McKeesport, Pa. - With the first half of the PSUGA Athletics season officially over, it is time to take a look back at some of the most memorable moments of the athletic year so far. It has been a semester full of memories from Soccer setting records in overall and conference wins to Men's Basketball jumping out to their best ever start in program history winning their first four games of the season. We have narrowed it down to our top three most memorable moments from the first half and are asking you to decide which gets the title of most memorable.
We start our top three with a great indivudal effort from senior Men's Basketball Player Khari Hicks (East Hills, Pa./Imani Chrsitian Academy) Hicks entered the season needing just 27 points to go over the 1,000 point mark for his PSUGA career. On November 8th 2017 he would get reach that 1,000 point mark putting up a season high 16 points as he helped PSUGA get their first ever win over a division II school. Hicks accomplished the feat with 2:46 left in the game as he made a layup to secure the victory.
The second moment on our list comes when PSUGA soccer picked up their first ever win against Penn State Hazleton on September 30th. They not only got the win but it secured them a spot in the PSUAC playoffs and extended their conference winning streak to five straigth games. It would come down to the wire as the two teams were tied up until the 80th minute of play. Then, Jake Theiret (Port Vue, Pa./South Allegheny) hit the game winning goal on a Penalty Kick to secure PSUGA's spot in the playoffs and their first ever victory over PSU-Hazleton.
Our final moment is once again from basketball season as the Men hit another milestone. Jordon Payne (McKeesport, McKeesport, Pa.) had an electric night against Southern State as he hit 13 three pointers to set the PSUGA all-time record for three-pointers made in a game. It was the best performance of the season for Payne so far as he put up 40 points in the teams 98-77 win helping them bounce back from a loss against Cincinnati-Clermont.
It has been a memorable first half of the Athletic Year and we are looking for a lot more memories in the second half of the season. The vote for your favorite moment of the year, click here or visit us on Facebook (PSUGA Athletics), Twitter (@PSUGAATHLETICS), and Instagram (psugaathletics) to make your voice heard. Voting ends on Friday December 22nd.