Nolan Cressler started his sophomore season with a bang for the Cornell University basketball team.
Cressler, a guard and a former star at Plum High School, scored 23 points and had 5 rebounds and 3 assists in an 82-60 loss to Syracuse in the season opener last Friday. He scored 22 points in the first half against the No. 7 team in the country and helped Cornell to a 38-32 halftime lead.
Two days after the Syracuse game, Cressler had 14 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists in a 93-89 overtime loss to Loyola, Md.
➤ Greg Blair, who played at Schenley High School in the City League, leads the University of Cincinnati football team in tackles with 51. Blair, a senior linebacker whose brother, DeJuan, plays for the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA, has helped the Bearcats to an 8-2 record. Before the season started, CBSSports.com rated Blair the No. 9 inside linebacker in the country for the 2014 NFL draft.
➤ Christian Bryan, a graduate of Norwin, is the leading receiver for Youngstown State, an NCAA Division I-AA team. In 10 games, Bryan has caught 25 passes for 299 yards. Youngstown State has an 8-2 record and is ranked No. 10 in the country. McKeesport graduate Terrell Williams, a sophomore defensive end, has started all 10 games for Youngstown State and has 27 tackles.