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Track: Avonworth’s Baurle runs well at Butler

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Kenny Baurle made a name for himself Friday.

The Avonworth sophomore won the 400 and finished third in the 200 at the Butler Invitational.

In the 400, Baurle ran a 50.22 to beat Seneca Valley’s Bradley Banks, Fox Chapel’s Elias Graca and Kiski’s Ben Kinnamon.

In the 200, Baurle (23.20) finished behind West Mifflin’s Kevin Garbark and Kinnamon (22.79). 

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Wrestling: Avonworth junior qualifies for regional

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Tri-State Sports & News Service Ryan Riordan profiles Avonworth wrestler Darion Trimmer. Click here to read his story.

2014 0227 Avonworth Wrestling(Photo: Avonworth's Darion Trimmer, left, squares off against Burrell's John Andrejcik in the third-place consolation match at the WPIAL Class AA championships at Chartiers Valley. Marilyn Schwilm/Tri-State Sports & News Service)

"On Feb. 15, Darion Trimmer became the first Avonworth wrestler since Curtis Branchen in the mid-2000s to win a section title.

Now the Antelopes junior is heading to the Class AA Southwest Regional championships.

Trimmer won three of his five matches last weekend at the WPIAL Class AA championship tournament at Chartiers Valley, taking fourth place in the 132-pound weight class.

"I'm happy to move on, but I wish I would have finished better," Trimmer said."

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Boys Basketball: North Feature Athlete - Avonworth's Garrett Day

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Name: Garrett Day
School: Avonworth
Grade: 9
Sport: Boys Basketball
Position: Guard

Background: There aren't a lot of freshmen starting for playoff teams, but Day is one of them. A 5-foot-10 guard, Day has been one of the main contributors for an Avonworth team that won a section title for the first time in 40 years and earned a WPIAL playoff win for the first time in 13 years. Day has really stepped up his play in the postseason, scoring 14 points in a first-round win against Frazier and 20 in a quarterfinal loss against Aliquippa. The Antelopes are now playing the waiting game to see if they will qualify for the PIAA tournament. They need either Aliquippa to beat Greensburg Central Catholic in the WPIAL semifinals, or Greensburg Central Catholic to win the championship.

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Girls Basketball: North Feature Athlete - Mackenzie Mayernik, Avonworth

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Name: Mackenzie Mayernik
School: Avonworth
Grade: 12
Sport: Girls Basketball
Position: Center

Background Info: Mackenzie is a four-year starter and is one of two captains for the Antelopes this season. Mackenzie has been in the starting lineup for all but one game in her four-year career. Mackenzie missed the first game of the season as she was recovering from an ACL injury. Mackenzie is averaging 10.5 points and 9 rebounds per game and has been playing her best basketball in the past few weeks. Mackenzie also is a member of the volleyball team, but she missed this past season because of the ACL injury. She is a member of the Avonworth High Student Council, Yearbook Staff, French Club, Peer to Peer Mentoring and is the treasurer for the school's chapter of the National Honor Society. Mackenzie plans to study Finance in college, but has not yet decided which college she will attend.

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Wrestling: Avonworth pursues first section title

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Tri-State Sports & News Service writer Ken Wunderley profiles the Avonworth wrestling team. Read his story below.

2014 0213 Avonworth Wrestling(Photo: Avonworth's Ka'Dale Coles, bottom, battling Montour's Zack Jablonski during the season-opening Chartiers-Houston Invitational in December, carries some of Avonworth's hopes for the program's first section titlist since 2006. Ken Wunderley/Tri-State Sports & News Service)

The Avonworth High School wrestling program hasn't had a section champion since 2006 and coach Tim Giel would like to see that drought end Saturday, as the Antelopes play host to the Class AA Section 3 tournament.

"I'm not sure of the year, but Avonworth's last section champion was Curtis Branchen," said Giel, referring to a 2006 graduate who won two Class AAA Section 3 titles for the Antelopes. "That's a long time to go without a section champion."

Giel has 10 wrestlers entered in the section tournament, including two returning runners-up and a trio of third-place finishers. Avonworth is actually a "co-op" program in which students from Northgate are also eligible to wrestle for the Antelopes.