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Sail to Pitt: PSC thrives on and off campus

Sail to Pitt: PSC thrives on and off campus

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

November 15, 2018


Filed under Club Sports, Sports, Sports Features

Despite the University’s lack of space for boat-based activities, the Pitt Sailing Club is indeed alive and thriving, with a membership of 62 students.

Dance group exhibits Controlled Chaos

Dance group exhibits Controlled Chaos

By Alexa Marzina, Staff Writer

August 30, 2018


Filed under Club Sports, Sports, Sports Features

Controlled Chaos is an on-campus dance group that explores several styles of hip-hop. The group is open to all students on campus, and holds several performances throughout the year.

QC Pitt brings magic to campus Muggles

QC Pitt brings magic to campus Muggles

By Nick Carlisano, Staff Writer

August 26, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Club Sports, Sports, Top Stories

QC Pitt, the campus club quidditch team, is very real — and preparing to soar to its first Quidditch World Cup in several years. QC Pitt’s origins stem from several students’ discovery of the sport on YouTube in 2008.

Panther Parkour flips, rolls its way around campus

Panther Parkour flips, rolls its way around campus

By Joanna Li, Senior Staff Writer

August 20, 2018


Filed under Club Sports, Sports, Welcome Back 2018

Members learn how to to roll, precision jump and run up walls as part of Pitt's non-competitive parkour club.

Archery club took a long shot, hit the bullseye

Archery club took a long shot, hit the bullseye

By Stephen Cuddy, Staff Writer

August 20, 2018


Filed under Club Sports, Sports, Welcome Back 2018

Over the course of two years, Pitt’s Archery Club has grown into a competitive organization of more than 100 members consisting of a mix of experienced and inexperienced archers.

Pitt Equestrian Club doesn’t horse around

Pitt Equestrian Club doesn’t horse around

By Joanna Li, Senior Staff Writer

August 20, 2018


Filed under Club Sports, Sports, Welcome Back 2018

Members of Pitts' equestrian team travels from Oakland to Allison Park once a week to hone their skills – then perform with a horse they've never met.

Pitt Ultimate Frisbee makes history

Pitt Ultimate Frisbee makes history

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

May 29, 2018


Filed under Club Sports, Sports, Top Stories

This weekend in Milwaukee was hot — over 80 degrees in the sun, and hotter on the turf fields of the Uihlein Soccer Park, where the Pitt Ultimate frisbee men’s and women’s teams competed for a shot at their respective national championships. But according to rising fifth-year senior Hafeez Shams,...

Women’s club hockey skates to success

Women’s club hockey skates to success

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

March 2, 2018


Filed under Club Sports, Sports, Sports Features

It’s 5 a.m., and while most Pitt students are still hitting snooze and sleeping off late-night study binges or a night out, one group on campus is already wide awake and on their way out of the city to start their day. The sun rises over the passing scenery and empty roads as sticks and pads clatter i...

Pitt club hurling brings Irish sport to Oakland

Pitt club hurling brings Irish sport to Oakland

By Brandon Glass | Staff Writer

December 5, 2017


Filed under Club Sports, Top Stories

Few people know what hurling is, and even fewer know that Pitt has a club hurling team that plays in multiple tournaments. Every phase of the game resembles a different field sport, all of them mixed into a hodgepodge of open-field violence. Club members, such as sophomore engineering student Joe Koni...

Men welcome: Club field hockey encourages coed participation

Men welcome: Club field hockey encourages coed participation

By Grant Burgman | Staff Writer

September 20, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Club Sports

Every now and then you’ll read a story about a high school woman joining the football or baseball team. It’s a feat that defies gender norms and expectations. But rarely do you hear the opposite. In field hockey, a sport dominated by women, scenarios for men to join don’t present themselves of...

Pitt unveils brand-new $13.2 million club sports facility

Pitt unveils brand-new $13.2 million club sports facility

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

April 18, 2017


Filed under Club Sports, Sports

Pitt students and club sports athletes received a much-needed facilities upgrade Monday morning, as the University officially opened the Pitt Sports Dome to the student body. The sunny sky and warm weather were in stark contrast to the dome’s primary purpose as a functional winter facility, somet...

