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Recovering Uchebo hopes to return to form

Recovering Uchebo hopes to return to form

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

November 18, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Features

This is the second installment of a two- part story on Pitt basketball player Joe Uchebo. The first installment appeared in the Nov. 18 edition of The Pitt News.Trust would also be paramount in Pitt center Joe Uchebo making an optimal recovery. He’d have to trust his right knee, something he wasn’...

Ed Lucas and Willie Mays

Ed Lucas and Willie Mays

By Courtesy of Ed Lucas

November 10, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Features

Ed Lucas (right) interviewing Willie Mays after a New York Giants game.

One of baseball’s finest: Blind sportswriter Ed Lucas shares his experiences

One of baseball’s finest: Blind sportswriter Ed Lucas shares his experiences

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

November 10, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Features

Nestled deep within Union, New Jersey, lives one of baseball’s most significant figures and one of its best stories.Some of the top authorities on baseball history may know who Ed Lucas is, though most don’t. But whether you are a sports fan or not, his story will resonate.Lucas knew baseball legen...

Jason and Lindsay Richards

Jason and Lindsay Richards

By Courtesy of the Richards family

November 2, 2014


Filed under Specials / Basketballpreview2014, Sports, Sports Features

Eric Mobley visiting Jason and Lindsay Richards at basketball practice in Upper St. Clair.

Brother and sister share relationship with Pitt basketball

Brother and sister share relationship with Pitt basketball

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

November 2, 2014


Filed under Specials / Basketballpreview2014, Sports, Sports Features

Talk to siblings Jason and Lindsay Richards, and they’ll describe their relationship over the years as close. For the last year and a half, that adjective has described the proximity of their workplaces, too. Sitting inside the Petersen Events Center recently, Lindsay put the distance in perspect...

Playing the ball

Playing the ball

By Courtesy of Pitt Athletics

October 29, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Features

Julian Dickenson in action in 2013. He has missed nearly all of the 2014 season due to a foot injury.

Star senior Dickenson makes mark off the field

Star senior Dickenson makes mark off the field

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

October 29, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Features

With the Pitt men’s soccer team at the end of its ACC schedule, most fans are fixated on the product on the field. However, it’s what one player is doing in the classroom and off the field that has received national attention, including nomination for a prestigious award.Senior Julian Dickenson has be...

Very superstitious: Pitt athletes share individual rituals

By Logan Hitchcock / For The Pitt News

October 24, 2014


Filed under Specials / Homecoming2014, Sports, Sports Features

Two hours before the rest of her team came, Samantha Winkelmann entered the doors to Trees Pool. Surrounded by empty bleachers that would fill later that day, she began her day in solitude, careful not to stray from the extensive detail of her routine.After she finished her final practice dive, she ...

Pitt in the NFL: McCoy, Fitzgerald win with star performances

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

October 13, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Features

Sunday was part of a week of bounce-backs for former Pitt players in the NFL: LeSean McCoy and Larry Fitzgerald, at times considered among the best at their positions, have had mostly weak showings so far this year.But Fitzgerald scored his first touchdown of the season on Sunday for the Arizona Car...

Back in business

Back in business

By Photo courtesy of Pitt Athletics

October 1, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Features, Women's Basketball

Monica Wignot working hard with head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio at practice.

After four years away, Wignot returns to basketball

After four years away, Wignot returns to basketball

By Dan Sostek / Assistant Sports Editor

October 1, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Features, Women's Basketball

Last fall, Suzie McConnell-Serio was browsing Pitt’s athletic website and found an article about the Panthers volleyball team. While reading the article, something caught the then first-year Pitt women’s basketball coach’s eye: a name.“I knew it wasn’t a common name,” McConnell-Serio said. ...

Kiesel recounts summer teaching and coaching

By Dan Sostek / Staff Writer

August 28, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Features, Women's Basketball

Upon her return to the United States from Vietnam this summer,  Brianna Kiesel came away with a newfound sense of appreciation.“One of my main takeaways was that we should be grateful for everything we have here,” Kiesel said. “They didn’t even have clean water there. We should take every opp...

Welcome Back: Pitt alum chasing pro basketball dream in Pittsburgh

Welcome Back: Pitt alum chasing pro basketball dream in Pittsburgh

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

August 19, 2014


Filed under Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014, Sports, Sports Features

Pittsburgh basketball fans probably haven’t heard of Jared Culbreath, and you can’t really blame them.Culbreath didn’t play for Pitt. He didn’t even play for his high school team in Augusta, Ga., after he failed to make the last cut. An unknown player, he didn’t receive any athletic scholars...

Feature: Recent graduates experience the beautiful game in Brazil

Feature: Recent graduates experience the beautiful game in Brazil

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

July 1, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Features

As he watched ESPN’s coverage of the World Cup last week from home, John Bates recalled what his life was like only a short time ago. The network’s aerial coverage of Rio de Janeiro showed Copacabana Beach, the iconic stretch of sand where the channel had its studios for the tournament. “I wa...

Feature: Three recent graduates take part in The Basketball Tournament

Feature: Three recent graduates take part in The Basketball Tournament

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

June 3, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Features

When Pat Fisher found Matt Krmpotich, it was a coincidence. The Pitt senior had been looking for Krmpotich for two weeks. They had crossed paths often before at Trees Hall playing pickup basketball. Now Fisher had an offer for the 6-foot-6-inch Krmpotich, but he didn’t know his last name, creatin...

New-look PBC Pro-Am looks to improve, uphold tradition

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

May 28, 2014


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

They say the best things in life are free. Some are free because they’re products of nature, whereas others are free, well, because they’re NCAA-regulated.Pittsburgh Basketball Club’s summer Pro-Am  (Professional-Amateur) league is the latter, and for eight years, it has been one of college basketbal...

Redshirt senior submarine pitcher finishes notable career

Redshirt senior submarine pitcher finishes notable career

By Dan Sostek / Staff Writer

May 28, 2014


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

Jon Danielczyk, the redshirt senior relief pitcher for Pitt’s baseball team, described his career arc as a Panther as a “journey.” Danielczyk did have a storybook career for a towering submarine-style pitcher who wasn’t brought onto the team to pitch. Instead, Danielczyk, at 6-foot-4, was original...

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...

Intramural sports an easy way to have fun and keep playing

Intramural sports an easy way to have fun and keep playing

By Megan Boyle / Staff Writer

May 28, 2014


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

Intramural sports are an easy — and free — way to stay active on campus. The recreational atmosphere provides students an environment to enjoy the game, whatever it is, without being overly competitive. “Our goal is to service the Pitt community’s fitness needs,” Marilyn Ross, the director of Intramurals and Recreatio...

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, ...

Football: Former Pitt punter gets NFL shot with Atlanta

Football: Former Pitt punter gets NFL shot with Atlanta

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

May 20, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Features

When he found out that he would be a professional football player, Matt Yoklic and his family were watching TV.It was Saturday evening on May 10. The NFL draft had ended, and the former Pitt punter, his parents and two brothers were at home in their family room in Gibsonia, Pa., watching something el...

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...

Feature: Pitt students complete marathon feat

Feature: Pitt students complete marathon feat

By Dan Sostek / Staff Writer

May 7, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Features

Running a marathon isn’t something a person can just wake up and do. It’s considered one of the ultimate tests of the human body, and pushes mind, body and spirit to the brink. Pitt juniors Jared Disanti and Jake Kuhn found this out Sunday when they participated in the sixth-annual Dick’s Sport...

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