PG North: North Hills grad Czerwein tops Division III list in sacks

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North Hills High School graduate Mike Czerwien ranks No. 1 in NCAA Division III in sacks.

Czerwien, a 5-foot-8, 225-pound senior defensive end at Waynesburg University, has recorded 18 sacks for 121 yards and 26 tackles for a loss.

In Saturday's 21-14 loss to Washington & Jefferson, Czerwien had three sacks. For the season, Czerwien has recorded 40 solo tackles, 19 assists and five pass breakups.

Czerwien broke into Waynesburg's starting lineup as a freshman in 2004 and was named the team's newcomer of the year and defensive MVP. He recorded 33 solo tackles and assisted on 19 others and led the Presidents' Athletic Conference with 17 tackles for loss and 11 sacks.

As a sophomore, Czerwien was named third team All-Region by Don Hansen's Football Gazette. He registered 34 solo tackles, assisted on 29 others, and had 17 tackles for a loss, including 10 sacks.

Czerwien received even more accolades last season, as he was named Honorable Mention All-American, and first team All-Region, by Hansen's Football Gazette. He recorded a career best 68 tackles, including 43 solo stops. He also led the PAC with 18.5 tackles for a loss, and tied for the conference lead in sacks with 11.

Seneca grad nets success

Seneca Valley graduate Andy Zipf, a four-year starter for the Allegheny College men's tennis team, posted a 5-2 record in singles for the Gators during the fall season.

He also had a 6-3 record in doubles, teaming with Matt Chiricosta.

Zipf was selected first-team doubles and second-team singles in the North Coast Athletic Conference last year. Zipf has a 29-26 career record in singles and 24-17 in doubles.

Highlands grad a champion

Highlands graduate Tom Slosky won the Atlantic 10 men's cross country championship Saturday afternoon at Belmont Plateau in Philadelphia.

Slosky, a junior at Duquesne University, held off La Salle's David Alfano to cross the finish line with a time of 25:39, four seconds ahead of Alfano. Despite falling with about 300 meters remaining, Slosky became the program's first-ever individual champion. He was the runner-up last year.

Seneca grad a 'killer' player

Seneca Valley graduate Beth Copp ranks third on the Westminster College women's volleyball team with 265 kills in 29 games, an average of 2.52 per game.

Copp, a 5-8 sophomore outside hitter, has also recorded 215 digs, 22 serving aces and 27 blocks.

Westminster takes a 19-11 record into this weekend's Presidents' Athletic Conference tournament.

Copp played in 47 games as a freshman and recorded 89 kills, 16 serving aces and 58 kills.

Pine-Richland grad PAC champ

Pine-Richland High School graduate Blakeley Mall won the No. 2 singles title at the Presidents' Athletic Conference Women's Tennis Championships, which took place last weekend.

Mall, a freshman at Waynesburg University who was seeded second in her bracket, defeated fourth-seeded Kaitlyn Garcia of Grove City in the championship match, 6-4, 6-0.

Mall is the first Waynesburg player to earn a conference title since 2003. She finished the fall season with a team-best 10-6 singles record.

Mall and teammate Laura Garcia advanced to the No. 1 doubles final, but had to settle for runner-up status. Mall and Garcia lost, 8-1, in the title match to Grove City's Tamara Nations and Erin Bennett.


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