Softball: Section 1-AAAA expected to be another tight race

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Last year a Section 1-AAAA title was a requirement to reach the playoffs for teams in the section. Latrobe, Norwin and Penn-Trafford all shared the section title with identical 9-3 section records and the three teams took the three playoff bids the section receives. Hempfield at 8-4 was on the outside looking in. While another three-way share of a section title is unlikely, a tight race is almost a certainty.

"We are eager to get going," Hempfield coach Bob Kalp said. "Missing the playoffs leaves a bad taste in your mouth and it is not going to go away until you change the situation. You have to put a full season in and qualify for the playoffs to put the fact that we didn't make the playoffs last season to rest."

Through the first week of section play everyone is chasing Hempfield (2-0) while Latrobe (1-0) and Penn-Trafford (1-1) have started off with wins. Kiski Area (0-1) and Albert Gallatin (0-2) have ground to make up and Connellsville and Norwin are still trying to get their first section games in.

"Last year was a little different than most years," Kalp said. "There were four teams that were very, very close in talent. In years past there would be three or four good teams but not as evenly matched. Of those four teams last year, every time they stepped on the field, you had no good feeling who would win. We were just evenly balanced, we didn't play well a couple games, we got ourselves behind the eight ball and stayed there."


Wrestling: 2015 East Honor Roll

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

East AAA Valuable Wrestler - Spencer Lee, Frankin Regional
East AA Most Valuable Wrestler - Allan Beattie, Burrell

East AAA Coach of the Year - Eric Mausser, Franklin Regional
East AA Coach of the Year - Josh Shields, Burrell

East AAA Co-Freshman of the Year - Job Chishko, Penn-Trafford
East AA Freshman of the Year - Alex Miscovich, Mt. Pleasant


Boys Lacrosse: 2015 East Season Preview

Written by Joe Koch on .

Central Catholic and Franklin Regional hope to have better seasons than the ones they experienced as Division 1 teams a year ago. The Vikings hope to improve upon the 4-9 year they experienced a year ago. The Panthers had some hard-luck games that went with an 8-6 season that saw them just miss the WPIAL playoffs.

This year, both teams are off to slow starts. After starting the year with successive losses to North Allegheny, 15-4, and Fox Chapel, 17-5, the Vikings rolled to a 13-4 non-section victory over Aquinas Academy this past Wednesday. They meet Seton-LaSalle -- also at home -- on Tuesday.

Franklin Regional has suffered hard-luck losses in its first two games. They fell to Upper St. Clair, 7-6, in its opener and dropped an 8-5 decision to Division 1, Section 2 rival Fox Chapel this past Wednesday, The Panthers visit regional rival Penn-Trafford on Tuesday and host section rival Butler on Wednesday.

There are plenty of East-area schools playing Division 2 lacrosse this season. Division 2, Section 1 is made up of teams mostly located in Westmoreland County. Those teams include Penn-Trafford, Norwin, Greensburg Central, Latrobe and Hempfield. The other section member is WPIAL finalist Indiana.


Boys Lacrosse: 2015 East Players to Watch

Written by Joe Koch on .

Carman Palermo, Senior, Attack
Corey Austin, Junior, Long stick Midfielder
Jake Passalinqua, Junior, Midfielder
BryanPatrick Farren, Junior, Attack/Midfielder