Track: Avonworth/Northgate sisters star at Butler Invitational

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Sisters competing for Avonworth/Northgate stole the show at the Butler Invitational.

Hunter Robinson swept the field, taking gold in the 100-(12.12), 200- (24.77) and 400-meter races last Friday. The sophomore set a record in the 400 with a time of 56.19. North Allegheny's Kelly Langhans set the previous record.

Hayden Robinson, Hunter's younger sister, finished second in the 100 (12.40) and 200 (25.88).

Kenny Baurle fared well for the boys team. He grabbed fourth place in the 400 and sixth in 200. Kenny Azzarella placed sixth in the 800 with a time of 2:01.17.



Baseball: Avonworth surges into first place in Section 1-AA

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Avonworth is in first place in Class AA Section 1 by the skin of its teeth, but that doesn't mean that won't change by the end of the week.

Heading into yesterday's game against Freedom - the team that handed the Antelopes their only loss of the season on April 12 - Avonworth had reeled off seven consecutive victories and had opened up a half-game lead over Quaker Valley. Still, despite having the second-best record in Class AA, Avonworth (10-1, 8-1) can't relax as it will take on the Quakers (8-1, 7-1) on Friday in a key section matchup.

In their first meeting, the Antelopes came away with a 7-6 victory, but this one will be on Quaker Valley's home field. Then again, considering that Avonworth just rocked Blacklick Valley, 9-1, at PNC Park on Friday, a game at Quaker Valley won't seem so imposing.


Baseball: Avonworth out to prove itself

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Avonworth could have gotten a true litmus test as to where the program was this year had it played Vincentian at Pullman Park on Thursday.

That was before the game was postponed.

Still, the Antelopes are looking like a team to contend with in the early going. Avonworth (3-0, 2-0), which did not go out of state to any training programs like many other top teams, is undefeated in the early going, which includes Section 1-AA wins against Fort Cherry and South Side Beaver.

Then again, tomorrow will bring a new challenge.


Girls Basketball: Exchange student enjoys playing basketball at Avonworth

Written by Joe Koch on .

It would seem that Liisa Vanttinen is a typical 17-year-old student at a typical American high school. The 17-year-old junior starts for the Avonworth High School girls basketball team, and she enjoys her classes.

But, there is at least one thing that differentiates Liisa from her classmates: she is an exchange student from Helsinki, Finland, who will head back home after she completes the school year.

"I applied for the program about a year ago (through American Field Service)," said Vanttinen, who is spending the school year with Patty and Lloyd Corder of Ben Avon. She's a second-generation foreign exchange student as her mother spent a year in Boston when she was in high school.

Vanttinen had no idea where she'd spending her year in the United States when she was accepted for the program, but she's pleased that she was able to go to school at Avonworth.


Girls Basketball: Plenty on the line when Avonworth visits Freedom tonight

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The higher you finish in your section, the better your chances when the WPIAL's "second season" begins for girls basketball teams.

That fact is evident for the Avonworth High girls basketball team when it meets host Freedom at 7:30 p.m. today.

Following this past Thursday's 56-33 loss to section leader Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, the Antelopes were in third place with a 6-4 record, one game ahead of Freedom, which is 5-5.

While the Antelopes were falling to the Chargers, Freedom was losing to Carlynton, 55-26. That meant that nothing changed as far as section placing as both teams remained in third and fourth place, respectively.