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UPDATE (2:45 PM)-
The Duquesne football team is the preseason pick to repeat as Northeast Conference champions, according to a media poll released Thursday.
The Dukes have won back-to-back titles and at least a share of the title in four of the last six season in the NEC, which plays at the FCS level. They received four of the seven first-place votes.
Three local players — Upper St. Clair OL Ben Huss, Greensburg Central Catholic LB Nathan Stone and University Prep DB Abner Roberts — were among the six Dukes selected to the All-NEC preseason team.
Robert Morris was predicted to come in last place. Montour K Adam Check was one of two all-conference selections for the Colonials.
UPDATE (11:00 AM)-
Pitt baseball picked up a verbal commitment from an incoming high school freshman on Thursday morning.
Class of 2021 catcher Chris Bernal of McAllen, Texas announced his verbal commitment on Twitter.
I am excited to announce that I have verbally committed to the University of Pittsburgh #H2P @Pitt_BASE @balvino13 #Citius @pitt #McHi2021 pic.twitter.com/28CAXjhLb4
— Chris Bernal (@chrisbernal_21) July 19, 2017
Bernal is listed at 5-foot-9 and 185 pounds, though coming off his eighth grade season, it’s unclear how updated this numbers are.