With every sports team comes position battles. We’ve seen it at Waynesburg University with several teams this year and will for years to come.
Rick Shepas announced his retirement as head coach of the Waynesburg University football team last week. After a 12-year career at the helm, Shepas led the team to some of its best seasons in school history, coached some of the best athletes in Waynesburg history and became the winningest coach in program history.
The Thomas More women’s college basketball team has won the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Championship every year it has been in the conference, except for the first in the 2005-06 season. That’s 10 straight PAC Championships.
In the coming days their lockers will be cleaned out, their uniforms will be turned in and for the last time in their collegiate careers the senior class of 2016 will walk out of the Rudy Marisa Fieldhouse.
During the most recent women’s basketball losing streak, there is a lot of blame that can go around, and we live in a world infamous for assigning blame prior to fixing the issues at hand.
Too many times in sports, spectators and so called “experts” take a look at a team’s record and judge that team without taking a look at how or why the team lost the games it lost.
This year’s women’s basketball team is among one of the better teams in recent history. Overall, the Yellow Jackets are 9-8 with a Presidents’ Athletic Conference record of 7-3.
On Oct. 31, the Grove City Wolverines dominated yet another Presidents’ Athletic Conference Women’s Cross Country Championship with a score of 20 compared to Waynesburg’s second-place efforts with 35. Four of the top five runners were on Grove City.
The past three years of Waynesburg football have been some of the most exciting in Yellow Jacket history: A 10-win season in 2012, three Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference bowl appearances, an 18-6 record in Presidents’ Athletic Conference play, a win over rival Washington & Jefferson last year and 46 combined All-PAC awards, which is tied with W&J for the most in the PAC during that stretch.
The theme of the loss for the Waynesburg University football team Saturday against Saint Vincent College was explosive plays. The Jackets’ secondary was burnt on touchdowns of 79, 36 and 29 yards during the contest, and for that reason, the Jackets found themselves behind often during the loss.
On the final week of the 2014 regular season, the Waynesburg football team defeated Washington & Jefferson for only the fourth time in program history, making the season a success despite not claiming a Presidents’ Athletic Conference title.
As senior quarterback Carter Hill exited the field in the fourth quarter, the final horn blew on the scoreboard signaling a 59-36 win for Buffalo State in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Southwest Bowl Game Nov. 22. As head coach Rick Shepas gathered his players for one last postgame message on the turf at John F. Wiley Stadium, the offseason officially began for Waynesburg football.
The Waynesburg University men’s basketball team hasn’t been good for quite some time. In fact, Waynesburg wasn’t even a university the last time the Jackets had a winning season prior to last year.
It would be fair to say that the men’s soccer team’s 2-1 loss to Grove City in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference playoffs was devastating, but it wouldn’t be right to call it a disappointment.