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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.

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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.

 

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Cross Country: Butler boys win McDowell Invitational

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

The Butler boys cross country team won the 40th McDowell Invitational last Saturday at Browns Farm in Erie.

The Golden Tornadoes earned 95 points to finish in front of Meadville (139) and Seneca Valley (147).

Senior Josh Rader finished in fourth place with a time of 17:00.30. The first-place finisher was North Clarion's Isaac Wilson with a time of 16:35.10. Butler's second runner, senior Patrick Fullerton, rounded out the top 10 and was 14 seconds behind Rader.

The Butler girls finished in fourth place with 127 points. North East earned the top spot with 70 points followed by Villa Maria Academy (88) and Oakland Catholic (103).