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Students Participate in National Signing Day

Several Pine-Richland High School athletes participated in National Signing Day. Read more about the aspirations on and off the field.

 

February - April 2019

Basketball

athlete Senior Dan Petcash signed to play basketball as a guard at Binghampton University, where he will study business. He was named to 1st Team All-Section in 2019 and in 2018 as a junior. He earned the milestone of scoring 1,00 points in high school career play in January of 2019, He was selected as one of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Fab 5 in 2019 and named the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Athlete of the Week in January of 2019. and in February 2019 for the Tribune-Review.  He helped the team earn the 6A WPIAL Championships in 2017 and finalist status for the 6A PIAA State Championships in 2017. In 2016 he helped the team earn WPIAL Championships as 4A. He competed in the USA Basketball 3x3 National Tournament in 2017. He has earned the Academic Honor Roll from 2016-2019. "A Full Athletic Basketball Scholarship has been my goal since I started playing basketball, and I have worked really hard to accomplish this goal," said Dan Petcash. "I feel blessed to go to Binghamton as a high academic school and to play for Coach Dempsey and all of the great teammates. I realize that all of the hard work helped me to achieve this scholarship. I also realize that now I have to perform at a high level in the classroom and to compete and help our team win in the American East League."

 

 

Athlete Crew

Senior Grace Crankovic signed to row for West Virginia University, where she will have a dual major in business & Excercise physiology with the intent of pursuing a post-graduate law degree. She is a varsity and novice school record holder and a two-time varsity letter recipient. She was part of the Varsity $+, which went undefeated for the 2018 spring season. She earned a gold medal at the Pittsburgh Scholastic Sprints in the Women's Junior 4 gold at Mercyhurst Prep Invitational in the Women's Varsity 4. She earned a silver at the Head of the Ohio Competition in the Women's Youth 4. She earned second in the North Allegheny Indoor Sprints competition in the novice division and second at the Pittsburgh Indoor SPrints in the novice division. She was invited an attended the Junior National Team ID Camp. She also earned a varsity letter for track and field in ninth grade. She is graduating in the top six percent of her class with a 4.33 GPA and has achieved the highest honor roll. She was named to the Tribune-Review Elite 100-Outstanding Young Citizen in 2019.  She has served as team captain for two seasons. She serves as vice president for the National Honor Society; class president during her sophomore and junior years. She is a Jefferson Awards recipient in ninth grade."This scholarship gives me the opportunity to pursue my academic goals while competing at the highest level of collegiate sports," said Grace. "It has been a lifelong dream to play a Division 1 sport in college, and I am beyond grateful to WVU for offering me the chance to be a part of their program and represent their school. I am excited to continue challenging myself over the course of the next four years. Being a part of the Pine-Richland Rowing Team has prepared me with the skills and determination needed to be successful in a collegiate program. I could not have accomplished these achievements without the unwavering support and guidance from my coaches Sam DiMarzio, Bela Loskoch, and Sarah Heastings. I am thankful for a coaching staff that not only allowed me to grow as a rower but also as a leader and teammate. I would also like to thank my team and boat mates for their hard work and contribution to our success. Rowing is the ultimate team sport, and I could not be where I am without them. Finally, I would like to thank my parents for investing in my passion and for driving me to regattas several hours away, just to sit in the cold and watch seven minutes of racing!"

