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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.

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

Written by Joe Koch on .

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.

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

Written by Brad Everett on .

Name: Garrett Day
High School: Avonworth
Grade: 11
Sport: Boys Basketball
Position: Point guard

Background: Day continues to shine for Avonworth, which is 7-3 overall and 3-0 in Class AA Section 5. A three-year starter, Day (6 feet 1) has done a fine job running the point for the Antelopes and leads the team in scoring with 15 points per game. Day scored a season-high 27 points in a 77-51 win at South Side Beaver on Dec. 15. He came through in the clutch in a showdown with Quaker Valley on Dec. 22, scoring six of his 10 points in overtime to help the Antelopes pull out a 66-59 win. Day is also an outstanding football player. A wide receiver, he had a WPIAL-best 59 receptions for 990 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2015.

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Boys Basketball: Avonworth faces top-ranked Aliquippa on Wednesday

Written by Brad Everett on .

Class AA Section 5 co-leader Avonworth faces struggling Freedom tonight, and Antelopes coach Dan Bradley will do his best to make sure his team is focused on the task at hand.

Still, it will be hard for any of them to not be thinking at least a little bit about the challenge that awaits them Wednesday.

Avonworth (7-3) will have a hefty challenge on its hands when it hosts Aliquippa (7-0). The Quips are the defending WPIAL Class AA champions and are ranked No. 1 in the WPIAL and the state. The Quips began last season 29-0 before losing in the PIAA championship.

Avonworth and Aliquippa are tied for first place in the section with 3-0 records. The Quips beat the Antelopes by scores of 77-50 and 75-61 last season.