Alumni Update - Havilah Gaugler (Geneva)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Youngstown, Ohio Indoor Track and Field became an official PAC sport during the 2014-15 school year allowing Geneva student-athletesGaugler Geneva to compete for a trophy during the winter season. The Golden Tornadoes’ 69 points allowed them to finish over Waynesburg, Thiel, W&J and St. Vincent. Grove City claimed the first-ever Championship with 116 points.


In addition to their fifth place finish, the Golden Tornadoes were honored with the 2015 indoor track and field team sportsmanship award.


Havilah Gaugler, an Avonworth graduate, earned two silver medals and school record.

Gaugler’s silver mile run time of 5:23.52 broke Alayna Merkle’s record set in 2013 of 5:23.77. 


(photo courtesy of Geneva College)


Wrestling: Avonworth senior advances

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Keith Barnes profiles Avonworth wrestler Darion Trimmer.

2015 0227 Avonworth Wrestling(Photo: Freedom's Kody Komara, left, battles Darion Trimmer of Avonworth in the WPIAL Class AA individual championships Saturday at South Fayette. Komara won the third-place consolation match by decision, 3-1. Cara DeCarlo/Tri-State Sports & News Service)

"Avonworth senior Darion Trimmer had a lot riding on him when he competed in the WPIAL Class AA individual wrestling finals last weekend at South Fayette.

Not only did he have his own expectation of competing for and possibly winning a championship, he had the hopes of the Antelopes athletics department to have a respectable enough finish that could jump-start sagging participation in the program.

Though he didn't come home with a gold medal, he did keep Avonworth alive to compete another day as he finished fourth in the 132-pound weight class and moved on to the two-day PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional tournament, which begins today at Canon-McMillan.

"He did OK, but obviously I want us to win all the time," Avonworth coach Tom Giel said. "It's a tough weight class and the top four kids in that weight class are very aggressive and, if they wrestled six different times, there would be six different outcomes.""


Wrestling: Avonworth struggling to fill roster

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Ken Wunderley profiles the Avonworth wrestling team. Read his story below.

2015 0129 Avonworth Wrestling(Photo: Avonworth's Darion Trimmer, right, wrestling against North Allegheny's Jake Hinkson at the Allegheny County Championships, is one of the Antelopes best hopes for the postseason. Ken Wunderley/Tri-State Sports & News Service)

When Avonworth wrestling coach Tim Giel watched the finals of the Allegheny County Championships on Jan. 17, he wondered if Darion Trimmer would be the last wrestler in school history to wrestle in the prestigious tournament.

Giel had only seven wrestlers entered in the two-day tournament, half of what he was expecting when the season started.

"We had four kids from last year's squad who decided not to wrestle this year," Giel said. "We also had one thrown out of school and another is out with an injury. I really thought we would turn the corner this year. Instead, we're struggling to field a team."

It's a familiar tune for Giel, now in his fifth season at Avonworth. The Antelopes are actually a "co-op" program, which means students from Northgate High School are eligible to wrestle for the Antelopes.


Football: Avonworth finds out Clairton is for real

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Keith Barnes profiles the Avonworth football team.

2014 1127 Avonworth Football(Photo: Avonworth quarterback Josh Drwal picks up some yardage against Clairton in the first quarter of the WPIAL Class A championship game at Heinz Field last Friday. Lake Fong/Post-Gazette)

"Avonworth coach Duke Johncour had a bemused expression as he stood in the team's Heinz Field locker room minutes after the Antelopes lost the WPIAL Class A championship game to Clairton.

It's a look the Bears have put on a lot of faces during their current run of seven WPIAL titles in nine years.

"They came out and played physical and their front five and their players on defense, they played a whale of a ballgame," Johncour said. "They got off the ball, they made plays defensively that we thought we could get. They came out and they hit."

Avonworth (11-2) counterpunched effectively early in the game as it came back from an early 6-0 deficit to take a 7-6 lead on a Brandon Wasko 2-yard touchdown run with 4:42 remaining in the first quarter. The Antelopes even forced five Clairton punts from a team that averages 64.2 points per game and held the Bears to their lowest scoring output of the season in a 46-14 loss."