Wrestling: 2014 Top returning North Class AAA wrestlers

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

The top 15 returning Class AAA wrestlers from schools in the North Xtra area (listed in alphabetical order with school class year and career record in parentheses):

* Hunter Baxter, Pine-Richland (Soph., 32-6) -- Made his varsity debut last season as a 106-pound freshman. Qualified for the PIAA tournament after placing second in Section 3 and third in the WPIAL. Finished with a 32-6 mark.

* Jeremiah Bortmas, Butler Area (Sr., 57-41) -- A three-year starter who earned his first WPIAL tournament berth last season. Placed second in Section 3 and seventh in the WPIAL at 152 pounds last season en route to a 32-11 record.

* Brendan Burnham, Pine-Richland (Sr., 86-19) -- A three-time WPIAL qualifier and one-time PIAA qualifier. Placed third in Section 3 as a 145-pound freshman, first at 152 as a sophomore, and first at 160 last season. Placed seventh in the PIAA in sophomore season. Finished with a 30-4 mark last season.


Craig Meyer's North High School Football Notebook (Nov. 20, 2014)

Written by Craig Meyer on .

Here's this week's edition of Craig Meyer's North High School Football Notebook.

"The ultimate and oftentimes elusive dream of any high school football team — a state championship — remains within reach for eight squads that will all make the trek to Heinz Field Friday for the WPIAL championships.

For a vast majority of the 124 WPIAL teams, though, the season and the charged Friday night environments that come with it are over for this season.

The end of any season brings about a time to reflect on what transpired over a frenetic three months packed with hundreds and hundreds of games."



Football: Avonworth stuns rival North Catholic

Written by Joe Koch on .

Joe Koch covered Friday's WPIAL Class A semifinal game between Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic and Avonworth.

"Brandon Wasko's interception of an Adam Sharlow pass with 49 seconds left preserved Avonworth's 28-21 come-from-behind victory against Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic in a WPIAL Class A semifinal Friday night at Mars.

The win puts the Antelopes (11-1) in the WPIAL Class A championship game against Clairton, a 48-42 overtime winner against Neshannock.

The Antelopes fought back from a 14-7 halftime deficit, tying the score at 21-21 with 7:02 left in the third quarter when quarterback Josh Drwal hit John Gould with a 13-yard pass with 7:02 left in the third quarter.

The Antelopes then took the lead for good on Wasko's 3-yard touchdown run with 2:59 left in the fourth. A bit more than two minutes later, Wasko came up with his game-clinching interception."