Butler 2014 Football Preview

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

First-year coach Rob Densmore takes over a program that has gone 10-54 since 2007, a span that has seen four different head coaches. The Golden Tornado finished 1-8 last season.

Densmore welcomes back five returning starters on offense and defense led by seniors Derek Gengler (6-3, 225, OL/DL), Jeremy Hanford (5-11, 195, FB/LB), Lucas Dubyak (5-10, 190, FB/LB), Robert Burdine (5-11, 190, RB/DB) and Reed Werth (5-11, 170, WR/DB).

Burdine is the team's leading returning receiver, rusher and scorer.


Hockey: Former assistant takes Butler coaching job

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Ryan Riordan profiles new Butler hockey coach Mike Guentner.

"When Mike Guentner took over the head coaching duties of the Butler Area High School varsity hockey team midway through the 2011-12 season, the Golden Tornado was in the midst of a 1-21 season.

Now, more than two years later, Guentner has left the program in much better shape, as his former teammate and assistant coach, Patrick Hammonds, takes over what was one of the better teams in PIHL Class AAA last season.

"I think there was a lack of structure before Mike and I arrived," said Hammonds, a 2003 Butler graduate who has been an assistant with the Golden Tornado the past two seasons. "When you're a district as large as ours, and you don't have the wins, people wonder what's going on and it's usually a lack of structure.

"But that's significantly improved. Looking at us now, we have the right people in place and we've had success.""



Alumni Update - Cody Herald (Seton Hill)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Three members of the Seton Hill baseball program were named to the American Baseball CoachesHerald SHU Association (ABCA) All Atlantic Regional team. Sophomore starter Mike Bittel was a first team selection while junior outfielder Cody Herald and sophomore reliever Jesse Cooper were named to the second team. Its the first time that either of these three have earned ABCA All Region awards. The nomination and voting is done by all of the head coaches in the atlantic region.

Herald, a Butler graduate, leads the Griffins with a .348 batting average. He also leads the team in hits (63), runs (42), doubles (15) and triples (2). Herald has hit 4 homers and driven in 30 runs. He also has made just 1 error in 109 chances.


(photo courtesy of Seton Hill University)


Baseball: Butler is enjoying a turnaround year

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Drew Karpen profiles the Butler baseball team.

"So much has changed for the Butler Area High School baseball team from last year to this, yet a lot has remained the same.

The Golden Tornadowas only able to muster two wins in 18 attempts last year. This year Butler matched that win total after its first two games.

Although the players donning the Butler jerseys are basically the same as last year, the demeanor of the team has transformed.

"I think the maturity and the attitude of the kids have changed," fourth year coach Todd Erdos said. "They went through the winter and didn't want to have another year like they did last year. They worked hard and wanted to have a special season this year.""