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Sophomore guard Crisshawn Clark plans to transfer from Pitt

Sophomore guard Crisshawn Clark plans to transfer from Pitt

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 14, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Only one of the three members of the Pitt men’s basketball team’s 2016 recruiting class remains, as sophomore Crisshawn Clark announced his intention to transfer next season. Following head coach Kevin Stallings’ dismissal of point guard Justice Kithcart prior to the team’s regular season f...

Swan song: Pitt’s seniors reflect on college careers

Swan song: Pitt’s seniors reflect on college careers

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 14, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Men's Basketball, Sports

When the visitors’ locker room inside the Barclays Center opened to reporters moments after Pitt’s season-ending 75-63 loss to Virginia in the second round of the ACC Tournament, the room was silent. The post-game spread of food and drinks went mostly untouched. As the players sat side by side...

Game changers: Five players who will impact NCAA Tournament most

Game changers: Five players who will impact NCAA Tournament most

By Ted Zhang | Staff Writer

March 14, 2017


Filed under Sports

There are plenty of big-name players leading big-time programs into this year's Big Dance. But none will have a greater impact on which team gets to cut down the nets at the Final Four in Phoenix than these five: Grayson Allen He’s no Christian Laettner — the polarizing college basketb...

Five sleepers with a chance to make a splash in March Madness

Five sleepers with a chance to make a splash in March Madness

By Kevin Bertha | Staff Writer

March 14, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Every year, shocking upsets in the NCAA Tournament force college basketball fans to throw their office pool brackets into the trash on the opening days of the tournament. No. 15 seed Middle Tennessee State eliminated No. 2 seed Michigan State in the first round last year, while No. 15 seed Florida...

Next year will be turning point for Panthers’ program after lost season

Next year will be turning point for Panthers’ program after lost season

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 14, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

Now that we know the season is over for Pitt’s men’s basketball team — with no postseason appearance and no winning record for the first time in 17 years — one question remains. Where do the Panthers go from here? Some have called for the axing of head coach Kevin Stallings after just one year on...

Pitt women’s basketball team maintains status quo in 2016-17 season

Pitt women’s basketball team maintains status quo in 2016-17 season

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Staff Writer

March 14, 2017


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Women's Basketball

Around the time North Carolina guard Jamie Cherry buried her fifth 3-pointer of the game in the first round of the 2017 ACC Tournament, the Pitt women’s basketball team was starting to realize its season was over. The Panthers ended the regular season with a 13-16 overall record and a 4-12 record...

Pitt softball team loses two vs. James Madison, splits pair with East Carolina

Pitt softball team loses two vs. James Madison, splits pair with East Carolina

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 13, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After starting the season with nine wins in a row and earning the first national ranking in program history, the Pitt softball team has stumbled into a slump. Inclement weather forced the cancellation of last weekend’s James Madison University Invitational in Harrisonburg, Virginia. So Pitt (14...

Pitt baseball swept by No. 4 Louisville to open up ACC play

Pitt baseball swept by No. 4 Louisville to open up ACC play

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 12, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt baseball team had its first run-in of 2017 with a ranked opponent last weekend. The Panthers pitched well, but appeared completely overmatched at the plate and failed to pick up a win against the No. 4 Louisville Cardinals. Pitt (7-7 overall, 0-3 ACC) opened up ACC play by suffering a th...

ICYMI: Spring Break

ICYMI: Spring Break

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 12, 2017


Filed under Sports

March 3 Wise earns second straight All-ACC Academic selection - Pitt sophomore forward Brenna Wise received her second straight selection to the All-ACC Academic Team after posting a perfect 4.0 GPA in the fall 2016 semester. Wise also led the Panthers in scoring and rebounding for the second year in a ...

No. 21 Virginia eliminates Pitt from ACC Tournament, 75-63

No. 21 Virginia eliminates Pitt from ACC Tournament, 75-63

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 9, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt men’s basketball team’s first season under head coach Kevin Stallings — and first losing season in 17 years — appears to be over. The Panthers (16-17) fell to the No. 21 Virginia Cavaliers (22-9), 75-63, in the second round of the ACC Tournament Wednesday night at the Barclays Cen...

GALLERY: Pitt vs Virginia, ACC Tournament 2nd round

GALLERY: Pitt vs Virginia, ACC Tournament 2nd round

By John Hamilton | Visual Editor

March 9, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Uncategorized

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Pitt holds on for 61-59 win over Georgia Tech in first round of ACC Tournament

Pitt holds on for 61-59 win over Georgia Tech in first round of ACC Tournament

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 7, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

It wasn’t easy or pretty, but the Pitt men’s basketball team held on to extend its season for at least another day. The Panthers (16-16) survived a last-minute rally from the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (17-15) to pull out a 61-59 win Tuesday night in the first round of the ACC Tournament at t...

GALLERY: Pitt vs Georgia Tech, ACC Tournament 1st Round

GALLERY: Pitt vs Georgia Tech, ACC Tournament 1st Round

By John Hamilton | Visual Editor

March 7, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Visual

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Pitt baseball drops three out of four in South Carolina

Pitt baseball drops three out of four in South Carolina

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 7, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After a strong start to nonconference play, the Pitt baseball team started to show signs of its inexperience last weekend. The Panthers (7-4) dropped three out of four games against mid-major opponents, scoring a total of only 10 runs over the weekend in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Pitt fell to the Wo...