 

Cross Country & Track

Athlete Senior Tressa Coon is planning to run cross country and track and field at Chatham University this fall, where she will study graphic design. Highlights of her high school career include running cross country as a WPIAL runner her sophomore, junior and senior years. She was a WPIAL Track qualifier for 4x8 during her sophomore and junior years and an 800-m qualifier her junior year. She also earned the most-improved runner for cross country her senior year and best runner her junior year.  Academically, she earned the highest honor roll all four years of high school. She qualified for the Future Business Leaders of America at the state level for graphic design as a junior and senior. She placed 10th at states her junior in FBLA. She has served as prom committee president and Mini-THON committee leader. She was a cross country team captain. Finally, she has served as a church worship assistant. "I have had the honor to be coached by many amazing coaches over the years I have been running," said Tressa. " I started running in elementary school with Girls on the Run. Each coach has taught me something new and encouraged me to continue running. I am excited to learn more from Coach Morrow at Chatham. Being able to continue running in college is a huge accomplishment that I have been working toward. Running is one of the few sports that you can continue doing for the rest of your life. This opportunity will help me to become a successful and accomplished running in the future and lead me to running marathons and other races in the future."

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Football

Senior Shane Cafardi is planning to play football as a wide receiver at Allegheny College, where he will study biology.  He helped the team earn the WPIAL Championships in 2017 and 2018. In 2017, he helped the team earn the PIAA State Championship. Academically, he earned the highest honor roll all four years as a student ninth through 12th grade. 
"This opportunity is meaningful to me because it is an opportunity to continue to play the game that I love and to be part of the football family at Allegheny College," said Shane.

Lacrosse
Gessner Senior Kendall Gessner signed to play lacrosse John Carroll University, where she will major in accounting. She was named all-section, helped the team earn two WPIAL championships and competed with the Pittsburgh national team in 2018. Academically, she earned the honor roll. Some of her service and leadership roles included serving as Mini-THON chairperson and student government class officer. She also played basketball and served as team captain. "I couldn’t imagine myself not playing this sport for the next four years, so I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to get the right education while playing the sport I love," said Kendall.Athlete

Senior Brenden Hein will play lacrosse at John Carroll University, where he will study marketing and public relations. During his high school years, he participated in the Best Buddies program and served in the St. Richard Youth Ministry.
"I have been playing lacrosse since kindergarten, and it has always been my dream to play at a collegiate level," Brenden said. "Playing for PR Lacrosse has been a privilege the past 10 years. I have learned about myself and how to be a good teammate and friend. My best and lifelong friends have been a part of the program with me."

RMU

Senior Abby Levier is planning to play lacrosse at Robert Morris University, where she will be a goalie for the lacrosse team. She is entering the university's nursing program. Abby served on the National Team for Western Pennsylvania in 2018. She was named an All-American in 2018 and helped the team earn two WPIAL Championships in 2017 & 2018 and section championships in 2016, 2017 & 2018.  She is an honor roll student. She volunteers as a firefighter. "This opportunity means that I have finally reached one of my biggest goals that I had set when I first started playing lacrosse, as well as getting a really good education," said Abby.

 

Athlete Senior Hannah Rust is planning to play lacrosse at John Carroll University in High School she played defense. She will study exercise science in the fall. She helped the team earn section championships in 2016, 2017 and 2018 as well as the WPIAL Championship title in 2018. She earned the highest honor roll in ninth grade, as a sophomore, junior and senior year. She has volunteered her time on the blood drive committee.

 

Athlete Senior Will Harnick will play lacrosse at York College of Pennsylvania, where he will study civil engineering. Will was named All-Section and All-WPIAL honors in 2018. Academically he earned high honor roll and was a member of student government. "I am very humbled and honored to be a part of such a great program," said Will.

 

Athlete Senior Jon Scherer is planning to play lacrosse at Mercyhurst University, where he will study cybersecurity. He has lettered every year in lacrosse during high school. He earned All-Sectio Honors his junior year. Academically, he earned honor roll in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Some of the service activities in which he participated included spending time helping children and adults with disabilities and chronic illnesses at the Woodlands Foundation and volunteering with residents at St. Barnabas by helping out with bingo nights. "I am honored to be able to play the sport I love at a very highly- sought after school," said Jon. "It will allow me to learn to manage my time with academics and athletics as well as allowing me to become close with a team and have a support system throughout my college years. Earning the opportunity to play on a college team teaches me to be humble, knowing I have people that believe in my abilities at an academic and athletic level."

