College Sports

Clarissa Keller loads up with honors for PSU Altoona

Penns Valley graduate Clarissa Keller picked up a couple of honors last week for her performance on the softball diamond.

The senior catcher for Penn State Altoona was named the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Player of the Week, and followed that by being named the ECAC Division III South Region Player of the Week. It was the first time she received either honor. And to top it off, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association gave her honorable mention as one of the Division III Top Performers.

While extending her 13-game hitting streak, she helped the Lady Lions go 4-0 for the week as she went 4 for 8 with four runs scored, three stolen bases and a double in a doubleheader sweep of LaRoche College. On Saturday, she went 7 for 9 with six runs scored, four RBIs, two stolen bases, two doubles and a triple in a doubleheader sweep of Hilbert College. For the week she hit .647 with 10 runs scored, five steals, four RBIs, three doubles and a triple.

For the season she is hitting .585 (48-for-95) with nine doubles, a triple, three homers and 18 RBIs. She leads the team in batting average and is tied with teammates Kate Burge and Ashley Struble for the lead in RBIs. On Sunday she drove in the game-winning run in a 4-3 win over D’Youville with a sacrifice fly to left in the 10th inning.

Penn Sate Altoona is 22-8.


Saige Jenco (State College, Virginia Tech) is hitting .331 with 28 runs scored, 46 hits, six doubles, a triple and 18 RBIs. He is also 6 for 8 in stolen base attempts. The Hokies are 13-28.

Jared Dailey (State College, PSU Altoona) is 2-2 with a 9.69 ERA. In 26 innings he has given up 44 hits and 35 runs, 28 earned, while waking 14 and striking ot 21. He also has one save. Altoona is 11-25.

Parker Watson (Philipsburg-Osceola, Lock Haven) has a 5.36 ERA to go with a 2-6 record. In 47 innings he has given up 67 hits and 35 runs, 28 earned, while walking eight and striking out 36. Lock Haven is 18-26.

Mark Curtis (P-O, Shippensburg) owns a 4-6 record and a 5.49 ERA. He has allowed 66 hits and 38 runs, 36 earned, while walking 27 and striking out 36 in 59 innings of work.

Mike Marcinko (P-O, Shippensburg) is hitting .360, second on the team, while scoring 45 runs and getting 58 hits including 10 doubles, two triples and six homers. He has driven in 19 runs and is 27 for 30 in stolen base tries. Shippensburg is 21-25.

Caleb Pepperday (P-O, Juniata) has pitched 36 2/3 innings and allowed 50 hits and 39 runs, 28 earned, while walking 24 and striking out 16. He is 0-5 with a 6.87 ERA while Juniata is 9-26.

Kyle Peterson (State College, Millersville) is 4-0 with a 2.33 ERA. In 19 1/3 innings he has given up 14 hits and seven runs, five earned, while walking 11 and striking out 15. Millersville is 39-4, ranked No. 1 in last week’s NCWBA national poll and clinched the PSAC East title for the fourth straight year with a sweep of Shippensburg over the weekend.

Trey Nicosia (State College, Wagner) is hitting .341 with 19 runs, 31 hits, eight doubles and nine RBIs. Last week in an 8-0 loss to Rutgers, Nicosia recorded his 100th career hit. Wagner is 11-26.


Allison Simpson (Bald Eagle Area, PSU Altoona) has a .294 average with 12 runs scored, 25 hits, four doubles, a triple and 14 RBIs.

Ashley Struble (Penns Valley, PSU Altoona) is hitting .322 with 10 runs scored, 29 hits, four doubles and 18 RBIs. In the pitching circle she is 2-0 with a 2.30 ERA in 21 1/3 innings. She has given up 25 hits and eight runs, seven earned, while walking eight and striking out seven.

Kate Burge (P-O, PSU Altoona) is 18-6 with a 1.82 ERA. She has worked 161 2/3 innings and allowed 132 hits and 58 runs, 42 earned, while waking 49 and striking out 127. At the plate she is hitting .301 with nine runs scored, 25 hits, nine doubles, a triple and two homers while driving in 18 runs.

Haley Giedroc (BEA, PSU Altoona) is hitting .269 with 18 runs scored, 25 hits, six doubles, three triples and a homer while driving in nine runs. She is perfect in 10 stolen base attempts.

Chelsey Poorman (BEA, Lycoming) is hitting .282 with 15 runs scored, 22 hits, three doubles, two triples and nine runs driven in. Lycoming is 20-19.

Hannah Cooper (Bellefonte, Central Connecticut State) is hitting .159 with seven runs scored, 10 hits, four doubles, a homer and 10 RBIs. Central Connecticut is 15-21-1.

Vanessa Cooper (Bellefonte, UMass-Lowell) has raised her average to .238 and has scored four runs while driving in 11. Among her 20 hits are four doubles and two homers. Lowell is 10-36.

Christina Tressler (Bellefonte, Clarion) finished her career by hitting .271 this year. She scored 13 runs and had 29 hits including six doubles and two homers. She drove in 13 runs. Clarion finished 4-33.

Mackenzie Burge (P-O, St. Francis) is hitting .216 with eight runs scored, eight hits, two doubles and four RBIs. St. Francis is 29-18.

Allie Baney (State College, Juniata) is hitting .305 with 17 runs scored, 25 hits, three doubles and 11 RBIs. Juniata is 12-20.

Track & field

Nora Adams (State College, Bucknell) placed sixth in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 10 minutes, 30.42 seconds in the Bucknell Team Challenge.

Kyle Adams (State College, Bucknell) was seventh in the 800 in 1:54.98 in the Bucknell Team Challenge.

Carolyn Darr (Penns Valley, Delaware) was second in the 400 in 59.00 at the Delaware Classic.

Tyler Shawver (Penns Valley, Lock Haven) was 24th in the discus with a throw of 102 feet, 3 inches at the Bucknell Team Challenge.

Maddie Cingle (BEA, Lock Haven) placed 13th in the 3,000 at Bucknell with a time of 11:48.82.

Eric Heatwole (State College, Bloomsburg) was third in the 5,000 in 16:06.69 at the Mountaineer Invitational at Mansfield on Saturday.


Brady Franks (Sate College Widener) has scored five goals to go with six assists. Widener is 6-6.

Olivia Stahl (State College, Savannah College of Art and Design) collected three ground balls, two draw controls and forced two turnovers in a 17-11 win over Georgetown to help the No. 1 Bees win the South Region title. SCAD (11-1) earned a bid to the NWLL tournament this week as well as the NAIA Invitational, which runs May 4-7.

Caitlin McGlaughlin (State College, Navy) has played in six games on defense, earning two draw controls. Navy beat Bucknell 11-10 Saturday and is 11-5.

Kendall Loviscky (State College, IUP) has three goals, one assist, two ground balls and two caused turnovers for the Crimson Hawks (12-5), who host the PSAC Championships on Saturday.

Renee Olivett (State College, LaSalle) has one goal and two ground balls for the Explorers (5-10), who beat George Washington 13-11 and lost to Richmond 16-7 last week.