Norwin’s Notebook: Alumni Influence the Hardwoods of a Women’s College


Saturday, November 26, 2022 | 11:01 a.m

Norwin has produced talent at the college level before in women’s basketball, but the Lady Knights’ footprint on the game is big this season.

At least six former Norwin players contribute to college programs as various levels.

At Division III Marietta (Ohio), junior guard Olivia Gribble started the first three games of the season and averaged 8.7 points. As a sophomore, she started 10 games and finished second on the team with 10.9 points.

Her former teammate, junior guard Jayla Weiner, is a key quarterback at Marian, an NAIA program in Indiana. Weiner started at point guard. She played in 65 games over her two seasons and had 150 assists.

Freshman Mara Polczynski is a sophomore at D-III Grove City in the Presidents Athletic Conference. After starting all 26 games as a freshman, Polczynski had 15 points and 14 rebounds in her first two games of the season with the Wolverines.

Brianna Zajesek, a Division II freshman at Illinois-Springfield, had 11 points in her collegiate debut and nine points in her third game. Zajicek moved on from Alderson Broaddus.

Another freshman, Alyssa Lokos, averaged 5.3 points in three games at Chatham, a Division III program. Freshman Chloe Loconde had a 23-point game for Pete Greensburg.

Knights skate for victories

The Norwin hockey team improved their record to 7-1 with wins over Hampton and Westmont Hilltop.

The Exploding Knights edged past Hampton, 11-1, as Mario Cavallaro scored five goals at Frozen Pond Arena. Alex Thomas had five points of his own with two goals and three assists, while Joey Vecchio added two goals and one assist.

Against Westmont Hilltop in a 10-1 win, Cavallaro scored three goals and four assists, Logan Rupp scored two, and Dom Cirelli and Kid Zeravica increased the offense with four and three assists.

Honors 5/6 Grand

The Big 5/6 Conference, which recognizes the accomplishments of teams and athletes in the WPIAL’s two largest rankings, has announced its All-Division teams for football and soccer.

Norwin’s first team Big East Conference Class 5A selections included junior wide receiver/defensive linebacker Jackson Ponce, kicker/first punter Joey Castle and senior defensive end Noah Vogel.

Norwin’s second-team selections were senior tackle AJ Clemens, and senior Anthony Petrullo, a defensive end.

For soccer, Norwin young defender Owen Christopher and junior goalkeeper Anthony Scales were named to the first team in Division 2-4A.

Young striker Alex Brown and senior midfielder Jackson Siriani made the second team.

Norwin linebacker sophomore Julia Borcik and senior defenseman Regan Kasper were first-team girls’ Division 2-4A selections.

Norwin senior Sofia Alvarez was a first-team selection in Division 3-4A girls’ volleyball.

WCCA Volleyball

A new event has joined the Westmoreland County Coaches Association athletic rotation.

Players from 16 Ligonier Valley teams gathered for the first-ever WCCA Girls’ Volleyball All-Star Game on November 22.

Three girls from Norwyn make the list for Team West. They are setters Sofia Alvarez, defensive specialist Sarah Olsen and hitter Sydney Petko.


• A Norwyn footballer has made a decision about his university future. Another still decides. Father Christian Beck will play for Division III Hiram (Ohio). Beck is a linebacker and linebacker. Meanwhile, Noah Fogel received a Division II scholarship from Bluefield State (Virginia State). Vogel is a 6-foot-3, 230-pound senior and defensive end.

• Norwin senior, Bella Brozeski, has signed on to continue her track and field career at the IUP. Brozeski is a steeplechase runner and relay switcher. Both of her sisters compete in sports at the college level: Aleksandra Brozeski at Slippery Rock and Emily Brozeski at Duquesne.

Bill Beckner Jr. is a staff writer for the Tribune. You can contact Bill by email at or via Twitter .

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