By William Bowman
The Daily Item
Injuries may have cut Emilee Wagner's career short, but it will not keep her from making her mark with the Waynesburg women's basketball team.
Wagner, a 2009 Midd-West graduate, is now in her first season as a member of coach Sam Jones' coaching staff. Wagner was an active member of the team each of the past three seasons before injuries forced her off the court.
During her time with the Yellow Jackets, Wagner saw action in 62 games over three seasons. She made 19 career starts for the orange and black, each of those came in the Jackets ECAC South Championship season of 2010-11. She also has been a member of the PAC Academic Honor Roll.
Wagner is a senior sports management major at Waynesburg. She is the daughter of David and Lisa Wagner.
HONORS: Three former Valley soccer players earn All-PSAC Women's soccer honors on Monday.
Brittney Kuhns, a sophomore from Midd-West, was a second-team forward for Indiana (Pa). Kuhns' teammate, Selinsgrove grad Kelsey Fisher, was a third team selection at midfield for the Crimson Hawks. Also picking up third-team honors were Mansfield senior forward Erika Moyer, a Mifflinburg alum.
LIONS BOW OUT: The No. 4 seeded Penn State field hockey team ended its run in the 2012 NCAA Tournament on Sunday afternoon, falling to Syracuse (19-2) 5-2 in the quarterfinals. The Nittany Lions, ranked No. 3 in the NFHCA Poll, end their season with an 18-4 record.
Junior Whitney Reddig (Lititz, Pa.) recorded both Penn State goals for her fifth and sixth of the season, with senior Kelsey Amy and redshirt senior Hannah Allison, a Mifflinburg graduate, each providing an assist.
"For the seniors, I just want to thank them for all of their years and the effort that they gave," Penn State coach Char Morett said. "I thought Hannah played exceptionally well today. She was a great leader on the field. But they have been a great group of seniors.
The Lions drew eight penalty corners in the opening of the second half, producing 12 unanswered shots between Amy, Allison, and junior Ashtin Klingler, out of Selinsgrove.
Allison finished the year with 18 points on six goals and six assists to bring her career total to 26 goals and nine assists for 61 points.
FAST START: Junior guard Brantley Osborne, a Shikellamy graduate, scored 22 points on Friday night as the Shepherd men's basketball team beat Bowie State 102-97 in the opening round of the Clarion Hotel Tipoff Classic.
Osbornie hit three 3-pointers and 5-of-6 free throws. He also added a team-high four assists.
In the final, Shepherd fell to East Stroudsburg, 97-79. Osborne added eight more points.
OFF TO NATIONALS: A pair of Valley graduates will compete in the NCAA Division II Women's Cross Country Championships on Saturday in Jolpin, Mo.
Freshman Rachel Magliane from Danville and sophomore Yelena Share from Milton are members of the Indiana (Pa) team that will compete. IUP earned the right to go by finishing third in the Atlantic Regional meet held in Lock Haven on Nov. 3. Earlier in the season the squad won both the Marty Uher and the Carnegie Mellon invitationals.
FINISHING STRONG: The Susquehanna men's and women's cross country teams competed at the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional meet on Saturday morning. The SU men placed 14th and the women finished 26th. The meet took place at Big Spring High School in Newville.
Alex Pricwas SU's top finisher, taking 48th overall in the 343-runner field with a 20-second personal-best time of 26:46.8. Warrior Run grad Dan Isenberg finished in 28:18.4. Freshman Ashley West, the Landmark Conference Female Rookie of the Year, led the Crusader women with a time of 24:49.2, 83rd overall.