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Sydni Junker Signs Letter Of Intent With Allegheny College

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North Allegheny senior Sydni Junker signed her letter of intent on Tuesday to continue her academic and softball career at NCAA Division III Allegheny College in Meadville, PA.

As a junior, Junker was North Allegheny’s starting catcher and worked with a young pitching staff that secured nine victories and 78 strikeouts in 136.1 innings pitched in 2021. At the plate, Junker finished second on the team with two home runs on the season. She also drove in seven runs in 33 at bats.

At Allegheny College, Junker will major in Biochemistry. She is pictured above with her parents Michael and Stacey Junker and her brother, Camden.

Alaina Whipkey Signs Letter of Intent With Cal-U

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North Allegheny senior shortstop Alaina Whipkey signed her letter of intent on Tuesday to continue her academic and athletic career at California University of Pennsylvania.

As a junior in the spring 2020, Whipkey had a breakout season with the Tigers and was named first-team all-section by the Big 56 Conference. A catalyst in North Allegheny’s explosive lineup, Whipkey set a new single-season program record with 10 home runs, breaking the old mark of nine home runs by Sam Goettmann that stood for 16 years. Along with the long ball, Whipkey also led the Tigers in batting average (.455), RBI (27) and runs scored (27). She also boasted an eye-popping OPS of 1.526.

At Cal-U, Whipkey will play for head coach Rick Bertagnolli. He is entering his 28th season as coach of the Vulcans, and 35th season overall, with over 1,100 career wins. Under coach Bertagnolli’s tutelage, the Vulcans have appeared in 21 NCAA tournaments and won back-to-back national championships in 1997 and 1998.

Whipkey will major in Secondary Education and Math at Cal-U. She is pictured above with her parents Bryon and Jen Whipkey, sister Sara Whipkey, North Allegheny assistant coaches Heather Andrews and Warren Pirring, and Steel City softball head coach Shannon Sullivan.