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Men’s Basketball: Titans Honored by NABC for Academics

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) today announced the second annual 2013-14 Team Academic Excellence Awards, created by the NABC Committee on Academics. The Westminster College men's basketball team earned a spot on the distinguished list.
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Men’s Basketball: Titan Great Chuck Davis Passes Away at 75

Monday, July 7, 2014

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Former Westminster College men's basketball great Chuck Davis passed away on Thursday, June 26 in Brooklyn, New York after suffering a heart attack at the age of 75.
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Westminster Produces 54 Athletes on Spring Academic Honor Roll

Sunday, June 29, 2014

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) recognized 54 Westminster College student-athletes who were named to the PAC Spring 2014 Academic Honor Roll.
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Westminster Celebrates 2013-14 Athletic Accomplishments at WESPY Awards

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College Department of Athletics and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) hosted the 11th Annual WESPY Awards (Westminster Exceptional Sports Performances of the Year) Tuesday night at Orr Auditorium. The WESPYs honored team MVPs for all 18 varsity sports teams, as well as several annual awards and recognition of top athletic achievements throughout the 2013-14 academic year.

Highlighting the event was the awarding of the David B. Fawcett and Marjorie A. Walker Awards, given annually to honor and acknowledge those individuals who best exemplify the qualities of fairness, sportsmanship, leadership, determination and competitiveness. The Fawcett Award was given to senior men's track & field and basketball Anthony Thomas (New Castle, PA / Union) and the Walker Award was presented to senior women's track & field Haley Gabor (New Kensington, PA / Ford City).

Thomas, a four-year letterman in basketball and track & field, was a four-year starter and three-time All-Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Honorable Mention in basketball where he scored his 1,326 career point (14th all-time) this past season. Thomas, a member of four PAC Track & Field championship teams, earned All-PAC First Team in 2013 and 2014, was the PAC Championship Field Event MVP in 2013, and holds two school records. Thomas, a communication major, has volunteered with the Special Olympics bowling and has helped with his Alma Mater, Union High School, at youth basketball camps.

Gabor, a four-year letterwinner in track & field, was the PAC Track Athlete Co-MVP, All-PAC First Team, and PAC Champion in the 200m and in the 1600m relay at the 2014 PAC Outdoor Championship. Gabor was also the gold medalist in the 200m and in the 1600m relay at the 2014 PAC Indoor Championship. Gabor, an All-PAC First Team honoree in Outdoor T&F in 2012 and 2013, was named the PAC T&F Championship MVP in 2012. Gabor holds five school records and was the high point scorer on two PAC Championship T&F teams. Gabor, a chemistry major, was a three-year SAAC representative and also represented Westminster at the PAC SAAC banquet. Gabor volunteered for Special Olympics bowling and was a recipient for an exceptional leadership scholarship.

The WESPY award, given for the top single-event athletic performance by a Titan male and female student-athlete, was voted on by the entire campus community via e-mail ballot.

The men's WESPY went to junior swimmer Steven Brooks (Boardman, OH / Boardman). At the PAC championship meet, Brooks was the overall high point scorer to win the Meet MVP, the PAC Swimmer of the Year award, and was All-PAC 1st Team.  He won seven gold medals (four individual and three relay) at the meet and set new school records in both the 100 and 200 backstroke events.  He also qualified in two events for the NCAA D-III National Championship Meet.

For the second-straight year, the women's WESPY went to track and field sophomore Marissa Kalsey (Waynesburg, PA / Waynesburg). Kalsey finished in second place at the NCAA D-III Indoor Track & Field Championships to earn her third track & field All-American citation. She cleared 3.95 meters (12' 11 ½"), just .05 meters off her school record and personal best.  Her second place performance is the highest finish in Westminster history by any track & field athlete, male or female, in national competition. 

The Senior Scholar Athlete awards are given annually to the graduating senior male and female student-athletes with the highest cumulative grade-point averages. The men's award went to baseball senior Nick Reinthaler (Canfield, OH / Canfield) and the women's award went to volleyball senior Rebecca Riemer (Pittsburgh, PA / Mount Lebanon).

