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

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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."


Baseball: Bishop Canevin continues to surprise

Written by Brad Everett on .

It might not be fair to consider Bishop Canevin a sleeper anymore.

The Crusaders showed again Monday that they are for real and a legitimate contender to win the WPIAL Class A title.

Less than a week after stunning No. 3 Vincentian in the first round, Bishop Canevin edged No. 6 Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic, 1-0, in a quarterfinal at West Mifflin.

The victory advanced the Crusaders (8-6) to Wednesday's semifinals, where they will take on the winner of today's quarterfinal between No. 2 Greensburg Central Catholic (17-3) and No. 10 Carmichaels (13-3). Wednesday's semifinal will take place at West Mifflin at 2 p.m.


Baseball: South Feature Athlete - Bishop Canevin's Mitch Tauffer

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Name: Mitch Tauffer
School: Bishop Canevin
Grade: 12
Sport: Baseball
Position: Pitcher

Background: In what was essentially a preliminary-round playoff game, Tauffer pitched a complete game and struck out 10 to lead Bishop Canevin into the WPIAL playoff Class A playoffs with a 6-1 win at Eden Christian last Tuesday. Tauffer, who pitched a two-hitter when the teams met earlier in the season, allowed the first three batters to reach base in the rematch, but calmed down and was in full control the rest of the way. Tauffer, the staff ace, did not walk a batter. Bishop Canevin (6-6), which finished third in Section 4, will play No. 3 Vincentian (17-3) in a first-round game today at North Allegheny.


Track: Bishop Canevin sophomore setting the pace

Written by Justin Criado on .

Bishop Canevin sophomore Becca Volz qualified for the PIAA championships in cross country, and looks to be one of the top performers in the 1,600 meter run during the track season on a team that's slim in numbers and looking for standouts.

Volz finished 13th at the Mt. Lebanon Invitational on March 21 to start the year.