No. 21 Pitt softball team swept in ACC opener at North Carolina

No. 21 Pitt softball team swept in ACC opener at North Carolina

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 7, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt softball team’s momentum has evaporated after a remarkable start to the season. The No. 21 Panthers (12-5 overall, 0-3 ACC) opened up conference play over the weekend in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where they suffered a three-game sweep against the North Carolina Tar Heels (15-4 overall...

Young named to All-ACC Third Team, Artis earns honorable mention

Young named to All-ACC Third Team, Artis earns honorable mention

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 5, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt men’s basketball team finished the regular season in next-to-last place out of 15 teams in the ACC, but the Panthers still had two players recognized as part of the All-ACC teams Sunday afternoon. Senior forward Michael Young repeated as a member of the All-ACC Third Team, while senior p...

Brenna Wise earns second-straight All-ACC Academic selection

Brenna Wise earns second-straight All-ACC Academic selection

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 5, 2017


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

In her two years at Pitt, sophomore forward Brenna Wise immediately took over as the women’s basketball team’s best player following star point guard Brianna Kiesel’s graduation. Now, Wise is following Kiesel’s path in the classroom as well as on the court. The Pittsburgh native receiv...

Pitt wrestlers Forys, Rahmani and Campbell capture first ACC titles

Pitt wrestlers Forys, Rahmani and Campbell capture first ACC titles

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 4, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The No. 23 Pitt wrestling team appears to be peaking in the postseason, and the Panthers have three individual ACC titles to prove it. Junior 133-pounder Dom Forys (19-1) and sophomore 165-pounder TeShan Campbell (20-2) showed why they came into the tournament as No. 1 seeds, as each won a pair of ...

Panthers drop regular season finale at No. 23 Virginia, 67-42

Panthers drop regular season finale at No. 23 Virginia, 67-42

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 4, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt men’s basketball team’s streak of 16 straight winning seasons came to a crashing halt Saturday afternoon in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Panthers (15-16 overall, 4-14 ACC) put on their worst offensive performance of the season in the regular season finale against the No. 23 Virginia...

Stallings dismisses first-year PG Justice Kithcart from Panthers

Stallings dismisses first-year PG Justice Kithcart from Panthers

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 3, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Pitt men’s basketball head coach Kevin Stallings dismissed first-year point guard Justice Kithcart from the team Friday morning, according to a Pitt Athletics press release. “It is a privilege to play basketball at the University of Pittsburgh and with that privilege comes the responsibility to conduct...

Men’s swimmers wrap up ACC Championships with 10th-place finish

Men’s swimmers wrap up ACC Championships with 10th-place finish

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 3, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt men’s swimming team continued to make history Wednesday and Thursday night in Georgia as the 2017 ACC Championships came to a close. The Panthers finished in 10th place at Georgia Tech’s McAuley Aquatic Center in Atlanta with 513 team points. This score broke the team’s previous high scor...

Pitting in person: 5 games fans would rather forget

Pitting in person: 5 games fans would rather forget

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

March 3, 2017


Filed under Sports

Last week, as I watched Pitt’s men’s basketball team surrender a 19-point lead against Wake Forest, I felt something all too familiar. The Panthers still led by four with 3:27 to go, yet I knew the team would find a way to lose — which it did, 63-59 after a 10-2 run from the Demon Deacons. ...

TPN Panthers of the Month: Kayla Harris and Ryan Solomon

TPN Panthers of the Month: Kayla Harris and Ryan Solomon

By Bayard Miller | Assistant Sports Editor

March 2, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Kayla Harris Kayla Harris’ last pitching performance was perfect — literally. After setting the tone by striking all three batters out in the first inning, Harris retired every subsequent Southeastern Louisiana batter en route to a 5-0 win and the second perfect game in Pitt history. Her stella...

Panthers’ season ends in 72-60 loss vs. UNC at ACC Tournament

Panthers’ season ends in 72-60 loss vs. UNC at ACC Tournament

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 2, 2017


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

In last year’s ACC Tournament, North Carolina’s Jamie Cherry tried her best to spoil the Pitt women’s basketball team’s season, but the Panthers prevailed. This time around, the Tar Heels’ sharp-shooting guard single-handedly sent Pitt home. Cherry scored a career-high 32 points in UNC’s 72...

Cameron Johnson and Ryan Luther named to All-ACC Academic Team

Cameron Johnson and Ryan Luther named to All-ACC Academic Team

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 2, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt men’s basketball team’s disappointing 2016-2017 season is almost at a close, but two Panthers earned recognition Wednesday for what they’ve accomplished off the court. Pitt redshirt sophomore guard Cameron Johnson and junior forward Ryan Luther made it onto the All-ACC Academic Team ...

Panther swimmers break records at ACCs

Panther swimmers break records at ACCs

By Kait French | Staff Writer

March 1, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Panthers impressed their fans yet again over the first two days of the ACC Championship meet, complete with three new records and two record-breaking swims. With a time of 6:28.37, Eben Vorster, Luke Smutny, Samy Helmbacher and Brian Lovasik broke the team’s record in the 800 freestyle relay...

