Bishop Canevin 2015 Football Preview

Written by Joe Koch on .

Prospects appear bright for a Bishop Canevin team that returns eight starters on offense and seven on defense after a 2-7 season (1-6 in the Black Hills Conference).

But for third-year coach Darren Schoppe, the key to the team's success lies in the opening weeks of the season.

"We have to have some early success," he said. "It's a mental battle for these kids, so they're going to have to get out and play some championship football early. They're going to have to learn how to win."

One spot that is open offensively is quarterback, where Schoppe has to replace Reed Relosky, who threw for 1,172 yards and 10 touchdowns a year ago. He did not throw a single interception.


Girls Volleyball: Senior moment for Bishop Canevin player

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Ken Wunderley profiles Bishop Canevin volleyball player Erin Cunningham. Read his story below.

Erin Cunningham has a chance to do something most girl volleyball players can only dream of.

Cunningham, a senior at Bishop Canevin High School, has made three consecutive appearances in the WPIAL Class A title match and is hoping to make a return trip to the finals for an encore.

"Erin came to us as a freshman and started right away," Bishop Canevin coach Kevin Walters said. "She's a well-rounded player who is strong in all phases of the game. She works very hard and always does what's best for the team."

Bishop Canevin has faced Greensburg Central Catholic in the WPIAL Class A title match three years in a row, but the Crusaders had to settle for a silver medal in two of those appearances.


Baseball: 2015 Minor League Update - Patrick Leyland (Bishop Canevin)

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(Sports Town is featuring updates on WPIAL baseball players who are currently playing in the major or minor leagues. The posts were compiled by veteran baseball writer John Perrotto. We will feature two players every day.)

Patrick Leyland is trying to make up for lost time in his new organization.

The first baseman from Bishop Canevin did not make his season debut with the Seattle Mariners' low Class A Clinton farm club in the Midwest League until June 15 after suffering a broken arm during spring training.

Leyland signed with the Mariners as a free agent in the offseason after being released last October by the Detroit Tigers. In 14 games with Clinton, the 23-year-old has hit .375 with one double, six RBIs, two walks, seven strikeouts, a .383 on-base percentage and a .393 slugging percentage.

Leyland's lifetime batting average is just .215 in six minor league season. He has hit six homers.

The Tigers chose Leyland in the eighth round of the 2010 amateur draft following his senior season at Bishop Canevin. He is the son of former Pirates manager Jim Leyland.


Softball: Bishop Canevin enjoys postseason run

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the Bishop Canevin softball team.

"Having a low seed entering the postseason does not make a team's path easier, but it does make game preparation easier.

That is the way the 13th-seeded Bishop Canevin softball team approached things in these playoffs.

"And that seed was well deserved," Crusaders coach Karen Seitz-LaFianza said.

While she knew that her team did not get all the results it needed to warrant a higher seed, she also knew what her team was capable of."



Softball: Bishop Canevin program continues to make strides

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

As a player and as an assistant coach, Karen Seitz-LaFianza is well aware of the Bishop Canevin softball legacy. Now in her fourth year as head coach of Bishop Canevin, Seitz-LaFianza is well on her way to getting the program back to where it was in 1990 when she won a WPIAL title as a player and where it was in 1999 when she coached under Bob Jacoby an undefeated WPIAL and state championship team.

Despite a No. 13 seed, Bishop Canevin rode a wave of upsets to the WPIAL semifinals and PIAA playoffs.

Returning the program to the state playoffs was a major milestone for Seitz-LaFianza.

"Where he had this program was section titles and always in the playoffs, it was just expected," Seitz-LaFianza said. "After he left, that first year was a little rough but then every year we took a step. Every year I show the girls all the softball banners in the gym. This is where we are supposed to be. (Jacoby) left a really good legacy, this is where we should be, this is the expectation."