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Baseball: Bishop Canevin could be destined for big season

Written by Brad Everett on .

Bishop Canevin hasn't had much of an opportunity to showcase its talents thus far -- it's only played one game -- but as the season progresses, the Crusaders could prove to be one of the best teams in WPIAL Class A.

A year after making a surprising run to the WPIAL semifinals, Bishop Canevin won't be sneaking up on anybody this time around. The Crusaders, ranked No. 3 in Class A by the Post-Gazette, return a strong group of key players led by all-section performers Justin Dix and Sam Smallhoover.

Dix, a senior, picked up the pitching win in a 10-2 victory at Quigley Catholic last Tuesday. He was also one of the hitting stars, going 2 for 4 with four RBIs. Junior Tyler Lampus went 4 for 4 and scored four runs. Smallhoover, a senior, went 2 for 4 with an RBI, while junior Mitch King finished 2 for 4 with two RBIs. Dix and King were the top scorers on the Bishop Canevin basketball team that reached the WPIAL semifinals this past winter.

Next up for Bishop Canevin is a non-section game at Shady Side Academy on Wednesday. The Crusaders are scheduled to play their Section 5 opener Friday at Eden Christian.

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Hockey: Bishop Canevin fails to wrap up state hockey title

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Keith Barnes profiles the Bishop Canevin hockey team.

2016 0325 BishopCanevin Hockey(Photo: Bishop Canevin's Alec Bosnic moves around Mars' Tyler Grau in the Penguins Cup championship at Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry Township. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

"Bishop Can­evin spent the early part of the Penn­syl­va­nia Cup cham­pi­on­ship game at Penn State's Peg­ula Ice Arena in its own zone try­ing to clear the puck and shut down the high-oc­tane Cen­tral Bucks South of­fen­sive at­tack.

It was a chore.

Cen­tral Bucks South fired 15 shots at the Cru­sad­ers net in the first 17 min­utes, but de­spite all those op­por­tu­ni­ties, still trailed the PIHL Class AA Pen­guins Cup cham­pi­ons, 2-1, on first-pe­riod goals by Crusaders fresh­man Daniel Tkac and se­nior Lukas Kruk­ov­ski.

And Cen­tral Bucks South was a hand­breadth away from a 3-1 def­i­cit and a huge up­hill climb against a Bishop Can­evin squad that had slammed the door de­fen­sively in the post­sea­son and had al­lowed only four goals in three pre­vi­ous post­sea­son games."

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Hockey: Bishop Canevin slips up in Class AA PIHL championship

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Keith Barnes covered Saturday's PIHL Class AA Pennsylvania Cup championship between Bishop Canevin and Central Bucks South.

"UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — For a moment, it appeared Bishop Canevin was about to put a stranglehold on its first Class AA Pennsylvania Cup title in five years

Moments later, the Crusaders were staring down the barrel of their second state finals loss to Central Bucks South in three seasons.

Matt Stoll and Joe DeLaurentis scored goals 27 seconds apart in the second period of the PIHL championship and goaltender Kevin Dorozinsky made it stand up with a 15-save effort as Central Bucks South (22-0-0) capped off its undefeated season with its second state title in a 7-3 victory against Penguins Cup champion Bishop Canevin at Penn State's Pegula Ice Center.

"We just ramped it up and cleaned up some things," Central Bucks South coach Thomas Coyne said. "A couple of good bounces and we took all the win out of their sails.""

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Hockey: South Feature Athlete – Bishop Canevin freshman Daniel Tkac

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Name: Daniel Tkac

School: Bishop Canevin

Grade: 9

Sport: Hockey

 

Background: Finished fifth on the Crusaders in scoring during the regular season, but has come on in the playoffs to be a go-to player in their Penguins Cup run. Is the team leader in goals and points in the postseason with five goals and eight points, including a two-goal, four-point outburst in the championship game against Mars. Also had two goals in the playoff opener against Latrobe after having only one multi-goal game in the regular season.