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Morgan Anderson Named PAC Player of Year For 2nd Straight Season

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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.)

Malia Duffy Named Second-Team All-PAC, Leads Westminster To PAC Title

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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.

At North Allegheny, Duffy was a first-team All-WPIAL performer and helped the Tigers to two WPIAL titles and three consecutive PIAA crowns.

(Photo courtesy of Westminster College Athletics.)

Hailey Wachowiak Named To Empire 8 All-Conference Team

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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.)

Angie Genter Ties Marywood University Single-Game Points Record

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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).

Anna Sprys Named America East Player of the Week

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(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.

NA Hall of Fame Banquet Ticket Order Information

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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.

For information on a full page advertisement, click here.

To purchase a ticket to attend, click here.

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.

Hailey Wachowiak Nets Hat Trick in Collegiate Debut

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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.)

Sarah Schupansky’s OT Heroics Leads To Team of the Week Honor

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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.

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.)

Niko Mermigas Selected To Preseason All-Ivy League Team

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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.)

Josh Luchini earns Preseason All-Patriot League honors

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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.)

James Meeker Signs With Milwaukee Brewers Organization

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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.)

Grant Martens Joins Kevin O’Brien At U.S. Amateur

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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.

Former Tiger Kevin O’Brien Qualifies for US Amateur

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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.)

North Allegheny Hall of Fame Class of 2021 Announced

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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

2021 Inductees 
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.