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Vidovich’s second season brings success to men’s soccer

Head coach Jay Vidovich spent 21 seasons coaching the Demon Deacons before joining the Panthers in December 2015. (Photo by John Hamilton | Managing Editor)
October 26, 2017

The Pitt men’s soccer team only managed to score 12 goals in the entire season last year. This year, the team had 12 goals before October. Stats like these show how far the team has come in its second...

Q&A with sole sisters: From course to track, Vlasics have each other’s back

Sisters Melanie and Mikaela Vlasic compete on Pitt’s track and cross country teams together. (Photo by Wenhao Wu | Assistant Visual Editor)
October 18, 2017

Even though senior Melanie Vlasic is finishing up her final seasons with the women’s cross country and track and field teams, she has one particular teammate to look out for — her younger sister, Mikaela...

Gallery: Courtside at the Cathedral

Gallery: Courtside at the Cathedral
October 15, 2017

Pitt's men's and women's basketball teams opened their 2017-2018 season with Courtside at the Cathedral on Bigelow Blvd. Oct. 13.

Take me back to the ballgame: Fans reflect on Forbes Field

Posvar Hall was built on the plot where Forbes Field was demolished.(Photos via ULS Archives)
October 12, 2017

Where students now slouch in their seats, fans once sat on edge, moments away from witnessing a historic sports event on Oct. 13, 1960 — now dubbed Mazeroski Day. In game seven of the 1960 World...

Students sport game day garb

(Illustration by Raka Sarkar | Senior Staff Illustrator)
October 2, 2017

As music blasted through speakers in the trunk of a crossover SUV, scores of students tossed footballs and played cornhole in parking lots outside of Heinz Field Saturday before the football team’s game...

Powders, pills and proteins: students and athletes explore diet supplements

Rui Tanimura began powerlifting during her sophomore year at Pitt. (Photo by Sarah Cutshall / Staff Photographer)
September 28, 2017

Every morning when Rui Tanimura wakes up, she makes sure she has enough fuel to survive her morning lectures — a bowl of oatmeal, a handful of fruit and a spoonful of peanut butter. In addition to...

Q&A: Penny Semaia helps student-athletes attain success

Penny Semaia transitioned from a Pitt student-athlete to a Pitt employee and now helps students where he once was. (Photo by Wenhao Wu | Assistant Visual Editor)
September 14, 2017

Standing at 6 feet 5 inches, Penny Semaia can seem like a pretty intimidating figure. But once Semaia starts talking, any intimidation falls away. He makes you feel welcome from the moment you shake his...

Perez on the pitch: Adjusting to studies, soccer

Junior midfielder Javi Perez is one of two captains on the 2017 Pitt men's soccer team. (Photo by Jordan Mondell / Contributing Editor)
August 29, 2017

For Pitt midfielder Javi Perez, the atmosphere at the Petersen Sports Complex is a lot different than what he is used to. The green of the turf beneath his feet is the same, as are the meshy nets of...

Kirk Christodoulou: The punter from Down Under

Kirk Christodoulou (98), a native of Australia, committed to head coach Pat Narduzzi and the Panthers in July 2016. (Photo courtesy of Kirk Christodoulou)
August 21, 2017

Kirk Christodoulou didn’t grow up around the same game as everybody else on the Pitt football team — to him, it’s called “footy.” He doesn’t say he’s going to go practice some punting —...

Return to greatness: basketball alums compete in annual tournament

Former point guard Levance Fields handles the ball in Pitt's 78-76 loss to Villanova in the 2009 NCAA Tournament. (Yong Kim/Philadelphia Daily News/MCT)
July 4, 2017

More than seven years after Pitt’s memorable run to the Elite Eight came up just short against Villanova, then-Panthers point guard Levance Fields got another chance to reach a different Final Four —...

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