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.