College notebook: Taylor’s latest stop: IUP Athletics Hall of Fame
Former Ringgold High School basketball standout Yancey Taylor was inducted into the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Athletics Hall of Fame last month.
A Donora native, Taylor set Ringgold’s career scoring record (1,626 points) and led the Rams to the PIAA Class AAAA championship game in 1990 before playing college basketball at Potomac State, Missouri Valley and IUP.
At IUP, Taylor was a three-time All-PSAC first team selection and the PSAC Player of the Year in 1994, when he was a second team All-American and helped IUP to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight for the first time in school history. Taylor scored 1,257 career points, which ranks 17th on IUP’s career scoring list. A remarkably accurate free-throw shooter, Taylor ranks third in career free throws made with 424.
Taylor is one of only two players in Crimson Hawks history to record a triple-double.
After his college career ended, Taylor played professional basketball for seven years in Italy and Germany, playing on two league championship teams.
Taylor lives in Rostraver Township and is a sales representative for ACT Entertainment.
Quad Law has been one of the top threats for Gannon University’s offense.
The 2011 Observer-Reporter Player of the Year as a quarterback at Ringgold, Law is a sophomore wide receiver and kick returner for Gannon. He is the second-leading receiver for the Golden Knights with 27 pass receptions for 377 yards (14 yards per catch) and is averaging 27.2 yards per kickoff return.
Law had six catches for 101 yards in a 36-33 victory over Lake Erie. Against West Chester, Law caught touchdown passes of 69 and 11 yards against West Chester, and returned a kickoff 93 yards for a score in Gannon’s 38-27 victory over Slippery Rock.
• Austin Hancock, a junior linebacker from McMurray, is a starting linebacker for undefeated Fordham (6-0), which is ranked No. 12 in FCS.
A former quarterback at Peters Township, Hancock is third on the Rams’ defense in tackles with 34. He made seven stops in Fordham’s 30-29 victory over Temple.
• Cooper Schroeder of Canonsburg is a redshirt freshman tight end for Alderson-Broaddus, which is playing its first season of varsity football. Schroeder has caught six passes for 73 yards and two touchdowns. He caught a 10-yard touchdown in A-B’s first varsity game, a 31-28 win over Pace.
• Sophomore Bryan Arbes of Monongahela is the starting kicker for West Liberty. Arbes has made eight of 10 field-goal attempts, with a long of 36 yards, and is the leading scorer for the Hilltoppers with 27 points.
• Damon Goggins, a junior linebacker from Donora, is the leading tackler for Muskingum.
Goggins has made 24 tackles in three games for the Muskies (1-3). Two of the tackles have been for losses. Goggins also has blocked a kick. He had a season-high 11 tackles against Baldwin-Wallace and 10 stops against defending national champion Mount Union.
• Matt Duffey, a junior wide receiver from Canonsburg, is the fourth-leading receiver for Saint Vincent. The Canon-McMillan gradate has 10 catches for 146 yards and two touchdowns.
Duffey caught a 63-yard touchdown pass less than two minutes into the Bearcats’ game Sept. 21 at Waynesburg.
Marshall University senior Karli Timko was named Conference USA Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Month for September.
Timko, a Houston native and Chartiers-Houston graduate, is 6-1 in singles competition and 4-2 in doubles.
“I haven’t really won anything like this before, so after years of hard work it’s gratifying to know that I’m still improving and doing big things during my final year,” Timko said. “I’m excited and honored to receive this award.”
Timko won the Flight B singles bracket at the Hokie Fall Invite at Virginia Tech last month, and won the doubles bracket at the 21st Tribe Invitational at William & Mary.
Two-time All-New Jersey Athletic Conference goalkeeper Brittany Hoffman is having a stellar – and very busy – junior season for New Jersey City University.
A McMurray native and Peters Township graduate, Hoffman made a career-high 29 saves against Rowan, the No. 22-ranked team in NCAA Division III. Hoffman’s 29 saves were the most by a NJAC goalkeeper since 2002.
Hoffman had set her single-game high for saves earlier in the season, when she made 21 stops against William Patterson Sept. 21 to garner the conference and region’s defensive player of the week honors.
Hoffman’s play has New Jersey City ranked No. 1 in saves per game, among the 427 NCAA Division III schools. NJCU is averaging 15.44 saves per game and Hoffman has made at least 20 stops four times.
• Two former Trinity players have helped the West Virginia women’s team to a 9-2-2 start that includesd a 3-0 record in the Big 12 Conference.
Amanda Hill, a sophomore midfielder, and Maggie Bedillion, a sophomore defender, have seen much playing time for the Mountaineers, who are ranked No. 9 in the nation.
Hill has played in all 13 games. She has scored one goal and contributed one assist. As a freshman, Hill started 20 games at defensive center midfield and helped WVU record a school-record eight shutouts.
Bedillion has played in 10 games and has two shots on goal.
• Junior defender Shelli Spamer, a former Observer-Reporter Female Athlete of the Year, is the third-leading scorer for North Carolina State.
Spamer, a McMurray native and Peters Township graduate, has scored two goals and collected five assists for the Wolfpack (6-7). Last year, Spamer started N.C. State’s first 13 matches before suffering an injury against Florida State that caused her to miss the Wolfpack’s next six games.
Spamer was the O-R’s Female Athlete of the Year for the 2010-11 school year after helping Peters Township to the PIAA Class AAA championship.
Point Park freshman outside hitter Shiloh Simonson was named the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for Sept. 23-29.
Simonson, a graduate of Peters Township and a native of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., had two big matches to lead Point Park to a 2-0 record on the week.
Simonson had 11 kills and eight digs in a 3-2 home win over Slippery Rock Sept. 24. She followed that with 10 kills and eight digs in a KIAC home win over Midway, 3-0. Point Park is tied for second place in the KIAC with an 8-2 record. The Pioneers are 13-10 overall.
Simonson has started all 23 matches for the Pioneers, and she plays in every rotation. She ranks second on the team with 187 kills (2.25 per set) and 225 digs (2.71 per set). Simonson ranks ninth in the KIAC in kills and 10th in digs.
Youngstown State sophomore Emily Rohanna of Waynesburg placed fourth at the Robert Morris University Colonial Classic that concluded Tuesday at The Club at Shadow Lakes.
Rohanna shot 77 Tuesday morning following an 82 on Monday. She moved up to fourth place after being in seventh to start the second round. Rohanna helped Youngstown State place third in the team standings.
Rohanna placed 10th at the Cleveland State Invitational held Sept. 23-24. She shot rounds of 79 and 77 at Pine Hills Golf Club in Hinkley, Ohio.
Jake Pletz, a junior at Westminster, has been named one of the Titans’ co-captains for the upcoming season.
Pletz has been first team All-Presidents Athletic Conference in each of his two seasons with the Titans. Pletz helped Westminster win the PAC championship last season. Pletz won the PAC title in the 200-yard freestyle and was part of the Titans’ champion 800 freestyle relay team.
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