Cram Session features quick-hitting athlete updates and commentary:
• The Gannon men’s basketball team has been surging in the PSAC West standings recently, and Cathedral Prep graduate Adam Blazek has been a big reason why.
Blazek, a 6-foot 1-inch junior guard, leads the Golden Knights with an average of 15.1 points per game and is the only Gannon player averaging in double figures.
He was named PSAC West player of the week after helping the Knights to wins over IUP and Edinboro.
Blazek will lead second-place Gannon (10-7 overall, 5-2 PSAC West) against Pitt-Johnstown tonight at the Hammermill Center. Edinboro’s and Mercyhurst’s men and women also have home games. Slippery Rock leads the PSAC West with a 5-1 record. Mercyhurst (4-2) and IUP are a half-game behind Gannon in the men’s standings.
• Another area grad, former General McLane standout Valerie Majewski, has been one of the catalysts in Edinboro’s 6-0 start in the PSAC West. But Darche’ Jackson also has been a key player, especially in PSAC West play. Today, Edinboro will host an IUP team that features former Mercyhurst Prep star Lindsay Stamp and former Villa Maria standout Zhane Brooks.
• The Edinboro wrestling team continues to be hold spots in the national rankings, ranging from No. 10 to 16 in the various polls.
There is no dispute where Mitchell Port and A.J. Schopp rank. Port is the consensus No. 1 at 141 pounds after an 18-0 start, and Schopp is No. 2 at 133 pounds with a 22-1 record. Six other Scots are ranked.
Edinboro returns to action Friday at Cleveland State before hosting Bloomsburg Saturday.
• An intriguing Edinboro dual against Pitt looms Feb. 14 in Pittsburgh. The Panthers are coming off an upset of No. 5 Oklahoma State.
Meadville graduate Shelton Mack is a junior 133-pound standout for the Panthers. He has a 19-6 record.
Pitt won its third straight Eastern Wrestling League title last season before leaving for the ACC. Edinboro currently leads the EWL with a 3-0 record.
– Jeff Kirik, sports editor