Pitt stung by Yellow Jackets, 61-52

Pitt stung by Yellow Jackets, 61-52

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

March 1, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball

With one game left in the season, the Pitt men's basketball team is sitting at .500 and tied for 13th place in the conference after another loss Tuesday night. After the Panthers (15-15 overall, 4-13 ACC) won three of four games over a 10-day stretch in mid-February, the team has slipped, losing it...

Rozelle Nix: Big man on campus

Rozelle Nix: Big man on campus

By Kevin Bertha | Staff Writer

February 28, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Features

After years of rigorous work on various courts, Rozelle Nix finally saw his dedication pay off this season. Pitt trailed by five with seven minutes left in the game against the winningest coach of all-time, Mike Krzyzewski, and the No. 21 Duke Blue Devils. Sophomore guard Cameron Johnson missed a ...

Head volleyball coach Dan Fisher given extension

Head volleyball coach Dan Fisher given extension

By Bayard Miller | Assistant Sports Editor

February 28, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Head volleyball coach Dan Fisher has restored the Panthers’ program to national prominence, and he’s being rewarded for his efforts. Interim Athletic Director Randy Juhl announced Monday afternoon Pitt has extended Fisher’s contract for another two years. He is now signed on to stay with the...

Eight Panthers earn All-ACC status at ACC Indoor Championships

Eight Panthers earn All-ACC status at ACC Indoor Championships

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

February 27, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Although nobody on the Pitt track and field team qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships, several Panthers made it onto the medal stand at the ACC Indoor Championships last weekend. Overall, eight Pitt athletes achieved All-ACC recognition, 16 set personal bests and two broke school records. Still...

Pitt baseball sweeps three-game series vs. Siena

Pitt baseball sweeps three-game series vs. Siena

By David Leftwich | Staff Writer

February 27, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After a 3-1 showing in the season-opening Sunshine State Classic, the Pitt baseball team continued nonconference play in Florida by sweeping a three-game series against the Siena Saints. Pitt (6-1) took some time to get its offense going in the series opener Friday, but the team’s bats came alive la...

Pitt tennis trounced at Louisville, 6-1

Pitt tennis trounced at Louisville, 6-1

By David Leftwich | Staff Writer

February 27, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After finding early season success at home, the Pitt tennis team has now dropped two straight matches on the road. The Panthers squared off against the No. 49 Louisville Cardinals Saturday and suffered a one-sided 6-1 defeat in Louisville, Kentucky. Pitt sophomores Gabriela Rezende and Natsumi ...

Harris tosses perfect game as No. 19 Panthers go 3-2 over weekend

Harris tosses perfect game as No. 19 Panthers go 3-2 over weekend

By Molly Appezzato | Staff Writer

February 27, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The No. 19 Pitt softball team’s perfect record is no longer intact, but the Panthers achieved a different kind of perfection over the weekend. Junior pitcher Kayla Harris tossed a perfect game in a 5-0 win Sunday over Southeastern Louisiana, part of a five-game slate in Troy, Alabama, against the Lipscomb Bis...

Pitt gymnasts tumble to dual meet loss at Penn State

Pitt gymnasts tumble to dual meet loss at Penn State

By Kevin Bertha | Staff Writer

February 27, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Tracey Pearson’s dynamic floor performance continued a successful season for the senior, but it wasn’t enough to propel the Pitt gymnastics team to victory in a dual meet with the Penn State Nittany Lions Saturday afternoon.   Pitt (6-10 overall, 0-5 EAGL) fell to Penn State (6-6 overall, 2-3 Big Ten)...

No. 20 Syracuse sinks Pitt on Senior Day, 73-57

No. 20 Syracuse sinks Pitt on Senior Day, 73-57

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Staff Writer

February 27, 2017


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Fans packed the Petersen Events Center for the 10th annual “Pink the Petersen” game for breast cancer awareness Sunday, but the support wasn’t enough to get the Panthers a win. The Pitt women’s basketball team (13-16 overall, 4-12 ACC) lost its final regular season game to the No. 20 Syracuse Or...

No. 8 Tar Heels thrash Pitt on Senior Day, 85-67

No. 8 Tar Heels thrash Pitt on Senior Day, 85-67

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

February 25, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

A little less than a month ago, the Pitt men’s basketball team played one of its best games of the season in an 80-78 loss against the North Carolina Tar Heels. On Senior Day on Saturday at the Petersen Events Center, the Panthers (15-14 overall, 4-12 ACC) gave no such scare to the No. 8 Tar He...

Pitt women’s basketball team falls at No. 8 Florida State, 79-48

Pitt women’s basketball team falls at No. 8 Florida State, 79-48

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Staff Writer

February 24, 2017


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Once again, Pitt sophomore forward Brenna Wise lit up the scoreboard for the Panthers, but it wasn’t enough to get the win. The Pitt women’s basketball team (13-15 overall, 4-11 ACC) lost its final road game — and its last chance at a winning season — in a 79-48 defeat to the No. 8 Florida ...

A Family Affair: McConnells maintain tradition

A Family Affair: McConnells maintain tradition

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Staff Writer

February 24, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Sports, Sports Features, Women's Basketball

With her mom and aunt watching from the sidelines in the third quarter of a late November blowout against Slippery Rock University, Pitt sophomore guard Madison Serio drained the first 3-pointer of her college career. Late in the fourth quarter, she buried her second long-range attempt. When she naile...

