Area Sports in Brief

West Branch graduate Jeff Joseph was selected for a national academic honor for his efforts in cross country and in the classroom.
·2 min read

Hole-in-one at Westville Lake

Joe Burkhart of Salem recently scored a hole-in-one at Westville Lake Country Club. He used a 9-iron to ace the 130-yard No. 6 hole. It was his first hole-in-one and the first at Westville Lake this year.

Witnesses were Diana Daniels, Mark Daniels, Rob Crawford, all of Salem, and Randy Berger of Sebring.

Mount Union falls to top-ranked Hope

HOLLAND, Mich. — Mount Union suffered its first loss of the season, 94-41, to No. 1-ranked Hope (Mich.) in the championship game of the Hope Tip-Off Tournament.

Ella McKinney scored 14 points as 15 different players scored for Hope (2-0). The Dutch led 22-9 at the end of the first quarter and 47-22 at the half. Mount Union (1-1) got nine points and five rebounds from Emma Cannon, while Kelsie Glass had eight points and Isi Palamone had seven rebounds.

The Purple Raiders play at Pitt-Greensburg at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Three Raiders qualify for NCAA nationals

SHELBYVILLE, Ind. — Mount Union's men cross country team placed fifth and the women's team was eighth at the NCAA Great Lakes cross country championships Saturday.

Three runners earned invitations to the national championships.

The Purple Raiders were led by junior Jeff Joseph and sophomore Vincent Giumenti, who earned all-region honors with top 35 finishes. Joseph finished seventh in 24 minutes, 48.9 seconds, and Giumenti was 14th (25:10.5).

The Mount Union women were led by senior Brit McCauley (13th, 22:27.5) and junior Megan Wertz (31st, 22:54.9).

Joseph, Giumenti and McCauley all qualified to the national championships Saturday in Louisville, Ky.

Bartell named first-team all-region

Mount Union freshman outside hitter Heaven Bartell has been named to the Region 7 All-Region first team by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

In 28 matches and 99 sets, Bartell averaged 3.53 digs per set, 3.16 kills per set, .45 blocks per set and .24 service aces per set. Bartell led the Purple Raiders with 313 kills and a .277 hitting percentage and was second with 349 digs.

Bartell was also named to the All-Ohio Athletic Conference first team, while junior libero Alyssa Kasaris was named to the second team and junior Maria Ellesin was selected as honorable mention.

Kasaris led Mount Union with 5.36 digs per set and 531 total digs sitting at third in the OAC. Ellesin, a Marlington High School graduate, finished with 179 kills and 37 blocks.

This article originally appeared on The Alliance Review: Alliance-area sports briefs