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Bloodlines run strong in new S-TU recruit

The Salem-Teikyo University men's basketball team likely got a gem in 6-foot-5 swingman Phil McKnight.

According to his high school coach, he's coachable, unselfish and has a deep understanding of the game.

He apparently comes from good stock, too.

McKnight's younger brother, Chad, will be a senior at Lancaster High School in Lancaster, Ohio. The school is located about 20 miles south of Columbus.

Chad is nearly 6-foot-7, weighs 214 pounds and wears a size 17 shoe. According to his high school coach, former Salem College player Jack Greathouse, the younger McKnight already bench presses 275 pounds.

Doctors are projecting him to grow to 6-foot-9.

He's currently playing ball in Europe and has drawn Division I interest.

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Former Bridgeport High School football standout Jason Jackson will be back on the gridiron this fall.

Jackson, who originally signed to play football at Division III power Carnegie Mellon University, is enrolled at West Virginia Wesleyan and plans to play football, according to WVWC coach Bill Struble.

"He's tall and got some muscle to him," Struble said. "He looks like he could be a player."

Bridgeport coach Bruce Carey called Jackson one of the more talented linemen he's worked with. Jackson was slowed his senior season by a bout with mononucleosis.

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Junior catcher Josh Cisneros and junior pitcher Shane Rhodes have been honored at West Virginia University as the team's MVPs for the 2000 season.

Cisneros, a Wilmington, Calif., native hit .345 with 31 RBI while showing a .994 fielding percentage, tops among regulars.

Rhodes, a Monkton, Md., native, garnered the pitching MVP honor by winning seven of the 13 games he started. He struck out 78 batters while walking just 16, compiling a 3.38 ERA in the process.

Wexford, Pa. product Tim McCabe was named the team's top rookie. He hit .339 with four homers and 39 RBI.

Senior shortstop Nate Reeser was accorded all-East honors by the American Baseball Coaches Association. The Hedgesville native batted .350, highest among regulars.

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WVU's newest women's basketball recruit will up the team's total of international players to four.

Zsophia Horvath, a 6-foot-2 forward, hails from Budapest, Hungary. She played on the Beac women's club of Budapest this past season, averaging 18.2 points and 8.3 rebounds.

She is also a member of the Hungarian junior national team.

She joins fellow Hungarian recruit Katalin Katanich, a 6-4 center, along with guards Darya Kydryavtseva of St. Petersburg, Russia and Nina Mollerup of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Sports writer Greg Talkington can be reached at 626-1444.

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