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Track: Baxter paces Butler girls at Tri-State championships

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Julia Baxter represented Butler at the Tri-State Track Coaches Association championships Saturday.

The senior jumped a gold-worthy personal best of 5 feet, 2 inches in the high jump.

Kalynn Callihan also made it onto the podium, taking third in the shot put with a distance of 35-9.5. Callihan went on to grab sixth place in the discus.

Maggie Welty took fifth in the 3,200-meter run and sixth place in the 1,600-meter run. Michaela Brydon also competed in the 1,600, taking eighth.

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Track: Butler boys, girls shine in dual meet

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Both the Butler boys and girls varsity squads dominated Shaler in a dual meet on Tuesday, March 31.

The girls won, 130-19, over the Titans. Oidle Ensleln won three events in favor for the Tornadoes. The sophomore won the 300-meter hurdles and helped the 4x800 and 4x100 relay teams take gold.

The boys defeated Shaler, 130-20.

Marcus McCall and Robert Burdine represented the Golden Tornadoes with multiple wins. McCall won both the 110 and 300-meter hurdles, wihle Burdine took the 100 and 200-meter dashes.

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Baseball: Butler back at it

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After reaching the WPIAL playoffs last season for the first time since 2011, Butler's varsity baseball team welcomes back a lot of experience that should keep the Golden Tornado competitive this spring.

Butler finished last season 12-6 after losing to Moon in the first round of the Class AAAA playoffs. Todd Erdos returns for this fifth season and brings back 12 seniors on his veteran-loaded lineup.

Butler got off to a promising start last week with a pair of non-section wins against Mt. Lebanon and Ellwood City. Luke Baranchak, a senior second baseman, drove in five runs and went 3 for 4 to propel Butler to a 9-3 win over the Blue Devils. Against Ellwood City last Friday, senior infielder Ian Steighner knocked in two runs with two hits to help push the Golden Tornado to a 5-1 victory. Baranchak and senior outfielder Reid Werth also drove in scores. Sophomore Cade Negley struck out three batters and walked one in four innings to earn the win, while freshman Connor Ollio tossed three innings of relief and struck out three to pick up the save. Butler registered just five hits but drew 10 walks against Ellwood City.

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Hockey: Butler shut out in first championship game

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Competing for the Penguins Cup title for the first time in program history, Butler could not beat Canon-McMillan goaltender Conor Hartnett on any of its 19 shots in a 4-0 loss Saturday in the Class AAA championship game.

The loss brought an end to a banner season for the Tornadoes, who were playing under first-year coach Patrick Hammonds. Hammonds was an assistant under Mike Guentner the last few years as Butler revamped its program.

Butler finished sixth during the regular season this season, but upset No. 3 Bethel Park and No. 2 Peters Township on its way to the title match. The Tornadoes finished the season 13-9-3.