Girls Soccer: Avonworth's playoff hopes alive despite struggles

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Despite its recent struggles, Avonworth remains in playoff contention in the topsy turvy Section 3-A where one game separates first from fourth place. Vincentian (8-2, 6-2) and Bishop Canevin (7-2, 6-2) are tied atop the section, with Sewickley Academy (5-4-1, 5-2-1) currently occupying the third and final playoff spot. The Antelopes, one of only two public schools in the eight-team section, are in fourth place with a 6-4-1 overall record and 5-3-1 section record.

Avonworth had started section play 3-0, but it went winless in its next three section matches, losing at Bishop Canevin and Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic and drawing Seton-LaSalle. It turned things around with a big win over Sewickley Academy when Lauren Robinet scored midway through the second half. It was the lone goal of the game. The Antelopes followed that up with a 4-0 win against Carlynton before suffering a 2-1 setback at Vincentian. Currently, junior forward Emily Paszkiewicz leads the team with nine goals.


Football: Avonworth offense powered by connection

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It's pretty apparent that Avonworth's football team has something special with its offense this season. The combination of quarterback Zach Chandler and wide receiver Jamal Hughley might be the biggest reason why the Antelopes (4-0, 3-0) are undefeated and averaging close to 40 points a game.

The senior duo put on quite the performance at home last Friday night against non-conference Shenango. Chandler completed 16 of 30 passes for 337 yards and four touchdowns. Hughley caught three of those touchdowns and finished with seven receptions for 247 yards. He also rushed for 113 yards against the Wildcats.

Chandler has thrown 15 touchdowns this season and Hughley has caught 12 of those passes.

"They're both special players," Avonworth quarterback Duke Johncour said. "They could play at pretty high levels at the college game. They're athletic; they're strong ... they're good football players."


Football: North Feature Athlete - Zach Chandler, Avonworth (2015)

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Name: Zach Chandler
High School: Avonworth
Grade: 12
Sport: Football
Position: Quarterback

Background: A 6-foot-4, 235-pound quarterback, Chandler guided the No. 4 Antelopes to a 42-20 Black Hills Conference win against Chartiers-Houston. Chandler was the WPIAL's leading passer last Friday night after he completed 16 of 35 passes for 335 yards and three touchdowns. Jamal Hughley caught all three touchdown receptions on catches of 19, 39 and 57 yards, respectively. Chandler, who missed his sophomore season after suffering a broken collarbone, missed most of last season because of a broken leg.


Girls Volleyball: Avonworth stands tall

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Ken Wunderley profiles the Avonworth girls volleyball team. Read his story below.

2015 0904 Avonworth GVolleyball(Photo: Sophomore middle hitter Erin Williams is one of Avonworth's 6-foot players. Bill Wade/Post-Gazette)

Avonworth girls volleyball coach Doug Vandervort could have the tallest team in the WPIAL.

"We have four girls who are 6 feet and two who are 5 feet 11," said Vandervort, now in his 15th season. "I would be surprised if any team in Class A can match our size. In fact, we may have the tallest team in the entire WPIAL."

Two of Avonworth's 6-footers are seniors: outside hitter Abby Oberdick and middle hitter Sierra Hartings.

"Sierra sat out the 2014 season with an injury," said Vandervort of Hartings, the daughter of former Steelers lineman Jeff Hartings. "It happened the first Saturday of the season at a tournament and she missed the rest of the season. It was the third year in a row that we had to deal with a serious season-ending injury."


Avonworth 2015 Football Preview

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Avonworth coach Duke Johncour hopes high school football fans — not to mention his Antelopes — will get the opportunity to see senior quarterback Zach Chandler's talents displayed over a full season.

"He was the leading passer in the WPIAL with 742 yards after three games, and then he broke his leg in the fourth game against Brentwood," Johncour said. "He's anxious to get out there and compete. He had a healthy summer."

Avonworth avenged a regular-season, 28-0 loss to Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic with a 28-21 victory against the Trojans in a WPIAL Class A semifinal. A week later, the Antelopes fell to eventual PIAA Class A runner-up Clairton, 46-14, in the WPIAL Class A championship at Heinz Field. The Antelopes finished 11-2 overall, 6-1 in the Black Hills Conference.

"It was a worthwhile experience to play Clairton," said Johncour, entering his fifth year. "That game gave us a taste of what success is like, and I think that will give us the motivation to get back there."