MECHANICSBURG — Philipsburg-Osceola captured the PIAA Class 2A girls volleyball championship on Saturday at Cumberland Valley High School.
P-O topped Trinity of District 3, 28-26, 22-25, 25-21, 25-21. The Lady Mounties, who had finished as runners-up to Trinity in 2020, were also the Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference champs and District 6 champs this year.
Another District 6 team, West Branch, fell in the Class 1A final for the second straight year, falling to Elk County Catholic, 25-20, 25-20, 25-12.
PSU women advance
UNIVERSITY PARK — In one of the most dramatic contests of the 2023 season, Penn State overcame a late deficit against Saint Louis to reach the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Championship, logging a 4-3 overtime win over the Billikens on Jeffrey Field Sunday.
The Lady Lions continue their run through the national tournament on the road at top-seeded Clemson next weekend.
Juniata women move on
HUNTINGDON — The NCAA Division III No. 1-ranked Juniata women’s volleyball team is headed to California following its 25-18, 25-20, 25-12 win over Mary Washington Saturday in the NCAA Sweet 16 at Memorial Gymnasium.
Olivia Foley was named Most Outstanding Player of the regional, while Kiona Sky Rousset-Hernandez and Mackenzie Coley joined her on the all-tournament team.
The win put the Eagles at 32-0, with their winning streak at 59.
This will be the 33rd time the Juniata women’s volleyball team has appeared in the Elite 8 and the third consecutive year.
The Lady Eagles will play in the Elite 8 hosted by Claremont Mudd Scripps in Claremont, Calif. Nov. 29.
Doyle leads Flash
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. — Cole Doyle recovered from a rocky start to throw four touchdown passes and Jordan Jackson ran for two more as the Saint Francis football team rolled to a 49-14 win over Central Connecticut in its season finale.
The Red Flash (4-6) finished third in the Northeast Conference at 4-3, two games behind conference champion Duquesne.
Doyle threw two interceptions before he completed his second pass to a teammate in the first quarter. Luquay Washington recorded the interception; a 52-yard pick-6 for Central Connecticut.
Doyle threw three touchdown passes, two to Dawson Snyder, including a 32-yard score, and Jackson dashed 28 yards to give Saint Francis a 28-7 lead at intermission. Doyle added a 22-yard touchdown to Jake Bruno and Jackson punched over from the one to make it 42-7 after three quarters.
Doyle finished 16 of 25 for 253 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. Tobee Stokes carried 16 times for 106 yards and a touchdown, and Jackson had 85 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries.
Five Nittany Lions prevail
WEST POINT, N.Y. — The Penn State wrestling team sent 17 wrestlers to the Army Black Knight Invitational on Sunday, and five were crowned champions.
Twelve of Penn State’s 17 wrestlers placed. The Nittany Lions went 47-20 overall at the event.
True freshman Braeden Davis stormed his way to the title at 125, and sophomore Aaron Nagao made his Nittany Lion debut at 133 and dominated the field to claim the title.
Senior Beau Bartlett pinned his way to the finals at 141 and battled true freshman Tyler Kasak in the title bout, working his way to a 4-1 win and the crown.
Redshirt freshman Mitchell Mesenbrink won the title at 165 with a 4-0 record, and true freshman Josh Barr rolled to the championship at 184.