Football: Standout Avonworth quarterback having a dream season

Written by Megan Ryan on .

Megan Ryan profiles Avonworth football standout Zach Chandler.

"When Avonworth lost to Clairton in the Class A WPIAL final last year at Heinz Field, the leader of the Antelopes herd was stuck on the sidelines.

He had been for the past two seasons.

Thrust into the spotlight as a freshman after an injury to the starting quarterback, Zach Chandler threw for more than 1,000 yards. But Chandler wouldn't break that milestone the next two years, breaking instead his collarbone his sophomore year and ankle his junior year, both three games into the season."


Boys Soccer: Avonworth falls short of ultimate goal in Class A final

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Keith Barnes profiles the Avonworth boys soccer team.

"A few minutes after the WPIAL Class A championship, Avonworth coach Tom Angell gathered his players near midfield at Highmark Stadium and, standing at the center of a tight circle, delivered a speech to his team.

Only it wasn't the one he had planned before the game.

Instead of a fiery and celebratory missive to a team that had just won its first WPIAL boys soccer title, it was the quiet tones of consolation after the Antelopes lost, 1-0, when Seton-LaSalle senior Brandon Benedetti scored 6:23 into overtime.

"It wasn't a matter of the stage being too big for us," Angell said. "It was that they made a play when they needed to and we didn't. We're comfortable on these big stages.""


Photo Journal: Boys Soccer WPIAL A Championship - Avonworth vs. Seton-LaSalle (Nov. 7)

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .

Avonworth and Seton-LaSalle were the two teams competing for the WPIAL A Boys Soccer Championship held at Highmark Stadium, Saturday November 7, 2015.  Seton-LaSalle won the title in overtime 1-0. Here are some photos of the event.

Photos by Marilyn C. Schwilm, Tri-State Sports & News Service

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Football: Avonworth's Chandler sets passing record

Written by John D'Abruzzo on .

Zach Chandler is pretty good at breaking stuff.

As a freshman three years ago, he showed a lot of potential as Avonworth's starting quarterback by completing 103 passes for 1,138 yards and 11 touchdowns. Chandler, however, missed his sophomore season because of a broken collarbone and then played in just three games as a junior before he broke his leg.

Chandler kept his tradition of breaking things this season by breaking the WPIAL's all-time regular-season passing record. A 6-foot-4, 235-pound senior, Chandler broke the 15-year mark set by Seton-LaSalle's Bruce Gradkowski by finishing the with 2,815 yards. Chandler completed 153 of 259 passes with 29 touchdowns and four interceptions. Last week against Northgate, he completed 17 of 26 attempts for 365 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed for 145 yards and two more scores.


Alumni Update - Jesse Zubik (Washington & Jefferson)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Washington & Jefferson football team was unable to mount a late-game rally in a 35-28Zubik WJ loss at Case Western Reserve.

With the loss, the No. 17/15 ranked Presidents drop to 5-2 on the season and 3-2 in the Presidents' Athletic Conference, making it difficult for W&J to earn a fourth straight NCAA Division III playoffs appearance. The Spartans improve to 6-1 overall and 6-0 in league games.

Jesse Zubik, an Avonworth graduate, racked up his eighth career 100-yard performance with a career-high 196 yards, while matching his collegiate best with 12 receptions.


(photo courtesy of Washington & Jefferson College)