Pitt suffers devastating 63-59 defeat at Demon Deacons

Pitt suffers devastating 63-59 defeat at Demon Deacons

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

February 22, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt men’s basketball team had its fourth win in five games all but secured late in the first half Wednesday night in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Instead, the Panthers blew a 19-point lead to the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in what might be the team’s most excruciating loss in a season fille...

How to sneak past the Deacs: Can Pitt beat Wake?

How to sneak past the Deacs: Can Pitt beat Wake?

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

February 22, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball

Just when it seemed like the Pitt men’s basketball team’s NCAA Tournament chances were disappearing, the Panthers beat their second top-25 team of the season and kept some hope alive. Pitt’s 80-66 win over the No. 17 Florida State Seminoles Saturday was arguably the team’s most impressive all...

Wrestler Ryan Solomon named ACC Wrestler of the Week

Wrestler Ryan Solomon named ACC Wrestler of the Week

By Bayard Miller | Assistant Sports Editor

February 22, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After defeating then-No. 3 ranked Duke wrestler Jacob Kasper, the ACC awarded Pitt’s Ryan Solomon Wrestler of the Week Tuesday afternoon. “[Kasper] — he’s a really tough guy,” Solomon, a heavyweight redshirt junior, said after Saturday’s win at the Fitzgerald Field House. “I had to wres...

Shel-don Je-ter: Fans praise senior’s sensational showing vs. FSU

Shel-don Je-ter: Fans praise senior’s sensational showing vs. FSU

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

February 21, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

It was happening again. The fans knew it. Pitt’s players knew it. Hell, even Florida State’s players probably knew it. The Pitt men’s basketball team had built a 15-point second-half lead against the No. 17 Florida State Seminoles after a 3-pointer by senior point guard Jamel Artis with 13:1...

Jeter’s career-high 29 points power Panthers past No. 17 Florida State, 80-66

Jeter’s career-high 29 points power Panthers past No. 17 Florida State, 80-66

By Kevin Bertha | For The Pitt News

February 20, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

There must be something special about those throwbacks. “The shorts were a little short, but besides that, it’s all good,” Pitt senior forward Sheldon Jeter said. Rocking their retro royal blue jerseys, the Panthers (15-12 overall, 4-10 ACC) knocked off the No. 17 Florida State Seminoles (21-...

Pitt softball continues flawless season over the weekend

Pitt softball continues flawless season over the weekend

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

February 20, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The No. 24 Pitt softball team’s first weekend as a nationally ranked team went a lot like the opening weekend that earned the team its ranking — flawlessly. Coming off five wins in five games at last weekend’s season-opening University of Central Florida Invitational, the Panthers traveled to T...

Pitt wrestlers top Duke to end regular season

Pitt wrestlers top Duke to end regular season

By Bayard Miller | Assistant Sports Editor

February 20, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After a season filled with distractions and disappointments, the No. 24 Pitt wrestling team closed out its regular season on a three-match winning streak after defeating Duke Saturday night. The team endured a midseason coaching change, a wrestler falling out of his dorm room window and breaking se...

Pitt baseball swings into season, wins three over weekend

Pitt baseball swings into season, wins three over weekend

By David Leftwich | Staff Writer

February 20, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt baseball team lost five players to the MLB Draft and three pitchers to elbow surgery over the offseason, leading analysts to question the Panthers’ depth and predict a last-place finish in the ACC Coastal Division this year. But the Panthers defied negative predictions over the weekend with a strong sta...

Panthers swarmed by Yellow Jackets in Atlanta, 71-57

Panthers swarmed by Yellow Jackets in Atlanta, 71-57

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

February 20, 2017


Filed under Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team had a great opportunity Sunday to win its second straight game and move back above .500 with two games left in the regular season. Instead, the Panthers’ chances at a winning season took a serious hit in Atlanta, Georgia. Pitt (13-14 overall, 4-10 ACC) fell to th...

Pitt gymnastics falters, comes in fourth on Friday

Pitt gymnastics falters, comes in fourth on Friday

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

February 20, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Senior Tracy Pearson was the sole exception to a struggling Pitt gymnastics team this weekend. In a five-way meet in Washington, D.C., Friday, she sprung to a second-place finish in the vault, scoring 9.850 points. The rest of her team, however, was not so impressive. The Panthers (6-9 overall...

Wise drops career-high 31 on Hokies to lead Panthers to 72-64 win

Wise drops career-high 31 on Hokies to lead Panthers to 72-64 win

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Staff Writer

February 17, 2017


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team snapped its six-game losing streak Thursday night, and it might not have happened without sophomore forward Brenna Wise breaking a program record. Wise tallied a career-high 31 points — including 25 in the second half — while shooting a perfect 13-for-13 from the ...

Feeling Retro: Top 5 hoopers to don the Pitt script

Feeling Retro: Top 5 hoopers to don the Pitt script

By Kevin Bertha | For The Pitt News

February 17, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Despite its overall fluctuating performance, the Pitt men’s basketball program has produced a litany of great basketball players throughout its illustrious history. Many have made their marks in the block Pitt font and infamous “Dinocat” Panther logo, but others have left their legacies in the ...

