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The state championship site for every high school spring sport is remaining the same for the next four years.

The PIAA announced Thursday the baseball and softball finals will remain at Penn State for the next four years. Penn State’s Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, the baseball facility, and Beard Field, the softball facility, have hosted the PIAA championships since 2011.

Last season, the Canon-McMillan and Ringgold baseball teams won state titles. The West Greene softball team repeated as Class A champions.

Other venues that remain the same include: Shippensburg’s Seth Grove Stadium for the track and field championships, the Hershey Racquet Club for tennis team and individual finals, Recreation Hall at Penn State for boys volleyball and West Chester East High School for the girls and boys lacrosse championships.

Walker picks Saint Joseph’s: Smooth-fielding shortstop Cam Walker, one of the key players on the Big Macs’ run to a state championship, has committed to Saint Joseph’s.

The 5-8, 160-pound soon-to-be senior was a mainstay for C-M as the No. 2 hitter last season. Walker hit .317 with four doubles, one triple and 13 RBI. He drew 11 walks and only struck out six times during his junior season.

Walker was also considering Seton Hill and Dartmouth.

Joll commits to Bucknell: After a strong junior season that resulted in a fifth-place finish at the state championships, Belle Vernon Scott Joll will wrestle at Bucknell.

Joll was a first-team selection to the Observer-Reporter All-District Wrestling teams after a 42-5 record wrestling in the 170-pound weight class.

From Waynesburg to Winthrop: Rising Waynesburg girls’ soccer midfielder Bailey Fudala committed to play at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C.

Fudala helped Waynesburg to a 20-2 record this past season and the program’s first WPIAL title and state playoff victory.

Clark chooses Waynesburg: One of the primary pieces in Chartiers-Houston’s backcourt will stay close and play for Waynesburg University’s men’s basketball team.

Andrew Clark averaged 15.3 points, 3.2 assists and 2.8 steals for the Bucs as a senior, combining to form a one-two punch with Cam Hanley. C-H advanced to the WPIAL semifinals for the first time in school history and won a program-best 19 games.

Marisa’s mailbox: After the WPIAL Class 6A girls basketball championship game, North Allegheny coach Spencer Stefko said Peters Township guard Makenna Marisa was “as good as anyone coming out of Western Pennsylvania since Shatori (Walker-Kimbrough).”

Walker-Kimbrough, a three-star athlete at Hopewell, went on to play for Maryland and was picked 6th overall in the WNBA 2017 Draft by the Washington Mystics.

It seems colleges are echoing Stefko’s sentiment, as Marisa continues to collect Division I offers, including most recently from Nebraska, Michigan, Boston College and UCF.

Marisa averaged 23 points and nine rebounds per game as a junior for the Indians. She was named to the Observer-Reporter All-District and 2017-18 Sports Writers Pennsylvania All-State Girls first teams.

Delaware offers Coe: South Fayette kicker Ryan Coe has added an offer from Delaware just over three weeks until the start of football camp.

Coe, who was a first-team all-conference selection for kicking and punting, made six field goals and 50 of his 55 extra-point attempts for the Lions. Coe also averaged 41.5 yards on his 22 punts.

Staff Writer

Luke Campbell has been handling a multitude of tasks since joining the Observer-Reporter in 2015, following his graduation from Waynesburg University. He graduated from Waynesburg with a bachelor’s degree in sports broadcasting and information.

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