Girls Basketball: Bishop Canevin fires highly-successful coach

Written by Mike White on .

Mike White reports that Bishop Canevin fired girls basketball coach Tim Joyce on Monday.

"Tim Joyce built Bishop Canevin High School girls basketball into a strong program and won three WPIAL titles and one PIAA championship in the past five years. But the school informed him Monday that he has been fired.

Joyce, Bishop Canevin's coach for 15 seasons, learned of his release after a short meeting with Bishop Canevin principal Ken Sinagra. According to Joyce, parental complaints were the main reason for his firing. The move is shocking when you consider Joyce's success.

"I don't know what to say. I was kind of caught by surprise," said Joyce. "I knew there were some unhappy parents, but I didn't expect this. [Sinagra] just said there were parents complaining. Over 15 years, I guess you get a few of those."

Joyce, 59, was miffed by the idea that parental complaints led to his ouster. When asked the nature of the complaints, Joyce said, "It's 'you're too hard on them,' or 'you've taken the fun out of the game.' The usual things. We didn't really have a long conversation. I was shocked. I'm upset about it. I've thought about things and I can't say I would've done anything different. But you do what you have to do. I'll try to find another coaching job. If this is the way the school feels, I guess it's time to move on.""



Track: Canevin's Bonds signs with Wheeling Jesuit

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Walter and Julian Bonds made their impact on the Bishop Canevin basketball program, but they weren’t the only athletes in their family to make their mark.

Meet their twin sister, Sydney Bonds. On April 12, Sydney Bonds signed a National Letter of Intent to Wheeling Jesuit University to continue her career in track and field.

The Cardinals are a Division II program competing in the Mountain East Conference.

Sydney is a four-year sprinter for the Crusaders and a captain her senior year. She competes in the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m relay. Bonds holds the school record in the 100m and 4x100m.

She also competes on the Midas Track Club, where she qualified and competed in the National Junior Olympics in Jacksonville, Fla.

Bonds was awarded the KDKA Extra Effort Award for her success in athletics, community service, and education.


Alumni Update - Brendan Shaughnessy (Saint Vincent)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Brendan Shaughnessy shot a 156 (77-79) at last weekend’s Carnegie Mellon Spring Shootout, tying for 24th at theShaughnessy SVC event.

The Bishop Canevin graduate was named PAC Men’s Rookie of the Week.


(photo courtesy of Saint Vincent College)


Boys Basketball: Saint Vincent gets commitment from Bishop Canevin's Bonds

Written by Drew Karpen on .

The Saint Vincent College basketball team has been the measuring stick of success, winning the Presidents’ Athletic Conference championship five out of the last six years. On April 1, they made their next step to continuing their legacy, and that’s no April Fools’ Day joke.

Bishop Canevin’s Walter Bonds announced via Twitter that he will be continuing his basketball career as a member of the Bearcats on Saturday.


Bonds -- half of the dynamic twin duo with the Crusaders -- will go from one successful program to another.


In his senior year, the 5-foot-10 guard led Bishop Canevin to a 22-6 record and a Class 2A Section 3 regular season championship. Bonds helped the Crusaders advance to the WPIAL and PIAA semifinals this past year.