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Hockey: Tornadoes playing well under first-year head coach

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

 

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.

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

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

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.

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Cross Country: Butler boys, girls dominate meet

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

The Butler boys defeated Mars 23-32 and Shaler 16-47. Josh Radar cut the tape in 16 minutes, 47 seconds. Patrick Fullerton joined Radar on the podium, when he finished third in 17:31. Brendan Knox represented the Planets, taking second place in 16:58.

The Butler girls also earned a sweep, defeating Mars 25-30 and 20-43 over Shaler. Shaler's Brianna Schwartz dominated the individual field. The senior crossed the line in 18:20. Butler's Maggie Welty (20:06) and Kelsee Callihan (21:02) finished in second and third, respectively. Sydney Cole was the top-runner for the Planets in fourth place.