Butler did not win its third game of the season until Sept. 21 last year. This year the Golden Tornado won its first three games, including a 4-1 win at Kiski Area on Sept. 7 to get to three wins exactly two weeks faster than last season. Butler also blanked District 10 Villa Maria Academy out of Erie, 1-0, in the season opener on Sept. 3 and shutout Class 1A Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic, 5-0, on Sept. 5. Butler started last season 1-3 but eventually rebounded to finish .500 overall in section play at 9-9 and 6-6 but missed the playoffs. A year ago the Golden Tornado fell to Villa Maria Academy, 3-1, in its season opener.
Butler claimed the team title at the Butler Tournament, held Sept. 3. The Golden Tornados defeated Avonworth, 2-0, in the title match and Grove City, 2-0, in the semifinals.
Butler 2, Avonworth 0
Avonworth 2, Indiana 0
Butler 2, Grove City 0
Pitt-Johnstown junior forward A.J. Leahey and senior guard Nate Snodgrass were named to the 2015-16 NABC Honors Court when the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) released this year honorees on Tuesday.
NABC Honors Court, recognizes men's collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the past season.
The NABC Honors Court recognizes the talents and gifts that these men possess off the court and the hard work they exhibit in the classroom
Snodgrass, a Butler graduate, was named to the All-PSAC West Second-Team and joined Leahey on the Academic All-Region Team with a 3.86 overall GPA in Management Accounting.
(photo courtesy of Pitt-Johnstown)
ERIE, Pa. – Junior women's track and field athlete Paige Allen, a Butler graduate, was named an U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic individual for her achievements on the track and in the classroom last season.
Including the Scholar Athletes of the Year, a total of 423 women from 129 institutions earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors during the 2015-16 track and field season.
(photo courtesy of Penn State-Behrend)
Mick Fennell was selected in the 22nd round of this year's amateur draft by the St. Louis Cardinals.
That was quite fitting because the Butler High School graduate became a YouTube sensation over clips showing him turns backflips while playing at California University of Pennsylvania. Former Cardinals shortstop --- and Hall of Famer --- Ozzie Smith, of course, was noted for his backflips.
Fennell, a 22-year-old outfielder, has played well in limited action for short season State College in the New York-Penn League. He is 5-for-14 (.357) with an RBI.
Fennell also has three doubles, four walks and one strikeout. His on-base percentage is .526 and he has a .571 slugging percentage.