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Girls Basketball: Brentwood unbeaten heading into final week of 2016

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Nearly one-third into the 2016-17 season, many start to look for trends in a team's success. And, while it's early, Brentwood may have something worth watching as the new year dawns.

Following this past Thursday's 52-36 victory over host Sto-Rox that raised the Spartans' 2A, Section 2 record to 2-0, Brentwood heads into the final week of the 2016 with an overall record of 5-0. At 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, the Spartans meet Charleroi in the California tournament.

As impressive as the unbeaten mark, the 2A No. 3 Spartans have won all of their games by double-digit margins, and they are outscoring their opponents by a nearly two-to-one margin. They are averaging 56 points a game and yielding 28.8 points per contest.

Following the tournament, the Spartans host Springdale on Jan. 2, and they visit Northgate on Jan. 5. Both are section games. January also features a home game with Vincentian, the defending WPIAL champion in 1A.

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Girls Basketball: Brentwood confirms No. 4 ranking in Class 2A

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When a team is yielding less than 29 points a game, it's going to get the attention of a lot of people.

That's the case with Brentwood. The Spartans have rolled to a 3-0 record with victories over Carrick, 51-20, and Brashear, 54-40, in the Brentwood tip-off tournament, and an eye-opening 53-26 victory over Highlands this past Wednesday.

Heading into today's Class 2A Section 2 opener with Ellis School, Brentwood is averaging 52.7 points and yielding 28.7 points a game. It's too early to tell much, but a lot may be learned when the Spartans host last season's WPIAL 1A champion, Vincentian, on Jan. 12. The Royals may be 0-2, but both of those losses came against two out-of-state opponents in the She Got Game Classic in Washington, D.C. The rematch takes place on Feb. 6 at Vincentian.

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Boys Soccer: South Feature Athlete - Brentwood’s Gino Graffia

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Name: Gino Graffia
School: Brentwood
Grade: 12
Sport: Boys Soccer
Position: Midfielder

Background: Graffia is the top goal scorer for a Brentwood team that is one of the WPIAL's biggest turnaround stories. After winning just one game last season, the Spartans are 9-4-1 (7-4-1 in 1A Section 4) and headed to the playoffs for the first time since 2011. Graffia has scored 17 goals and teams with freshman Shashak Gurung (14 goals) to give the Spartans a solid 1-2 offensive punch.

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Football: South Feature Athlete - Brentwood’s Dorian Bowie

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Name: Dorian Bowie
School: Brentwood
Grade: 12
Sport: Football
Position: Wide receiver/Running back/Defensive back

Background: Bowie rushed for 163 yards and five touchdowns and completed both of his passes for 110 yards and a touchdown in last week's 48-40 win at Avonworth. Those are outstanding numbers for any player, but maybe even more so for Bowie considering his primary position is wide receiver. Bowie has been Mr. Versatility for Brentwood, which is 3-1 overall and 2-1 in the Class 2A Three Rivers Conference. He's been seeing a lot of time at running back and is taking snaps at quarterback, too. Defensively, he's played cornerback, safety, middle linebacker and defensive end. He also returns punts and kicks for the Spartans.

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Track: Brentwood pair “double” at Cal Track Carnival

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Morgan Huffman and Pat Carr enjoyed winning titles at the Cal Track Carnival so much that they decided to do it twice.

The Brentwood standouts both won two gold medals last Saturday at California University. Huffman, a junior, won titles in the 100 and 300 hurdles. Carr, a senior, sprinted to first-place finishes in the 100 and 200.

Huffman ran the 100 hurdles in 17.44, her closest competitor being Uniontown's Cilena Francis (17.44). Huffman (50.84) also edged Francis (50.96) in the 300 hurdles. Huffman's effort also included third-place finishes in the 400 and triple jump. She finished ninth in the triple jump at last year's WPIAL Class AA championships.

Carr continued to showcase the speed he used to lead the Brentwood football team in rushing and touchdowns this past season. He raced to a mark of 11.67 in the 100, which topped runner-up Devin Carney of Uniontown (11.98). Carr (23.59) edged Brentwood teammate Dorian Bowie (24.19) in the 200. Carr finished eighth in the 200 at last year's WPIALs.