Giordano grabs ACC diving title, four Pitt swimming records fall in Atlanta

Giordano grabs ACC diving title, four Pitt swimming records fall in Atlanta

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

February 16, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Dominic Giordano, the defending NCAA champion in the 3-meter dive, is already Pitt’s first-ever national champion in the natatorium. The senior put himself in position to defend that title Wednesday night, taking home first place in the 3M at the 2017 ACC Championships in Atlanta. Giordano tallie...

Feeling Pitted: Panthers find new way to blow sure thing

Feeling Pitted: Panthers find new way to blow sure thing

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

February 15, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

For almost 28 minutes of game time Tuesday night, the Pitt men’s basketball team appeared on the verge of a much-needed third straight ACC win. Then, the Panthers’ 11-point lead against the Virginia Tech Hokies unraveled in a way some might have deemed impossible — but was all too familiar t...

Pitt softball earns highest ranking in program history

Pitt softball earns highest ranking in program history

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

February 15, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

For the first time in the program’s 20-year history, Pitt has a nationally ranked softball team. The Panthers are now ranked in the Top 25 in both the USA Today/NFCA Division I Coaches Poll and the ESPN.com/USFA Softball Top 25 Collegiate Poll. They came in at No. 24 in the updated USA Today/NFCA poll and No. 25 in the ESPN.com/USFA Softball rankings,...

Panthers fall prey to Hokies comeback, 66-63

Panthers fall prey to Hokies comeback, 66-63

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

February 14, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt men’s basketball team entered its showdown with the Virginia Tech Hokies with a chance to extend its two-game winning streak and make a late-season tournament run. That momentum evaporated Tuesday night as the Hokies rallied to steal a 66-63 victory in front of a stunned Petersen Events...

Charlie Partridge named defensive line coach

Charlie Partridge named defensive line coach

By Bayard Miller | Assistant Sports Editor

February 14, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

It didn’t take long for the Pitt football team to find a new defensive line coach — and one whose Pittsburgh ties run deep. Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi announced Charlie Partridge as the Panthers’ new defensive line coach Tuesday afternoon in a press release. Partridge replaces Tom Sims, who...

Six Panthers invited to NFL Scouting Combine

Six Panthers invited to NFL Scouting Combine

By Bayard Miller | Assistant Sports Editor

February 14, 2017


Filed under Football

The Pitt-to-NFL pipeline continues to flow as six Panthers received invitations to the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine, a national invitational camp for players eligible for the upcoming draft. Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi broke the news on Twitter Monday night, posting a picture of the invited players...

Pitt softball starts with streak over the weekend

Pitt softball starts with streak over the weekend

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

February 13, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Coming off a respectable 31-21 season and only two years after an NCAA Tournament run, the Pitt softball team had reasons to believe 2017 could be a big year. With a lineup featuring the return of top slugger Giorgiana Zeremenko and a rotation led by ace Kayla Harris — along with some first-year players making an immediate impact — the Panthers have potential to compete in a load...

Think Twice: Pitt wrestling defeats Iowa State and UVA

Think Twice: Pitt wrestling defeats Iowa State and UVA

By Rebecca Sauers | For The Pitt News

February 13, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After a tumultuous month in which the Pitt wrestling team underwent a midseason coaching change and dropped its first three conference matches, the Panthers hit their stride this weekend. No. 24 Pitt (10-5 overall, 1-3 ACC) went 2-0 over the weekend, defeating the Iowa State Cyclones at home Friday...

Pitt women fall to the No. 14 Blue Devils, 62-48

Pitt women fall to the No. 14 Blue Devils, 62-48

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Staff Writer

February 13, 2017


Filed under Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team’s once-promising season has lost direction and postseason hopes have diminished, as the Panthers seem destined for their sixth losing season in seven years. The Panthers (12-13 overall, 3-9 ACC) fell to another ranked opponent Sunday, losing to the No. 14 Duke...

Palmer, Sellers achieve new heights at SPIRE Invitational

Palmer, Sellers achieve new heights at SPIRE Invitational

By Dominic Campbell | For The Pitt News

February 13, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt Track and Field outperformed much of the competition Friday and Saturday at the SPIRE Invitational in Geneva, Ohio, led by victories from seniors Desmond Palmer and Joslin Sellers. Palmer won the 300-meter Friday for the first time in his Pitt career in a personal-best time of 33.61 seconds. Sell...

Pitt tennis served up loss to Penn State, 4-3

Pitt tennis served up loss to Penn State, 4-3

By Bayard Miller | Assistant Sports Editor

February 13, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Panthers were one match away from winning, but the hosting Penn State Nittany Lions came away with a victory over the Pitt women’s tennis team Sunday afternoon, 4-3. “Unfortunately, today we weren't able to get the outcome we were looking for, but we left the courts with no regrets in terms o...

Panthers stifle Syracuse for second straight win, 80-75

Panthers stifle Syracuse for second straight win, 80-75

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

February 11, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

After ending a month-long, eight-game losing streak that prompted some to call for the firing of head coach Kevin Stallings, the Pitt men’s basketball team is now on a winning streak. The Panthers (14-11 overall, 3-9 ACC) won their second straight contest Saturday afternoon, beating the Syracuse Orange (16-10 ...

Pitt women’s basketball team drops fifth straight vs. Clemson, 54-46

Pitt women’s basketball team drops fifth straight vs. Clemson, 54-46

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Staff Writer

February 10, 2017


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team continued its trend of playing well in the first half of games and failing to perform in the second half in yet another loss Thursday night. Returning to the Petersen Events Center after a two-game road trip, the Panthers (12-12 overall, 3-8 ACC) fell to the Clemson T...

