Knoch graduate Ryan Hollihan was named North Coast Athletic Conference basketball player of the week.
Hollihan, a 6-foot-8 sophomore forward at Allegheny College, racked up a pair of double-doubles last week as the Gators split a two games, including upsetting league rival Ohio Wesleyan University, 73-70, in overtime.
Hollihan posted 18 points and 10 rebounds against Ohio Wesleyan, including seven points in overtime. It was the first win for the Gators over Ohio Wesleyan since 2003.
To start the week, Hollihan got a career-high 24 points and 11 rebounds in a 102-97 loss at Westminster. He connected on 10 of 14 field-goal attempts and 4 of 5 free throws in surpassing his previous personal best by three points.
For the week, the Gators sophomore connected on 18 of 28 (.643) shots from the field and added three assists and two blocks. Hollihan has posted double-figure point totals in each game and leads Allegheny with 15.9 points and 7.1 rebounds this season.
Seneca grad makes a splash
Seneca Valley graduate Drew Snyder was named Presidents' Athletic Conference men's swimmer of the week.
Snyder, a sophomore at Grove City College, posted wins in the 100 freestyle (49.74) and 200 freestyle (1:51.70) as Grove City clinched its 56th consecutive winning season with a 147-113 non-league win over Hiram.
Earlier in the week, Snyder helped lead the Wolverines to their 500th victory with a 90-79 PAC decision over Bethany.
Wonderful at Waynesburg
North Catholic graduate Katie Lewandowski leads the Waynesburg College women's basketball team with an 11-points-per-game average.
Lewandowski, a 5-4 senior guard, is shooting 74.3 percent from the foul line. She has also recorded 24 assists in eight games.
PSAC's Wrestler of the Week
Freedom Area graduate Matt Hill has been named Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Wrestler of the Week.
Hill, a 157-pound senior at Edinboro University, posted a pair of victories to improve his unblemished record to 14-0.
Hill exorcised a demon of sorts with a 6-1 win over Seth Martin of Lock Haven on Sunday. Hill came into the bout ranked No. 8 in the country by Amateur Wrestling News, while Martin was ranked 11th. Martin defeated Hill three times a year ago.
Hill is a three-time NCAA Division I qualifier. He placed fourth in the Eastern Wrestling League as a sophomore and third last season. He has a career mark of 87-35.
Hooping it up at Waynesburg
Blackhawk graduate Marc Lodovico and Ambridge Area grad Josh Parisi are starters on the Waynesburg College men's basketball team.
Lodovico, a 6-1 senior guard, is averaging 12.9 points and 2.3 rebounds per game, and leads the team with 33.1 minutes of playing time per game. He is shooting 52.5 percent from the field, 68.2 percent from the free-throw line and has 16 assists in seven games.
Parisi, a 6-5 junior forward, is averaging 4.3 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. He is shooting 39.3 percent from the field, 72.7 percent from the foul line, and has 16 assists in seven games.
Moon graduate Zach Engel, Burgettstown grad Steve Bielecki and Riverside grad Josh McCanna are also members of the Waynesburg College team, but all three have seen very little playing time.
Engel is a sophomore, while the others are freshmen.
Player of the week at Allegheny
Mt. Lebanon graduate Katie Kestler was named North Coast Athletic Conference women's basketball player of the week.
Kestler, a senior guard at Allegheny College, led the NCAC-leading Gators to a 2-0 record by averaging team-bests of 18 points and 5 rebounds against Westminster College and Ohio Wesleyan University.
She led the Gators back from a 15-point halftime deficit in a 73-66 non-league win over the Titans, getting a career-high 23 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the field, including 5 of 8 from 3-point range. Allegheny notched 52 points in the final quarter against Westminster, paced by Kestler's 15.
Kestler, who has hit for double figures in each of Allegheny's seven contests, is averaging a team-best 16.7 points.