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b2ap3_thumbnail_XC-service-project.jpgWith December upon us, the fall athletic season is either in the books or nearing completion for collegiate programs all across the country. At Waynesburg University, all of those varsity athletic teams recently wrapped up their 2014 campaigns, and the squads produced no shortage of success.

 

Two of these teams—football and women’s cross country—excelled both on and off the field (or course).

 

Football earned a share of second place in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) by defeating previously unbeaten Washington and Jefferson in the regular season finale. The Yellow Jackets qualified for an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) bowl game for the fourth consecutive season, hosting one of the contests for the second time in three years.

 

When the PAC announced its all-conference teams, Waynesburg landed 17 players on the squads, including a league-best five first-team offensive selections. The Yellow Jackets, who finished 8-3 overall, also took home the PAC Team Sportsmanship Award.

 

In the classroom, three players were named to the CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District 4 Division III Football Team, and two of those players—senior John Sikora and junior Mike Lopuchovsky—were honored as Academic All-Americans.

 

Women’s cross country finished second at the PAC Championships, falling just short of dethroning now-26-time champion Grove City. Individually, six runners earned All-PAC status at the event, including three first-team honorees, and head coach Chris Hardie was named Coach of the Year.

 

The future certainly looks bright for the Yellow Jackets, too, as four of their All-PAC performers were freshmen and one was a sophomore. One of those freshmen, Julie Gerber, led the charge by finishing second overall.

 

Off the course, the Yellow Jacket women teamed up with the men’s squad to complete a service project in Gettysburg (see above photo).

 

Football and cross country were not the only Waynesburg teams to experience success this fall, either. Here are a few other achievements, both on and off the field, of the Yellow Jacket athletic program:

  • Men’s soccer qualified for the PAC Championship Tournament for the first time since the current format began back in 2005.
  • Women’s soccer qualified for the ECAC Division III South tournament.
  • Volleyball hosted its annual Dig Pink match to benefit breast cancer research and prevention.


To learn more about Yellow Jacket athletics, visit www.waynesburgsports.com.

 

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After leading his team to back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time in program history, Waynesburg University women's basketball coach Sam Jones was honored as the 2011-12 Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Coach of the Year in late February at the PAC Championship Tournament.

Jones has been the architect of a continual reclamation project with the Jacket women. After inheriting a program that won just one game in 2007-08, he has led the program through a gradual rise up the conference standings. His four-year tenure has been highlighted by back-to-back third place conference finishes in 2011 and 2012, with his teams finishing only behind perennial NCAA tournament teams, Thomas More and Saint Vincent. The Jackets captured their first postseason trophy under Jones to conclude the 2010-11 season when they beat Catholic University 67-63 at the Rudy Marisa Fieldhouse. The program took things one step further this past season when they swept nationally-recognized conference rival Saint Vincent in a pair of PAC contests.

Several Yellow Jacket players were also honored by the conference for their outstanding play on the court. Senior point guard Hannah Hunter was named first-team All-PAC, while junior guards Jessi Drayer and Brittany Spencer were lauded as second-team and honorable-mention picks, respectively.

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As has become the norm in recent years, Waynesburg University had the most noticeable presence on an edition of the Presidents' Athletic Conference's (PAC) Academic Honor Roll, which is released every semester. In all, 70 Yellow Jackets were featured among the 427 honorees on the PAC Fall 2012 Academic Honor Roll.

The Jacket football team led the way for the Orange and Black with 19 names on the list, adding some impressive academic accolades to its historic 10-1 season. Waynesburg's men's and women's soccer teams added 11 honorees each to the conference-leading tally. Women's tennis had a fine year academically, as eight of the 13 members of the team were lauded on the list. Men's cross country sported similar numbers, with eight of 14 roster members securing the conference honor. Women's cross country and volleyball rounded out this semester's list with seven and six honorees, respectively.

The PAC Academic Honor Roll honors student-athletes on varsity sports teams who have earned a grade-point average (GPA) of 3.6 or higher on a 4.0 scale during their semester of competition. The Fall 2012 total represents a 13.8 percent increase from the Fall 2011 PAC Academic Honor Roll, which featured 375 honorees.

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