 

 

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Senior Bailey Devinney is planning to play softball for Seton Hill University, where she will study biochemistry. She lettered for varsity all four years. Academically, she earned the high honor roll for three years.

"This chance to play in college allows me to continue to play the sport I fell in love with," said Bailey. "I have worked for this accomplishment ever since I was 12."

 

Athlete Soccer
Senior Brian McCarthy signed to play soccer as a midfielder at Slippery Rock University. He earned All-State, All-WPIAL & All-Section in 2018-2019. He also earned honor roll status academically.  He served as the captain of the high school varsity team.

"This opportunity gives me a chance to be able to play at a higher level," said Brian.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Athlete Volleyball

Senior Luke Olson is planning to play volleyball at Messiah College, where he will study business. He was an outside hitter in high school and plans to continue that role in college. He earned 2nd team all-section and 3rd team All WPIAL in ninth grade. He was named to the 1st Team All-Section and 2nd Team All-WPIAL his junior year. He was also named to the  2019 American Volleyball Coaches Association Boys High School All-America Watch List, a first for the boys volleyball program at Pine-Richland. He was also named a WPIAL Player of the Week in 2019.  Luke served as team captain for the Steel City Volleyball Club and team captain for Pine-Richland his junior and senior years.

"This is an opportunity for me to peruse my passion in the sport of volleyball at a faith-based college," said Luke. "I am excited to balance my academic learning with being apart of an amazing team contributing to the community at Messiah. I am determined to work hard both in the classroom and on the court to accomplish my goals and to be an asset to the volleyball team at Messiah College.

 

February 6, 2019

Field Hockey

 

Alora SharronPlayer
Christopher Newport University
Senior Alora Sharron signed to play field hockey at Christopher Newport University, where she will major in business & marketing. The midfielder was named Rookie of the Year in 2015 and a scholar-athlete four years. She has been a four-year varsity starter, varsity captain and named to the 2017 high school national academic squad and was a scholar of distinction. In 2018, she earned WPIAL Honorable Mention. She is a national merit scholar, earned a business award and earned highest honor roll. She volunteered her services to work in Peru and helped volunteer with the PR Field Hockey Youth program.

"Being given the opportunity to continue playing the sport I love means a lot to me, and I am extremely grateful," said Alora.  "I look forward to playing at a higher level and making new friendships as being a part of a team. I am excited that I still have another four years to play. My younger sister, Alexa Sharron, is also a field hockey player that I was lucky enough to play with throughout high school. I will miss playing by her side, but I can’t wait to see what else she will bring to the Varsity Field Hockey team!"

 

 

Football

Player Michael Dorundo, II
Duquesne University

Senior Michael Dorundo signed to play football as an offensive lineman at Duquesne University, where he plans on majoring in biomedical engineering. In high school, he earned All-State in addition to earning All-Conference twice. He earned the highest honor roll and was a two-time Future Business Leaders of America State qualifier. He served as an FBLA treasurer and a student government officer. He helped the team earn two WPIAL championships and a state championship.

"The opportunity to be a student-athlete at Duquesne provides me the opportunity to continue playing football, the sport that I love while pursuing my education in engineering at a great university," said Michael.

 

 

 

Player Merrick Miller
Denison University

Senior Merrick Miller signed to play football as a linebacker at Denison University, where he will be a pre-med major. He helped the team earn two WPIAL championships and a state championship. He earned the highest honor roll through all four years. He is a volunteer at Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh. 

"Denison University is a perfect fit academically and athletically," said Merrick. "It gives me the chance to compete in a strong football program at a great academic school. Denison University is the first step to becoming an Optometrist and managing my own practice."

 

 

 

Player Tyler Rudduck
Washington & Jefferson College

Senior Tyler Rudduck signed to play football as an offensive left tackle at Washington & Jefferson College, where he plans to major in Business.  He helped the team earn two WPIAL championships and a state championship.  He was named IMG Player of the Week his senior year as a varsity player. 

