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Hockey: South Feature Athlete – Canon-McMillan senior Austin Tonkovich

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Name: Austin Tonkovich
School: Canon-McMillan
Grade: 12
Sport: Hockey

Background: Tonkovich scored two third-period goals, the second of which ended up being the game-winner, in the Big Macs’ 4-3 victory over Peters Township Tuesday. It was the second straight two-goal game for Tonkovich, who leads Canon-McMillan in goals (21) and points (35). Both totals are also second in Class AAA, behind only Upper St. Clair’s Austin Cassidy.

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Alumni Update - Olivia Lorusso (Robert Morris)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Moon Township, Pa. – A pair of student-athletes from the Robert Morris University softball team claimed weekly honors from the NortheastLorusso RMU Conference (NEC) for the second consecutive week as announced by the league Monday afternoon.

Senior Nicole Sleith and freshman Olivia Lorusso were named Pitcher of the Week and Rookie of the Week, respectively, for the second time in two weeks. Both Colonials helped RMU to a 4-1 record, tied for the best mark at the event, at the inaugural EMU Madeira Beach Invitational.

With Monday's announcement, RMU has now claimed five of the first six weekly accolades handed out the by league. Prior to this season, it had never won more than two honors in the first two releases of the season.  

Lorusso, a Canon-McMillan graduate, continued to impress during RMU's second weekend of action as the rookie tallied a .375 on-base percentage and a .571 slugging mark while starting all five games.

She started a three-run rally in the third inning against Eastern Michigan and also tallied a RBI double later in the game. Lorusso's biggest impact of the weekend helped RMU rally to defeat Sun Belt foe Texas State as the freshman reached base safely in three of her four plate appearances.

Lorusso launched a mammoth three-run homer against the Bobcats to turn a two-run deficit into a lead with two outs in the fifth inning, and RMU did not trail again.

Lorusso ranks among the top two in batting average (.346), slugging percentage (.615), hits (nine), RBI (seven), home runs (two) and total bases (16) on the young season for the Colonials.

 

(photo courtesy of Robert Morris Universiy)

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Hockey: Big Macs’ forwards Sloan, Lavella spark Black all-stars

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

The Black all-star team crushed the Gold squad Sunday and two Canon-McMillan forwards played prominent roles in the win.

Colman Slain and Luc Lavella each had a goal and two assists in a 7-1 victory.

Both players have played big roles on the Big Macs this season. Lavella is second on the team with 27 points (12 goals, 15 assists), while Slain is fourth on the squad with 23 points (10 goals, 13 assists).

The duo has been particularly hot during the team’s recent hot streak in which Canon-McMillan (12-6-1) has won five straight games. Lavella scored in each of the first four games of the win streak, while Slain has five goals and five assists over his past four games, including a two-goal, three-assist performance Tuesday against Central Catholic. 

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Hockey: South Feature Athlete – Canon-McMillan’s Conor Hartnett

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Name: Conor Hartnett
School: Canon-McMillan
Grade: 11
Sport: Hockey

Background: Hartnett stopped all 10 shots he faced in the Big Macs 2-0 victory over Mt. Lebanon Tuesday. It was the second straight shutout for Hartnett, who also stopped 24 shots in a 5-0 win over Butler on Jan. 16. Additionally, Hartnett stopped 29 shots in 34 minutes of play against Pine-Richland Jan. 13 and hasn’t allowed a goal in his 136 minutes on the ice. For the season, Hartnett is 9-4-1 with three shutouts, a 2.20 goals-against average and .905 save percentage. 

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Swimming: Canon-McMillan boys defeat South Fayette in dual meet

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

The Canon-McMillan boys swim team used a combination of fast relays and depth to defeat a strong Class AA South Fayette team in a recent dual meet. The Big Macs defeated the Lions 98-80 and they did it without divers. Canon-McMillan had to overcome the 13 points South Fayette received from divers, uncontested. The Big Macs led the meet throughout thanks to a strong showing in the 200 medley relay where they took first and third place. The winning relay went to the foursome of Turner Gill, Ross Barber, Kenneth Sible and Jacob Viviano. They clocked in with a time of 1:54.45 good enough for first place and eight points while their teammates, Jerry Farrar, Seth Butler, Keegan Decker and Evan Chase took third place and two points with a time of 1:56.24. Canon-McMillan further showcased its depth in the 200 freestyle with Cody Stewart, Parker Roach and Hunter Roach placing second, third and fourth. Kenneth Sible and Joseph LaNasa took third and fourth in the 200 IM. Gill gave Canon-McMillan its first individual event win of the meet when he swam a WPIAL-qualifying cut of 22.92 in the 50 freestyle. His teammates, Sean Herman and Austin Harrity, placed second and fourth respectively.