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Track: Crusaders’ DeFrank takes Warriors’ Classic title

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Bishop Canevin senior Caroline DeFrank outran the 3,200-meter field at Saturday’s fourth annual Warrior Track & Field Classic Saturday that was hosted by Central Valley.

DeFrank finished with a time of 11:48.19, beating Winchester Thurston’s Madeline Schmiedeknecht by just over three seconds.  Schmiedeknecht won the WPIAL Class AA championship in the 3,200 meters last season, with DeFrank finishing third.

DeFrank’s teammate, sophomore Leah Narkevic, placed fifth in the event Saturday with a time of 12:21.43.

Both Narkevic and DeFrank were also on the Crusaders’ 4 x 800 relay team that placed second to Quaker Valley. The duo was joined on the relay team by Mary Olivia Philbin and Bailey Burgess

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Baseball: Canevin hopes to be in the mix for a section championship

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The top players from last year's team graduated and most of this year's group have increased roles, but Bishop Canevin's outlook on the season has not changed.

"Our expectations for the season are the same as they have always been," seventh-year coach Dale Checketts said. "Our goals are to win our section and compete for WPIAL and PIAA championships."

A playoff participant the last two seasons, Canevin has split its opening two games this season. The Crusaders defeated Obama Academy, 13-1, and lost to West Allegheny, 8-2.

This week, the Crusaders are scheduled to travel to Northgate today, host Blackhawk on Wednesday, and then play their Class A Section 2 opener against Monessen on Friday.

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Hockey: Bishop Canevin offense sputters at end of season

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Bishop Canevin (23-3) led Class AA with 145 goals during the regular season, and then scored 14 in its first two postseason games. It was never held below three goals in any of its first 24 games.

But the Crusaders only managed one in a shutout victory against Erie Cathedral Prep in the Penguins Cup final, and then scored two in a 5-2 loss to Central Bucks South in the Pennsylvania Cup title game Saturday.

“The last two games of the year, the two most critical games of the year, we weren’t ourselves and I cannot put my finger on what the reason for that difference is,” Bishop Canevin coach Kevin Zielmanski said.  

In the loss to Central Bucks South, the Crusaders trailed by more than a goal for the first time all season. It was also Bishop Canevin’s first regulation loss of the season.

But the Crusaders still won their seventh Penguins Cup title this season, becoming only the third PIHL team to accomplish that feat, along with Bethel Park and Meadville.

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Hockey: 'Power outage' ruins Canevin's title hopes

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Ryan Riordan profiles the Bishop Canevin hockey team.

"No team in PIHL Class AA hockey scored more goals during the regular season than Bishop Canevin, but the Crusaders found it difficult to put the puck in the net when it mattered most.

After scoring 159 goals in its first 23 games, Bishop Canevin (23-3) managed just one in its Penguins Cup victory against Erie Cathedral Prep Monday and two in a three-goal loss to Central Bucks South in the Pennsylvania Cup Saturday.

"The last two games of the year, the two most critical games of the year, we weren't ourselves and I cannot put my finger on what the reason for that difference is," Bishop Canevin coach Kevin Zielmanski said.

Both Erie Cathedral Prep and Central Bucks South did a good job on Randy Unger, who led PIHL Class AA in points during the regular season with 75 -- the most by a Class AA player in the past decade -- and added nine points in his first two postseason games."

 

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Hockey: Bishop Canevin offense fizzles in Class AA championship loss

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Ryan Riordan reports on Saturday's Pennsylvania Cup Class AA championship.

"UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- In its first 23 games of the season, Bishop Canevin was never held to fewer than three goals.

But in the most important two games of the season, the Crusaders could only muster a total of three goals.

After beating Erie Cathedral Prep with just one goal Monday in the Penguins Cup championship, Bishop Canevin (23-2) couldn't overcome a lack of offense again Saturday in a 5-2 loss to Central Bucks South (19-3-1) in the Class AA Pennsylvania Cup at Penn State's Pegula Ice Arena.

"The last two games of the year, the two most critical games of the year, we weren't ourselves and I cannot put my finger on what the reason for that difference is," Bishop Canevin coach Kevin Zielmanski said."