"This opportunity means a lot," said Tyler. "I’m happy and excited to continue to play the sport I love at the next level."

 

 

 

 

Player Dylan Stenson
Youngstown State University
Senior Dylan Stenson signed to play football at Youngstown State University as a wide receiver and defensive back. He helped the team earn two WPIAL championships and a state championship.

"It is a great opportunity to play for a great football program," said Dylan.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Dec. 19, 2018

 

Football

Signing Michael Katic
Indiana University
Senior Michael Katic signed to play football at Indiana University.  The offensive guard helped the PRSD team to earn two WPIAL titles and a state championship. He will study business at Indiana University.
"This scholarship is providing me the opportunity to play Big 10 football while earning a first-class education," said senior Michael Katic.

 
 

 

 

 

player Tyler King
US Naval Academy
Senior Tyler King committed to play football at the US Naval Academy. The senior is an All-State, First Team All-Conference player during his junior and senior years. He helped the team earn two WPIAL championships and one state championship. He also served as the team captain. While playing football, he was able to earn the highest honor roll. He was selected to play in the International Bowl.
"This opportunity means I will receive the highest level of education, play football in a very competitive conference, and serve my country," said senior Tyler King.

 

 

player Andrew Kristofic
Notre Dame
Senior Andrew Kristofic committed to play football at Notre Dame.  The offensive/defensive tackle will major in business and play on the Notre Dame team as an offensive tackle. He was named a US Army All-American. He also earned First Team All-State, All WPIAL, All-Conference.  He was also named one of the Fabulous 22. He earned honor roll status all four years. He helped the team earn two WPIAL championships and one state championship. He was selected to play in the  All-American Bowl.
"I am honored and excited for this opportunity to play football and study at Notre Dame," said senior Andrew Kristofic.

 
 
 

Nov. 14, 2018

Baseball

Student Jared Armstrong
High Point University

Senior Jared Armstrong signed to play baseball at High Point University. He will play second base and shortstop. He earned his varsity letter his junior year and made all-section as an honorable mention during his junior year. He has achieved the highest honor roll all throughout high school and was a member of the National Honors Society junior and senior years. He has logged more than 100 hours by serving on the Wolfe Pack organization helping others.
“This offer means I have earned and been given the opportunity to play Division I Baseball while earning a degree,” said Jared.

Student Josh Johnson
Kent State University
Senior Josh Johnson signed to play baseball at Kent State University, where he will study physical therapy. As an outfielder, he lettered all four years as a varsity player. He was named to the Second All-Team Section in 2017 and as All-Section Honorable Mention in 2018. He also helped his team earn the WPIAL Championship Title in 2017. He maintains a high grade-point average.

“This offer means the world to me because I worked so hard to achieve this,” Josh said. “IT means so much that I have been given the opportunity to play at the next level.”

Student Troy LaNeve
Vanderbilt University

Senior Troy LaNeve signed to play baseball at Vanderbilt University, where he will study psychology. He helped the team earn a WPIAL Championship Title in 2017. He was named First Team All-Section in 2017 and Second Team All-Section in 2018. He earned a spot on the 2017-2018 Future Stars National Team and was a TEAM USA Alternate in 2015. He earned honor-roll status in high school and is a member of the Wolfe Pack and served as a volunteer in the Jubilee Kitchen. 
“This means everything to me and my family,” said Troy “My parents provide so much for me and this offer is something I have earned for them. In my eyes it is what I can do to give back for all they have done.”

Student Matthew Wood
Penn State University

Senior Matthew Wood signed to play baseball as a catcher at Penn State University, where he will study business management. He helped lead his team to a WPIAL Championship in 2017 and was named to the 1st Team All-Section in 2018. He earned the highest honor and is a member of the Wolfe Pack, which does service projects.
“Signing to play at Penn State Univesrity means the world to me,” Matthew said. “I worked very hard on and off the field and receiving an offer from a school that is the perfect fit for me is a great feeling.”

