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Chivas Whipple Joins Titan Coaching Staff

Thursday, July 24, 2014

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Chivas Whipple has joined the Westminster coaching staff. Whipple will be an assistant men's basketball coach and the head men's tennis coach.

Whipple brings a wealth of experience to the coaching staff with an impressive playing and coaching background. Whipple recently was an assistant varsity boys basketball coach at Girard High School (OH) from 2011-2013. He also has coaching experience at Ursuline High School (OH), Chaney High School (OH), and at the Youngstown's YMCA.

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Tennis: Titans Earn ITA All-Academic Honors

SKILLMAN, N.J. - The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) has announced its 2014 All-Academic Teams. The Westminster College men's and women's teams both earned the ITA All-Academic Team award, while six Titans earned ITA Scholar-Athlete status.

Junior Lauren Fling (Norton, OH / Norton), senior Caitlin Hosler (Lititz, PA / Manheim Central), freshman Maria Pallone (New Kensington, PA / Valley), and freshman Christijana Vucenovic (West Middlesex, PA / West Middlesex) earned ITA Scholar-Athlete status for the women, while junior Mark Andino (Norwalk, CT / Norwalk) and sophomore Ethan McCarthy (New Castle, PA / Neshannock) earned the honor for the men.

The ITA All-Academic Team award is open to any ITA member program that has a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above (on a 4.00 scale). All eligible student-athletes whose names appear on the NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA, or CA JUCO eligibility form and have competed in one or more varsity matches must average into the GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2013 and spring 2014).

In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a player must meet the following criteria: 1.) be a varsity letter winner, 2.) have a grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year, and 3.) have been enrolled at their present school for at least 2 semesters (including freshman thorough senior year).

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Men’s Tennis: 2014 Review

The Titan men's tennis team, under the guidance of veteran head coach Scott Renninger, placed sixth out of eight teams at the 2014 PAC Championship Tournament held at the Pennbriar Athletic Club. The Titans compiled eight points.

The Titans had four fourth-place finishes at the championship tournament, three in singles play and one in doubles. The Titans finished their 2013-14 season with a 6-7 overall record and 4-3 PAC record.

Sophomore Troy Abbott (Seven Fields, PA / Seneca Valley) led the Titans with 9-7 record at no. 1 singles. Abbott teamed up with junior Mike Matisi (Lowellville, OH / Lowellville) with a team- best six wins at no. 1 doubles.

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Longtime Westminster Coach Scott Renninger Retires

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College coach Scott "Scooter" Renninger has retired after 36 years serving as a coach, teacher, or an administrator at Westminster.

Renninger finished his 15th year as head coach of the men's tennis team and his ninth as head coach of the women's squad. He owned an 80-145 (.356) record as the men's coach and a 120-43 (.736) mark as the women's coach.

"The contributions made and the lives touched by Scott Renninger over the past 36 years here at Westminster are countless," Director of Athletics Jim Dafler said. "He leaves a legacy in athletics and physical education as an exceptional coach and teacher and also one as a mentor and an inspirational leader for every student he came in contact over the years.  He will no doubt be missed and we wish him and his wife, Phyllis, all the best."

Renninger, the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Women's Tennis Coach of the Year for three straight years from 2006-08, led the Titan women to their first PAC Championship in school history in the 2012-13 season and their first trip to the NCAA Division III Tournament this past season after winning their second-straight PAC Championship. Over the past five years, the women have won 90% (82-9) of their overall matches and 93% (41-3) of their conference matches.

As the Titan men's coach, Renninger led the team to an improvement in wins in each of his first three seasons including the 2002 team that went 10-6, a win total that was duplicated by the 2004 team that went 10-9. Two of Renninger's men's teams (2004, 2006) placed second in the PAC.

Renninger has served on the Titan coaching staff since arriving in New Wilmington in 1978. He served as an assistant coach for the Titan football team from that time until 2004. In 1999, he served as interim co-head football coach. Renninger also served as head baseball coach for 21 seasons from 1979-99, compiling a career record of 253-284-3 (.471).

Renninger, who was also a professor of physical education at Westminster, has been granted faculty emeritus status.

