Boys Volleyball: Butler places second at Hempfield Tournament

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Butler placed second at the 12-team Hempfield Tournament, which was held April 12. The Golden Tornados beat Meadville in the semifinals, then lost to Cochranton in the title match

Cochranton 1, Butler 0

Cochranton 1, Norwin 0
Butler 1, Meadville 0

Below is a list of the 12 participatnts.
Altoona, Baldwin, Butler, Cochranton, Conneaut Lake, Deer Lakes, Hempfield, Latrobe, Maplewood, Meadville, Norwin, Thomas Jefferson.


Track: Blakely leads Butler

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Against a strong field at the TSTCA Championships at West Mifflin last weekend, the Butler boys track and field team placed seventh out of 30 teams.

The Tornadoes were led by Jared Blakely, the only member of the Butler team to win an event Saturday. Blakely took the discus with a throw of 134-08, beating Altoona’s Manny Span (130-07) and Hempfield’s Ian Fleming (129-10).

The Tornadoes also fared well in the relays.

The 4 x 100 team of Robert Burdine, Terence Cannon, Tyler Roudybush and J.C. Yannotty took second to Gateway.

The 4 x 800 team of Brandon Critchlow, Patrick Fullerton, Adam Knauer and Josh Rader also finished second. 


Hockey: Tornadoes’ Guentner moving on

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Mike Guentner, who took over Butler in 2011-12 in the midst of a 1-21 season and led the team to the playoffs the past two seasons, has stepped down as the Tornadoes varsity hockey coach.

Guentner, who starred for the Tornadoes in the mid-2000s, tweeted on Wednesday, “I'm practicing what I preach and moving on to a higher level of hockey to continue my development. Big announcement coming soon.”

Butler has already announced Guentner’s replacement in Patrick Hammond, who was an assistant for the Tornadoes this past season.

Butler went 13-7 this season, grabbing the third seed and a first-round bye in the PIHL Class AAA Penguins Cup playoffs. The Tornadoes lost to Pine-Richland in the PIHL quarterfinals.


Boys Volleyball: Injury delays Butler coach's start to season

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Ken Wunderley profiles the Butler boys volleyball team.

It's not unusual to have an athlete start a season late due to an injury or medical concern.

It is unusual to have a coach facing that situation as a season begins.

Butler Area's boys volleyball coach Lew Liparulo experienced this for the first time in his coaching career.

"I like to run everyday," said Liparulo, now in his 21st season as the Golden Tornado coach. "I went out on a day when I shouldn't have and slipped on a patch of ice. I hit my head pretty good and suffered a concussion."


Alumni Update - Casie Cygan (La Roche)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

La Roche women's basketball senior and the school's all-time leading scorer, Casie Cygan, has beenCygan LaRoche named to the Great Lakes All-Region Third Team for the second straight season.

Cygan, a Butler graduate, was also an AMCC All-Conference First Team pick for the second consecutive year. She led the AMCC in scoring (18.3 ppg) and field goals made while ranking in the AMCC top 10 in field goal percentage, 3-pointers, free throws, and steals. She was also named AMCC Player of the Week twice this year.


(photo courtesy of La Roche College)