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Local athletes continue their excellence

Kevin Conlon, Bellwood-Antis grad, continues to lead the Pittsburgh-Greensburg basketball team in scoring. The sophomore guard is averaging 14.5 points per game for the Bobcats, who are currently 10-4 overall and 3-1 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC), tied with Penn State Behrend for first place. Conlon also leads the team in three-pointers made with 25 and assists with 48 and is among the team leaders in rebounds, steals and free throw percentage.
Andrea Nulton, former Tyrone athlete, has been making her presence felt in the pool for Juniata College this winter. Andrea, a freshman, finished third in the 500 freestyle in a tri-meet with California University and Lock Haven University on Jan. 13, was part of the winning 400 meter freestyle relay and was runnerup in the 400 and 800 freestyle races in a dual meet against Widener on Jan. 18 and was second in both the 400 and 800 freestyles against in a meet with Susquehanna on Jan. 25. The Juniata College womens swim team is currently 4-2 against Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) and 8-3 overall.
Josh Tyler scored a career high 29 points and pulled down a personal best 10 rebounds in a Juniata College loss to Pitt-Greensburg. For the season, Tyler, a junior from Bellwood-Antis, is averaging six points and 2.4 rebounds per game in about 10 minutes of playing time per contest. Juniata College is currently 7-6 overall and 2-2 in the Commonwealth Conference. Tyler has made three starts for Juniata.
Alanna Daniels has started seven of 17 games for Seton Hill and is averaging nearly 21 minutes and scored 19 and 13 points in back-to-back games this week. The freshman from Tyrone, is averaging 6.3 points per game 1.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists per contest.
Seton Hill is 9-8 overall and 5-3 in the American Midwest Conference.
Randi Baker, a senior from Bellwood-Antis, and Missy Wertz, a sophomore from Bellwood-Antis have been a big part of the reason for Mount Aloysius womens basketball team going 10-3 thus far with their inside presence. Randi averages 29 minutes per game and has started 11 of the Lady Mounties 13 games. She is second to Altoona’s Ginger Fanelli in points scored, minutes played and rebounds and is averaging 11.2 points and five rebounds per contest.
Missy Wertz has started seven of 13 games and is averaging 20 minutes and seven points per game.
Wertz scored 10 points and Baker added eight on Saturday in a 75-57 win over a tough Southern Virgia University and then on Sunday had a rematch with between Mount Aloysius and Apprentice School, the two teams in the USCAA championship last year. In that game, Apprentice won 61-55 in the National Championship Game played in Auburn, Maine. This time the Mount pounded Apprentice 80-56 with Baker scoring seven points and three steals and Wertz had four points, including a three-pointer that crushed a potential Apprentice comeback.
Eric Castorina has started 15 of 17 games for IUP as a sophomore averaging 29 minutes . Eric has a team-high 71 assists and is averaing 6.4 points and three rebounds per contest.
IUP started off well, but has gone into a slump lately, losing all of three Pennsylvania Athletic Conference Eastern Division games to fall to 10-7 overall.
“We started out strong,” said Castorina, “but have gone into a skid. We want to try and get over the hump and are loking forward to turning it around starting now.