Archers Unite: First-year Pitt students come together to revive Pitt Archery Club

Archers Unite: First-year Pitt students come together to revive Pitt Archery Club

By Molly Appezzato | Staff Writer

November 16, 2016


Filed under Club Sports, Sports

It was happenstance that first-year Pitt students Julia Lam, from East Brunswick, New Jersey, and Anjna Nair, from Fairfax, Virginia, got paired to share a practice target at the 2016 U.S. Archery National Indoor Championships in Virginia last winter. They took a few deep breaths, kept their bodies perfectly straig...

Paddle masters: Pitt Ping Pong Club serves up wins

Paddle masters: Pitt Ping Pong Club serves up wins

By Brady Langmann | Culture Editor

November 7, 2016


Filed under Club Sports, Sports

Shay Sinha likes to humble his opponents. When Sinha started at Pitt this fall, his go-to icebreaker was that he was a pingpong player. His fellow first-years weren’t impressed — they asked him if there was something else he could do with his time. Instead of telling his Tower C floormates t...

Pitt club tennis posts record performance at USTA Fall Invitational

Pitt club tennis posts record performance at USTA Fall Invitational

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | For The Pitt News

November 3, 2016


Filed under Club Sports, Sports

A youth movement helped propel the Pitt club tennis team to a record performance at the 2016 USTA Tennis On Campus Fall Invitational last weekend. The Panthers built off their 13th-place finish at last year’s event with a seventh-place finish this year, setting a club record in the process. “We had a...

One woman show: Alyson Kornberg tackles club football at Pitt

One woman show: Alyson Kornberg tackles club football at Pitt

By Ted Zhang | Staff Writer

October 26, 2016


Filed under Club Sports, Sports

The Cost Center is never empty at midnight — at least not if Alyson Kornberg can help it. The rhythmic sound of shuffling feet fill the indoor field, as each movement requires precision and repetition, while each breath fuels the contractions of tired muscles and joints as Kornberg and her club ...

From Pitt to Poland: Katie Schreiber’s ultimate journey

From Pitt to Poland: Katie Schreiber’s ultimate journey

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

August 20, 2016


Filed under Club Sports, Sports, Welcome Back 2016

For sophomore business student Katie Schreiber, disc — not ball — is life. “I’d do anything to play a game [of ultimate],” said Schreiber, who competes for Danger, Pitt’s women’s ultimate frisbee team. Whether learning the sport as the only female on an all-male team, coming to Pitt o...

Pitt building $13.2 million domed facility for club and recreational sports

Pitt building $13.2 million domed facility for club and recreational sports

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

June 28, 2016


Filed under Club Sports, Sports

Pitt’s athletic facilities are getting another major upgrade — this one in the form of a new, domed field for club and recreational sports. On Friday, a committee of the University’s Board of Trustees approved spending $13.2 million on the air-supported domed facility, which will include two in...

Pitt Club Tennis wraps up season at nationals

Pitt Club Tennis wraps up season at nationals

By Meg Millure / Staff Writer

April 22, 2016


Filed under Club Sports, Sports

The Pitt Club Tennis team rallied together this year to save its season after budget reductions threatened to cut it short. Despite its funding concerns, the team finished 13th in the gold bracket at the United States Tennis Association 2015 Fall Invitational, then came in 28th at nationals this month...

Pitt equestrians riding with unbridled devotion

Pitt equestrians riding with unbridled devotion

By Meg Millure | Staff Writer

March 29, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Club Sports, Sports

Thirty minutes outside of Pittsburgh at BarGee Farms, Elizabeth Morris eases a bridle behind the recently operated-on teeth of Wynn, an attentive and slow-trotting mare. Equestrians like Morris who ride with the Panther Equestrian Club team rotate horses, depending on what horses might be too tired to ...

Pitt hockey finishes strong

Pitt hockey finishes strong

By Chad Cameron / For The Pitt News

March 15, 2016


Filed under Club Sports, Sports, Top Stories

Fresh off of spring break, most students are coming back to campus basking in the first signs of sunny skies and green grass. But the Pitt Division I Hockey club is still reminiscing about its historic win on the ice. The week after spring break marks the end of the season for the Panthers (17-13-2, 10-...

