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Stephanie Williams: Coming back for the kill

Stephanie Williams: Coming back for the kill

By David Leftwich | Staff Writer

September 20, 2016

Stephanie Williams had been here before, almost one year to the day.   It was the Michigan game. The Pitt volleyball team faced a 12-9 deficit in the fifth and final set. Last year, the Panthers lost, and Williams left the court with a broken foot. She would have to sit out a majority of her fi...

Steely Dan: Fisher’s winning ways lead him to Pitt

Steely Dan: Fisher’s winning ways lead him to Pitt

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

August 22, 2016

In his office, Pitt head volleyball coach Dan Fisher proudly displays his bronze medal from the 2016 Pan American Cup for anyone who wishes to see it. The really special hardware, though, is tucked away inside a case right beside it: his gold medal from the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto. Ear...

Local recruit Alayna Gribble feels right at home at the Pete

Local recruit Alayna Gribble feels right at home at the Pete

By Katie Cassidy / Staff Writer

August 21, 2016

On Feb. 27, 2016, the undefeated Norwin High School Knights –– led by star junior Alayna Gribble –– trailed the North Allegheny Senior High School Tigers, 49-36, entering the fourth quarter of the WPIAL AAAA championship game at the Petersen Events Center. At 24-0, the reigning WPIAL champion Knights...

Next In Line: Meet Chawntez Moss

Next In Line: Meet Chawntez Moss

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

May 31, 2016

Just before the start of the Blue-Gold game on April 16, 2016, incoming first-year running back Chawntez Moss had to take a moment to reflect. Moss was in a corner of the locker room with sophomore running back Qadree Ollison when he was handed his gold No. 26 game jersey. “Come on, man, put it on,...

Stallings & Son: Two paths to Pittsburgh

Stallings & Son: Two paths to Pittsburgh

By Dan Sostek / Senior Staff Writer

May 31, 2016

The Stallings family was sitting around one day in 2012, casually discussing plans for their eldest son Jacob’s upcoming wedding. Who would they invite? Who were the groomsmen? Then came the big one, a position that Jacob’s parents Kevin and Lisa had previously thought to be unassigned. “An...

Diving Champion Dominic Giordano: No expectations, no stress

Diving Champion Dominic Giordano: No expectations, no stress

By Kaitlin Cassidy / Staff Writer

May 31, 2016

For his first leap, Dominic Giordano splits his legs to reach the edge of the diving board, landing to form a triangle with his left leg first and his right poised with a pointed toe. Full of momentum from the first leap, he straightens his right leg in the air with his second jump, both toes pointed, prepar...

Bye bye, Boyd: Pitt receiver completes journey from Clairton to the NFL

Bye bye, Boyd: Pitt receiver completes journey from Clairton to the NFL

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / Assistant Sports Editor

May 10, 2016

There were 57 seconds left in the fourth quarter on September 19, 2015, in Iowa City, Iowa, and the whole stadium knew where the ball was going. Pitt had the ball on second-and-goal from the eight-yard line, trailing the Iowa Hawkeyes by seven points. Quarterback Nathan Peterman was looking for an open rec...

Pitt aims to expand donor base

Pitt aims to expand donor base

By Phoebe Gilmore / Staff Writer

April 25, 2016

Pat Narduzzi’s revitalized football program, a consistently packed Oakland Zoo and alumni all over the world means that Pitt Athletics has no shortage of fans. But, unlike other Atlantic Coast Conference schools, that fan base doesn’t translate into cold cash. With the second-largest alumni base in...

Zeuch carries on family tradition

Zeuch carries on family tradition

By Steve Rotstein / Staff Writer

April 22, 2016

It was the bottom of the eighth inning March 7, 2015, in Cary, North Carolina, and an upset was in the making. The Pitt Panthers were facing the No. 1 team in the country — the eventual College World Series champion Virginia Cavaliers. The stands were packed with MLB scouts hoping to catch a glim...

O, Canada: Matt Canada’s coaching journey

O, Canada: Matt Canada’s coaching journey

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

April 19, 2016

It was 5:30 in the morning in 1996. Instead of sleeping, a then 23-year-old Matt Canada was hanging a banner for the Indianapolis 500 on a bridge on 16th Street in the city. He was serving as Butler University’s quarterbacks and wide receivers coach at the time, sometimes doing odd-jobs to supple...

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