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Attila Domos: Handcyclist, author and paraplegic rockstar

Attila Domos: Handcyclist, author and paraplegic rockstar

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer

October 23, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Sports, Sports Features

Romanian-born Pittsburgh native Attila Domos nearly broke the official world handcycling record recently — but his talents also extend to artistry, authorship and Wii Sports.

Pitt figure skating spins into 2018 competition season

Pitt figure skating spins into 2018 competition season

By Tessa Sayers, Staff Writer

October 17, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Features, Top Stories

The Pitt figure skating team is gearing up for its first competition at New York University in November — but just two years ago, there was no team at all.

Touching me, touching you: The story behind ‘Sweet Caroline’ at Pitt

Touching me, touching you: The story behind ‘Sweet Caroline’ at Pitt

By Tessa Sayers, Staff Writer

October 3, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Features, Top Stories

Just like any great idea Pitt students have, the school’s most beloved tradition of singing “Sweet Caroline” was born at Hemingway’s Cafe, in 2008.

Pitt grads build big league careers in media relations

Pitt grads build big league careers in media relations

By Jessie Wallace / Staff Writer

September 11, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports Features

Over the years, the football world has recognized Pitt as a sure-fire producer of NFL talent, with stars like Dan Marino, Larry Fitzgerald and LeSean McCoy all making names for themselves in the league. Unknown to most, however, is that Pitt’s pipeline to the NFL features more alumni than just players. The...

Sports medicine lets students stay close to athletics, help others

By Ted Zhang / For The Pitt News

September 11, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports Features

Alex Dejong’s sporting career didn’t end by her own choice. A Pittsburgh native, Dejong was an active athlete in high school, playing soccer and running track. That is, until an injury forced her off the playing field. “I tore my ACL my senior year of high school while I was skiing,” Dejong...

Jordan Whitehead uses talent to overcome lack of experience

Jordan Whitehead uses talent to overcome lack of experience

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

September 3, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Features

Jordan Whitehead might be inexperienced. He might not completely know the playbook. Sometimes, he might not even be in the right place. But whatever mistakes the young defensive back makes early in his career, they’ll be easy to swallow after considering his raw skill and athleticism. The freshm...

K.K. Mosley-Smith triumphs over uncertainty in Pitt football program

K.K. Mosley-Smith triumphs over uncertainty in Pitt football program

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

September 3, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Features

K.K. Mosley-Smith prefers not to dwell on the past. Whatever successes and failures he’s lived through, Mosley-Smith likes to keep them in the rearview. “I’m just focused on the future,” Mosley-Smith said. “That’s what type of guy I am. The past is the past because tomorrow’s not promis...

Scarpinato spurns medical school for one last gridiron campaign

Scarpinato spurns medical school for one last gridiron campaign

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

August 30, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Staying in contact with those from your past can be of great benefit — it certainly was for defensive tackle Mark Scarpinato. Following his decision to forgo his final year of college football eligibility in lieu of medical school, Scarpinato decided to meet with Jeff Mazurczak, Scarpinato’s high...

Off and running: After scholarship turmoil at Tennessee, Morgan Harvey finds refuge at Pitt

Off and running: After scholarship turmoil at Tennessee, Morgan Harvey finds refuge at Pitt

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

February 11, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

When Morgan Harvey walked into her track and field coach’s office at the University of Tennessee, she didn’t expect to leave the room without an athletic scholarship.Yet, the tissues that head coach Beth Alford-Sullivan laid on a table warned her that this wasn’t a standard player-coach meeting....

The game before the game: Pitt’s basketball student managers compete in ACC games of their own

The game before the game: Pitt’s basketball student managers compete in ACC games of their own

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

January 27, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

As student managers from the Pitt men’s basketball team begin to warm up at Petersen Events Center, people stop what they’re doing and watch. Something looks off.  “Y’all play for the team, bruh?” someone cleaning the building asks.It approached 10 p.m. last Saturday, the night before the...

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’...