No rest for the determined: Pitt rowers prepare for their season

No rest for the determined: Pitt rowers prepare for their season

By Ryan Reichardt / For The Pitt News

March 15, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Club Sports, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Wake up at 5 a.m. Get on the rowing machine. Go to class. Get on the rowing machine. “This is the base of what we do,” Pitt Crew Vice President Helen Ann Lawless said. The Pittsburgh club rowing team doesn’t take time off. Pitt rowers spend four months of the cold, dismal and gray Pittsburgh wi...

Pair of club volleyball players reveling in final season

Pair of club volleyball players reveling in final season

By Meg Millure / For The Pitt News

March 3, 2016


Filed under Club Sports, Sports

Lexi Surunis and Emily Correia were playing volleyball together long before they became Panthers. But their partnership appeared destined to end, after a communication miscue following a tryout for Pitt’s club volleyball squad in September. A typo in an email announcing the team’s roster mistake...

Finger making strides after icing cancer

Finger making strides after icing cancer

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / For The Pitt News

February 22, 2016


Filed under Club Sports, Sports, Sports Features

It was a late January night when pain pushed Jonathan Finger to trudge halfway up cardiac hill and walk through the UPMC Presbyterian Emergency Room entrance. The piercing pain in his abdomen had caught the 19-year-old hockey player by surprise and had become excruciating. Doctors listened to Fing...

Pitt Quidditch looking to sweep competition

Pitt Quidditch looking to sweep competition

By Ryan Recihardt / For The Pitt News

February 18, 2016


Filed under Club Sports, Sports

Clutching brooms between their knees, the members of the Pitt Quidditch team crouched on opposite sides of the field before their in-practice scrimmage at the Cost Center on Friday. They bounced on their toes. They cockily did push-ups. They waited for a teammate on the sideline to call out “Broo...

Rugby team takes undefeated record into weekend matchup

Rugby team takes undefeated record into weekend matchup

By Stephen Caruso / Staff Writer

November 5, 2015


Filed under Club Sports, Sports

Looking at Pitt’s ranked rugby team,  beards are cropping up everywhere — and it’s not just from No-Shave November. “I feel like I can’t shave it until we lose,” Pitt junior and forward Matt Dunleavy said. Pitt’s club rugby team is currently undefeated in Keystone Conference play with ...

Cheek to cheek: a day with Pitt rugby

Cheek to cheek: a day with Pitt rugby

By Stephen Caruso / Assistant Sports Editor

September 16, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Club Sports, Sports Features

Editor’s note: This is the second installment in a two-part, immersive story on Pitt’s Rugby Football Club. We were all pressed against the ground — shirts dirty, dripping sweat, panting heavily and waiting for the whistle that meant “go time.” With helmets, it could have been a scene fro...

From inside the scrum: a firsthand look at Pitt Rugby

From inside the scrum: a firsthand look at Pitt Rugby

By Stephen Caruso / Assistant Sports Editor

September 15, 2015


Filed under Club Sports, Sports, Sports Features

Editors note: This is the first in a two part series about Pitt Rugby. I knew I should have packed my cleats. After endeavouring to partake in a University of Pittsburgh Rugby Football Club’s practice, in the style of late participatory journalist George Plimpton, I had asked a friend who played rugby w...

Re-LAX

Re-LAX

By Courtesy of Pitt Women's Lacrosse

May 12, 2015


Filed under Club Sports, Sports

Pitt women's lacrosse finished the season ranked No. 7 overall.

Women’s lacrosse caps off strong season despite roster turnover

Women’s lacrosse caps off strong season despite roster turnover

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

May 12, 2015


Filed under Club Sports, Sports

Entering this season, Pitt women’s club lacrosse head coach Gary Neft figured his team wouldn’t be as good as last year’s. The man who has led the program for 18 seasons had good reason for thinking so.It’d be hard for any team to follow the standard set by the 2013-2014 Panthers, considering they ...

A Most Dangerous Game

A Most Dangerous Game

By Courtesy of Danger

May 5, 2015


Filed under Club Sports, Sports

Danger secured a bid to Nationals with a win over Penn State.

Women’s ultimate team reaches finals after extended drought

Women’s ultimate team reaches finals after extended drought

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

May 5, 2015


Filed under Club Sports, Sports

Since she started at Pitt, fifth-year senior Katelyn Loughery’s seasons playing Ultimate have become somewhat repetitive.In the fall semester of each school year, Loughery and her teammates on Danger, the Pitt women’s Ultimate frisbee team, would set the goal of making Nationals. And then each year...

