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Baseball: South Feature Athlete - Canon-McMillan’s Zach Rohaley

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Name: Zach Rohaley
High School: Canon-McMillan
Grade: 10
Sport: Baseball
Position: Pitcher/Third baseman

Background: Rohaley used his bat and his arm to lead Canon-McMillan to two key wins last week. He hit a three-run homer in a 7-4 victory against Mt. Lebanon and then tossed a two-hitter with 16 strikeouts in a 2-1 triumph at Upper St. Clair. Rohaley, a right-hander, has moved into the No. 1 starter role after being the team's closer last season. He's 4-2 on the mound and is hitting .316. Canon-McMillan is 7-6 overall and 4-4 in Class AAAA Section 5.

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Baseball: Canon-McMillan hopes to build off big wins

Written by Brad Everett on .

Canon-McMillan closed last week with section games against Mt. Lebanon and Upper St. Clair. A loss in one of those games would have put a big dent into the Big Macs' playoff hopes, while two defeats would have just about knocked them out of playoff contention.

Instead, the Big Macs won both games, and now find themselves right in the thick of the playoff race in Class AAAA Section 5.

It was a big end of the week for Canon-McMillan (7-6), which snapped a three-game losing streak with a 7-4 win against Mt. Lebanon and 2-1 win at Upper St. Clair.

"They were huge," coach Tim Bruzdewicz said Sunday. "At this point now, it's a next-game-up mentality. At the beginning of the year, I think the kids got into the rankings and thought they were better than they were. In this conference, every day you play teams that are going to be in the game. Every time they come to practice, they don't lose one repetition. Those were two great wins to catapult us. No doubt about it."

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Softball: Canon-McMillan takes lead in Section 4-AAAA

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So far this season it has been four up, four down for Canon-McMillan. A year after a three-way tie for first place with Baldwin and Bethel Park, it has been the Big Macs taking control of the section. Through four section matches, Canon-McMillan is 7-1 overall and 4-0 in the section. Baldwin (5-2, 4-1) and Bethel Park (7-3, 4-2) have played more section games and are right behind, while Mt. Lebanon (4-3, 3-2) and Peters Township (4-2, 2-2) are in the mix in what is likely to be the most hotly contested section race in the WPIAL.

A big reason why Canon-McMillan has been perfect in section play is its offense and a big reason why its offense has been so potent is Linda Rush. The Big Macs have scored nine against Mt. Lebanon and Trinity, 10 against Upper St. Clair, 11 against Bethel Park, 12 against South Park and 15 against Carrick. Rush, a senior shortstop, is a four-year starter with a career batting average over .500. Her batting average has trended up ever since her varsity debut. She hit .473 as a ninth grader, .571 as a sophomore and .577 as a junior. Rush does not just hit for average, but also for power, a rare combination. She had 11 home runs a year ago and has driven in over 100 runs over in her career.

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Boys Volleyball: Canon-McMillan wins North Hills Tournament

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CM Photo smallCanon-McMillan claimed the title at the eight-team North Hills Tournament, held April 9. The Big Macs beat Farrell 25-23 in the title match after beating Thomas Jefferson in the semifinals. 

Championship

Canon-McMillan 1, Farrell 0

Semifinals
Canon-McMillan 1, Thomas Jefferson 0
Farrell 1, Obama Academy 0

Quarterfinals
Canon-McMillan 1, Keystone Oaks 0
Thomas Jefferson 1, Bishop Canevin 0
Obama Academy 1, South Park 0
Farrell 1, North Hills 0

Pool A - 1. Canon-McMillan, 2. Obama Academy, 3. Thomas Jefferson, 4. Farrell.
Pool B - 1. North Hills, 2. Bishop Canevin, 3. South Park, 4. Keystone Oaks.

 

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Boys Tennis: Canon-McMillan's Gladden claims WPIAL title

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Chris Gladden watched last season how Latrobe's Chad Kissell handled being a prohibitive favorite to win the WPIAL and PIAA Class AAA singles titles.

He used that knowledge on Tuesday when he recovered from last year's championship match loss to Kissell to become the first Canon-McMillan player to win a WPIAL tennis title with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Fox Chapel senior Siddharth Rajupet in the championship match Tuesday at Shady Side Academy.

Now, the Canon-McMillan senior and Marist recruit has an opportunity to make even more history as he can become just the 13th WPIAL singles player to win a Class AAA state title, just the fourth since the 1999 classification split and the first to help the WPIAL to back-to-back titles since 1986-87.

Gladden, ranked No. 1 in the state, will get his opportunity to win the state championship on May 27-28 at Hershey Racquet Club.