• Men’s Track and Field – Two Grove City College men’s track and field performers earned weekly honors Tuesday afternoon from the Presidents’ Athletic Conference in recognition of their respective performances Friday at the Youngstown State Collegiate Invitational.
Junior Nick Gustafson captured Field Athlete of the Week while freshman Alex Mitchell earned Rookie of the Week in men’s track and field.
Gustafson set Grove City’s indoor record in the shot put with a best effort of 51 feet, 1 inch Friday at YSU. He finished first among Division III entrants and eighth overall at the meet. Gustafson’s mark ranks first in the in the PAC by more than four feet and currently ranks 15th in NCAA Division III this season.
Mitchell finished as the top Division III performer Friday in the 400 meters at YSU, as he took eighth overall with a time of 50.22 seconds. That time ranks first in the PAC this season. Mitchell also posted a time of 23.07 seconds in the 200, good for No. 2 among D-III entrants.
He finished the meet by anchoring Grove City’s 1600 relay, which posted a time of 3:32.98, the top Division III time at the meet and the fastest in the PAC this season so far.
It is Mitchell’s second Rookie of the Week award this season.
• Men’s Swimming – The Presidents’ Athletic Conference honored Grove City College freshman swimmer Will Sterrett as the league’s men’s swimming and diving Rookie of the Week Monday evening in recognition of Sterrett’s performance last week.
Sterrett earned three victories Saturday in the Wolverines’ 121-78 dual meet win at conference foe Washington & Jefferson. Sterrett won the 50 free in a time of 23.07 seconds, then won the 100 free in 50.05 seconds. He also posted a winning time of 5:12.27 in the 500 free.
Sterrett currently ranks first in the conference this season in the 100 backstroke (52.03), 200 backstroke (1:53.45), 200 individual medley (1:53.15) and 400 individual medley (4:03.67). He also ranks second in the 200 free with a season-best time of 1:45.19.
• Women’s Swimming – The Grove City College women’s swimming and diving team improved to 6-1 overall by securing a 139-45 win at Washington & Jefferson in Presidents’ Athletic Conference action at W&J’s Henry Natatorium.
Grove City competitors won 15 events in Saturday’s meet, with 12 performers combining for the 13 individual triumphs.
Sophomore Kamryn Kerr swept the diving events, winning in 1-meter with 238.45 points and then posting a winning score of 193.20 points on the 3-meter board.
Senior Reese Trauger won the 50 free in 25.99 seconds while sophomore Emma Plank (Slippery Rock, Pa./Portersville Christian) won the 100 free in a time of 57.79 seconds. Sophomore Olivia Getek captured the 200 free (2:09.56) to complete Grove City’s sweep of the sprints.
Junior Liz Hasse won the 500 free (5:52.82) and sophomore Isabelle Koistinen captured the 1650 (19:39.10) as Grove City won both distance events.
Senior Rachael Wallace took first in the 100 butterfly (1:01.48) and classmate Sarah Gann won the 200 fly in 2:23.96.
Freshmen Paige Doleno and Sarah Janicki combined to sweep the breaststroke. Doleno won the 100 in 1:14.57 while Janicki posted a winning time of 2:41.08 in the 200 breaststroke.
Junior Emma Otten won the 200 backstroke (2:23.16) and sohpomore Sarah Kuchma won the 200 individual medley (2:24.78).
Plank, Getek, sophomore Mikayla Zablocki and senior Madi Tipple opened the meet by winning the 200 medley relay in a time of 2:03.04. Hasse, Koistinen, senior Rachel Grubbs and freshman Samantha Eaton closed out the team win by recording a winning time of 1:50.69 in the 200 free relay.
• Men’s Basketball – The Grove City College men’s basketball team dropped an 85-66 decision Saturday afternoon at Geneva in Presidents’ Athletic Conference action at Metheny Field House. Geneva outscored Grove City, 20-7, over the final 6:30 of Saturday’s game.
Sophomore guard Jonah Bock led Grove City’s balanced attack with 12 points. Fellow sophomore guard Chase Yarberough fired 11 points while junior forward Jon Weir and freshman guard Daniel Penosky each added nine points.
Yarberough led Grove City with seven rebounds as the Wolverines earned a 39-37 rebound edge. Freshman guard Mike Christenson added five boards.
Christenson dished out a game-high four assists. The Wolverines had a season-low six turnovers. Geneva turned over the ball seven times.
Trevor Tipton led Geneva with 26 points. Geneva led 43-32 at halftime.
• Women’s Basketball – Senior guard Megan Kallock fired in a career-high 35 points while four teammates also scored in double figures Saturday to help lead the Grove City College women’s basketball team to a 95-85 victory at Geneva in Presidents’ Athletic Conference action at Metheny Field House.
Kallock’s 35 points marks the highest total for a Grove City women’s basketball player in a regulation Presidents’ Athletic Conference game.
Junior forward Kat Goetz posted 14 points for Grove City (9-8, 9-3 PAC) while sophomore guard Mara Polczynski tossed in 13 points. Freshman guard Reese Hasley scored a season-high 12 points and sophomore forward Hayley Fenchel contributed a career-best 10 points.
Grove City led 49-42 at halftime but Geneva rallied to forge a 63-63 tie with four minutes left in the third quarter. Grove City reclaimed the lead for good as Kallock scored a driving layup, then added a three-point play. A Goetz jumper and two Kallock free throws helped the Wolverines take a 76-68 lead into the fourth quarter.
Geneva trimmed the lead to 77-75 early in the fourth quarter, but Grove City countered with a 7-0 run. Kallock sparked the run with a three-pointer. Following two Kallock foul shots, Polczynski hit a jumper to give Grove City an 84-75 lead with 5:50 left.
