2021 Preseason All-Ivy League Football Teams as selected by Phil Steele were announced last week with former North Allegheny WR/DB Niko Mermigas headlining the list.
Mermigas, a fifth-year senior at Dartmouth, is the lone returning defensive starter from the 2019 squad. The native of Wexford, Pennsylvania, was fourth on the team with 47 tackles (one going for a loss) and one interception while breaking up five other passes and forcing a fumble, earning All-Ivy League honorable mention. For his career, Mermigas has 62 stops (38 solo) with two interceptions, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery over 26 games.
As a senior at North Allegheny in 2016, Mermigas led the Tigers to a 9-3 season and an appearance in the WPIAL Class 6A semifinals. North Allegheny’s leading receiver, Mermigas pulled in 40 passes for 771 yards and six touchdowns, while adding 224 yards rushing and seven touchdowns. Also a lightning bolt on kick returns, Mermigas accounted for 1,400 all-purpose yards.
(Photo and collegiate information courtesy of Dartmouth Athletics.)
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The Patriot League announced its preseason accolades for the 2021 men’s soccer season on Tuesday afternoon and a former North Allegheny standout has earned Preseason All-Patriot League team for the upcoming year. The awards were voted on by the league’s coaches and sports information directors.
For the second straight year, Lehigh University senior forward Josh Luchini earned Preseason All-Patriot League honors.
Luchini played just three games last season and started two of them, but kicked off his campaign with a bang, scoring his second career hat trick in a 4-1 victory over Bucknell. A Third Team All-American and Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year in 2019, he has registered 20 goals and seven assists for 47 points throughout his decorated career at Lehigh.
(Information and photo courtesy of Lehigh University Athletics.)
Former North Allegheny multi-sport athlete, James Meeker, has signed a minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers organization. Meeker has spent the last four seasons playing with the Washington Wild Things in the independent Frontier League.
Meeker leaves the Wild Things after an extraordinary start to the 2021 season. In 30 games, Meeker had worked 31.2 innings without giving up a run, had given up only 17 hits and walked 10 while fanning 43 batters. The 31.2 scoreless innings this season added to 2.1 innings to end 2019 scoreless, giving Meeker the franchise record for consecutive scoreless innings pitched.
Meeker touted a highly-successful baseball and basketball career at North Allegheny High School, where he became the first freshman pitcher to pitch in a varsity game in program history, threw the school’s first perfect game as a senior and helped the team to a WPIAL baseball championship the same season. When he wasn’t on the mound, Meeker was a slick-fielding third baseman. He was also a valuable three-point shooting guard for the North Allegheny boys’ basketball team. As a senior on the hardwood, Meeker led the Tigers to a 22-5 season and an appearance in the WPIAL semifinals and the PIAA playoffs. Meeker paced NA in 3-point shooting percentage, hitting at a 40-percent clip (44 for 111).
Entering the college ranks, Meeker played at Akron with current Pittsburgh Pirates’ pitcher JT Brubaker before the school folded the baseball program. Meeker transferred to Delaware, where he finished his collegiate career with three seasons with the Blue Hens. As a senior, he was 4-2 with a 3.23 ERA in 26 games (1 start).
He then came to the Wild Things, where he pitched in 19 regular-season games on the team’s journey to the Frontier League playoffs and championship series appearance in 2018. That year, he posted a 3.94 ERA in 19 games across 29.2 innings of work. In 2019, Meeker pitched in 40 games and in 54 innings punched out 57 and posted a 3.17 ERA.
In 2020 during the COVID pod at Wild Things Park, Meeker didn’t allow a run over 7.2 innings with 12 strikeouts in eight appearances for the Slammin’ Sammies.
Meeker has been assigned to Low-A Carolina, where he hopes to progress in his first taste of affiliated ball.
(Photo credit and information from the Washington Wild Things press release included.)
Two former Tigers, Kevin O’Brien and Grant Martens, are competing at the U.S. Amateur event this week at Oakmont Country Club. O’Brien qualified for the prestigious event by shooting a 1-under par, 141, at a qualifier event in July.
