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Pittsburgh remains home for former Panthers

Pittsburgh remains home for former Panthers

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

July 15, 2014

After Ronald Ramon finished his first season as a pro basketball player, he knew where he wanted to spend his offseason. The former Panther men’s basketball player from the Bronx, N.Y., who graduated in 2008, came back to Pitt after finishing his first season with his team in Argentina and spent the ...

Summer Guide: Pirates navigate unexpected issues in season’s first half

By Nate Barnes / Senior Staff Writer

July 15, 2014

One of Clint Hurdle’s often-repeated mantras is to do “the best you can with what you’ve got at the time.” He’s had to follow it himself this year — he will likely need a hip replacement at the end of the season and he currently manages the Pittsburgh Pirates while enduring pain such that ...

Summer Guide: Soto, Mildren adjust to life in the minor leagues

Summer Guide: Soto, Mildren adjust to life in the minor leagues

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

July 15, 2014

Minor league baseball players can begin their careers in a number of places across the country — just ask Elvin Soto or Ethan Mildren.  Soto’s’s destination, after getting drafted last June, was Hillsboro, Ore., home of the Hillsboro Hops, the Class A Short Season affiliate of the Arizona Diamo...

Women’s Basketball: Recruit ineligible for upcoming season, won’t attend Pitt

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

July 11, 2014

Naje Gibson, a talented women’s basketball recruit, will not attend Pitt this year as she is academically ineligible, according to reports by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.Karen Price of the Tribune-Review reported last night that Gibson, a 6-foot forward, will attend Florida Stat...

Feature: Senior volleyball player reps Pitt on national level

Feature: Senior volleyball player reps Pitt on national level

By Caitlin Hinsey / Staff Writer

July 8, 2014

In some ways, Delaney Clesen is like other typical college students who are entering their final undergraduate year. This summer, she is working toward her dream job and getting the chance to travel.But Clesen is not a typical college senior — her dream job is to be a professional volleyball player.For the last two...

Track and Field: Spratling runs in a Pitt uniform for the last time

Track and Field: Spratling runs in a Pitt uniform for the last time

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

July 1, 2014

Brycen Spratling can’t stop running, not that he wants to.The former Pitt sprinter and collegiate All-American came in fourth in the 400 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Championships on June 13. Over the weekend, he finished seventh in the same event at the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships in Sacram...

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

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...

Men’s Basketball: Lamar Patterson selected in second round of NBA Draft

Men’s Basketball: Lamar Patterson selected in second round of NBA Draft

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

June 27, 2014

Lamar Patterson’s dream of playing in the NBA is that much closer to coming true.The former Pitt men’s basketball player was selected 48th overall in the NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks.The news came late Thursday night from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., the site of the event.Patterson, the 18th...

Men’s Basketball: Doorson reopens his recruitment

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

June 25, 2014

In early March, it seemed as though Pitt men’s basketball coach Jamie Dixon had the first Kobe-Shaq duo since the Los Angeles Lakers. It wasn’t to be.Kobe Eubanks, a highly rated shooting guard prospect from Florida, would commit to Baylor University over Pitt and other schools in March. The Pit...

Men’s Basketball: Marlon Williamson opens up about why he chose Pitt

Men’s Basketball: Marlon Williamson opens up about why he chose Pitt

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

June 24, 2014

When former Pitt men’s basketball assistant coach Barry Rohrssen parted ways with Jamie Dixon and Pitt’s staff for the University of Kentucky in April, he left a hole in Pitt’s bench that gaped wider every day.Nine weeks later, Dixon found the guy to fill the space left behind.Enter ex-UMass as...

Men’s Soccer: Panthers become Riverhounds for the summer

Men’s Soccer: Panthers become Riverhounds for the summer

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

June 24, 2014

While most soccer fans have their eyes fixed on Brazil during the World Cup this month, three Pitt soccer players have spent their summer playing with other aspiring professionals and local collegiate talent right here in Pittsburgh.Attacking players Romeo Charron and Ryan Myers, as well as goalkeeper ...

Men’s Basketball: Marlon Williamson hired as assistant coach

By Ryan Bertonaschi and Jasper Wilson / The Pitt News Staff

June 17, 2014

Follow @wilson_jasper // In the Vatican City, when a new pope is chosen, white smoke exits through the roof of the Sistine Chapel. Nothing of the sort was evident at the Petersen Events Center on Tuesday, but “Smoke” will soon come to Oakland. Marlon “Smoke” Williamson, assistant men’s basketball coach at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst for the past two seasons, will join Jamie Dixon’s staff to serve in the same capacity, replacing assistant coach Barry Rohrssen, the ...