The following is a list of all other awards presented at Tuesday's ceremony:

WESPY AWARDS:
Honorary Titan Award - Cliff Yonata
Unsung Hero of the Year- (W)-Haley Casuccio, Soccer, (M)-Kory Gribbin, Football
Rookie of the Year-  (W)-Cassidy Shepherd, Track & Field, (M)-Dan Pletz, Swim& Dive
Two-Sport Athlete of the Year- (W)-Shelby Brown, Basketball and Softball, (M)-Anthony Thomas, Basketball and Track & Field
Comeback Athlete of the Year- (W)-Courtney Zitt, Basketball, (M)-David Wright, Football        Team Comeback of the Year-(W)-Softball vs. Thiel, (M)-Football vs. Bethany
Team Performance of the Year-(W)-Tennis, (M)-Track & Field
                                                                                                     
TEAM MVPs:
BASEBALL-John Jones                                   
BASKETBALL (W)-Gabby Holko                                 
BASKETBALL (M)-Anthony Thomas                         
C. COUNTRY (W)-Jenny Jones                    
C. COUNTRY (M)-Aaron Sutton                                
FOOTBALL-Dak Britt                                                       
GOLF (W)-Morgan Pierce                            
GOLF (M)-Ross Montanti                                              
SOCCER (W)-Jordan Steele                                           
SOCCER (M)-Ethan McCarthy                     
SOFTBALL- Lauren Stoczynski                                       
SWIMMING (W)-Erin Erdley                                       
SWIMMING (M)-Alan Nedley                    
TENNIS (W)-Caitie Hosler                                             
TENNIS (M)-Troy Abbott                                             
TRACK Indoor (W)-Haley Gabor               
TRACK Indoor (M)-Jason Frawley                            
TRACK Outdoor (W)-Haley Gabor                            
TRACK Outdoor (M)-Jason Frawley
VOLLEYBALL-Megan Romocean

Faculty members that were recognized for their support of Titan student-athletes inside and outside the classroom:                                                                        
-Dr. Andrew Ade, English.
-Dr. Helen Boylan-Furnari, Chemistry.
-Mr. Jesse Ligo, Business Administration.
-Dr. Robin Lind, Music.
-Dr. Sararose Lynch, Education.
-Dr. Kristenne Robison, Sociology

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 378 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

Westminster Prepares for NCAA's Third Division III Week

Sunday, April 6, 2014

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster will be joining nearly 450 other NCAA Division III institutions to celebrate Division III Week this week, April 7-13. This is the third year that a week has been set aside by the NCAA to recognize those member institutions whose intercollegiate athletic programs compete in D-III. 

Division III Week provides each school and conference with the opportunity to shine a spotlight on the well-rounded collegiate experience enjoyed by the Division III student-athlete. The event is part of Division III's Identity Initiative, which was introduced in 2010 to sharpen the division's identity and to enable schools and conferences to more effectively explain why they prefer to compete in Division III. The initiative has been guided by a strategic-positioning platform, describing Division III as a place where student-athletes can "follow your passions and develop your potential," within an approach that combines rigorous academics, competitive sports and an opportunity to pursue other interests.

Here is a list of DIII Week activities on Westminster's campus:
April 7-11: Division III Trivia Contest
April 10: Recognition luncheon for student-athletes honored on Fall 2013 PAC Academic Honor Roll.
April 11: Ninth annual SAAC Field Day for Wilmington fourth grade students; lunch and t-shirts provided.
April 12: Hosting annual Special Olympics Basketball Tournament; this is the third year for Westminster
to host this event in which Titan SAAC representatives and their teammates volunteer as referees and coaches for a tournament organized by Lawrence County Special Olympics; Student-Athlete Appreciation Day - This is the fifth year for this event which involves a picnic lunch at the Field House for Westminster student-athletes; Lawrence County Special Olympics athletes and coaches are also invited to attend.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 378 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

Men's Basketball: Thomas and Carswell Earn All-PAC Honors

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

GREENVILLE, Pa. - The Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) released its 2013-14 All-PAC Men's Basketball teams. Westminster senior Anthony Thomas (New Castle, Pa./Union) and sophomore Paul Carswell (Painesville, Ohio/Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) earned spots on the honorable mention team.
 