Also in early July, Martens qualified by firing a 2-under par, 139, at the U.S. Qualifier held at Sunnehanna Country Club in Johnstown. Martens is a 2008 graduate of North Allegheny and lives in San Diego where he works for Titleist. In College, Martens played for the Cal Poly men’s golf team and tied the school record with a low round of 64 during his junior season. He averaged 74 in 21 rounds in 2012. Martens was a long drive champion in 2013 and also won the Golf Channel AM National Title in 2018.
DAYTON, OHIO – Former North Allegheny golfer Kevin O’Brien fired a 1-under-par, 141, at a U.S. Amateur Qualifier earlier this month to claim one of only three automatic berths for the marquee tournament to be held, August 9-15 at Oakmont Country Club.
O’Brien used four birdies to power a 1-under-par, 70, in the opening round on Sunday at Moraine Country Club, and followed it up with an even-par, 71, on Monday. His 1-under-par, 70-71-141, bested 81 other golfers in the field to claim the third, and final, automatic qualifier. Drew Salyers and Clay Merchant, who finished three and one stroke ahead of O’Brien respectively, earned the other two.
O’Brien was a member of the Seton Hall men’s golf team for four years before graduating in 2017. A three-time BIG EAST All-Academic Team member, he competed in 39 career tournaments with a 77.58 stroke average. O’Brien had two career top-10 finishes, including a third-place tie at the 2014 Navy Fall Classic with a career-best 4-under-par, 138. His 5-under-par, 66, in the second round of that event remains one of the top individual rounds in Pirate history.
(Press release and photo courtesy of Seton Hall University Athletics.)
The North Allegheny Hall of Fame Association and the North Allegheny Athletic Department is proud to announce the Hall of Fame Class of 2021. This year’s class will be the largest in North Allegheny history with 18 inductees and four special award recipients. The 18-member class will include the following outstanding student-athlete and coaches:
North Allegheny Hall of Fame Class of 2021
|Scott Abel (Class of 1984)||Rick Meister (Coach)|
|Travis Barnes (Class of 1994)||Rachel Middleman (Class of 2007)|
|Madi Beining (Class of 2016)||Heidi Miller (Coach)|
|Zach Buerger (Class of 2014)||Brian Monaghan (Class of 1989)|
|Becky Etter Sharp (Class of 1975)||Meg Morningstar (Class of 2015)|
|Steve Harris (Class of 1996)||Allie Pennetti (Class of 2012)|
|Kylie Isaacs (Class of 2014)||Larissa Steeb (Class of 2010)|
|Augie Leon (Class of 1989)||Joe Waltko (Class of 2009)|
|Jamie Luchini (Class of 2012)||Shannon Yon-Kelley (Class of 2004)|
In addition, the Hall of Fame Association will honor Mr. Gene Modic with the Joseph Drazenovich Award for legendary service, and Mr. David Groetsch with the Bob Miller Award for outstanding support of North Allegheny Athletics. The Bob Austen Distinguished Coaching Service Award will honor Mr. Jack Davis for his outstanding contributions to North Allegheny’s successful wrestling program.
The North Allegheny Hall of Fame Committee has also added the Distinguished Career Achievement Award, named after former North Allegheny Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Lawrence Bozzomo. The Dr. Lawrence Bozzomo Award for Distinguished Career Achievement will be awarded to a former North Allegheny student-athlete who exemplifies excellence in their occupation. The inaugural award recipient will be Mr. Mark Donovan, President of the Kansas City Chiefs. Mr. Donovan graduated from North Allegheny in 1984.
The Hall of Fame Association will continue the tradition of acknowledging the preceding years’ individual and team PIAA State Champions. This year, the Hall of Fame Committee will recognize seven state champions and five individual PIAA gold medalists. The team champions include girls’ volleyball (2019 and 2020), boys’ and girls’ cross country, girls’ basketball and girls’ swimming and boys’ volleyball. Individual PIAA gold medalists include the 400 Free Relay swimming combo of Torie Buerger, Olivia Kisow, Lexi Sundgren and Molly Smyers (2020), and diver Christina Shi (2021).
The 24th Annual Hall of Fame Banquet will be held on Thursday, October 7, 2021 at The Chadwick in Wexford. A social hour will begin festivities at 5:00 p.m., followed by the Induction Ceremony at 6:00 p.m.