Track and Field: Five Panthers compete at Nationals

Track and Field: Five Panthers compete at Nationals

By Megan Boyle / Staff Writer

June 17, 2014

Time proved to be the toughest opponent for the five Pitt athletes who traveled to Eugene, Ore., to compete in the NCAA Outdoor National Championships.“There is a very small margin for error, especially competing at this level,” head coach Alonzo Webb said. “A lot of races are won or lost by hun...

Track and Field: Runners struggle during day two of Nationals

By Megan Boyle / Staff Writer

June 13, 2014

[Editor’s note: Senior Brycen Spratling came in fourth in the 400 meter final on Friday with a time of 45.49 seconds. He received First Team All-American status for his performance.]Carvin Nkanata and Micah Murray’s collegiate sports careers have come to an end.Both seniors, Nkanata and Murray were m...

Track and Field: Pitt hurdlers eliminated at Nationals

By Megan Boyle / Staff Writer

June 12, 2014

Two Pitt track and field athletes’ dreams of competing for an individual national title will have to wait until next year.Freshman Desmond Palmer and sophomore Evann Thompson, competing in the 400-meter high hurdles and hurdles, respectively, were eliminated on Wednesday from the NCAA Outdoor National Ch...

Baseball: Trio of Pitt pitchers taken in MLB Draft over weekend

Baseball: Trio of Pitt pitchers taken in MLB Draft over weekend

By Dan Sostek / Staff Writer

June 10, 2014

For the second year in a row, the University of Pittsburgh baseball team saw three of its players selected in the annual MLB First-Year Player Draft.In 2013, pitcher Ethan Mildren (12th round by the Twins), catcher Elvin Soto (16th round by the Diamondbacks) and Matt Wotherspoon (20th round by the Ti...

Colllege Sports: Ex-UCLA star O’Bannon takes stand in antitrust suit vs. NCAA

By Lee Romney and David Wharton / MCT Campus

June 10, 2014

Oakland, Calif.— As a much-anticipated federal trial began here Monday, the walls that have long separated college athletes from the riches of a multibillion-dollar sports enterprise began to show some cracks.The occasion was the opening of an antitrust lawsuit filed on behalf of current and former men’s b...

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

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...

Track and Field: Best in the East, five Pitt athletes qualify for Nationals

Track and Field: Best in the East, five Pitt athletes qualify for Nationals

By Megan Boyle / Staff Writer

June 3, 2014

Twelve members of the men’s and women’s track and field teams traveled to Jacksonville, Fla. to compete in the Division I Outdoor East Regional Championships. East Regionals occurred over the weekend and consisted of the preliminary, first round and quarterfinal round for each individual event. Ha...

Wrestling: Gavin, Zanetta fall just short at USA Team Trials

Wrestling: Gavin, Zanetta fall just short at USA Team Trials

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

June 3, 2014

Pitt wrestlers competing at the USA World Team Trials narrowly missed out on representing their country in international competition.Keith Gavin, a Pitt alumnus who graduated in 2008, placed second in the 86 kilogram class, while rising sophomore Nick Zanetta finished third in the 60 kilogram class. Both ...

Track and Field: Athletes qualify for Nationals

Track and Field: Athletes qualify for Nationals

By Megan Boyle / Staff Writer

June 2, 2014

Five Panthers have secured their spots at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field National Championship.Freshman Desmond Palmer, sophomore Evann Thompson and seniors Micah Murray, Carvin Nkanata and Brycen Spratling proved to be some of the United States’ best college athletes this weekend by reg...

Wrestling: Gavin, Zanetta to take part in USA World Team Trials

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

May 29, 2014

Two Pitt wrestlers, one past and one present, will compete to represent their country at the USA World Team Trials.Former Pitt star Keith Gavin and rising sophomore Nick Zanetta will travel to Madison, Wis., for a chance to make national squads. Gavin will be competing for a spot on the U.S. 2014 Worl...

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

[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...

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

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

May 28, 2014

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

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

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...

Oakland Zoo a creative outlet for fans

Oakland Zoo a creative outlet for fans

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

May 28, 2014

When I first enrolled at Pitt, I considered how I would try to “make my mark” at the University. Would I get involved in Greek life, try and hold my own with the Ultimate team or something else?The route I ended up choosing resulted from a $75 costume that I bought from a Halloween store near my New...