Four Panthers make All-ACC Academic Volleyball Team

Four Panthers make All-ACC Academic Volleyball Team

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

February 10, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After capping a record-breaking career on the court, senior middle blocker Jenna Potts wrapped up her undergraduate career with a 4.00 GPA and a consistent place on the Dean’s List. Potts highlighted the Pitt volleyball team’s four selections to the 2016 All-ACC Academic Team Thursday. Joining he...

Six Pitt football players named to All-ACC Academic Team

Six Pitt football players named to All-ACC Academic Team

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

February 9, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

Already well represented on the various All-ACC teams for their performance on the field, members of the Pitt football team are now receiving accolades in the classroom. After placing four players on the 2016 All-ACC First Team, with nine players recognized overall, Pitt had six players named to the 2016 All-ACC Academic Team Wednesday morning. The Panthers’...

Panthers snap 8-game skid with 83-72 win at Boston College

Panthers snap 8-game skid with 83-72 win at Boston College

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

February 8, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

After eight straight losses, the Pitt men’s basketball team is back in the win column — and for now, out of last place in the ACC. Thanks to a vintage performance by senior forward Michael Young and workmanlike contributions from fellow seniors Sheldon Jeter and Chris Jones, the Panthers (13-11 ov...

Basement Basketball: Can Panthers outperform Eagles?

Basement Basketball: Can Panthers outperform Eagles?

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

February 8, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball

The Pitt men’s basketball team has faced a grueling schedule this season, ranked eighth-toughest in the country by CBS Sports. So, after eight straight losses to quality conference opponents, Wednesday night’s game should provide a much-needed respite. If the last-place Panthers (12-11 overal...

Women’s soccer team announces 2017 recruiting class

Women’s soccer team announces 2017 recruiting class

By Bayard Miller | Assistant Sports Editor

February 8, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

In the 2016 season, the Pitt women’s soccer team did not score very often, finishing last in the ACC for offense and averaging a measly 0.44 goals per game. Nevertheless, the team netted promising prospects in their 2017 recruiting class, which head coach Greg Miller announced Monday night. The...

Francis and Murray named ACC All-Academics

Francis and Murray named ACC All-Academics

By Bayard Miller | Assistant Sports Editor

February 8, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt men’s and women’s soccer teams struggled to succeed on the field last year with both teams only winning twice this past season. But the ACC recognized women’s goalkeeper Taylor Francis and men’s defender Kevin Murray for their accomplishments off the field throughout their time at Pitt. ...

Welcome to the club: Pitt club hoops supplants varsity squad as school’s national contender

Welcome to the club: Pitt club hoops supplants varsity squad as school’s national contender

By David Leftwich | Staff Writer

February 7, 2017


Filed under Sports

Two years ago, Pitt had a perennial powerhouse varsity men’s basketball team, but no corresponding club for students to join. Now, the Panthers varsity team sits in the ACC’s cellar, while the club hoops team has established itself as one of the nation’s best in just its second year. Men...

Panthers fall prey to Deacons, 57-48

Panthers fall prey to Deacons, 57-48

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Staff Writer

February 6, 2017


Filed under Women's Basketball

The Panthers and the Demon Deacons each claimed the lead twice Sunday, but when the Panthers failed to put a stop to the Deacons’ rampant scoring, the game ended with a familiar outcome for the men’s and women’s basketball teams: a Panther loss. The Pitt women’s basketball team (12-11, 3-7 ACC) suffered its...

Panther wrestling pinned by Wolfpack, 23-15

Panther wrestling pinned by Wolfpack, 23-15

By Luke Cannon | For The Pitt News

February 6, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The No. 25 Pitt wrestling team received a boost from the return of its best wrestler Friday night, but it wasn’t enough to hold off a late comeback from the No. 8 North Carolina State Wolfpack. Pitt junior Dom Forys — the No. 8 133-pounder in the nation — returned against the Wolfpack after mi...

Pitt basketball nets two more recruits

Pitt basketball nets two more recruits

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

February 6, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball

Amidst all the excitement of National Signing Day for prospective college football recruits last Wednesday, the Pitt men’s basketball team added to its own 2017 recruiting class. The Panthers received a pair of verbal commitments last week, one from small forward Shamiel Stevenson Tuesday then anoth...

Pitt gymnasts place second in Philadelphia meet

Pitt gymnasts place second in Philadelphia meet

By Kait French | For The Pitt News

February 6, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt’s gymnastics team captured its first-ever title in the East Atlantic Gymnastics League last year. This year almost half way through the season, the reigning champion Panthers are struggling just to find a win. Pitt (4-4 overall, 0-2 EAGL) came up just short of first place in a quad meet in...

Pitt tennis team holds off Duquesne

Pitt tennis team holds off Duquesne

By David Leftwich | Staff Writer

February 6, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Rebounding after a tough 6-1 loss to Notre Dame Jan. 29, the Pitt women’s tennis team narrowly defeated hometown rival Duquesne Saturday at the Alpha Tennis and Fitness Center. The Panthers came out of the gates with strong play in the doubles portion of the match. At the No. 3 position, sophomores...