 

 

Field Hockey


Student Lauren Peterman
Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Senior Lauren Peterman signed to play field hockey for the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she will major in secondary English education. At PR, she helped lead the team to a WPIAL Championship and twice as a WPIAL Runner-Up. She is an honor roll student and has assisted with the Pine-Richland Youth Center Field Hockey program.  “It is important because I will be the only player from Western PA on the IUP team,” said Lauren. “It's a chance to show how far the sport has come on this side of the state.  It gives me an opportunity to do something I love in a new environment. I would like to thank all the people who have helped me grow as an athlete and student. PR has left me with some of the greatest opportunities, and for that I am thankful.”

Golf

Student Lauren Freyvogel
Penn State University

Senior Lauren Freyvogel signed to play golf at Penn State University, where she will major in business. She is the captain of the varsity team and earned the 2017 PIAA AAA State Golf Championship; the 2017 West Region Golf Championship & the 2017 Tri-State PGA Qualifier Junior PGA Championship. Academically, she has earned the highest honor roll every quarter in high school and was named to the 2018 American Junior Golf Association Transamerica Scholastic Honor Roll and named a three-time Esmark High School All-American. She has volunteered 70 hours of church-related service work. “I’m so excited and honored to join the women’s golf team at PSU after I graduate from high school,” Lauren said. “I’m very grateful for the opportunity to pursue my                                                                academic studies and my passion for golf at such an amazing university.”

Lacrosse

Student Senior Ben Barnes
Seton Hill University
Senior Ben Barnes signed to play lacrosse at Seton Hill University, where he plans to major in cybersecurity. He was named Varsity Rookie of the Year in ninth grade and was selected to the 2016 Brine National Lacrosse Team in represented Pennsylvania. He has earned multiple honor-roll distinctions. He serves as the varsity team captain and is a member of the Best Buddies Club.

“I am honored to be continuing my education at a nationally recognized university while continuing my play at the next level with such a great lacrosse program and coaches,” said Ben.

 

Athlete Senior Carly Switala

signed to play lacrosse at Shippensburg University, where she will study biology.  She helped the team earn the WPIAL Championships in 2017 and 2018. She is a four-year starter for the True Lacrosse Travel Team.

She is a merit scholar, a scholar-athlete awardee and earned the highest honor roll. She is a member of the National Honor Society and co-chair of the MiniTHON Fundraising Committee. She has served for the Mission from Mars outreach program and participated in the Appalachia Mission Trip.

“This opportunity means so much to me because I have grown to love this game and can’t even imagine ending my career after high school. I am so thankful for this chance to play in college,” Carly said. “Thank you to all my friends, family, teammates, and coaches for supporting me and pushing me to get better!”

 

Soccer

Student Alaina Kalin
Indiana University Bloomington
Senior Alaina Kalin signed to play soccer at Indiana University Bloomington, where she will study criminal justice. She has been named to the Big 56, All-WPIAL, and All-Section Teams. She earned the highest honor roll all four years at Pine-Richland High School. She serves as the captains of the PRHS Girls Soccer Team.

“It means so much to me because I have been working for this basically my whole life,” said Alaina.

 

Volleyball

Student Madelyn Schieder
Villanova University

Senior Madelyn Schieder signed to play volleyball at Villanova University, where she will study communications.  She has been named 1st Team All-Section, 1st Team All-Big Section for two years and a four-year varsity letterman. Academically, she earned the highest honor roll for all four years. She services as the vice president of the Spanish Club.

“I have been working for this much whole life; it is the best feeling to accomplish the goal of your dreams. It’s the sport I have fallen in love with,” said Madelyn. 

 

Collage of athletes and families

 

Collage of athletes and families

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Collage of athletes and families

Collage of athletes and families

Collage of athletes and families

 

Collage of athletes and families

 

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