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2005-06 Recruits

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Lady Cat Basketball Program
Signs Four Recruits for 2005-06 Season
May 17, 2005...Head Coach Jodi Gault and the Pitt Johnstown Lady Cat basketball program has added four recruits for the 2005-06 season. They include: local standouts Jessica Mock (Bishop McCort High School) and Lindsey McCombie (Northern Cambria High School), First Team All-Mountain High League Kristin Irwin (Bellefonte Area High School) and three-time Mid-Penn All-Star Lindsay Cale (Lower Dauphin High School).
     “Once again, we were able to sign four skilled players with terrific work ethic,” Coach Gault said of this year’s recruiting class. “I feel these student-athletes can develop into strong college players and be very successful in the classroom. Each of them can run the floor and each fits well into the Lady Cat intense style of play,” Coach Gault said.

The Following is a List of This Year's Recruits

Lindsay Cale   Guard/Forward   5’10”   Hummelstown, Pa./Lower Dauphin H.S.
     Lindsay Cale was a three-time Mid-Penn All-Star selection for Head Coach Bob Heusser at Lower Dauphin High School. Cale averaged 11 points and seven rebounds per game as a senior on her way to being named Big 15 Honorable Mention. She also shot 84.7% (94-111) from the free-throw line last year. Cale finished her high school career with 773 total points. Following her senior season, Cale participated in the Mid-Penn vs. Keystone All-Star Game and the Pennsylvania vs. Maryland All-Star Game.

Kristin Irwin   Guard/Forward   5’11”   Bellefonte, Pa./Bellefonte Area High School

     Kristin Irwin was a four-year starter who played in all 98 of her team’s games since her freshman season. Irwin finished as Bellefonte Area High School’s second all-time leading scorer with 1,113 career points. She also had 602 career rebounds, 397 assists, 186 steals and 108 blocks for Head Coach Tina Gaughan. As a senior, Irwin averaged 14.4 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.4 blocks in leading her team to an 18-7 overall record and a District 6 AAA Runner-up finish. Following the 2004-05 season, Irwin was named Most Valuable Player of Bellefonte varsity athletics. She was named First Team Mountain League in 2005 and Second Team in 2003 and 2004. Irwin was a three-time All-Tournament Team selection at both the Lady Pirate Williamsburg Tip-Off Tournament and the Penns Valley High School Tournament. Irwin also earned Most Valuable Player honors at the 2003 Lady Rams Penns Valley Christmas Tournament. In addition to her basketball achievements, Irwin is a four-year starter on the Bellefonte softball team where she was named a Second Team All-State catcher in 2004 and a four-year starter on the volleyball team where she earned Honorable Mention All-State honors in 2004. In the classroom, Irwin is a three-time recipient of the Bellefonte Area High School Academic Excellence Award.

Lindsey McCombie   Guard   5’8”   Nicktown, Pa./Northern Cambria High School

     Lindsey McCombie played for Head Coach Eric Thomas at Northern Cambria High School where she is the school’s all-time leading scorer with over 1,400 career points. She averaged 17.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game as a senior on her way to being named First Team All-Indiana County. McCombie also had 62 steals and 43 three-point field goals. She shot 82.7% (81-98) from the free-throw line and 47.4% (126-266) from the field in 2004-05. McCombie, a four-year letterman in basketball who scored her 1,000th point on December 12 of her junior season, was selected to play in the 2005 Big John Riley All-Star Game and the 2005 Indiana County All-Star Game. She was named Heritage Conference Basketball Player of the Year and received the Underclassman Award both during her junior year. In addition to basketball, Mccombie was a three-year letter winner in volleyball, a two-year letter winner in track and a one-year letter winner in softball. She helped lead her volleyball team to a PIAA State Runner-up finish last season. In the classroom, McCombie is a member of the National Honor Society and ranks fourth overall in her class.

Jessica Mock   Center   6’0”   Johnstown, Pa./Bishop McCort High School

     Jessica Mock averaged 9.7 points and 6.0 rebounds per game in leading Bishop McCort High School to the Pennsylvania State Class AA Playoffs in 2004-05. Mock also scored a season-high 22 points on 11-15 shooting against Bedford Area High School on December 10, 2004. She was selected to play in the 2005 Big John Riley All-Star Game. Mock was also a two-time All-Tournament Team selection at the Windber Area High School Tournament and a two-year member of the PA Blue Thunder AAU basketball team. Academically, Mock is a high honors student and a member of Who’s Who Among American High School Students. Mock played for Head Coach John Haun at Bishop McCort High School. Coach Gault hopes to be able to red-shirt Mock during the 2005-06 season to give her time to improve her skills and physical strength.

     Coach Gault and the Lady Cats are coming off of a 21-6 overall record in 2004-05. Pitt Johnstown must replace senior, All-American forward Melissa Patterson (Alexandria, Pa./Juniata Valley High School). Patterson finished last season ranked 10th in NCAA Division II in scoring at 22.3 points per game and 22nd in steals at 3.4 steals per game. Patterson ended her Pitt Johnstown career ranked 16th on the All-Time Lady Cat Scoring List with 1,196 points.
     The Lady Cats will open the 2005-06 season at the University of Findlay (OH) Tournament against Glenville State (WV) College on November 18.

Last Reviewed: May 17, 2005