Hockey: North Feature Athlete – Butler’s Clay Bachman

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Name: Clay Bachman
School: Butler
Grade: 12
Sport: Hockey

Background: Bachman, a 2013 PIHL all-star, has been one of the top goaltenders in Class AAA this season. He is third in saves and second in save percentage (.923) among goaltenders that have played at least half of their teams’ games. He’s also tied for second in the class in wins (six) and tied for first in shutouts (two) for the 7-3-3 Tornadoes. 


Boys Basketball: Butler uses high-scoring effort to start 2-0

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Vincentian is a team used to scoring boatloads of points – the Royals averaged a WPIAL-best 90.5 points per game last season – but it was their opponent who put forth an eye-opening scoring effort Saturday.

Butler was firing on all cylinders when it defeated Class A No. 1 Vincentian, 104-62, in the championship game of the Butler tournament. Five players scored in double figures for Butler, including senior Justice Lewandowski, who scored a team-high 19 points.

A season ago, Butler's highest point total was 85 and its largest margin of victory was 27 points. The Golden Tornado smashed both of those numbers against Vincentian, a team they lost to, 91-85, last season.

The night before beating Vincentian, coach Matt Clement's team defeated Slippery Rock, 61-41.


Hockey: Tornadoes playing well under first-year head coach

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Mike Guentner was the catalyst in changing the culture of Butler hockey and making the Tornadoes a legitimate PIHL Class AAA contender over the past few seasons.

Guentner stepped down from the program in the offseason for a job with the Pittsburgh Vengeance and one of his assistants, Patrick Hammonds, took over the Tornadoes.

So far, so good.


Boys Soccer: Butler strings back-to-back upsets to reach WPIAL semifinals

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Butler finished in a tie for third place in Section 2-AAA. Now, after back-to-back postseason upsets, the Golden Tornado (12-6-2) is on the cusp of being in the final two of the WPIAL. No. 12 Butler surprised Penn-Trafford, 3-1, in the first round and then knocked off section rival and No. 4 Seneca Valley, 2-1, in overtime to reach the WPIAL semifinals. The task gets even taller on Monday night when Butler plays No. 1 Upper St. Clair (18-0-1) at 8 p.m. at Moon.

In the first round, Butler got two goals and an assist from Chris Fiorina in a 3-1 upset on the road. Butler was an even bigger underdog in the second round against the Raiders. The Golden Tornado had lost both regular-season meetings to Seneca Valley. The first meeting they were blown out, 5-0, but they made amends in the second meeting before ultimately falling, 3-2. Joel Stutz scored off an Anthony Werth corner back seven minutes into overtime to seal the upset win. A.J. Nagy also scored in the game for Butler.