Ultimate Frisbee

Ultimate Frisbee

By Photo courtesy of Pitt men's Ultimate Frisbee

March 24, 2015


Filed under Club Sports, Sports

Captain Tyler Kunsa extends for a catch.

Frisbee captains guide team to top national ranking

Frisbee captains guide team to top national ranking

By Ashley Drwal / Staff Writer

March 24, 2015


Filed under Club Sports, Sports

To the untrained eye, Ultimate Frisbee’s on-field product can look like  a clamor of players shouting and weaving in patterns. Off the field, Pitt men’s Ultimate Frisbee club team functions mainly thanks to an intricate balance of its four captains.Unlike most club sports, Pitt men’s Ultimate...

Rugby

Rugby

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

February 10, 2015


Filed under Club Sports, Sports

The men's club rugby team is preparing for a tournament in Las Vegas.

Lucky sevens: Pitt rugby heads to Vegas for tournament

Lucky sevens: Pitt rugby heads to Vegas for tournament

By Ashley Drwal / Staff Writer

February 10, 2015


Filed under Club Sports, Sports

A Pitt team is going to gamble for a big win in Las Vegas — but not in the casinos.Pitt’s men’s club rugby team will compete in the Las Vegas Invitational from Thursday to Sunday with the hope of qualifying for the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship in May.“We participated in this tou...

Joe Luxbacher

Joe Luxbacher

By Theo Schwarz / Visual Editor

January 21, 2015


Filed under Club Sports, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Men's soccer head coach Joe Luxbacher watches his team play.

Varsity, club, intramural soccer thrive at Pitt

Varsity, club, intramural soccer thrive at Pitt

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Staff Writer

January 21, 2015


Filed under Club Sports, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Allison Combs looks contemplatively at the grass. Her thoughts whirl as she tries to focus her eyes beyond the ground in front of her. She inhales, steps back and lets it fly. The ball goes soaring through the air.Rewind to 1863, and see the same scene unfolding: the game of soccer.Although the idea ...

Championships bound

Championships bound

By Photo courtesy of Pitt Club Tennis

November 19, 2014


Filed under Club Sports, Sports

After their first place finish at the USTA Tennis on Campus Middle States Sectional Championships, the Pitt club tennis team has qualified for their first ever National Championships berth. 

After sectionals win, club tennis has eyes on nationals

After sectionals win, club tennis has eyes on nationals

By Ashley Drwal / Staff Writer

November 19, 2014


Filed under Club Sports, Sports

For the first time in the club’s history, Pitt’s Club Tennis team qualified for the National Championship in Cary, N.C., this upcoming April.In the USTA Tennis on Campus Middle States Sectional Championships, Pitt was able to defeat the University of Pennsylvania in the quarterfinals, Penn State’s seco...

Pitt men’s lacrosse

Pitt men’s lacrosse

By Photo courtesy of Pitt Men's Lacrosse

October 28, 2014


Filed under Club Sports, Sports

Pitt men's lacrosse finished 7-8 in the CCLA Division 1 East last season.

Club sports rundown: Fencing and lacrosse prepare for spring season

Club sports rundown: Fencing and lacrosse prepare for spring season

By Ashley Drwal / For The Pitt News

October 28, 2014


Filed under Club Sports, Sports

Although seasons for fall club sports teams are ending, the spring teams are just getting started. Teams are beginning to recruit new players, develop play strategies and create practice schedules for the upcoming season.Pitt FencingPitt Fencing’s most recent success includes six team members plac...

Like magic

Like magic

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

October 21, 2014


Filed under Club Sports, Sports

The Pitt Quidditch team hopes to qualify for their second straight World Cup.

Brooms and oars: Club teams set sights on finals

Brooms and oars: Club teams set sights on finals

By Ashley Drwal / For The Pitt News

October 21, 2014


Filed under Club Sports, Sports

With their seasons drawing to a close as the weather gets colder, Pitt’s club sports teams are ramping up their games in preparation for their final tournaments.Pitt Quidditch“Qualifying for world cup gets harder every year since the sport is rapidly growing internationally,” Kimaya Padgaonkar, a chaser ...

