Swartz picks up volleyball honor

ST. CHARLES, Mo. — Altoona Area High School graduate Phil Swartz recently earned a national award for the Lindenwood University (Mo.) men’s volleyball team.

Swartz was selected for the Off the Block National Position Player of the Week as an outside hitter. Swartz helped Lindenwood sweep Ohio State on Friday night by recording 12 kills on 17 swings for a .529 attack percentage and also contributed three blocks.

Lindenwood is 5-9.


n Brock Biddle and Levi Niebauer, two members of the Pitt-Johnstown wrestling team, recently won their bouts in the team’s match against Mercyhurst. Biddle, wrestling at 184 pounds from Central, scored a 10-4 decision over Trever Begin, while Niebauer, wrestling at 197 from Cambria Heights, scored a fall in 1:11 over Jeff Thompson.