Thomas ranked sixth overall in the PAC averaging 14.5 points per game and stood second in the league in assists averaging 4.2 per game. Among the Titans, he led with a total of 376 points. This was Thomas's third All-PAC nod of his career. Thomas finished his collegiate career 14th all-time in Titan men's basketball history with 1,326 career points and third all-time with 374 career assists. 
 
Carswell, who earned his first All-PAC honor of his career, stood fifth in the league in free throw percentage at 83.8% (140-167) for the season. He ranked second among the Titans in points per game averaging 14.2 and finished second in rebounds averaging 4.2 per contest.
 
The Titans finished the season 3-23 overall and finished eighth in the PAC with a 2-14 conference record.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 378 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

Men's Basketball: Titans Finish 2013-14 Season

Monday, February 24, 2014

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College men's basketball team ended its season as the Titans lost, 88-74, to Geneva in the 2013-14 Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Championship Tournament "Play-In" game Monday night inside Buzz Ridl Gymnasium.

The first half consisted of eight ties and 10 lead changes. Westminster took an early 8-2 lead after sophomore Paul Carswell (Painesville, OH / Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) converted on his second-consecutive traditional three-point play with 16:35 remaining in the first half. Geneva (6-20), however, responded with a 6-0 run, and tied the game, 8-8, with 14:12 on the clock. Geneva took its largest lead of the half when it led 34-31 with 2:41 to play. A buzzer-beater layup from Carswell tied the game, 38-38, at halftime.

Geneva took its first double-digit lead of 53-43 after it went on a 15-5 run to start the second half with 16:06 remaining. Westminster got within six points of Geneva's lead twice, the latest coming with 6:03 to play. The Golden Tornadoes held their largest lead of 16 points with 1:33 on the clock.

For the game, Geneva out-shot Westminster 55.4% (31-56) to 43.3% (26-60) and out-rebounded the Titans 36-30.   

Three Titans scored in double-digits, led by senior Anthony Thomas (New Castle, PA / Union) with a game-high 27 points. Carswell and sophomore Charlie Wallander (Pittsburgh, PA / Baldwin) followed with 18 and 10 points, respectively. Westminster freshman Matt Getsy (Mars, PA / Mars) led on the glass as he tied a career-high with a team-high eight rebounds. Carswell added seven boards, while freshman Coty Gander (Jackson Center, PA / Lakeview) tallied five. Gander also led Westminster with three blocks.

Tyler Damazo led Geneva with 20 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.

Westminster ended the season with a 3-23 overall record and a 2-14 mark in the PAC.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 378 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

Men's Basketball: Titans Drop, 74-72, to Geneva on Senior Day

Saturday, February 22, 2014

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College men's basketball team lost, 74-72, to Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) foe Geneva at home for Senior Day on Saturday. Titan senior Anthony Thomas (New Castle, PA / Union) scored a game- and career-high 30 points (12-for-20).

Westminster (3-22, 2-14 PAC) had their largest lead of six points in the first half on different occasions, with the last one coming with 2:42 on the clock. The Titans led 30-29 at halftime.

Geneva (5-20, 1-15 PAC) battled back and led by as much as nine points (44-35) with 13:42 to play in the game. The Titans responded and eventually tied the game at 64 after a two-handed dunk from senior Anthony Thomas with 5:23 on the clock. Westminster had a 72-71 lead with 42 seconds remaining after a layup from Thomas, however Geneva knocked down two free throws (two possessions later) with 18 seconds left. Westminster had a chance with less than a second remaining, but an in-bound pass to the basket came up short.

