Football: Senior QB fills 'go-to-guy' role for Brentwood

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John D'Abruzzo profiles Brentwood quarterback Connor McWilliams.

"Connor McWilliams never expected to throw a football as much as he has the past two seasons.

Last year, as a first-year starting quarterback for Brentwood, McWilliams along with the rest of the Spartans, believed their offense would ride the coattails of veteran running back Justin Vickless.

A 3,000-plus-yard career rusher, Vickless sustained a season-ending knee injury early in the season, however, and that ultimately changed Brentwood's entire offensive scheme."



Cross Country: Brentwood competes in Kiski Relays

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Brentwood participated in the Kiski Area Relays Tuesday with six other teams. The boys finished seventh with an overall time of 31:14.4. Norwin took the gold with an overall time of 25:43.5. Brentwood's participants in the 5x1 mile relay were Adam Myers, David Betz, Luke Benedik, Mark Tichenor and Michael Casey.

The girls also participated, finishing in 41:00.7, nearly 10 minutes behind first place Kiski. Mia Jandric, Jess Nordeen, Cassidy Nodaros, Rachel Milcic and Nyadeng Deng made up the team for the Spartans.


Brentwood 2014 Football Preview

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With plenty of experience returning on offense and defense, Brentwood coach Kevin Kissel has high expectations for his Spartans this season.

"We have two goals," said Kissel, who is entering his 17th year as the team's head coach and 30th overall with the program. "We want to win the conference and make the playoffs. We'll be in a very tough [Black Hills Conference], and we know there are a bunch of good teams in there. We want to go out and give a full effort."

Kissel has high hopes for Bill Madeja, a 6-foot, 200-pound senior who displayed plenty of versatility last year when he caught a team-leading 33 passes for 514 yards, an average of 15.6 yards per catch. He also was the team's second-leading rusher with 29 rushes for 165 yards for an average of 5.3 yards per carry. He also scored a team-high 12 touchdowns.

"He has pretty good speed for a kid his size," Kissel said. "We can use him either in a two-back set or we'll spread him out in the spread formation."


Swimming: Brentwood diver making a return trip to states

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Brentwood junior diver Tyler Jorgenson will be making a second consecutive trip to the PIAA Class AA diving championships. A year after finishing ninth, Jorgenson posted another top ten finish at the diving meet at South Park last Friday. Jorgenson scored a 278.65 to finish eighth and punch his ticket to Bucknell University where the PIAA Class AA diving championships will be held on March 12. Jorgenson missed out on seventh place by 1.15 points with Uniontown's Braden Carei finishing just ahead of him. Jorgenson did improve on his WPIAL finish from last year when he totaled 237.05 points in the 11-dive event. His 2014 performance ended up being a 41.50 point improvement.


Alumni Update - Melissa Sokol (California University of Pennsylvania)

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PITTSBURGH – In their final preparation for the Pennsylvania State AthleticSokol CalU Conference (PSAC) Championships later this month, the Vulcans competed in the six-team Western Pennsylvania Invitational hosted by Pitt at Trees Pool on Saturday afternoon.

Junior Melissa Sokol, a Brentwood graduate, qualified for the league championships and finished third in the 100 freestyle with a personal-best time of 54.76 seconds.


(photo courtesy of California University of Pennsylvania)