Chatham University junior guard, and former North Allegheny basketball player, Will Sandherr was named the Cougars Male Athlete of the Week (1/15/18). Sandherr averaged 10.5 points per game off the bench, including a team-high 16 points against Geneva on Wednesday, going 6 of 12 from the field while adding six rebounds. For the week, Sandherr went 5 of 5 from the charity stripe.
As a senior at North Allegheny, Sandherr was a member of a Tigers team that reached the WPIAL finals and the PIAA second round in 2015. Sandherr averaged 12.3 points per game during his final year with the Tigers and poured in 49 of 142 shots from beyond the arc, hitting at a 35-percent clip. In the WPIAL championship game against Chartiers Valley, Sandherr netted 18 points and collected seven rebounds.
California University of Pennsylvania senior offensive lineman Taylor Nikithser (Wexford, Pa./North Allegheny) was recently named the NCAA Division II recipient of the Rimington Award, which recognizes the most outstanding center.
The Rimington Award is presented to the premier center at the NCAA FCS, Division II and Division III levels, along with NAIA, while the Rimington Trophy is given to the top center at the NCAA FBS level. The award and trophy are named after Dave Rimington, who is the only two-time winner of the Outland Trophy while playing at Nebraska.
While at North Allegheny, Nikithser was a second-team all-conference selection and an All-Academic Gold choice by Pennsylvania Football News. He was a member of three WPIAL championship teams (2010, 2011, 2012) and two PIAA championship teams (2010, 2012) during his tenure at North Allegheny.
A two-year team captain at Cal-U, Nikithser was recently named an American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Second-Team All-American while being the only center among the 10 national honorees on the offensive line. He also received All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) West laurels for a third-consecutive season, including first-team status in the last two years. Nikithser garnered Division II Conference Commissioner’s Association (D2CCA) first-team all-region honors in 2017 after being a second-team selection as a junior.
Nikithser was a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy this season after being selected a College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Second-Team Academic All-American as a junior. He also recently repeated as a CoSIDA academic all-district selection. Nikithser received the PSAC Champion Scholar Award in 2016, while helping lead the program to its first league title in eight years.
Nikithser started two games at right guard as a redshirt freshman in 2014 before shifting to center the following season. He made 33-straight starts at center before making his first career start at left tackle during the final game of the regular season. Nikithser returned to center the following week, as the Vulcans made back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Playoffs.
Nikithser completed his bachelor’s degree in sport management last winter and will be earning his master’s degree in business administration this week.
Information and photo courtesy of California University Athletics.
Former North Allegheny Soccer player, Nicholas Thornton, helped the second-seeded Lycoming College men’s soccer team win the MAC Commonwealth Conference Championship with a 2-1 win over top-seeded Messiah College. Nicholas, a sophomore defender, has been a starter all season on a defense that has allowed only 10 goals. With the win the Lycoming College Warrior’s finished the regular season with a record of 18 wins and 2 losses and a seventh place ranking in the United Soccer Coaches poll. Lycoming now advances to the NCAA Division III Soccer Tournament where they will host a first round game against Lehman College on Saturday, November 11.
Former North Allegheny student athlete and Franklin Park resident Kylie Isaacs, a senior on the Duquesne University women’s tennis team, broke the all-time university wins record this past weekend by securing her 148th victory in the Carnegie Mellon Invitational. Isaacs broke the record previously held since 2010 by Rachel McGowan. Isaacs is a 3 time Atlantic-10 first-team all-conference member and academic all-conference member who also holds the records for wins in a season and winning percentage. Isaacs is a dual information systems and supply chain management major who intends to pursue professional tennis after graduation.
The North Allegheny Hall of Fame Committee is pleased to announce the Induction Class of 2017. This year’s class of inductees includes:
- Jonathan Buerger (2010) – Swimming
- Erin Huth Blattenberger (1997) – Basketball and Volleyball
- Josh Hungerman (2005) – Baseball and Basketball
- John Kofmehl (2004) – Volleyball
- Kim Markel Masarik (2003) – Track and Gymnastics
- Zach Nanni (2003) – Volleyball
- Allison Neff Romano (1991) – Gymnastics
- Amy Olshenske Mackle (1989) – Basketball and Softball
- Dede Rittman (Coach) – Boys Golf
- Kim Steel McGlone (1989) – Swimming
- James Steidel (2001) – Soccer
In addition, we will be honoring three special individuals for honorary service:
- Mr. Jim Turner – Joseph Drazenovich Award for legendary service
- Mrs. Susan Sweeney – Bob Miller Award for outstanding supporter of North Allegheny Athletics
- Mr. John Haddad – Bob Austen Award (formerly the Distinguished Coaching Award)
Our 21st Hall of Fame Banquet will be held a memorable event for all. As in past years, we will continue the tradition of acknowledging the preceding year’s (2016-2017) Individual and Team PIAA State Championships. This year, the Hall of Fame committee will recognize the PIAA Boys AAA Swimming and Diving Team, along with individual state champions, Clara Savchick (Track & Field – 3200 Meter), Ayden Owens (Track & Field – 300 Meter Intermediate Hurdles & 110 Meter Hurdles), Mason Gonzalez (Swimming – 100yd Freestyle & 50yd Freestyle), Jake Woodley (Wrestling – 2-Time PIAA Champion at 182 and 195 pound weight classes. In addition, we will be honoring out 200 Medley Relay Team of Andrew Zhang, Ricky Mihm, Maxwell Gonzalez and Mason Gonzalez, and our 200 Freestyle Relay team of Jack Wright, Ricky Mihm, Maxwell Gonzalez and Eben Krigger.
The 21st Hall of Game Banquet will be held on Thursday, October 5. For more information, including a Ticket Order and Program Advertising form for the induction banquet, click here.