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January 25, 2013

Names in the Games: Catch up with local athletes competing in college


NEW CASTLE — Men’s basketball

Bragging rights

A county pair got the best of another local product Saturday.

Matt Lorello started and scored a team-high 25 points to lead Geneva to an 87-86 PAC overtime win over Thiel. Brian Rice played for the Golden Tornadoes but didn’t score.

Anthony Harvey started for the Tomcats, netting 17 points with five assists and three rebounds.

Lorello, a senior forward/center from Mohawk, was 9 of 10 from the field with three rebounds, three assists and three blocks.

Lorello paces Geneva (2-15) in scoring at 19.8 points a game. He’s adding five rebounds as well.

Rice has played in 15 games off the bench, scoring 30 points. Rice, who is 43, opted to join the Navy instead of attending college right out of high school. He is a freshman guard/forward from New Castle.

Jacob Grim, a junior guard from Mohawk, has played in 12 games for the Golden Tornadoes, eight being starts. Grim is averaging 2.2 points and 3.2 rebounds a contest.

Harvey, a senior guard from New Castle, tosses in 9.4 points a game for Thiel (8-7), while pulling down 3.1 rebounds.

•Anthony Thomas is delivering for Westminster College.

Thomas, a junior guard and Union High graduate, ranks second on the team in scoring at 14.2 points a game. Thomas has started all 17 games for the Titans (6-11), averaging 2.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists a contest.

•Penn State University’s Nick Colella came off the bench to score six points in a 68-64 Big Ten Conference loss to Nebraska on Saturday.

Colella, a senior guard from New Castle, pulled down six rebounds in 31 minutes of action. He’s averaging 3.8 points and 2.3 rebounds a matchup for the Nittany Lions (8-11).

•Devin Taylor came through for Slippery Rock University on Saturday.

Taylor shared team-high honors in scoring with Tabari Perry in The Rock’s 56-48 PSAC win over Mercyhurst on Saturday.

Taylor, a redshirt senior forward from New Castle, added nine rebounds and three assists as well.

Taylor is averaging team-highs in scoring (14.6) and rebounds (11.3) a game for Slippery Rock (12-3).

•Tyrone Steals recorded four points in 14 minutes off the bench for California University (Pa.) in an 82-52 loss to Gannon on Saturday.

Steals, a junior guard from New Castle, is posting 2.4 points a game for the Vulcans (6-9) in 11 contests off the bench.

(If you know of someone who was omitted from this winter sports Names in the Games, contact sportswriter Ron Poniewasz Jr. at

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