Westmoreland campus clippings: Norwin grad Thrift transferring to Youngstown State


Jayvon Thrift said the broadcast will “close the loop” for his college football career, one that is still getting going.

That’s because the school he goes to is where he originally wanted to play.

Thrift, a Norwin graduate, is leaving West Virginia to join the team in Youngstown State, the school he made an oral commitment to get out of Norwin.

“It’s been a long road and it’s only the beginning of my career,” said Thrift. “So I think everything happens for a reason. I’ve come full circle. ”

He changed his mind and settled on a preferred tour offer from West Virginia, but the 5-foot-8, 182-pound security didn’t matter in a varsity game for the WVU after a Redshirt year in 2019.

He joined the NCAA transfer portal earlier this month and announced his plans to join YSU on Tuesday. That move will reunite him with former high school teammate Gianni Rizzo, a Redshirt freshman linebacker for the Penguins who has had an extended stint this season.


Gannon: Junior pitcher Deven Judy (Belle Vernon) won the All-PSAC’s first team award after a strong season for the Golden Knights. Judy was 3-6 with a 3.27 ERA, leading Gannon to two disgruntled wins over top 25 teams. He limited his opponents to an average of .242. He had two exclusions and 66 outbreaks.

The stone: The Redhawks planned to honor the late pitcher Tre Cunningham (Jeannette) with a moment of silence ahead of Wednesday’s AMCC championship game against Penn State Behrend. Cunningham was killed in a motorcycle accident in July 2020. The former three sports star was a talented pitcher who was expected to make an impact at La Roche.

St. Vincent: The second outfielder Jordan Sabol (Norwin) and the senior pitcher Tom Bash were appointed to the first team of the All-PAC. Senior outfielder TJ Dailey and senior utility man Matt Evans made up the second team.

Seton Hill: Student outfielder Tommy Pellis (Greensburg Central Catholic) was named PSAC West Athlete of the Year, while the second shortstop Owen Sabol (Norwin) was named Rookie of the Year for the conference division and veteran leader Marc Marrizaldi was named Trainer of the Year.

Pellis also made the first team, along with three teammates. The others are senior outfielder Derek Orndorff, senior first baseman Tyler Peterson, junior infielder Isaiah DiAndreth (Hempfield) and senior batsman Jordan Fiedor (Hempfield).

Sabol was honored along with senior pitcher Ben Vicini in the second team.

Pellis achieved the team’s top .415 with 51 hits, 49 runs, 14 home runs and 40 RBIs. Sabol has an average of 0.375, 25 RBIs, and 22 steals.

Marizzaldi, who led the Griffins to their second PSAC West title, has achieved more than 600 career wins.

Seton Hill, division champion for the first time since 2014, welcomes Bloomsburg to the first game of the Best of 3 PSAC championship series on Friday afternoon.

Washington & Jefferson: Sophomore Tyler Horvat (Penn-Trafford) was named PAC Newcomer of the Year after a breakthrough season for presidents. He helped W&J (36-1) as a two-way player in the NCAA Division III tournament. Horvat hits .367 with four home runs, 32 RBIs and 32 runs. He is also 9-0 as a pitcher with a 1.55 ERA and was named the Most Outstanding Player of the PAC Tournament.

Westmoreland County CC: Newcomer Jared Wagner (Mt. Pleasant) was named NJCAA Division III Pitcher of the Week. Wagner threw himself into the first game of the Region XX championship series and took an overall victory when the wolf pack took a spot in the district title game at Rockingham College.

Soft ball

Seton Hill: Three Griffins have been inducted into the National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s all-region teams. The newcomers Logan Hartman and Lauren Dellett as well as the senior outfielder Jenna Osikowicz formed the first team in the Atlantic region. The players who all formed the first All-PSAC West team are now eligible for All-America Honors.

Osikowicz was PSAC West Athlete of the Year while Hartman was PSAC West Pitcher of the Year.

Other awards followed the same trio. Osikowicz and Hartman formed the first team in the D2CCA All-Atlantic Region, while Dellett was selected as the second team member.

Men’s golf

West Virginia: Senior Mark Goetz (Greensburg / The Kiski School) shot a 6-under-66, the lowest round for a WVU player in the NCAA postseason in Wednesday, during the second round of NCAA Regional at Sagamore Golf Club in Noblesville, Indiana the final round, with 4: 140 in fourth place.

With his record lap, he jumped 29 places.

Goetz made two eagles and four birdies in the second round. He competes against nine other players over 54 holes, with the top scorer not on an advancing team moving to the NCAA Championship from May 28 to June 2 at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Athletics for men

Duquesne: Junior Matt Busche (Franklin Regional) won the 800 meter run at the Atlantic 10 Championships in George Mason. Busche’s time of 1 minute and 50.12 seconds broke the school record of 1: 50.90 set by Tim Majewski in 2009.

Seton Hill: Junior Sam Hartman will compete in the NCAA Division II Outdoor Championships at Grand Valley State in Allendale, Michigan, May 27-29. He qualified for the 110 and 400 meter hurdles.

His times at both events rank sixth in the nation. Hartman won both PSAC titles and was the athlete of the meeting at the conference finals.

Men’s lacrosse

St. Vincent: Second midfielder Caleb Hawkins, second Brody McMahon and student short-stick middleman Zack Novelli have been named to the All-PAC’s first team. Three Bearcats formed the second team: the second attackers Jordan Billet and Jacob Visalli and the new defender RJ Kenna.


James Madison: Head coach Curt Cignetti announced changes to his staff for the 2021 season, including the transfer of Mike Shanahan (Norwin) as offensive coordinator. Shanahan, who played at Pitt, joined JMU in 2018, working as a broad beneficiary coach and recruiting coordinator.

Bill Beckner Jr. is a contributor to Tribune Review. You can contact Bill via email at [email protected] or via Twitter .