Goetz led Grove City with nine rebounds while Kallock picked off six rebounds. Sophomore forward Clara Hannon (Grove City High) added five boards as the Wolverines held a 54-44 edge on the glass.
Grove City shot 42 percent (33 of 79) from the field. Geneva went 32 of 72 (44 percent).
Polczynski recorded five assists and Hasley added three assists. Polczynski also had four steals while Goetz had three steals. Grove City forced 22 Geneva turnovers. The Wolverines committed 13 turnovers.
• Baseball – The Slippery Rock University baseball team was ranked fifth in the initial National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Atlantic Region poll of the 2023 season in addition to landing five athletes on the organization’s preseason all-region team.
Defending Atlantic Region champion West Chester was ranked first in the poll after totaling 110 points and eight first-place votes. The Golden Rams were followed in the top five by Millersville (109), East Stroudsburg (96), Seton Hill (80) and The Rock (59). Millersville also garnered three first-place votes with East Stroudsburg receiving one as well.
The remainder of the top-10 consists of Charleston, Gannon, Mercyhurst, Concord and Glenville State. Frostburg State, Fairmont State and California (Pa.) all received votes as well outside of the top-10.
Representing The Rock on the preseason NCBWA All-Atlantic Region Team as first team selections were starting pitcher Devin Dunn and outfielder Alex Robenolt while second baseman Koby Bubash, designated hitter Eddie Morris and Luke Trueman (utility) were all honorable mention choices.
Slippery Rock is coming off a 2022 season in which it went 33-18 overall with appearances in both the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Tournament and the NCAA Tournament. SRU’s 33 wins last season were the most for the program since 2009.
While Slippery Rock will be tasked with replacing significant pieces from last year’s team including All-American catcher Connor Hamilton, four-year starting third baseman Abraham Mow, starting pitcher Ricky Mineo and reliver Andy McClymonds, SRU’s 2023 roster is hardly lacking talent as head coach Jeff Messer returns six everyday starters and three starting pitchers from a season ago including the five all-region honorees.
Slippery Rock’s 2023 season officially begins with a nine-inning game Feb. 24 at Shippensburg University.
• Men’s Basketball – The Slippery Rock University men’s basketball team erased a 15-point deficit with six minutes to play in the second half, but couldn’t quite complete its comeback bid in an 80-75 double overtime loss to Lock Haven University Monday at Morrow Field House.
With the loss, Slippery Rock’s record drops to 12-6 overall and 6-6 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference while Lock Haven improves to 12-5 overall and 8-4 in league games. Monday’s defeat also snapped The Rock’s 13-game home winning streak.
Monday’s game was SRU’s first double overtime contest since earning a 92-91 road win at Mercyhurst University on Jan. 5, 2019.
Trailing 57-42 with 6:16 left in regulation, Slippery Rock rattled off an impressive 19-4 run to pull even with Lock Haven at 61-61 with 1:11 to play. The run featured five different Rock athletes who scored points including the trio of Ahmad Galimore, Khalid Gates and Jonathan McFall with five each.
SRU forced two Lock Haven turnovers in the final minute of the second half, but couldn’t connect on a game-winning shot as the game headed to overtime.
Lock Haven scored five consecutive points to open the second overtime for a lead that Slippery Rock was unable overcome. While SRU pulled to within two points on two separate occasions following the decisive LHU run, it couldn’t quite come up with a game-tying, or go-ahead basket, as the Bald Eagles pulled away down the stretch en route to the five-point win.
Gates paced The Rock’s efforts with a 25-point, nine-rebound, three-block, three-steal, three-assist performance. Britt added 17 points, four rebounds, three steals and three assists while McFall just missed out on a double-double with 15 points, nine rebounds and three blocks.
Lashon Lindsey added six points, 10 rebounds, four steals and a career-high six blocks, the fifth-highest rejection total in a single-game at The Rock all-time. Additionally, the six blocks rank third in Morrow Field House single-game history.
Galimore chipped in six points and five rebounds while Alex Griggs had three steals and Bobby Clifford score four points to round out SRU’s top contributors.
As a team, Slippery Rock recorded 14 blocks, the most in a single-game at SRU dating back to the 1999-00 season. SRU also grabbed 17 offensive rebounds Monday which were turned into 16 points.
• Women’s Basketball – Slippery Rock University senior guard Deleah Gibson scored nine of her game-high 25 points in the fourth quarter to lead The Rock women’s basketball team to a 61-57 victory over Lock Haven in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference crossover game Monday night from Morrow Field House.
The Bald Eagles led 44-41 after three quarters, but Slippery Rock scored the first nine points of the fourth quarter and put together a 15-2 run to take a 56-46 lead with 4:59 to play. Lock Haven answered that rally with their own burst, putting together an 11-3 run to cut the margin to just two points at 59-57 with 21 seconds to play.
Slippery Rock improved to 10-8 overall and 5-7 in PSAC games. Lock Haven suffered its second straight four-point defeat and its fourth straight loss to slip to 7-10 overall and 5-7 in PSAC games.
Gibson’s 25 points led all players in the game and marked her third game scoring at least 25 points this winter. She connected on nine of 10 free throw attempts, grabbed five rebounds, handed out two assists and had one block and one steal.
Gibson led four Slippery Rock players in double figures with Isabellah Middleton adding 12 points and seven rebounds and Kennedy Middleton recording a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds to go along with four assists. Kaylin Venick also finished with a season-high 10 points to go along with four assists as those four players accounted for 57 of the team’s 61 points. Kelley McKnight added the other four points.