Girls Soccer: 2016 South Season Preview

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Upper St. Clair won the PIAA Class 3A title last season and this year the Panthers will attempt to become the first ever PIAA Class 4A champion. First thing's first, though, and that's the section race ... and it should be a doozy. Baldwin, Bethel Park, Canon-McMillan, Mt. Lebanon, Peters Township and Upper St. Clair will all compete in Section 2.

The section is home to some of the top talents in the area, including Canon-McMillan senior forwards Sabrina Bryan and Aideen O'Donoghue, Mt. Lebanon senior midfielder Blair Proteau, Baldwin junior forward Alina Stahl, Peters Township forwards BreeAnne Latsko and Regan LaVigna (two Indians with familiar last names), and Upper St. Clair sophomore midfielder Landi Mertz, who enjoyed a breakout postseason last year as the Panthers marched to Hershey. Upper St. Clair will have to replace Post-Gazette Player of the Year Emma Hasco and leading goal-scorer Maddy Rocks.


Girls Soccer: 2016 South Players to Watch

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Here are some girls soccer players from the South to keep an eye on this season.

Aideen O'Donoghue, Canon-McMillan, Senior, Forward
Jordyn Minda, South Park, Junior, Forward
Alina Stahl, Baldwin, Junior, Forward
Molly Saylor, South Park, Junior, Goalkeeper
Sabrina Bryan, Canon-McMillan, Senior, Forward
Cheyenne Trest, Canon-McMillan, Senior, Midfielder
Morgan Henderson, Chartiers Valley, Senior, Midfielder
BreeAnne Latsko, Peters Township, Junior, Forward
Erin James, Char-Houston, Senior, Forward
Regan LaVigna, Peters Township, Sophomore, Forward
Blair Proteau, Mt. Lebanon, Senior, Midfielder
Landi Mertz, USC, Sophomore, Midfielder
Kaitlyn Riley, Charleroi, Junior, Forward
Lexi Demko, Belle Vernon, Junior, Defender
Carly Pcholinsky, South Park, Junior, Midfielder
Jayna Fittipaldo, South Fayette, Senior, Midfielder/Forward
Brenna McGuire, South Fayette, Junior, Forward


Field Hockey: 2016 South Season Preview

Written by Joe Koch on .

Mt. Lebanon, Upper St. Clair and Peters Township high schools have had varying degrees of success in field hockey. All three of them hope to secure one of the two berths from Section 2 in the WPIAL Class AAA tournament.

A year ago, Peters Township qualified for the WPIAL tournament. But their No. 4 seed drew the Indians a first-round game with North Allegheny. The Tigers secured a 1-0 victory to advance to the semifinals, where they eventually fell to Fox Chapel, 2-0.

A year ago, Upper St. Clair and Mt. Lebanon had solid seasons. The Panthers finished in third place in Class AAA, Section 2 with an 8-4 record. Mt. Lebanon was right behind Upper St. Clair with a break-even section record of 6-6. The unfortunate aspect of those efforts is that only the top two teams -- Fox Chapel and Peters Township -- could qualify for the four-team Class AAA tournament.

The addition of a third class could change things in the league alignment as both Oakland Catholic and Woodland Hills will compete along with Section 1 member Penn-Trafford in the newly-configured 2A alignment. A year ago, however, Oakland Catholic tied with Allderdice for fifth place in the section, and Woodland Hills finished seventh. What this means is that five teams -- Fox Chapel, Peters Township, Upper St. Clair, Mt. Lebanon and Allderdice -- will be competing for two playoff berths.


Field Hockey: 2016 South Players to Watch

Written by Joe Koch on .

Here are some field hockey players from the South to keep an eye on this season.

Caroline Griffin, Mt. Lebanon, Sr., Midfielder
Sam Swentosky, Mt. Lebanon, Sr., Forward
Sammi Schratz, Peters Township, Sr., Midfielder
Kelly Bergman, Peters Township, Sr., Forward
Paloma Martin, Upper St. Clair, Sr., Forward
Lizzie Schoonmaker, Mt. Lebanon, Sr., Defense
Greta Schratz, Peters Township, Soph., Defense
Abby McKay, Peters Township, Sr., Defense



Boys Cross Country: 2016 South Season Preview

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Mt. Lebanon finished third at the WPIAL Class 3A championships last year. However, the Blue Devils graduated three of their top runners.

Returning top runners include seniors Zachary Dewit and Rob Doncourt. Juniors Bryce Brandenstein and Jack Cameron also return.

Canon-McMillan will be a contender this year as it returns the majority of its top runners including seniors Jonas Wudkwych, Matt Mansfield, James Zukowski and Jonah DeCortie. Junior Damon Gall also returns. The Big Macs graduated Michael Cappelli and Jonathan Klan.

The Big Macs took sixth place at WPIALs behind Chartiers Valley. The Colts graduated four runners from their top seven but return juniors Czar Tarr and Mark Golebiewski. Sophomore Elias Zajicek also returns.