COLLEGE NOTES Area athletes
Charles Coryea, a 1972 Reynolds High graduate, was one of six new additions to the Clarion University Sports Hall of Fame for 2002. Coryea was Clarion's starting heavyweight wrestler from 1973-76 when the Eagles became prominent on the NCAA Division I wrestling scene under coach Robert Bubb. Coryea compiled a 125-15 career record (89.3 percent), including a 69-2 dual-meet mark (97.2 percent). His 69 dual-meet wins, and the 346 dual-meet points he compiled, are Clarion records. Coryea made All-American in 1976 for his fourth-place national finish and was a three-time national qualifier. He also earned three Presidents' Athletic Conference championships in 1973, 1975 and 1976. Coryea is self-employed and lives in Milford, Conn., and has three children: Luke, Mary and Christa.
Kara Koppel, who recently completed her junior year at Coastal Carolina University, made the 2002 Verizon Academic All-American Women's Cross Country/Track and Field Second Team.
A McDonald High graduate, Koppel has a 4.0 grade-point average as a psychology major and has established herself as one of the top runners in school history.
She was named the Big South Conference's Scholar Athlete of the Year in both cross country and outdoor track and field. Koppel opened the cross country season by setting the school's 4K record in 14:11. In her next outing, she became the fifth runner in school history to run a sub-18:00 in the 5K.
Carolina earned its seventh Big South Conference cross country championship. Koppel made the All-Big South Conference team by placing fourth in the league championship meet.
She finished her season with a 22nd-place finish in the NCAA Southeast Regional for her first-ever All-Regional honor.
During the indoor track season, Koppel turned in the second-fastest 5,000-meter time in school history in 17:42.00. She earned the 3,000-meter run at the league championship meet and, in the outdoor season, had the fourth-best 3,000-meter time and made all-conference in the 1500.
Two area athletes at Geneva College -- Barry Long (Lisbon High) and Chris Thompson (New Castle High) -- were among 21 student-athletes who earned Athletic Director's Scholar-Athlete Awards.
Long, a senior fullback on the football team last year, caught 12 passes for 146 yards and rushed for 76 yards in 32 carries. Long, who had a 3.2 grade point average, was used primarily as a blocking back.
Thompson, a junior sprinter on the track team this season, contributed to two school relay records this year -- the 4x100 (43.15) and 4x400 (3:20). Thompson also holds a 3.55 GPA.
The awards were originated by Gene DeMarco, Geneva's athletic director, in 2000.
Dana DelSignore, a Poland High graduate, was the starting shortstop as a sophomore this season. DelSignore, who started 36 of 38 games, batted .258 with 23 hits in 89 at-bats, 11 RBIs and nine runs. She had an .854 fielding percentage with 151 chances, 41 putouts, 88 assists and 22 errors. The Blue Streaks (18-20) went 7-11 in the Ohio Athletic Conference.
In baseball, Nick Olshavsky, a graduate of Hickory High, was the starting second baseman for the Blue Streaks as a sophomore. Olshavsky, who started 32 of the team's 35 games, had the third-best batting average on the team, hitting .281 with 25 hits in 89 at-bats. He shared the team lead in doubles (nine), was in runs (17) and third in RBIs (13). John Carroll (12-22-1) went 7-11 in the OAC.
Kennard Davis, a sophomore defensive back from Farrell High, was named to two NCAA Division III preseason All-American teams.
Davis, who intercepted nine passes last year as a freshman, tying the national lead, was selected by two national collegiate football publications, Lindy's 2002 National College Football Annual, and Street & amp; Smith's College Football 2002 Preview.
Last season, Davis was named to the Don Hansen Football Gazette Division III All-America First Team and the Hewlett-Packard Division III All-America Second Team.
David McGarry, a recent graduate of Poland High, will attend Walsh University to resume his basketball career.
McGarry (6-foot-5) is among 11 incoming players committed to attend Walsh this coming school year, nine of them freshmen and two transfers.
McGarry averaged 13 points and 10 rebounds per game for Poland last season and was selected to the All-Metro Athletic Conference first team and the All-Northeast Ohio Inland third team.
Nine area athletes earned letters as members of the 2002 Westminster track and field team, including seniors Scott Fabry (Lowellville) and Ron Brown (Mohawk, Edinburg) who each earned his fourth letter.
Two members of the group -- senior Don Brown (Mohawk) and senior Rich Chapin (Mercer) -- each earned his third letter.
The others earned their first letters -- junior Rick Rhoden (Mineral Ridge), sophomore Curtis Walker (East Palestine) and freshmen Jim Chaney (Hubbard High), Phil Frye (Mineral Ridge) and Andy Chiapusio (Laurel).
Four other area volleyball players -- Erin Hinks (Mineral Ridge), Meghan Wood (Springfield, New Middletown), Mia Tutino (Neshannock) and Candice Anderson (Mercer) -- will attend Westminster. The Titans went 27-8 last season under coach Tammy Swearingen, who has a 231-99 record over nine years. The Titans went undefeated in the Presidents' Athletic Conference and earned the school's first-ever Eastern College Athletic Conference championship in any sport.
Hinks, an outside hitter, had 132 kills, 37 digs, 27 aces, four assists and 91 percent serving and 85 percent hitting percentages as a senior. She also made the All-District and All-Inter-County League Second Teams. The daughter of Rose and Gary Hinks, Erin plans to major in elementary education.
Wood, a middle hitter, registered 110 kills, 58 blocks and 10 assists as a senior and earned the team award for most blocks. She was honorable mention all-district and second team All-ICL.
A member of the National Honor Society, Wood plans to major in early childhood and elementary education. She is the daughter of Kathleen and Jeff Wood.
Tutino, an outside and middle hitter, had 71 kills, 43 digs, 28 blocks and five assists as a senior, leading the team in kills and blocks. The daughter of Malissa and Vince Tutio of New Castle, Mia plans to major in accounting.
Anderson, a left-handed outside hitter and setter and team captain her senior year, had an outstanding career at Mercer. She led the team in kills, digs and serves as a sophomore, junior and senior. She made the All-Mercer County Athletic Conference first team as a junior and senior, and made the All-MCAC second team as a sophomore.
A three-sport performer, Anderson earned 13 varsity letters -- four in track, three each in volleyball and basketball and three in chorus. The daughter of Otto Anderson and Paula Marshall of New Wilmington, Pa., Candice was a member of NHS.
Two area softball players earned letters -- junior Emily Henry (Bristol, North Bloomfield) earned her second letter while Heidi Kimmel (Poland) gained her first.
Five area athletes earned their first letters with the Westminster women's track team -- senior Omadee Curry (Rayen), juniors Nicole Flickinger and Briana Palko (both from West Middlesex High) and freshman Melissa Joseph (Sharpsville).
Westminster (17-12) was 8-2 against PAC teams under coach Jan Reddinger. The Titans have had winning records in 20 of the last 21 seasons.
Junior Kevin Culp (Canfield) earned his third letter with the Westminster baseball team. Sophomores Niels Jorgensen (Wilmington Area) and Justin Joseph (New Castle) both earned their second letters, while freshman Kevin Gesacion (Boardman) gained his first letter.
The Titans (23-9) went 12-4 in the conference under coach Sean Kelly, advancing to the ECAC Division II playoffs for the second straight year.