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After season abroad, Patterson striving to stick with Hawks

By Jasper Willson / Senior Staff Writer

October 27, 2015


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

During his one season abroad, Lamar Patterson never talked about hanging around Europe for another campaign. He was going to come home to America to play and stay for good. Last season, the former Pitt basketball player spent his rookie professional season playing for Tofaş Bursa, a top-level Turk...

Pitt women’s soccer wins first ACC home game against North Carolina State 2-0

Pitt women’s soccer wins first ACC home game against North Carolina State 2-0

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

September 20, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Ambrose Urbanic Field is finally starting to feel like home to Pitt women’s soccer. With a 2-0 victory on Sunday, the Panthers  (7-1-1, 1-0-0 ACC) tallied their first ACC home win against the North Carolina State Wolfpack. The victory also extended the team’s winning streak to six games. Pitt trans...

National treasure: Quartet of Pitt Ultimate players headed to London for Championships

National treasure: Quartet of Pitt Ultimate players headed to London for Championships

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

July 7, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Despite all the success that members of Pitt’s Ultimate team — entitled “En Sabah Nur” — have achieved, including winning two consecutive national championships, a quartet of them have their eyes set on something bigger.Trent Dillon, Tyler Kunsa, Marcus Ranii-Dropcho and Max Thorne are among...

After long playing career, Olsavsky finds passion in coaching

After long playing career, Olsavsky finds passion in coaching

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

May 28, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Features

Jerry Olsavsky thought often about what he’d do after his career playing in the NFL ended. Not because he liked to, but because common sense just dictated it. “You could get hurt at any moment, and your career would be over,” Olsavsky said. The 1989 Pitt graduate, who majored in information ...

Women’s lacrosse caps off strong season despite roster turnover

Women’s lacrosse caps off strong season despite roster turnover

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

May 12, 2015


Filed under Club Sports, Sports

Entering this season, Pitt women’s club lacrosse head coach Gary Neft figured his team wouldn’t be as good as last year’s. The man who has led the program for 18 seasons had good reason for thinking so.It’d be hard for any team to follow the standard set by the 2013-2014 Panthers, considering they ...

Women’s ultimate team reaches finals after extended drought

Women’s ultimate team reaches finals after extended drought

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

May 5, 2015


Filed under Club Sports, Sports

Since she started at Pitt, fifth-year senior Katelyn Loughery’s seasons playing Ultimate have become somewhat repetitive.In the fall semester of each school year, Loughery and her teammates on Danger, the Pitt women’s Ultimate frisbee team, would set the goal of making Nationals. And then each year...

Running high: Some athletes seeing beneficial side of the pot leaf

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

April 19, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports Features

Not everybody pays extra attention to birds singing or the texture of the dirt while they’re running. But Billy Davis said smoking before working out makes you more attuned to life’s simple pleasures.Davis and Tim Smith, who ran cross country in high school shortly after he started smoking, said the p...

After the final buzzer: Brianna Kiesel looks to WNBA following Pitt career

After the final buzzer: Brianna Kiesel looks to WNBA following Pitt career

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

April 15, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Even though Brianna Kiesel’s college basketball career has ended, she may not have taken her last shot.After a decompression period following the Pitt women’s basketball team’s 77-67 loss to University of Tennessee on March 23 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, the senior met with associa...

Petersen Events Center sees unusually sparse crowd for NIT game

Petersen Events Center sees unusually sparse crowd for NIT game

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

March 17, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

High above midcourt, in section 220 of the Petersen Events Center, a handful of people watched the Pitt men’s basketball team painfully slog through its National Invitational Tournament first round matchup against George Washington University. They were the only occupants in the arena’s entire darkened...

Kiesel fuel: Senior guard’s four-year career culminates in NCAA berth

Kiesel fuel: Senior guard’s four-year career culminates in NCAA berth

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

March 16, 2015


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Brianna Kiesel couldn’t make a shot. She couldn’t even come close.The starting point guard of the Pitt women’s basketball team, who currently ranks fifth on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,893 points, has rarely had this issue of draining baskets over her past four seasons leading t...

NC State’s Barber proves to be cut above Pitt defense

NC State’s Barber proves to be cut above Pitt defense

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

March 11, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Cats are known for being fast, and Cat Barber is no exception.North Carolina State’s starting point guard, whose given name is Anthony, proved as much when he used his speed to great effect on Wednesday night, scoring a career-high 34 points, 21 of which came in the first half,...

Pitt hopes to limit explosive Syracuse offense

Pitt hopes to limit explosive Syracuse offense

By Jasper Wilson / Assistant Sports Editor

February 19, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

When Pitt’s and Syracuse’s men’s basketball teams face off this weekend, it will be just two weeks after they last met.In that span, not much has changed for either team, besides the fact that Pitt’s Cameron Wright was injured in the opening minutes of the game that took place at the Petersen Ev...

Pit(t) stop: Former Panther wrestlers find work with NASCAR

Pit(t) stop: Former Panther wrestlers find work with NASCAR

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

February 17, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports Features

As they listened to the strange inquiry, they each had the same reaction. It was November 2013, and three former Pitt wrestlers had joined the workforce after finishing school in April: Donnie Tasser helping to coach junior and high school wrestling at his alma mater, Belle Vernon, and doing freelance s...

Torrent of 3-pointers helps guide Pitt over No. 12 North Carolina

Torrent of 3-pointers helps guide Pitt over No. 12 North Carolina

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

February 15, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

It was a surprise in and of itself that the Pitt men’s basketball team put forth its best offensive performance of the season against then-No. 12 University of North Carolina over the weekend. One particular key to the success in the 89-76 upset made the feat even more impressive. Coming into Saturda...

Former Pitt runner sets world record

Former Pitt runner sets world record

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

February 15, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

A former Pitt track athlete is now a world record holder.Brycen Spratling, who finished his senior season last spring, set a new standard in the indoor 500-meter event of 1:00.06 while competing at the Millrose Games in New York City on Saturday.As the only unsponsored athlete in his event, Spratling defea...

Jeter’s 18 points off the bench vaults Pitt to 83-77 victory over Syracuse

Jeter’s 18 points off the bench vaults Pitt to 83-77 victory over Syracuse

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

February 7, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

When Cameron Wright fell to the floor of Petersen Events Center after having his layup attempt blocked from behind, the tumble seemed innocuous. Then the redshirt senior took time to get up before limping back on defense.  Suddenly, on its first possession of Saturday evening’s game against Syracuse, it...

Memories of Ennis shot in the past for Artis, Pitt

Memories of Ennis shot in the past for Artis, Pitt

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

February 6, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Jamel Artis doesn’t seek it out. He saw the replay on SportsCenter once and then immediately turned his TV off. Cameron Wright doesn’t talk about it, even when asked.“I’m kinda mad you just brought it up,” Wright said. The last time Pitt’s and Syracuse’s men’s basketball teams met, a ...

Pitt stuns No. 8 Notre Dame with late basket by Robinson

Pitt stuns No. 8 Notre Dame with late basket by Robinson

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

January 31, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

After playing arguably its worst game of the season against Virginia Tech last time out, the Pitt men’s basketball team responded with its best.Hosting No. 8 Notre Dame at Petersen Events Center on Saturday afternoon,  the Panthers used a balanced scoring attack to nullify the visitors’ potent offen...

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...

Rozier’s 26 points push Louisville past Young, Pitt

Rozier’s 26 points push Louisville past Young, Pitt

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

January 25, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

A sell-out crowd resembling a sea of gold didn’t translate to great fortune for the Pitt men’s basketball team against a highly ranked opponent.Facing No. 10 Louisville on Sunday afternoon during a “Gold Out” promotion at the Petersen Events Center, the Panthers contained and stayed with the visit...

Pitt bedeviled by Duke in 79-65 road loss

Pitt bedeviled by Duke in 79-65 road loss

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

January 19, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

DURHAM, N.C. — Early on, the chant seemed prophetic, a curt premonition of what was to come. “We’re gonna beat the hell out of you.” Delivering the pregame message, en masse, were the Cameron Crazies, the famed student section of the Duke men’s basketball team. While it is, no doubt, a g...

Poor rebounding, inconsistent offense Pitt’s detriment in 71-62 loss to Clemson

Poor rebounding, inconsistent offense Pitt’s detriment in 71-62 loss to Clemson

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

January 10, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The cold front that has gripped Pittsburgh for the last week extended inside the Petersen Events Center when the Pitt men’s basketball team returned there for its first conference home game of the season.Unable to overcome numerous, lengthy scoreless stretches throughout the game on Saturday after...

Panthers ready for sputtering Clemson offense

Panthers ready for sputtering Clemson offense

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

January 8, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The Clemson men’s basketball team isn’t very good at offense.The proof is in the statistics — the Tigers (8-6, 0-2 ACC) rank last in the ACC in scoring, second-to-last in scoring margin, last in field goal percentage with .425 — but Clemson head coach Brad Brownell also hestitantly admitted the...

Shortened rotation contributes to Pitt’s first ACC loss

Shortened rotation contributes to Pitt’s first ACC loss

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

January 4, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Specials / Welcomebackspring2015, Sports

All season, the rotation for the Pitt men’s basketball team has featured fewer contributions than expected.Multiple factors contributed to the line-up shrinkage. First came Cameron Wright’s broken foot in September on the eve of the start of practice, which sidelined him until December. Durand Joh...

Stagnant offense contributes to loss in first ACC game

Stagnant offense contributes to loss in first ACC game

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

January 3, 2015


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

RALEIGH, NC — A complete lack of offense doomed the Pitt men’s basketball team to its worst-ever ACC defeat in terms of margin as it began conference play.“When you play on the road, you gotta play with more energy, you gotta play with more intensity, you gotta execute that much better than you ...

Taglianetti twins’ bond grows as Penguins’ employees.

Taglianetti twins’ bond grows as Penguins’ employees.

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

December 4, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Features

Andrew and Jon Taglianetti got to do the unthinkable after the Detroit Red Wings won the 2008 Stanley Cup over the Pittsburgh Penguins. The 17-year-old fraternal twins drank from the NHL championship’s nearly three-foot-tall, 35-pound trophy.Working the visitor’s locker room at the now-demolishe...

Panthers hold on for road victory in Columbus

Panthers hold on for road victory in Columbus

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

December 4, 2014


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

Columbus, Ohio — Standing just inside half court, slightly outside of the Value City Arena block-O logo at midcourt, Brianna Kiesel took one more dribble before looking up at the basket. The senior point guard then released a perfectly on-line shot: swish.The buzzer beater pulled the Pitt women’s...

Panthers’ offense falls flat in road loss to Hoosiers

Panthers’ offense falls flat in road loss to Hoosiers

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

December 3, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — In its first true road game of the season, the Pitt men’s basketball team got off to a good start, scoring the game’s first points before then going up 4-2. Pitt wouldn’t lead again.Playing Indiana University as part of the ACC/Big 10 Challenge Tuesday night, the Panthers...

Committee rules: Pitt backs run for 258 yards in win over Syracuse

Committee rules: Pitt backs run for 258 yards in win over Syracuse

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

November 23, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Chris James has become more patient as a runner throughout the football season, but the change hasn’t come easily.“That’s been something that I’ve been working on all year. Coach [John] Settle calls me ‘Happy Feet’ in the backfield ‘cause I get the ball and just want to take off,” Jame...

Pitt set to play Syracuse with bowl berth on line

Pitt set to play Syracuse with bowl berth on line

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

November 20, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

With the end of the season near, the goal is clear for the Pitt football team.Mired in its longest losing streak since 2007, a trip to the ACC conference game is mathematically no longer possible for Pitt (4-6, 2-4 ACC), following last week’s loss to UNC. Instead, there’s a familiar number — six...

Defense falters in second half in loss at UNC

Defense falters in second half in loss at UNC

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

November 16, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Pitt’s defense seemed to undergo an identity change from the first half to the second on Saturday.Facing the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, the unit held the hosts scoreless and to 36 total yards in the first quarter.The Tar Heels, which entered the matchup having scored 40 or more points...

Late fumble ends comeback attempt in Pitt’s third straight loss

Late fumble ends comeback attempt in Pitt’s third straight loss

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

November 15, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — After a fast start, Pitt faded late in the Tar Heel State.Offensive efficiency, combined with firm defensive play, helped the football team secure and maintain an early lead against North Carolina on Saturday afternoon, but it wouldn’t hold. In a game where Pitt allowed 502 to...

Pitt tips off hoops season against Niagara

Pitt tips off hoops season against Niagara

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

November 13, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

After almost seven months removed from its third-round loss to Florida in the 2014 March Madness tournament, Pitt basketball is preparing to play another meaningful game.That game comes in the team’s season opener against Niagara this Friday at 7 p.m.Sophomore forward Michael Young said Pitt played...

Chryst, team try to stay in bowl hunt

Chryst, team try to stay in bowl hunt

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

November 13, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

A common theme emerged among coaches and players on the Pitt football team when they talked about this weekend’s opponent University of North Carolina: speed, especially with the ball.This particular focus makes sense. The competition knows it well.UNC’s Ryan Switzer embodies this attribute. The sopho...

Panthers pull away from Philadelphia in final exhibition

Panthers pull away from Philadelphia in final exhibition

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

November 8, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

For the second straight game, albeit one that doesn’t count, the Pitt men’s basketball team’s subpar defensive performance allowed a lesser team to stay competitive with it longer than expected.A week after Division II Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Pitt were tied late in the first half,  D-II Philadelphia...

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...

Missed kick, shaky defense down Pitt in double OT

Missed kick, shaky defense down Pitt in double OT

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

November 2, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

Heading into its game against No. 24 Duke, the Pitt football team knew receiver Jamison Crowder would make a difference for the Blue Devils.“Hopefully he didn’t get his flu shot and gets the flu on Friday or something,” Pitt’s secondary coach Troy Douglas said jokingly to media last Wednesday...

Sidebar: Conner injury tests RB depth

Sidebar: Conner injury tests RB depth

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

October 26, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

When James Conner lay on the Heinz Field turf Saturday, grasping at his right knee while trainers circled around him, a hush fell over the crowd.Already stupefied by the baffling start to the Pitt football game against Georgia Tech, fans had to cringe as a new nightmare scenario played out in front of...

Penalty kick rebound downs Panthers in extra time

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

October 24, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

For 92 minutes, the Pitt women’s soccer team had a chance to get a result. That possibility evaporated on an extra time penalty kick rebound.Hosting Louisville on Thursday night, the Panthers (6-10 overall, 2-6 ACC) limited the opposition to six chances on goal in regulation, holding the score eve...

Notebook: Conner could see defensive snaps Thursday

Notebook: Conner could see defensive snaps Thursday

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

October 13, 2014


Filed under Football, Sports

After a week and a half off, the Pitt football team returns to action against Virginia Tech at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Heinz Field in a nationally-broadcastgame on ESPN.While the team is on a three-game losing streak, sophomore running back James Conner says the season isn’t lost for the Panthers.“[We...

Streaking Panthers stumble, fall to rival Fighting Irish 2-0

Streaking Panthers stumble, fall to rival Fighting Irish 2-0

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

October 9, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

For the first half of its game against No. 14 Notre Dame, the Pitt women’s soccer team had all the luck.Two near-scoring chances by the Fighting Irish in a five-minute span during the middle of the period hit the crossbar.But the luck ran out just before halftime because of an unrelenting Irish attac...

Mental lapses Pitt’s detriment in 21-10 loss to Akron

Mental lapses Pitt’s detriment in 21-10 loss to Akron

By Jasper Wilson / Senior Staff Writer

September 28, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

Three weeks ago, Pitt football secured its win over Boston College with a late interception.After safety Terrish Webb intercepted the pass, he began to run out of the end zone before hitting the ground to avoid an onrushing opponent.Teammate Ray Vinopal, a senior captain, then came over and, in an ex...

U.S. Soccer youth movement is a relief

U.S. Soccer youth movement is a relief

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

September 3, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

A change was evident from the last time the U.S. men’s soccer team played.Only two starters, Fabian Johnson and Alejandro Bedoya, from the World Cup squad that lost to Belgium in a dramatic fashion in July, began their Wednesday night on the field of the Generali Arena in Prague to face the Czech nationa...

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