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.
PITTSBURGH – In their final preparation for the Pennsylvania State Athletic 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)
Two seasons ago, Brentwood High's girls basketball team experienced one of the most excruciating seasons a team could ever experience. After winning their opening game against border rival Carrick, 48-29, the Spartans lost 20 consecutive games, including all 12 Section 5-AA contests.
Progress came slowly for the Spartans a year ago, but it was indeed an improvement as they finished 9-13 overall and won two of the team's 12 games against section rival.
This year has thus far been a reward to the team's tenacity as they began the season with 10 consecutive wins and already are at the top of the Section 4-AA standings with victories over Fort Cherry (58-46), Wilkinsburg (65-16) and Steel Valley (70-32). Brentwood currently is ranked No. 3 among Class AA schools, trailing Seton-LaSalle (7-3) and Burrell (9-0).
Name: Connor McWilliams
High School: Brentwood
Background: McWilliams (6-foot-2, 200 pounds) helped Brentwood earn a playoff spot last week by completing 8 of 13 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns in a 42-14 win at California. McWilliams also ran for a touchdown for the Spartans (6-4), who placed fourth in the Class A Eastern Conference and will face Neshannock (7-2) Friday in the first round of the WPIAL playoffs. For the season, McWilliams has passed for 1,601 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Coach Kevin Kissel said: "He's having a great year. He's a first-year starter who we thought was going to be good. He's been a great addition. He's gotten better and has thrown the ball well. He's done a great job and even more than what we expected."
Tri-State Sports & News Service writer John D'Abruzzo profiles the Brentwood football team. Click here to read his story.
"Longtime Brentwood football coach Kevin Kissel thought he had a good plan coming into this season.
Despite having to replace 10 starters from last year's team who graduated, Kissel expected to have a wealth of talent in his backfield, which included prolific running back Justin Vickless (1,521 yards rushing as a junior in 2012), and was going to stick to a run-based offense.
"We initially thought we were going to be pretty good," Kissel said. "Then everything changed."
On the very first day of preseason practice, Vickless went down with a knee injury -- the dreaded torn ACL. Injuries to other veteran starters soon followed and before the Spartans knew it, they were falling toward the bottom of the Class A Black Hills Conference."