College notebook: Barto, Byerly have spots in La Roche Hall of Fame
La Roche College held its annual Athletics Hall of Fame inductions Jan. 26 and it included two former standouts from Washington County, Bryan Barto and Casey Byerly.
A 1994 Burgettstown graduate, Barto was a two-sport star at La Roche, excelling in both basketball and golf. He was the first La Roche athlete to win an Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Player of the Year award when he won Golfer of the Year in 1997. He was an AMCC All-Conference first team golfer in 1997, an AMCC All-Academic performer and the basketball team’s MVP in 1998. He currently ranks in the basketball program’s all-time top 10 in assists, steals, games played, and three-pointers.
Byerly was a 1999 graduate of McGuffey. She was a four-year letterwinner at La Roche and a three-time AMCC Conference champion. She was named to the AMCC All-Conference first team in 2001, 2002, and 2003, and was an AMCC All-Conference honorable mention performer in 2000. She ranked second nationally in NCAA Division III in RBI per game, 19th in hitting, 25th in runs per game, and 28th in slugging percentage.
Former Washington High School standout defensive player Jocelyn Floyd, a senior guard at Duquesne, leads the NCAA in steals per game, and it’s by a wide margin.
Floyd averages 5.0 steals per game, far ahead of second-place Ericka Norman (3.95 per game) of Sacred Heart. Floyd has 95 steals in 19 games and entered last weekend as the only player in the nation who had at least 80 steals.
Floyd is averaging 8.6 points per game for the Dukes, who are 6-1 in the Atlantic 10 and 17-4 overall. Floyd is shooting 49 percent from the field, and 43 percent from three-point range.
The Point Park women’s team is having a big season with a 19-4 record, and one reason why is the play of senior guard Emily Schartner.
A Finleyville native and Ringgold graduate, Schartner is averaging 12.3 points per game, which is second-best on the team. Schartner has made a team-high 46 three-point field goals and is shooting 84 percent (68-for-81) from the free-throw line.
Schartner scored a season-high 25 points in the Pioneers’ overtime victory at Indiana Southeast Nov. 30.
A biological sciences major, Schartner has a 4.0 grade-point average and was named to the Capital One Academic All-District College Division first team.
Morgan Kurtz, a freshman guard for Penn State-Beaver, set the Lady Lions’ single-game scoring record Jan. 16 with 35 points in a 78-61 victory over Penn State-DuBois. A Trinity graduate, Kurtz also had eight rebounds and four steals in the game.
In her next game, Kurtz scored 20 points in a 73-72 loss to Penn State-Brandywine.
Kurtz is averaging 12.8 points and 3.9 rebounds for Penn State-Beaver (15-6).
Kaitlyn Novak, a senior guard, has started all 18 games for the Penn State-Fayette women. A Bobtown native and Mapletown graduate, Novak is averaging 9.1 points and 4.0 rebounds per game for the Roaring Lions, who have won eight of their last 10 games. Novak, who also is shooting 75 percent from the free-throw line, scored a season-high 18 points in a loss Saturday to Penn State-Beaver.
Novak is one of three local players on the Penn State-Fayette roster. Freshman forward Shannon Flament of Charleroi is averaging 7.5 points per game, and junior forward Shelby Yourchick of Jefferson-Morgan averages 3.2 ppg.
Former Trinity standout Josh Valentic has become a consistent double-figure scorer in his first season at Allegheny.
After transferring from Wheeling Jesuit, Valentic, a sophomore guard, is averaging 10.4 points per game and shooting 37 percent from three-point range. Valentic has led the Gators in scoring four times.
In track & field
Westminster freshman Marissa Kalsey won the pole vault competition Saturday at the Jim Wuske Invitational hosted by Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio. Kalsey, a former PIAA champion at Waynesburg, won with a vault of 11-8 1/8.
West Virginia senior Kaylyn Millick is ranked No. 9 in the Southeast Region in floor exercise (9.825). A Washington native, Millick also ranks No. 15 (38.708) in the all-around. Millick scored a career-best 39.4 and finished third overall in the Mountaineers’ home quad meet with William & Mary, Western Michigan and second-ranked Oklahoma.
The University of Pennsylvania’s Megan Milavec put together a season-high all-around performance Friday that helped the Quakers to a split of their tri-meet against Ball State and Centenary in Muncie, Ind. Milavec, a senior from Venetia, totaled 37.9 and placed third overall. Her two best performances on the night were season-high scores on floor (9.650) and bars (9.675) – events in which she placed fifth and sixth, respectively.
Former PIAA champion Nick Carr is a redshirt freshman for Kent State. Carr, who wrestled for South Fayette, has a 21-10 record at 149 pounds. He is 2-0 in Mid-American Conference dual meets.
Of Carr’s 21 wins, two have come via pin and three by technical fall.
Colton Shorts, a freshman from Canonsburg, has a 7-8 record for Cal Poly, located in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Shorts, who won 129 career matches and was a four-year letterman at Canon-McMillan, is wrestling at 133 pounds for Cal Poly. Shorts’ seven wins include three by fall.
Grove City senior Angela Palumbo was named the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Swimmer of the Week after recording three individual wins in Grove City’s 169-119 victory over Westminster Jan. 31. A Washington native and Trinity graduate, Palumbo won the 50-meter freestyle in 24.30 seconds, and 100 freestyle in 53.23 and prevailed in the 200 freestyle with a 1:55.47 clocking. At the Pitt Quad Saturday, Palumbo was the runner-up in both the 50 (24.60) and 100 (53.47), finishing as the top Division III performer in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyles.