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Ross Ohlendorf of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches against the Houston Astros in the first inning of their game Thursday, July 8, 2010, at Minute Maid Park in Houston.

Pro athletes recount journey to the top level

By Stephen Thompson, Staff Writer February 6, 2019
For most athletes who actually make it to the professional level, like former Pitt tennis player and 2017 graduate Audrey Ann Blakely, the journey is mentally arduous and financially uncertain.
San Francisco Giants pitcher Ray Black makes his debut in the eighth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at AT&T Park July 8, 2018.

Panthers in the Pros: Black, Perez, Washington, McDonough

By Stephen Thompson, staff writer January 16, 2019
With 15 varsity sports, it is expected that some Pitt alums go on to become professional athletes. While some, like former Pitt football player James Conner, are more well known, there are still Panthers from all different sports performing at the professional level.
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