Former Peters Township High School standout and Observer-Reporter Girls Basketball Player of the Year Emily Correal is finishing a memorable career at William & Mary University.
Correal, a 6-3 senior forward, is the Tribe’s leading scorer and rebounder, and recently became the 17th player in William & Mary history to score 1,000 career points.
Correal is averaging 17 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. She is third in the Colonial Athletic Association in scoring and sixth in rebounding.
In William & Mary’s second game of the season, Correal scored 27 points in a 76-74 loss at Pitt. Last month, she scored a career-high 30 points against North Carolina A&T.
On Dec. 21, Correal made 10 of 17 shots and scored 28 points, including the 1,000th of her career, against Radford. A two-time CAA Player of the Week this season, Correal also had four assists against Radford.
In track & field
It took freshman Marissa Kalsey only one meet to set Westminster’s indoor pole vault record.
A former state champion at Waynesburg High School, Kalsey cleared 11-7 3/4 in the Youngstown State University Icebreaker last month. Kalsey finished in a tie for second place among 20 competitors.
The previous pole vault record at Westminster was 10-11 3/4.
James Madison redshirt senior outside hitter Natalie Abel was named third team All-Colonial Athletic Association.
A Trinity graduate, Abel collected her third All-CAA recognition, adding to her first team recognition in 2011 and third team honor from 2010. She played in 21 matches for the Dukes this season with 19 starts, and averaged 3.05 kills and 2.14 digs per set. Abel hit .222 with 17 blocks, 14 assists and 11 aces in 76 sets played. She is one of 10 players in school history with 1,000 career digs.
Mike Hull and Mike Yancich were rivals in high school, playing for Canon-McMillan and Trinity, respectively.
This fall, Hull and Yancich were key parts of Penn State’s defense and special teams during the Nittany Lions’ first season under head coach Bill O’Brien.
Hull, a junior, worked his way into Penn State’s four-man rotation at linebacker, making 58 tackles – sixth-best on the he team – and four sacks.
Yancich, a senior, changed positions several times while at Penn State. This year, as a linebacker, he made 15 tackles.
The highlight of the season for Hull and Yancich came in a home game against Ohio State. With the Buckeyes punting deep in their own territory, Hull broke through Ohio State’s protection and blocked the kick. The ball bounced into the end zone, where Yancich pounced on it to give Penn State its first points.
Yancich has served as the secretary of Uplifting Athletes, which has raised more than $100,000 each of the past two years for the Kidney Cancer Association.
Bethany’s Nick Wilcox was named the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Player of the Week for Dec. 2-8.
A Venetia native and Peters Township graduate, Wilcox scored 23 points and 20 rebounds in Bethany’s wins over Frostburg State (96-55) and Olivet (63-59). Wilcox, a pre-physical therapy major, is Bethany’s leading scorer, averaging 14.7 points per game.
The women’s team at Penn State-Beaver is off an 11-3 start and two players from Washington County are playing vital roles for the Lady Lions.
Freshman guard Morgan Kurtz, a Trinity graduate, is Penn State-Beaver’s leading scorer, and Amanda Temple, a sophomore forward from Avella, is one of four players averaging in double figures. Kurtz has made an instant impact for the Lady Lion by averaging a team-best 11.8 points per game. She scored a career-high 16 points against Penn State-Greater Allegheny.
Temple had a season-high 20 points against Penn State-Fayette.
Freshman Andrew Rich won four events to lead Denison to a victory over Wittenberg Friday in a North Coast Athletic Conference meet.
A McMurray native and Peters Township graduate, Rich won both butterfly events, touching the wall first at 51.95 in the 100 meters, and following it by winning the 50 in 23.15.
Rich opened his breakout night as a member of the winning 200 medley relay team, and capped as part of the Big Red’s victorious 400 freestyle relay team. Rich swam the anchor leg.