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November 25, 2013

Collegiate Update: Severo shines during junior season with Eagles

Victoria Severo, a 2011 graduate of Meadville High School, saw her junior campaign at the University of Charleston (W. Va.) come to a close on Friday. Or did she?

The Golden Eagles had been riding an 11-game win streak before losing to Fairmont State 20-25, 25-18, 25-18, 25-21 in the Mountain East Conference semifinals, falling to 22-9 on the season. And while the winner of the MEC tournament gets an automatic berth in the NCAA Division II Championships, there are still a few at-large berths up for grabs. Charleston will find out if it gets one of those bids when the D-II selection show takes place today at 7:30 p.m.

If no spot is given to the Golden Eagles, Severo will have still had a spectacular season.

She has 246 kills, which rank her second on the team. She leads the team in attack percentage (.304), stuff blocks (25), block assists (90) and total blocks (115). Those numbers are a big reason the accolades have been rolling in.

Two weeks ago, she was named the MEC’s Player of the Week as she led Charleston to a 3-0 record. She has also been named to the West Virgiania Athletic Commission Honor Roll, which awards juniors or seniors who have obtained a 3.3 or higher cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale at the end of the term of attendance in which the sport was concluded. And on Nov. 20, she was named to the first team of the All-Mountain East Conference squad.

But Severo is not the only local making noise at the college level this past week.

n Meadville graduate and Pitt University senior Shelton Mack was the top wrestler at 133 pounds during the Keystone Classic wrestling tournament, held Nov. 24 at The Palestra at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Mack opened with a 14-3 major decision over American’s Spencer Slishman. He then won his next three bouts by a point, beating Indiana’s Chris Catan 3-2 in the quarterfinals and Rider’s Chuck Zeisloft 3-2 in the semis.

In the championship bout, Mack took on Northwestern’s Dom Malone. The two traded escapes during regulation to finish tied at 1-1. After a scoreless overtime, Mack started down for the first rideout period and escaped in seven seconds. He then stayed on top of Malone for 30 seconds in the second rideout to win the match 2-1.

Pitt finished fourth overall at the American Classic. Mack and 174-pounder Tyler Wilps were the only tournament champions for the Panthers.

n Laura Kirk saw a terrific freshman season at Gwynedd-Mercy College come to an end recently. The 2013 Maplewood grad was one of just two GM players to earn a spot on the All-Colonial State Athletic Conference team this season. Kirk, who was third on the Griffins in digs, was picked for the All-Sportsmanship team.

n Cochranton alum Erin Erdley continues to make waves for the Westminster College swimming and diving team. The Titans improved to 6-0 on the season with a 124-88 win over Chatham this past week, and Erdley picked up some key points with a victory in the 200-yard butterfly (2:22.99)

n The Thiel College wrestling team recently went 3-1 at the Mount Union Duals on Saturday and a pair of locals played a hand in the showing. Shawn Reynolds, a sophomore who graduated from Cambridge Springs, made his mark with a 25-second pin against Michael Sheehan in the Tomcats’ 40-6 win over Gettysburg. Former Saegertown standout Sean Byham notched a 7-0 win over Kalaan Washington, but Thiel was defeated by nationally ranked Messiah, 21-15.

n Urbana University junior Casey Baker, a standout at Conneaut Valley, posted team bests for points (14) and rebounds (seven) against Virginia-Wise on Saturday. Depite Baker’s work, the Blue Knights were unable to overcome a slow start and lost 76-48.

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