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Pitt first-year utility position player Josh Overbeek (17) prepares to bat during Friday’s game against the University of Virginia.

Panthers baseball wins rollercoaster series versus No. 6 Virginia

By Jermaine Sykes, Staff Writer April 17, 2022
With a 4-1 victory on Easter Sunday against No. 6 Virginia, Pitt baseball won its fourth consecutive ACC series. The win boosts the Panthers’ chances of reaching the NCAA Tournament.
Pitt senior outfielder Ron Washington Jr. (23) at an April 2021 baseball game.

Pitt baseball takes three of four in Music City College Classic

By Jermaine Sykes, Staff Writer February 28, 2022
Pitt baseball leaned on strong pitching and clutch hitting to notch three wins against Lipscomb and Bradley during last weekend’s Music City College Classic. The Panthers are now above .500 for the first time this year.
The New York Jets enter the field at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Oct. 10, 2021.

Take 5: Ohtani, Olympics, Optimism about the Jets and more

By The Pitt News Staff February 18, 2022
The Pitt News Staff is feeling optimistic, even about the New York Jets. They tackle that, the Olympics, an NCAA Tournament sleeper and more in this week’s Take 5.
Matt Gilbertson pitches during a baseball game against North Carolina in 2021.

Pitt baseball looks to start the season strong this weekend vs. Canisius

By Jermaine Sykes, Staff Writer February 16, 2022
The Panthers will travel to Florida for a four-game series against the Canisius Golden Griffins, starting Friday at noon. Games will continue as the teams play a doubleheader on Saturday, before finishing off the series on Sunday.
Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett throws a pass during the first half of the NCAA Senior Bowl football game on Feb. 5 in Mobile, Alabama.

Former Pitt football stars put on strong showing at 2022 Senior Bowl

By Jermaine Sykes, Staff Writer February 10, 2022
February marks the end of the NFL’s season and the beginning of draft season. NFL prospects — including three former Panthers — competed in last week’s Senior Bowl practices and game, hoping to increase their stocks in the upcoming NFL Draft.
Las Vegas Raider wide receiver Hunter Renfrow, center, runs with the ball during Sunday’s Pro Bowl NFL football game in Las Vegas.

Column | The Pro Bowl is an embarrassment in current state, needs changes

By Jermaine Sykes, Staff Writer February 6, 2022
In recent years, the Pro Bowl has turned into a game with no stakes played between two uninterested teams in front of an apathetic audience. Staff writer Jermaine Sykes argues that the game is an embarrassment to the league and needs changes.
Pitt sophomore guard Femi Odukale (2) and Virginia sophomore guard Reece Beekman (2) chase the ball at Wednesday’s game at the Petersen Events Center.

Column | Capel’s inability to manage games continues to hamstring already depleted Panthers

By Jermaine Sykes, Staff Writer January 21, 2022
While the offense struggled down the stretch in the second half, the Panthers’ defense had struggles of its own. Despite a rough start, the Cavaliers offense got better looks in the second half and capitalized on them. Head coach Jeff Capel’s defense had no answer for Virginia’s offense late in the first half and beyond.
Pitt lacrosse players Dylana Williams (51) and Talia Zuco (19) fight for the ball during the team’s September playday against Duquesne at Highmark Stadium.

Pitt women’s lacrosse looks to make statement in inaugural season

By Jermaine Sykes, Staff Writer January 11, 2022
With the spring season looming, Pitt’s youngest varsity team is preparing for its inaugural season. Panthers women’s lacrosse is aiming for early success in one of the deepest conferences in the NCAA.
Israel Abanikanda (2) and Calijah Kancey (8) celebrate a touchdown during Pitt football’s game vs. Miami on Oct. 30 at Heinz Field.

Post-ACC Championship Game football superlatives

By Jermaine Sykes, Staff Writer December 7, 2021
Pitt experienced its most successful season in recent history this year, with double digits wins for the first time since 1981 and winning its first ACC Championship. Although the Panthers’ season doesn’t conclude until Dec. 30 at the Peach Bowl, here are some superlatives for the 2021 football season.
The Pitt cheer and dance team performs on the sidelines of the Pitt vs. UNC game in November.

‘Wouldn’t trade it for anything’: Pitt cheer and dance team members talk gameday experience

By Jermaine Sykes, Staff Writer December 1, 2021
After not being on the field last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the cheer and dance teams returned to cheer on one of Pitt’s most successful football teams in the last 40 years. Members of the team enjoy their experiences as part of gameday.
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