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May 16, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Natalie Schmitt left Archbishop Carroll for Penn State, the former high school all-American looked forward to facing older sister Hannah at the collegiate level. On March 7, her wish came true. When Natalie marked sister Hannah Schmitt, a decorated senior attacker at Loyola (Md.) in a game in Baltimore, Hannah won the battle, putting up three goals on the sophomore midfielder, but Natalie won the war, helping Penn State to 12-8 nonconference lacrosse victory. "It was difficult but it was fun," Natalie said.
NEWS
May 10, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Pennsylvania State University's trustees agreed Friday to add four female board members, increasing the board's gender diversity, an issue that several female members had raised. But the way things stand, come July the state's flagship university will lose its only African American trustees. Both Merck CEO Ken Frazier, the board's liaison to former FBI Director Louis Freeh, whose investigative report faulted university leaders for their handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal, and Adam Taliaferro, a lawyer and former Penn State football player, are leaving because their terms are up. The board also has only one Hispanic member, acting state Education Secretary Pedro Rivera, and one Asian American, David Han, vice president of the department of surgery at Hershey Medical Center.
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May 6, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Penn men's golf team had to wait until near the end of the Golf Channel's NCAA selection show Monday to find out where it would play its regional of the NCAA Division I championships, leading coach Bob Heintz to sweat a little bit. "I was getting nervous thinking they were figuring out a way to keep us out," Heintz joked. The Quakers, with an automatic bid for winning the Ivy League, were assigned to the regional at the Sagamore Club in Noblesville, Ind. Temple junior Brandon Matthews also had to wait, but he will make a return visit to the regionals as an individual competitor, heading to The Course at Yale in New Haven, Conn.
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May 5, 2015 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
AS A SEA of smiling faces surged around her, no one at Community College of Philadelphia's graduation was more joyful than Wanda Klinefelter of Mayfair - unless it was her mom, Gloria. "My mom's held our family together," said Klinefelter, 34, who was among 2,000 students graduating from CCP over the weekend at Temple University's Liacouras Center. "Mom worked as a housekeeper and sacrificed so much for me, my brother and my sister," Klinefelter said. Her mom said, "I love you and I am a very proud Mama Dukes.
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May 4, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two Penn State players - safety Adrian Amos and tight end Jesse James - were selected Saturday on the final day of the NFL draft, but three more Nittany Lions reached free-agent agreements after the draft ended. The 6-foot, 1/2-inch, 218-pound Amos was taken in the fifth round by the Chicago Bears with the 142d overall selection. The 6-7, 261-pound James, of Glassport, Pa., about 12 miles from Pittsburgh, went later in the same round (No. 160) to the Steelers. In all, three Nittany Lions were chosen.
NEWS
May 4, 2015 | By Aaron Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
Alexander Scalamandre had just scored for St. Joseph's Prep when Haverford School's Grant Ament shared a glance with a few teammates. Scalamandre's goal, which came just 11 seconds after Kevin Stump had scored, capped a five-goal spurt that tied the nonleague lacrosse game at 5-5. Unfortunately for the Prep, it also got the attention of the undefeated Fords. "There was a point after they scored that fifth goal that I looked at Forry Smith and Tucker McBride and was like, 'All right, time to turn it on,' " Ament said.
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May 3, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Offensive tackle Donovan Smith became the first Penn State player to be selected in the 2015 NFL draft Friday night when he was made the second-round pick (No. 34 overall) of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The 6-foot-51/2, 338-pound Smith left the Nittany Lions with one year of eligibility remaining and rose steadily up the rankings after the NFL combine to become the highest-drafted Lion since Jared Odrick went No. 28 to Miami in 2010. "Unbelievable moment!!" Smith said on Twitter. "Still can't believe it. " Later, Smith told NFL Network that visiting the Tampa Bay headquarters "was definitely one of the best visits I had. Just being around the facility, I felt right at home, so it's just a blessing.
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April 29, 2015 | BY GORDIE JONES, For the Daily News
PENN STATE quarterback Christian Hackenberg is widely viewed as a future pro. It also is abundantly clear to one NFL draft analyst that he has some work to do before entering the selection process, which he can do as soon as next year. "He needs to drastically play better than he did [in 2014] if he has any hope of going in the first three rounds," said Russ Lande, president of GM Jr. Scouting and college scouting director for the Big Ten Network, the CFL's Montreal Alouettes and 120Sports.com.
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April 25, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Running the 5,000 meters for only the second time in competition, Penn State freshman Elizabeth ChikotasĀ could have been considered a novice in the event. But she showed Thursday night at the Penn Relays that she can handle the distance just fine. ChikotasĀ broke away from a tight pack in the final 600 meters and rolled to victory in the college women's 5,000 on a chilly night at Franklin Field, posting a time of 16 minutes, 5.46 seconds that is the fourth-fastest time at the distance in Penn State history.
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April 23, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
As fans of the Penn Relays witnessed last year, Oregon's Edward Cheserek is one of the finest runners in college track. But there's more to competing for the Ducks than just posting fast times. The Oregon men's team needed to pile up points in the 3,000 meters last month at the NCAA indoor track and field championships, the next-to-last event of the meet, because it did not qualify in the climactic 4x400 relay. So coach Robert Johnson asked Cheserek, a sophomore from St. Benedict's Prep in North Jersey, to run what would be his fourth distance race - including trials and final in the mile and the 1,600-meter leg on the distance medley relay - in two days.
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