Westminster Assistant Women's Basketball Coach Jayme Thiem has been named as the head coach of the Titan women's tennis team. An announcement will be forthcoming concerning the new head men's tennis coach.

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Westminster Celebrates 2013-14 Athletic Accomplishments at WESPY Awards

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:


Men's Tennis: Titans Finish Sixth at PAC Tournament

ERIE, Pa. - The Westminster College men's tennis team placed sixth out of eight teams at the 2014 Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Championship Tournament held Friday and Saturday at the Pennbriar Athletic Club. The Titans compiled eight points. Grove City won the tournament with 54 points.

Westminster had four fourth-place finishes in the constellation rounds; three of them in singles and one in doubles.

No. 1 Westminster sophomore Troy Abbott (Seven Fields, PA / Seneca Valley) in singles defeated opponent Isaiah Cochran of Waynesburg in the quarterfinals, 6-3, 6-2. In the semifinals, Abbott lost to Saint Vincent's Sean Malone, 6-1, 6-2. Abbott then moved on to the constellation round where he was defeated by Sergio Pascual of Thomas More, 6-4, 6-0. Abbott also competed in the No. 1 doubles with junior Mike Matisi (Lowellville, OH / Lowellville) where they were defeated in the constellation round, 8-5.

Matisi competed in No. 2 singles where he lost to Samuel Miller of Washington & Jefferson in the quarterfinals, 6-3, 6-3.

Westminster senior Ryan Carr (Cheektowaga, NY / Cheektowaga Central) competed in No. 3 singles where he defeated opponent Austin Justice of Thomas More, 4-6, 6-4, 11-9 in the quarterfinals. Carr went on to lose to Jonathan Graber of Grove City in the semifinals, 6-1. 6-1. In the constellation round, Carr was defeated by Jared Roque of Bethany, 6-4, 6-4.

Westminster junior Mark Andino (Norwalk, CT / Norwalk) was defeated in No. 4 singles against Vince Anto of Saint Vincent, 6-0, 6-0.

Westminster sophomore Ethan McCarthy (New Castle, PA / Neshannock) competed in No. 5 singles where he defeated Marcus Hooks of Bethany, 6-3, 6-1 in the quarterfinals. However, McCarthy lost in the semifinals to Thane Feldeisen of Grove City, 6-1, 6-0. In the constellation round, McCarthy lost to Chad Dille of Washington & Jefferson, 6-2, 6-0.

Westminster sophomore Mark Zalakar (Glenshaw, PA / Shaler Area) lost to Dylan Schooley of Bethany in No. 6 singles, 6-4, 6-3.

The Titans finished their 2013-14 season with a 6-7 overall record and 4-3 PAC record.

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Men's Tennis: Westminster Edged Out By W&J

NEW CASTLE, Pa. - The Westminster College men's tennis team lost, 5-4, as hosts to Washington & Jefferson on Monday at the North Beaver Indoor Tennis Courts. The Titans dropped to 6-7 overall and 4-3 in the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC), while the Presidents improved to 8-8 overall and 5-2 in the conference.

The Titans won no. 1 doubles as the duo of sophomore Troy Abbott (Seven Fields, PA / Seneca Valley) and junior Mike Matisi (Lowellville, OH / Lowellville) won, 8-4. W&J, however, won no. 2 and no. 3 doubles.

Westminster also won the first three singles competitions. Abbott won at no. 1, 6-2, 6-2, Matisi won at no. 2, 6-1, 6-4, and senior Ryan Carr (Cheektowaga, NY / Cheektowaga Central) won at no. 3, 7-5, 4-6, 10-5. The Presidents followed with wins at no. 4, no. 5, and no. 6 singles.

Westminster will host Thiel next Tuesday, April 22, at 4 p.m.

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@ PAC Tournament (at Pennbriar Club in Erie, Pa.) 6th/8 (8 pts.) Live Stats
THIEL (MOVED FROM 4/12) Canceled
WASH. & JEFF.* L, 5-4
@ Bethany* W, 7-2
@ Waynesburg* W, 6-3

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