Women’s track and field team breaks school relay record

Women’s track and field team breaks school relay record

By Dominic Campbell | For The Pitt News

February 5, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt women’s distance medley relay team had a record-breaking performance Friday, but still couldn’t catch up. In South Bend, Indiana, for the Meyo Invitational Friday and Saturday, the women’s distance medley relay team broke Pitt’s record — 11:31.99, set last year at the Penn State Na...

Panthers’ woes continue in 72-64 loss at No. 21 Duke

Panthers’ woes continue in 72-64 loss at No. 21 Duke

By Varun Kumar | For The Pitt News

February 4, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

For the second straight game, the Pitt men’s basketball team gave one of college basketball’s most storied programs all it could handle. And for the second straight time, the Panthers (12-11 overall, 1-9 ACC) came up short. After an 80-78 loss at No. 12 North Carolina Tuesday night, Pitt lost anot...

Pitt women’s basketball slips up at No. 24 Syracuse, 93-65

Pitt women’s basketball slips up at No. 24 Syracuse, 93-65

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

February 3, 2017


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Continuing a recurring theme of the 2016-17 season, the Pitt women’s basketball team put up a fight against a ranked opponent Thursday, but couldn’t finish the job. Pitt led Louisville at halftime last Sunday only to give up the first 14 points of the third quarter and fade down the stretch. Th...

Brianna Kiesel signs multi-year contract with WNBA’s Atlanta Dream

Brianna Kiesel signs multi-year contract with WNBA’s Atlanta Dream

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

February 3, 2017


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Former Panthers point guard Brianna Kiesel, one of the most decorated players in Pitt women’s basketball history, is back in the WNBA. Kiesel signed a multi-year contract Thursday with the Atlanta Dream, but the team did not disclose the terms of the agreement. Keisel, who graduated from Pitt i...

Panthers hire Shawn Watson as new offensive coordinator

Panthers hire Shawn Watson as new offensive coordinator

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

February 2, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Football, Sports

After introducing the 26 members of the Pitt football team’s 2017 recruiting class Wednesday, the Panthers revealed the man who will be running the team’s offense in the upcoming season just one day later. Head coach Pat Narduzzi announced Shawn Watson as the team’s offensive coordinator and quart...

Signed, Sealed, Committed: Panthers finalize 2017 recruiting class

Signed, Sealed, Committed: Panthers finalize 2017 recruiting class

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

February 2, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

The first fax of National Signing Day arrived at Pitt’s football facility on the South Side at about 7:04 a.m., from local offensive lineman Gabe Houy. By 7:45 a.m., more than half of the team’s 18 unofficial commits had signed and faxed their National Letters of Intent. Pat Narduzzi finalized his second full recru...

Room for two more: Pitt snags pair of prospects on Signing Day

Room for two more: Pitt snags pair of prospects on Signing Day

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

February 2, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

Despite losing record-setting running back James Conner to the 2017 NFL Draft, the Pitt football team had a plan to rebuild. Thanks to a last-minute snag on National Signing Day, the Panthers have done that and more. Under Armour All-American and former Ohio State commit Todd Sibley, who committed t...

Top prospect Paris Ford sticks with Pitt

Top prospect Paris Ford sticks with Pitt

By Dominic Campbell | For The Pitt News

February 2, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

Inside a small, bright, cramped conference room at Steel Valley Senior High School in Munhall, Pennsylvania, the most coveted player in Pitt’s 2017 recruiting class made his commitment official. Surrounded by his head coach, family members and a swarm of photographers and videographers, four-st...

COLUMN: Pitt must attract local talent to excel

COLUMN: Pitt must attract local talent to excel

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

February 1, 2017


Filed under Sports Columns

From 2011 to 2014, Pitt football muddled its way to four straight 6-6 regular seasons. In head coach Pat Narduzzi’s first two seasons, the Panthers have drastically improved and enjoyed back-to-back 8-4 campaigns. The program’s resurgence has been felt around the country this year, as the Panthers...

Pitt almost shocks No. 12 UNC in 80-78 loss

Pitt almost shocks No. 12 UNC in 80-78 loss

By Bayard Miller | Assistant Sports Editor

January 31, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball

Expectations were low for the Pitt men's basketball team going into Tuesday night’s game on the road against the North Carolina Tar Heels. After losing six games in a row and falling to last place in the ACC, the Panthers (12-10 overall, 1-8 ACC) were 19-point underdogs against the No. 12-ranked Ta...

No end in sight for Panthers’ skid with trip to Carolina looming

No end in sight for Panthers’ skid with trip to Carolina looming

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 30, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Most teams would relish the opportunity to travel to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, for a chance to knock off one of the most storied programs in college basketball on national television. But the way the Pitt men’s basketball team is playing, they might be wishing Tuesday night’s clash with No...

North Carolina Tar Heels top Pitt wrestling, 20-16

North Carolina Tar Heels top Pitt wrestling, 20-16

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 30, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The No. 24 Pitt wrestling team got one experienced starter back Saturday against North Carolina: senior 149-pounder Mikey Racciato. But junior Dom Forys — the team’s top-ranked wrestler — missed his third straight match, and it was too much for the team to overcome. Pitt junior Brendan Price, F...

