Alumni Update - Mick Fennell (California University of Pennsylvania)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

WASHINGTON, Pa. – Behind a 10-run sixth inning in Game 2, the Vulcans managed a doubleheaderFennell CalU split with Clarion in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) West play on Saturday afternoon at CONSOL Energy Park, falling 6-4 before winning 12-5.

In Game 2, the Vulcans entered the bottom of the fifth trailing 5-2 before scoring 10 runs on six hits, three walks and one error. Five different players collected two hits in the victory and four players tallied at least a pair of RBI. Sophomore third baseman Mick Fennell went 2-for-3 with two walks, three RBI and two runs scored from the leadoff spot.

Fennell, a Butler graduate, also picked up the win, going 1 ⅔ scoreless innings in relief.


(photo courtesy of California University of Pennsylvania)


Baseball: Butler leading Class AAAA Section 1 standings

Written by John D'Abruzzo on .

The Butler Area varsity baseball team won just two games last season.‭

‬This year,‭ ‬however,‭ ‬the Golden Tornado has spun‭ ‬-‭ ‬ahead of usual frontrunners North Allegheny and Seneca Valley‭ ‬- toward the top of Section‭ ‬1-AAAA.

Entering this week riding a five-game winning streak and ranked No.‭ ‬2‭ ‬in Class AAAA by the Post-Gazette,‭ ‬Butler was a perfect‭ ‬5-0‭ ‬in section play with an‭ ‬8-2‭ ‬overall record.‭ ‬The team also had allowed just one or no runs in eight of‭ ‬10‭ ‬games.‭

Golden Tornado coach Todd Erdos has received some all-around production from seniors Jesse Savisky,‭ ‬Kyle Campbell,‭ ‬Nick Reemer,‭ ‬Cory Wheeler and Ryan Denny as well as juniors Mark Gross,‭ Lake Sankey,‭ ‬Nick Patton and Wyatt Daugherty.


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

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

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.