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December 2, 2013

LOCAL ATHLETES: Pair of locals lead Behrend in the pool

MEADVILLE — A pair of Penn State Behrend freshmen were in action Nov. 26, as Meadville graduate Holcy Furlong and General McLane grad Lloyd Koester each took part in four events for the swimming and diving team against Gannon.

The Division II match went in favor of the Golden Knights 160-75.

Furlong and Koester teamed up on the 400-yard medley relay, taking fourth place in the event.

The pair were back together for the 200-yard freestyle relay, taking fifth as a group in that race.

Koester finished fourth in the 50-yard backstroke with a time of 29.42, and placed fifth overall in the 500-yard freestyle, posting a time of 5:31.64.

Furlong had a sixth place finish in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 25.77, and also competed in the 100-yard freestyle, finishing in sixth place.

Former Cochranton wrestler and 2012 graduate Matt Bryer was in action Nov. 24, as his Lock Haven Bald Eagles hosted No. 1 Penn State.

Bryer, who wrestles at 133 pounds, lost by decision to No. 11-ranked Jordan Conaway 10-5. Bryer, now in his sophomore year at Lock Haven, won 19 matches his freshman season, and earned a spot on the Eastern Wrestling League’s All-Academic team.

Casey Baker scored six point and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds during Urbana’s 77-52 loss to Mercyhurst on Saturday. Baker, a junior, starred at Conneaut Valley during his high school career.

Baker is off to a solid start for the Blue Knights. Through six games he is second on the team with an 11.3 scoring average. He is shooting 52 percent from the floor and leads the team in both rebounds (46) and rebounds per game (7.7).

Former Lakeview standout Casey Greggs made the most of his eight minutes when Edinboro faced Penn State New Kensington last Tuesday. Greggs, a freshman for the Fighting Scots, made his third appearance of the season, scoring the first two points and grabbing the first two rebounds of his EUP career. The Scots beat PSU New Kensington 101-65.

Do you know of other local athletes performing in the college ranks? Let us know so we can keep an eye out for how they are doing during the course of the year. Email us at with the athletes name, high school and year graduated, and college and current class.

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