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Boys Tennis: Canon-McMillan's Gladden gets ready for states

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Keith Barnes profiles Canon-McMillan tennis player Chris Gladden.

2015 0522 CanonMcMillan BTennis(Photo: Canon-McMillan's Chris Gladden returns a ball against Latrobe's Chad Kissell in the WPIAL Class AAA singles championship at The Club in Monroeville. Peter Diana/Post-Gazette)

"Canon-McMillan junior Chris Gladden discovered an interesting way to prepare for the PIAA Class AAA singles finals.

He's decided to consort with the enemy.

Because of the fact the two-day state finals are slated to open today at the Hershey Racquet Club and that the Big Macs failed to qualify for the WPIAL Class AAA team tournament, Gladden has been on a competitive hiatus for nearly a month. To that end, he sought out the person who beat him in the WPIAL singles finals at The Club in Monroeville, Greater Latrobe senior Chad Kissell, and the two met for a few practice rounds.

"This has been a time where there really haven't been any big tournaments, so I've been mainly practicing every single day," Gladden said. "It's awesome playing against him because it's like having one of the best practices you can have. We live far apart, so it's really hard for us to play each other, but if you can get one day to meet and play, it's really awesome and it's really good.""

 

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Photo Journal: Baseball - Canon-Mac vs. Shaler (WPIAL Class AAAA Playoffs May 13)

Written by Cara DeCarlo on .

It's Monday, May 18 and the WPIAL Class AA Baseball Playoffs are continuing. So, enjoy Sports Town's photos of the Canon-McMillan baseball team as we congratulate them on a good season. These photos were taken alongside video clips; you can view the video clips by clicking here.) All photos and video clips in this post were taken on May 13,2015 as Shaler defeated Canon-Mac 4-1 at North Allegheny.

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Softball: Canon-McMillan-Latrobe rematch lives up to the hype

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

For the second consecutive season, Canon-McMillan and Latrobe met in the WPIAL Class AAAA playoffs. And for the second consecutive season, the game came down to the final at bat. A year after knocking off the Wildcats 7-6 in the WPIAL semifinals, No. 7 Canon-McMillan (13-4) eliminated No. 10 Latrobe (9-8), 6-5. Tara Fowler singled in Brittney Crawford in the bottom of the seventh inning to break a 5-5 tie in a first-round game at California University. The Big Macs are seeking to reach California University for the WPIAL final for a fourth consecutive season. Fowler's single capped an improbably comeback for Canon-McMillan who fell behind 4-1 in the second inning. Fowler was also the winning pitcher. At the plate she finished 2 for 4. Teammate Linda Rush was 2 for 3 with a home run and Kaitlyn Greaves knocked in two runs. Canon-McMillan how faces the tall task of playing No. 2 North Allegheny (19-1), a team many thought would get the No. 1 seed. North Allegheny won 19 consecutive games before losing in the regular-season finale, a non-section game against Hempfield in which NA pitcher Madi Beining only threw two innings. Canon-McMillan will play North Allegheny Monday at Baldwin at 5 p.m. The Big Macs won WPIAL and PIAA titles in 2012 and 2013 but fell to Shaler in the WPIAL title game last season.

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Lacrosse: Top-seed Canon-McMillan boys a Division 2 powerhouse

Written by Joe Koch on .

Only one team has vanquished the Canon-McMillan boys lacrosse team this season, and that's a squad that competed in Division 1 this season -- Peters Township.

Other than the 9-1 setback the Indians handed the Big Macs on March 31, no one has defeated the Big Macs this season. One team -- Quaker Valley -- came close. That was a 12-10 game the Big Macs won on April 20. Other than that, no one has been close.

The Big Macs, 15-1, won their 12th game in a row with a 20-1 victory over Aquinas Academy in the first round of the Division 2 tournament this past Wednesday. It was the fourth game in a row that Canon-McMillan has scored 20 or more goals.

They now hit the road for a semifinal game against Mars at 8 p.m. Monday at North Allegheny High School. Canon-McMillan is the only South-area team to reach the semifinals. The other three teams are from Northern Allegheny County or Butler County.

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Lacrosse: Canon-McMillan boys earn top seed in Division 2

Written by Joe Koch on .

Canon-McMillan High boys lacrosse coach Craig Schleifstein has steadily improved his Big Macs squad since he started coaching the team in 2010. From a 2-14 mark that first season, Schleifstein's team has steadily improved. Since 2012, Canon-McMillan has posted winning records.

This year, the team is the top seed entering the Division II tournament. The Big Macs have a record of 14-1, and they play Aquinas Academy at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Chartiers-Houston. Aquinas enters the game at 9-6, and they finished a strong second to Hampton in Division 2, Section 2 at 5-1.

The Crusaders will have their hands full with the Big Macs. The only time the Big Macs were held to fewer than double digits was in a 9-1 loss to Washington County rival Peters Township, a team that qualified for the Division 1 tournament.

Other than that, the Big Macs have been an offensive juggernaut. They've been tested twice by two Division 2 opponents, both of whom have qualified for the Division 2 tournament. The first was a 17-12 triumph over Moon, and the second was a 12-10 victory over Quaker Valley. Those two teams are meeting in a first-round game at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Quaker Valley.