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Baseball: Pitching feeds Canon-McMillan

Written by John D'Abruzzo on .

John D'Abruzzo profiles the Canon-McMillan baseball team.

2015 0424 CanonMcMillan Baseball(Photo: Senior Jared Beach, a Gannon University recruit, provides pitching depth as well as an offensive threat for Canon-McMillan. John Heller/Post-Gazette)

"Scrambling to find a reliable starting pitcher hasn't been an issue for Canon-McMillan's varsity baseball team.

The Big Macs actually have a super-sized arsenal of arms this spring.

"We bring 19 players to our varsity games and we can put any one of 11 of those guys on the mound at any given time," seventh-year coach Frank Zebrasky said.

Pitching depth has helped Canon-McMillan (7-3, 4-2 through Tuesday) make a push as a true contender in the Section 5-AAA title chase."

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Softball: Canon-McMillan bats come alive in first half of section play

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Canon-McMillan had to replace one of the WPIAL's top offensive weapons when Gia Zeremenko graduated after last season. Even without the current Pitt standout on their roster, the Big Mac bats are doing just fine. Through their first five section games, Canon-McMillan has scored 14, 12, 22, 9 and 12 runs. That averages out to a clip of 13.8 runs per game. Abby McCartney, the reigning Post-Gazette Player of the Year, has been one of many offensive catalysts. She hit two home runs in a 9-1 win against Peters Township earlier this season. Canon-McMillan has played Mt. Lebanon, Bethel Park, Carrick, Peters Township and Mt. Lebanon within the section so far. It visits Upper St. Clair on Wednesday to complete the first half of its section schedule. The Canon-McMillan offense even scored 19 in a non-section game on the road in North Carolina against Lincolnton, North Carolina.

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Lacrosse: Canon-McMillan boys playing well in Division 2

Written by Joe Koch on .

Canon-McMillan High's boys lacrosse team has done little wrong en route to an overall record of 6-1 and a 5-0 standard in Division 2, Section 3.

The Big Macs' only setback was a 9-1 loss to Washington County rival and Division 1 stalwart Peters Township. Other than that, coach Craig Schleifstein's Big Macs have held all but one opponent to under 10 goals. As of Friday afternoon, Canon-McMillan was ranked No. 408 nationally by Laxpower.com out of 2,756 teams and No. 4 in Western Pennsylvania.

The lone exception was against section rival Moon. But the Big Macs will take that statistically gladly as they defeated the host Tigers, 17-12, this past Wednesday.

The game was the only scheduled meeting between the two schools this season. A match-up in the playoffs is quite possible.

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Boys Tennis: Canon-McMillan junior deals with pressure on, off the court

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Keith Barnes profiles Canon-McMillan tennis player Chris Gladden.

2015 0410 CanonMcMillan BTennis(Photo: Canon McMillan's Chris Gladden advanced to the WPIAL Class AAA singles championship match this week. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

"Chris Gladden relishes being the top-ranked junior tennis player in Pennsylvania, but he's also discovering the pressure that goes along with being No. 1.

"It's a really good feeling, but I feel like every match it's on the line," said Gladden, a Canon-McMillan singles player. "I feel like you have to work for every point and it feels like, every match I play, it's someone behind me at like 2-3-4. I wish I could be like Chad Kissell [of Latrobe] because he's so calm and just hits winners and I wish I could be like that and ... I'm really cautious."

Gladden is the top-rated junior prospect in the state, according to tennisrecruiting.net, and had received looks from such diverse schools as Navy, Lehigh, Penn State, William & Mary and Bucknell. Dealing with everything in his life, with tennis and school has added to the pressure he feels on the court.

"It's so nerve-wracking because you think about school and the SATs and, when you think about it now, everybody's good and everybody's smart, " Gladden said. "You have to keep the academics up and do well in the sport and now I have to up my SAT score.""