Pitt gymnastics tumbles further in EAGL with loss to UNC

Pitt gymnastics tumbles further in EAGL with loss to UNC

By Bayard Miller | Assistant Sports Editor

January 30, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Last year, Pitt’s gymnasts won the East Atlantic Gymnastics League title. This year, they have yet to pick up their first conference win. In a meet that came down to the final rotation, the visiting North Carolina Tar Heels eked out a win over the Pittsburgh Panthers Friday night at Fitzgerald ...

Four Panthers victorious at PSU National Open

Four Panthers victorious at PSU National Open

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 30, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Ariel Pastore-Sebring, already known by her cross country teammates as a “de facto” leader, is also setting an example on running away from the competition in the track and field circuit. Pastore-Sebring, a senior distance runner who is also a culture writer for The Pitt News, set a personal ...

Panthers swim past local teams on Senior Day

Panthers swim past local teams on Senior Day

By Kait French | For The Pitt News

January 30, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

In a dominating effort, Pitt’s swimming and diving teams won all but one event over the weekend as the Panthers hosted the annual Western Pennsylvania Invitational meet at Trees Pool. Swimmers from nearby programs including Duquesne University, Clarion University, California University and Carnegie Mel...

Panthers falter late against No. 9 Louisville, lose 63-48

Panthers falter late against No. 9 Louisville, lose 63-48

By Kevin Bertha | For The Pitt News

January 29, 2017


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team has tested some of the best teams in the ACC like Louisville and N.C. State, only to give up the lead toward the end of the game and walk off in defeat. Sunday afternoon, the Panthers once again battled against the best but ultimately came up short. Pitt gave the No. 9 Louis...

Clemson sends Pitt to bottom of ACC standings, 67-60

Clemson sends Pitt to bottom of ACC standings, 67-60

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

January 28, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt men’s basketball team is now all alone in the cellar. In a matchup of the two last-place teams in the ACC, the Clemson Tigers (12-8 overall, 2-6 ACC) defeated the Panthers (12-9 overall, 1-7 ACC) at the Petersen Events Center Saturday afternoon, 67-60. Tigers forward Jaron Blossomgame showe...

No. 18 NC State snaps Pitt’s two-game winning streak, 55-42

No. 18 NC State snaps Pitt’s two-game winning streak, 55-42

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 27, 2017


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team rode a two-game winning streak into Raleigh, North Carolina, but that momentum came to end Thursday night against the No. 18 North Carolina State Wolfpack. NC State (16-5 overall, 6-2 ACC) used its stingy defense to contain the Panthers’ outside threats in a 55-...

TPN Panthers of the Month: Eben Vorster and Brenna Wise

TPN Panthers of the Month: Eben Vorster and Brenna Wise

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 27, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Women's Basketball

Eben Vorster First-year swimmer Eben Vorster is a mid-year addition to the Pitt men’s swimming and diving team from Bloemfontein, South Africa. Judging by the immediate impact he’s had with the Panthers, he’s still inside his comfort zone at Trees Pool, as Vorster has taken home multiple indivi...

COLUMN: Like it or not, nobody beats Brady

COLUMN: Like it or not, nobody beats Brady

By Bayard Miller | Assistant Sports Editor

January 27, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Hating Tom Brady and the New England Patriots has become a national sport. Since 2001, Brady and Patriots head coach Bill Belichick have been rewriting the record books. The duo has won 14 division titles, seven AFC championships and four Super Bowls. Brady has won the league’s Most Valuable Playe...

Panthers riding momentum into Raleigh vs. No. 18 NC State

Panthers riding momentum into Raleigh vs. No. 18 NC State

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 26, 2017


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Pitt women’s basketball team’s showdown with the Virginia Cavaliers Sunday afternoon was set up to be a turning point for the Panthers’ season, win or lose. In a battle of teams with identical 2-3 records in the ACC, the winner would move to 3-3 in conference play and rise to the middle...

Keep Brown in Town: Steelers star well worth the trouble

Keep Brown in Town: Steelers star well worth the trouble

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 26, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Some players are so good, the baggage they’re bringing along is worth it. Antonio Brown is one of those players, so reports that the Pittsburgh Steelers may be open to trading the All-Pro wide receiver should make you scratch your head. Brown’s 17-minute Facebook Live video in the locker room after the Ste...

Schedule finalized for 2017 Pitt football

Schedule finalized for 2017 Pitt football

By Bayard Miller | Assistant Sports Editor

January 25, 2017


Filed under Football

The Atlantic Coast Conference released the finalized 2017 schedules of its member football teams, including the University of Pittsburgh, on Tuesday afternoon. Next fall, the Panthers will face eight teams that made bowl games this season, four of which finished the season in the Top 25 rankings....

Pitt basketball hits new low with loss to Louisville

Pitt basketball hits new low with loss to Louisville

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 25, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball

If you thought things couldn’t get any worse for the Pitt men’s basketball team, think again. Last time the Panthers played at home, they suffered their worst loss in the 14-year history of the Petersen Events Center: a 72-46 pounding against Miami. They more than doubled that 26-point defeat in...

No. 13 Cardinals crush Pitt, 106-51

No. 13 Cardinals crush Pitt, 106-51

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

January 24, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Pitt men’s basketball team is making history for all the wrong reasons. Just 10 days after suffering the worst loss in Petersen Events Center history — a 26-point defeat against the Miami Hurricanes — the Panthers shattered their own record in a 55-point home loss to the No. 13 Louisville Card...

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