PSU’s Taylor gets top seed for NCAAs

UNIVERSITY PARK – The Penn State wrestling team will be sending a full contingent of 10 wrestlers to the 2014 NCAA Wrestling Championships as the team looks for its fourth straight National Championship, and eight of the 10 are seeded.

The NCAA released the full brackets and seeds for the event, which takes place on March 20-22 at Chesapeake Energy.

Senior David Taylor will be the No. 1 seed at 165. The three-time NCAA finalist will be look to become a two-time NCAA champion and Penn State’s first-ever four-time finalist.

PSU’s Ed Ruth will be the No. 2 seed at 184. The two-time NCAA champion will be looking to become Penn State’s first-ever three-time champion.

Junior Nico Megaludis is the No. 3 seed at 125, true freshman Zain Retherford is the No. 3 seed at 141, sophomore Morgan McIntosh will be the No. 3 seed at 197, junior Matt Brown is the No. 5 seed at 174, junior Dylan Alton is the No. 13 seed at 157, junior Jon Gingrich is the No. 14 seed at 285, true freshman Jimmy Gulibon is unseeded at 133, and senior James English is unseeded at 149.

Tickets available

UNIVERSITY PARK – Single-session tickets for the 2014 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament first and second rounds to be held at Penn State on Sunday, March 23 and Tuesday, March 25 are on sale now.

Additionally, all-session tickets for the first and second rounds remain on sale.

Single-session tickets for either the first round or second round games at University Park are $20 for adults and $11 for youth and students. There is also a single-session group rate for groups of 20 or more of any age at $10. Fans can purchase tickets by calling 1-800-NITTANY.

Juniata moves to No. 1

HUNTINGDON – The Juniata College men’s volleyball team moved back into the No. 1 spot on the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll, the organization announced Tuesday.

“It’s a nice honor,” Juniata coach Pat Shawaryn said. “It’s what coaches respect and believe your program is. At the end of the day, the only thing that really matters is what you do at the end of the season. That’s what everyone is here for. We still have a lot of work to do to prove that we are that team.”

Juniata (17-3) has won eight of its last nine matches and is 6-1 against top 15 teams this season.

Shawaryn is the interim men’s coach after former coach Kevin Moore resigned to pursue an opportunity at Loyola University Chicago.

JC athletes honored

TOWSON, Md. – At the end of each season the Landmark Conference announces the Academic Honor Roll recognizing student-athletes that have reached sophomore standing with a cumulative GPA of 3.20 or higher. For Juniata College, 29 student-athletes from the men’s and women’s track and field team, the men’s and women’s basketball teams, and the women’s swimming team were recognized as honor roll members.

Of those 29 awardees, 13 are repeat members and six seniors, Kate McDonald of women’s basketball, Hillary Palmer of women’s swimming, Brian Scholly, Kevin Snyder and Kevin Stapleton of men’s basketball, and Katrina Woods of women’s track and field, all received the honor all three years of eligibility.

Urschel a semifinalist

UNIVERSITY PARK -Penn State All-American offensive lineman John Urschel was named a semifinalist for the Sullivan Award, presented by the Amateur Athletic Union to America’s top amateur athlete.

Fans can log on to the AAU website and vote for Urschel, the 2013 William V. Campbell Trophy winner from now until March 23.

“We are extremely excited that John has been nominated for this prestigious honor,” NFF President and CEO Steve Hatchell said.


n Freshman Dean Polisena of the Juniata College men’s tennis team earned Landmark Conference Player of the Week for his performance in the teams’ spring opener against Westminster College, the league announced.

n St. Francis women’s lacrosse graduate student attacker Danielle Conwell earned Northeast Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors, it was announced on Monday.

n The Penn State Altoona baseball team was picked to finish sixth in the 2014 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Preseason Coaches Poll, which was released last week. Junior outfielder Jordan Swope (Tussey Mountain) was named as a “Player to Watch” for the Lions this season.

n Defending Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference champion Penn State Altoona was selected first in the 2014 AMCC Softball Preseason Coaches Poll, which was released last week. Named as “Players to Watch” in the poll were senior second baseman Brittany Smith and junior outfielder Ala Miller.

n Mount Aloysius junior pitcher Derrick Capiak and softball senior center fielder Jalisa Westover (Flinton) both received high honors recently as Capiak was selected the AMCC Preseason Pitcher of the Year while Westover was named the AMCC Preseason Player of the Year. The baseball team was picked to finish second overall in the preseason poll. The Mount softball team was selected third in the preseason coaches’ poll.