For the game, Westminster out-shot Geneva 47.6% (30-63) to 42.6% (26-61) and out-rebounded the Golden Tornadoes 42-38.

Titan sophomore Charlie Wallander (Pittsburgh, PA / Baldwin) also scored in double digits with 13 points. Westminster freshmen Matt Getsy (Mars, PA / Mars), Coty Gander (Jackson Center, PA / Lakeview), and John Arcuri (Oakmont, PA / Saint Joseph) added nine, eight, and seven points, respectively. Wallander also led the Titans with nine rebounds, while Thomas and Gander had eight boards each.

Westminster, the eighth-seed, and Geneva, the ninth-seed, will start the 2013-14 PAC Championship Tournament on Monday with the league's third annual "play-in" game. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. in New Wilmington. The winner will travel to the top-seeded Bethany on Tuesday for one of four quarterfinal matchups.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 378 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

Men's Basketball: Titans Drop at Home to Grove City

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College men's basketball team lost, 62-49, at home to Grove City in Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) action on Wednesday.

Westminster (4-20, 2-13 PAC) led 24-22 with 2:34 to go in the first half. Grove City, however, responded (10-13, 7-8 PAC) with an 8-2 run and led 30-26 at halftime.

In the second half, the Wolverines took their first double-digit lead of 52-41 with 7:18 remaining. Grove City maintained its double-figure lead for the rest of the game.

Grove City out-shot Westminster 43.6% (24-55) to 36.7% (18-49) and out-rebounded the Titans 37-30.   

Titan senior Anthony Thomas (New Castle, PA / Union) scored a team-high 13 points. Westminster freshman Coty Gander (Jackson Center, PA / Lakeview) tallied a career-high 11 points and a career- and game-high nine rebounds. Thomas added seven boards and a team-high five assists. Titan freshmen John Arcuri (Oakmont, PA / Saint Joseph) and Matt Getsy (Mars, PA / Mars) added seven points each.

Isaiah Reeves led Grove City with a game-high 14 points, while teammate J.T. Schwartz grabbed down a team-high eight rebounds.

Westminster will host Geneva on Saturday at 4 p.m. for its Senior Day.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 378 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

Men's Basketball: Titans Fall in Physical Game at Waynesburg

Saturday, February 15, 2014

WAYNESBURG, Pa. - The Westminster College men's basketball team lost, 72-57, at Waynesburg on Saturday night in Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) action.

The first half included five ties with the fifth one coming with 2:15 remaining with a score of 32-32. Waynesburg (13-11, 8-7 PAC) responded with an 8-0 run to take a 40-32 lead with 26 seconds to go. A Titan three-pointer from junior Nate Herrmann (Avon, CT / Seneca Valley) cut the Yellow Jackets' lead to 40-35, which remained the halftime score.

In the second half, Waynesburg took its first double-digit lead, 45-35, with 16:26 on the clock. Westminster (3-20, 2-12 PAC) orchestrated a 14-8 run to cut the Yellow Jacket's lead to 53-49 with 10:47 left. The Titans, however, would not get any closer as Waynesburg outscored Westminster 19-8 in the remaining minutes.

For the game, Waynesburg out-shot Westminster 39.4% (26-66) to 35.7% (20-56) and out-rebounded the Titans 41-38.

Senior Anthony Thomas (New Castle, PA / Union) and freshman Matt Getsy (Mars, PA / Mars) led the Titans in scoring with 20 and 12 points, respectively. Thomas' points were a game-high. Westminster sophomore Charlie Wallander (Pittsburgh, PA / Baldwin) led on the glass with a game-high 10 rebounds. Herrmann added a career-high six rebounds.

Jacob Fleegle led the Yellow Jackets with team-highs of 13 points and seven rebounds.

Westminster will play two more games (both at home) to finish out the regular season. The Titans will host Grove City on Wednesday at 8 p.m. and Geneva next Saturday at 4 p.m.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 378 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

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