Baldwin Wallace senior Zak Dysert keeps setting records with his throws and the Ohio Athletic Conference continues to throw weekly honors his way.
Dysert, a McDonald native and Fort Cherry graduate, recently was named the OAC Men’s Field Athlete of the Week on consecutive weeks and for the fifth and sixth times overall in his collegiate career. That’s because Dysert set the school record in the hammer throw in consecutive weeks.
At the John Homon Open at Alliance, Ohio, on April 6, Dysert won the hammer throw with a career-best and school-record mark of 205-1. He improved on the previous school record, which was set in 2011, by almost six feet. Additionally, Dysert finished third in the discus and seventh in the shot put with tosses of 152-1 and a career-best 47-1, respectively.
One week later, Dysert had another record-breaking performance as he won the hammer throw at the All-Ohio Outdoor Championships, hosted by Ohio Wesleyan, with a career-best, All-Ohio meet-record and school-record mark of 210-8. Dysert beat the runner-up at the All-Ohio meet by almost 22 feet.
Dysert’s distance leads all of NCAA Division III this season and is the 10th-best toss in the D-III history of the event.
Additionally, Dysert had career-best tosses of 156-1 and 47-6 1/2 to place second in the discus and eighth in the shot put, respectively.
The OAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships are being held this weekend at Otterbein College.
Two local pitchers have helped Point Park clinch a spot in the River State Conference tournament.
Ashley Iagnemma, a senior from Bridgeville and a South Fayette graduate, threw a seven-inning no-hitter in Point Park’s 4-0 victory over Carlow on April 18 at Fairhaven Park. Iagnemma struck out 11 and walked two in the opening game of the twinbill. The win secured the postseason spot for the Pioneres.
In the second game of that doubleheader, Point Park’s Katie Tarr, a junior from Burgettstown, pitched the Pioneers to a 7-2 victory in eight innings. Point Park scored five runs in the top of the eighth. Tarr struck out 11, walked three and scattered seven hits.
For the season, Iagnemma has an 8-8 record and 2.59 ERA. She has struck out 98 batters and walked 14 in 108 innings. Iagnemma’s no-hitter earned her River States Conference Pitcher of the Week honors.
Tarr has a 10-5 record and team-best 1.13 ERA. She has 177 strikeouts in 112 innings and only 28 walks. Opponents are batting only .215 against Tarr.
Linda Rush of Canonsburg recently set the Drexel University single-season home run record.
Rush, who hit a game-winning home run in the PIAA finals while at Canon-McMillan, has 19 home runs on the season, which eclipsed the previous school record of 16.
Rush, a junior shortstop, is Drexel’s leading hitter with a .451 batting average, which ranks 12th in the nation. The 19 home runs ranks eighth nationally and she is sixth in home runs per game at 0.41.
Rush also leads the Dragons in RBI (69), total bases (143), walks (29), runs (61) and on-base percentage (.538).
Mount Union is riding a seven-game winning streak and Morgan Riley, a junior shortstop from Charleroi, has been instrumental in several of those games.
Riley, who is batting .333 on the season, was the key player in Mount Union’s 9-8 come-from-behind win over Wilmington on April 18. Riley did not enter the game until the seventh inning but delivered a pinch-hit two-run homer, part of a four-run rally that forced extra innings.
In the ninth, Riley came through again, hitting a walk-off RBI single.
Junior outfielder Kassie Kesneck is in her third year as a starter for Indiana in the PSAC.
A Chartiers-Houston graduate, Kesneck is hitting .311, which ranks second-best in the Crimson Hawks’ lineup. Kesneck is tied for the team lead with 13 doubles and is second with 15 walks, seven stolen bases, 28 runs and 38 hits.
One of Kesneck’s best games was April 11 when she went 3-for-5 with a double and three runs in IUP’s 12-6 win over Pitt-Johnstown.
Tor Sehnert of McMurray is the leading hitter for Polk State Junior College, located in Lakeland, Fla.
A Peters Township graduate, Sehnert is batting .350 with a team-best 10 home runs to go with 32 RBI and 13 stolen bases.