Club Gymnastics

Club Gymnastics

By Courtesy of Pitt Club Gymnastics

September 30, 2014


Filed under Club Sports, Sports

The club gymnastics team is one of many enjoying success in the new season.

Club sports enjoying strong performances to start year

Club sports enjoying strong performances to start year

By Ashley Drwal / For The Pitt News

September 30, 2014


Filed under Club Sports, Sports

While varsity sports typically are best known for fiercely competitive games, Pitt also has plenty of successful competitive sports outside of the Division-I level. The University has more than 20 different men’s and women’s club sports, ranging from hockey to soccer and from fencing to Quidditch t...

Men’s rugby starts fall campaign

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

September 14, 2014


Filed under Club Sports, Sports

The football and basketball teams may have discontinued the Backyard Brawl, but one Pitt sport that has continued the rivalry against West Virginia says it is alive and well.The Pitt men’s club rugby team, also known as the Pittsburgh Rugby Football Club (PRFC), lists its game against the Mountaineers, ...

Pitt men’s Ultimate ready for another championship run

Pitt men’s Ultimate ready for another championship run

By Sean Corrado / Staff Writer

May 28, 2014


Filed under Club Sports, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014, Sports

[Editor's note: Pitt lost in the quarterfinals to University of North Carolina-Wilmington, 14-13. Read about it here.] While En Sabah Nur is within reach of a national championship trifecta, the men’s Ultimate team isn’t anticipating a potential three-peat run.“From the outside, we are back-to-back defending champions...

Aaron Donald enters NFL

Aaron Donald enters NFL

By Sean Corrado and Ryan Bertonaschi / The Pitt News Staff

May 28, 2014


Filed under Club Sports, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014, Sports, Sports Features

Aaron Donald, with his one-year-old daughter wedged between his biceps, squared up in front of Savoy Restaurant as family members surrounded him to pose for pictures before his big moment.“Certainly, this is going to be a wonderful experience, and I am just going to make sure I enjoy it,” Donald said before maki...

Column: Students can pursue passions through media outlets

By Kevin Wheeler / For The Pitt News

May 28, 2014


Filed under Club Sports, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014, Sports, Sports Columns, Sports Features

I walked into the Petersen Events Center to attend my first Activities Fair in August 2012 as a new Pitt student. A budding psychology major, I was hoping to find my niche in such a big school with so many new opportunities at my disposal. Among the hundreds of tables set up on the basketball court, ...

Club Sports: Pitt Ultimate loses in national quarterfinals, falls short of goal

Club Sports: Pitt Ultimate loses in national quarterfinals, falls short of goal

By Sean Corrado / Staff Writer

May 27, 2014


Filed under Club Sports, Sports

Marcus Ranii-Dropcho dropped to his knees, buried his head into the dirt and realized that his college Ultimate career had ended.Pitt’s Ultimate team, En Sabah Nur’s attempt to three-peat as national champions came to an early, unexpected end Sunday when the team dropped its quarterfinal match against ...

Feature: Pitt women’s club lacrosse completes season with perfect ending

Feature: Pitt women’s club lacrosse completes season with perfect ending

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

May 11, 2014


Filed under Club Sports, Sports, Sports Features

Success in lacrosse, perhaps more than any other team sport, requires collaboration and a level of mutual, instinctual chemistry between teammates.The field is split into three sections, with rules allowing 15 of the 22 total players  — 7 per team plus the goalie that’s on defense—  in an off...

Football: Aaron Donald selected in NFL Draft by St. Louis Rams

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

May 8, 2014


Filed under Club Sports, Football, Sports

On Thursday night, Aaron Donald became the first Pitt football player taken in this year’s NFL Draft.The St. Louis Rams picked the defensive lineman 13th, ending a two-year period when no Panthers heard their names called by commissioner Roger Goodell at the event.Donald’s selection marks the hig...

Baseball: Pitt maintains momentum, defeats Ohio University in road game

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

May 8, 2014


Filed under Club Sports, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Midweek games in college baseball serve a particular purpose for those who play them. Traditionally featuring schools within driving distance that aren’t in the same conference, these one or two-game arrangements spread throughout the calendar allow players to stay sharp and work on different aspects...

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