Pitt men’s basketball recruits eager to contribute

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

May 28, 2014

In the last few years, Jamie Dixon has had to bring in larger recruitment classes than he anticipated, and likely wanted to. This has been mostly due to transfers. For his 2014 recruitment class, Dixon has voluntarily brought in a large class, signing five players to letters of intent.The first of those...

Freshmen football players join the Panthers

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

May 28, 2014

Pitt football has finished the last two seasons with a combined record of 13-13, so why should fans be optimistic?Coach Paul Chryst’s steady improvement of the football program may not be obvious, but after examining his second recruiting class, it’s hard to ignore the depth the coach added this o...

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

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...

Freshmen, don’t neglect exercise while on campus

By Alex Wise / For The Pitt News

May 28, 2014

You’d never guess it if you looked at me now, but I used to be semi-athletic. I could dunk with ease and I contributed a respectable amount to a few district championship-caliber basketball teams. I have three gold medals hanging on my wall at home to prove it.But I grew tired of basketball. As a f...

Column: Students can pursue passions through media outlets

By Kevin Wheeler / For The Pitt News

May 28, 2014

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

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 ...

Track and Field: Pitt track athlete makes mark in international debut

Track and Field: Pitt track athlete makes mark in international debut

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

May 27, 2014

When Carvin Nkanata competed at the international level for the first time, he helped set a Kenyan national record. The Pitt sprinter received a late call-up to the Kenyan track and field team last week to compete in the 4x200 relay at the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) Wo...

Men’s Basketball: Steven Adams receives NBA rookie honor

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

May 22, 2014

Former Pitt men’s basketball player Steven Adams has been named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team, the league announced.Adams, who played at Pitt as a freshman during the 2012-2013 season before declaring for the NBA Draft, received a place on the five-person list on Thursday,  after garnering nine F...

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

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...

Track and Field: Men’s relay team prepares for NCAAs

Track and Field: Men’s relay team prepares for NCAAs

By Megan Boyle / Staff Writer

May 20, 2014

The Pitt men’s track and field 4x400 relay team has run rampant over its competition this year and, as its season nears its climax, has no plans of slowing down.This past weekend headlined the sport’s “championship” season as the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America (IC4A) Ou...

Baseball: Pitt makes mark in first ACC season

Baseball: Pitt makes mark in first ACC season

By Dan Sostek / Staff Writer

May 20, 2014

Last season, the Pitt baseball team set a program record for wins, so it was only natural that the Panthers would face some regression this year. Between losing two of the team’s best players — catcher Elvin Soto and pitcher Ethan Mildren — to professional baseball and transitioning to the ultr...

Wrestling: Pitt to host 2015 ACC Championship

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

May 15, 2014

Pitt will host the ACC Wrestling Championship next year, the conference announced in a release, Thursday.Happening on March 8, it will be the first conference tournament Pitt puts on as a member of its new league, which it joined in July 2013.The venue will be the Petersen Events Center, a change from the team's normal venue of...

Men’s Basketball: Lamar Patterson to attend NBA Combine

Men’s Basketball: Lamar Patterson to attend NBA Combine

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

May 13, 2014

Lamar Patterson will be among the 60 professional prospects attending the NBA Draft Combine, the league announced on Monday.The event begins Wednesday in Chicago with interviews involving team personnel, while drills and other physical activities will happen Thursday and Friday.One of two Pitt players ...

Softball: Disappointing season has Pitt looking forward

Softball: Disappointing season has Pitt looking forward

By Caitlin Hinsey / Staff Writer

May 13, 2014

The 2014 season was a trying time for the Pitt softball team.Pitt embarked on its first season in the Atlantic Coast Conference with high hopes but ultimately struggled to string together consecutive victories, ending the season with five straight losses. The Panthers also suffered losing streaks of both e...

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

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 9, 2014

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

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...

Feature: Pitt students complete marathon feat

Feature: Pitt students complete marathon feat

By Dan Sostek / Staff Writer

May 7, 2014

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...

Column: Recent big-profile hires by Penn State now worrisome

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

May 7, 2014

James Franklin is the anti-Paul Chryst.This is the exact phrase that went through my mind when Franklin took the podium at Penn State after being announced as the university’s 17th football coach in January. He’s awesome, I thought. A legend in the making.He’ll recruit the heck out of the mid-Atlanti...

Baseball: Panthers win series, remain in postseason contention

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

May 7, 2014

Coming into last weekend, Pitt baseball sat in second-to-last place in the Coastal Division of the ACC.But despite the team’s precarious position, with a record below .500 (19-23, 9-12 ACC), extending its season was still a possibility. The format of the league’s postseason tournament, which inclu...

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