Ryan Varley was a key member of Ringgold’s first PIAA baseball championship team last spring. This year he’s been a contributor to Alderson-Broaddus’ pitching staff.
Varley, a freshman from Eighty Four, has a 3-4 record and 5.37 ERA in 12 games (eight starts). He has struck out 48 batters in 51 innings.
The best outings for Varley came against Cedarville, when he threw six shutout innings, and against Walsh, when he gave up five hits and three runs (one earned) in seven innings.
Dylan Coyle of Canonsburg has been a key starting pitcher for Mount Aloysius, which entered the weekend in second place in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference standings.
Coyle, a sophomore, has a 4-2 record and 3.86 ERA in nine outings (eight starts). Mount Aloysius is 25-11 overall and 12-4 in the AMCC.
Senior outfielder Frankie Jezioro of McMurray is the third-leading hitter for Slippery Rock.
Jezioro is batting .341 with 12 doubles, six home runs and 17 RBI through 35 games. He leads The Rock with 32 runs and eight stolen bases.
Matt Mish, a junior righthander from Canonsburg, was named Pitt-Greensburg’s Bobcat of the Week after pitching UPG to a victory over Hilbert on April 18. Mish struck out 10 batters, one shy of his career high, over nine innings in a 6-5 victory. For the season, Mish has a 3-3 record and 3.64 ERA, the latter ranking second on the team.
Westminster freshman Michael Bell of Canonsburg was named the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Men’s Golf Co-Rookie of the Week for April 8-14.
Bell, a Canon-McMillan graduate, tied for 12th at Grove City’s McBride-Behringer-Allen Invitational at the Grove City Country Club. He posted an 81 to help Westminster finish fifth in the 11-team field.
West Liberty men’s basketball assistant coach Mike Lamberti has been named to the 2019 Under Armour 30-Under-30 Team as selected by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
The NABC founded the 30-Under-30 Awards to honor 30 of the most outstanding men’s college basketball coaches in the game today who have yet to celebrate their 30th birthday.
Lamberti, a South Fayette graduate and former Observer-Reporter Boys Basketball Player of the Year, hit the ground running in his first year as a Hilltopper assistant this winter as West Liberty rolled to its second straight Mountain East Conference championship and earned its 10th consecutive NCAA Division II Tournament berth.
National scoring champions for the second consecutive year, the Hilltoppers knocked off defending regional champion East Stroudsburg and nationally ranked Virginia State in the Atlantic Regional to earn their eighth Sweet 16 berth in the last 10 seasons.
A former Hilltopper standout who helped lead West Liberty to 123 wins and three NCAA Division II regional titles and Elite Eight national tournament trips, Lamberti scored more than 700 points and grabbed more than 400 rebounds in four seasons.
Lamberti matched his on-court success with some equally impressive academic accomplishments. He graduated from West Liberty with honors while carrying a double-major in Business Administration and Accounting, going on to earn a master’s degree in the Science of Leadership from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla.
For the second time this spring, Washington & Jefferson’s Nate Wang of Venetia was named the Men’s Tennis Player of the Week by the Presidents’ Athletic Conference on Monday.
Wang, a Peters Township graduate, scored a pair of wins April 16 in W&J’s victory over Grove City. The sophomore teamed with Sam Bellini to win 8-6 at first doubles before rallying for a victory over Lagerquist at first singles in a third-set tiebreaker.
In track and field
The West Virginia Wesleyan women’s team includes three former McGuffey standouts: senior Lauren Crimm, senior Rachel Czulewicz and junior Katie Demi.
Crimm, a West Alexander resident, has been having an outstanding senior season. She set the WVW school record in the hammer throw at the Bobcats’ Jasmine Claggett Memorial Invitational on April 12, tossing 139-2. Crimm also won the hammer throw at the Alderson-Broaddus Invitational (133-9) and Bethany Invitational (124-6).
Demi, who is from Claysville, won the javelin competition at Glenville State’s Brandi Bowen Invitational with a throw of 122-10. She also finished first at the Bethany Invitational at 131-3.
Czulewicz, also from West Alexander, had season-best finishes four fourth place in the javelin at both the Jasmine Claggett Memorial Invitational and the Tampa Track Classic.
Compiled by Chris Dugan