Joseph Uchebo continues rehabilitation ahead of season

Joseph Uchebo continues rehabilitation ahead of season

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

November 17, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Joseph Uchebo, a 6-foot-10-inch junior center for the Pitt men’s basketball team, has been rehabilitating for more than a year since having microfracture surgery at Chipola Junior College. He hasn’t made a full recovery, handicapping himself at 60-70 percent currently. Doctors have told him that he...

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...

Johnson continues rehabilitation for upcoming season

Johnson continues rehabilitation for upcoming season

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

November 3, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

This story is a continuation of a story published on Monday. Read part one here.After he tore his ACL on Jan. 11, Durand Johnson’s spirits were low. But encouraging words from his family and friends helped him recuperate.“I had so much positive feedback and so many positive people around me that kept me with a ...

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...

What’s Greek for volleyball? Genitsaridi settles in on team after international move

What’s Greek for volleyball? Genitsaridi settles in on team after international move

By Caitlin Hinsey / Staff Writer

October 27, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Two years ago, Maria Genitsaridi left behind the only life that she knew to live and play volleyball in the United States. Leaving her parents and younger brother in Greece, Genitsaridi boarded a plane from Crete bound for Pittsburgh.Now Genitsaridi, a sophomore outside hitter, is helping the Pitt vol...

Father and son share longtime connection to Pitt football

Father and son share longtime connection to Pitt football

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

October 24, 2014


Filed under Football, Specials / Homecoming2014, Sports

When Elijah Zeise was eight years old, his parents took him to see a Pitt football game at Heinz Field.It was 2003. The Panthers upset No. 5 Virginia Tech 31-28 beneath a visible eclipse that lit up the faces of some 66,207 fans in attendance almost as much as Pitt’s last-minute, game-winning touchdown...

Very superstitious: Pitt athletes share individual rituals

By Logan Hitchcock / For The Pitt News

October 23, 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 ...

Lone senior runner improves team, self in new season

Lone senior runner improves team, self in new season

By Logan Hitchcock / For The Pitt News

September 30, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

While many students begin their day at Pitt rolling out of bed and stumbling to a morning class, Cullen Davis’ day starts differently.As one of the top runners on the Pitt men’s cross country team, and the only senior on the team, he naturally begins each day with a lengthy morning run.Davis, a se...

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: Yearning to play, Johnson nears return from ACL injury

Welcome Back: Yearning to play, Johnson nears return from ACL injury

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

August 19, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014, Sports

Durand Johnson penetrated the right side of the lane, heaved a running jumper, got fouled and landed awkwardly on his right leg. He cringed for a minute, clutching his knee on the floor, then stood up and sank two free throws.Pitt fans inside the Petersen Events Center sighed in relief. Johnson was the...

Welcome Back: International players coming to Pitt in record numbers

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

August 19, 2014


Filed under Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Soccer is known as the world’s game and, this fall on campus, there will be plenty of evidence to back up that reputation. The Pitt men’s soccer team has eight players from abroad — its most ever. Prior to this season, the team had seven players from outside the country since 2000, with no mo...

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...

Pittsburgh remains home for former Panthers

Pittsburgh remains home for former Panthers

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

July 15, 2014


Filed under Specials / Summerguide2014, Sports

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: 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


Filed under Specials / Summerguide2014, Sports

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...

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...

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...

Toonseum Celebrates Wonder Woman

Toonseum Celebrates Wonder Woman

By Allison Latzko / Staff Writer

March 5, 2014


Filed under Archives

 The design and decoration of the Toonseum, located on Liberty Avenue downtown, is appropriately eccentric for one of just three cartoon museums in the United States. “Bam!” and “Pow!” are printed above the entrance in red and blue bubbles. From there, the museum greets customers with a gift sh...

Exhibit at The Warhol puts a new face on iconic art

Exhibit at The Warhol puts a new face on iconic art

By Allison Latzko / For The Pitt News

November 20, 2013


Filed under Archives

There’s always been something appealing and unnerving about an impersonator.The ability of an Elvis or, more recently, Michael Jackson look-alike to mimic the iconic aspects of a person down to the most minute detail is an entertaining thrill, but the efficient distillation of what made those celebr...

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