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Hockey: Canon-McMillan off to strong start in Virtue’s second season

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

After a slow start in Terry Virtue’s season as head coach last season, Canon-McMillan finished the regular season with five straight wins before falling in its first PIHL Penguins Cup playoff game to Seneca Valley.

The Big Macs have carried their late-season surge into Virtue’s second season, winning four of the first five games, including wins over Seneca Valley and North Allegheny. The Big Macs only loss is a 2-1 setback to defending national champion Bethel Park.

Canon-McMillan lost the second-leading scorer in PIHL Class AAA last season, J.D. Oddi, but the team’s next five scorers – Austin Tonkovich, Zachary Mansmann, Jack Clendaniel, Lucas Lavella and Colman Slain – all returned. Tonkovich is currently leading the team with six goals and eight points.

Conor Hartnett, who was 5-3 in net last season, is back between the pipes this season and has won three of his four starts. He has allowed nine goals on 115 shots (.922 save percentage) and has a 2.26 goals-against average. 

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Cross Country: Runner-up finish satisfying for Canon-McMillan boys

Written by Joe Koch on .

Joe Koch profiles the Canon-McMillan boys cross country team.

"North Allegheny cross country coach John Neff might have summed things up best when he offered a telling comment about Canon-McMillan's boys cross country team.

"If you take them lightly, you could get beat," he said.

Neff's team was the only squad to beat the Big Macs at the WPIAL Class AAA cross country meet last Thursday at Cooper's Lake Campground in Butler County."

 

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Golf: Canon-McMillan's Waller finishes as PIAA runner-up

Written by Joe Koch on .

Joe Koch profiles Canon-McMillan golfer Lauren Waller.

"It's been more than a couple weeks since Canon-McMillan golf standout Lauren Waller played her last match as a member of the Big Macs boys golf team.

There is, however, no doubt in the mind of coach Justin White that the three years Waller teed it up with the Big Macs will leave a long-term impact.

"She set the bar pretty high from the moment she showed up," said White, who just completed his fifth year as the team's coach and watched Waller finish second last week at the PIAA Class AAA girls individual championship at York's Heritage Hills Resort. "She made this program better, and everyone wanted to play up to her level."

Waller has had an impressive high school career."