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.
It was a perfect four-for-four dual meet for Canon-McMillan freshman Emily Georgetti in one of the Big Macs toughest dual meets of the season. Going up against one of the top WPIAL Class AA teams, Georgetti won both her individual events and helped Canon-McMillan win two relays. Ultimately the Big Macs fell 94-91 to a very strong South Fayette team but it was still a banner day for the ninth grader. She led off the meet by swimming the second leg of Canon-McMillan's 200 medley relay that took first place. Along with Georgetti, the relay featured Brittany Byer, Samantha Orlowski and Courtney Buchanan. The relay time of 1:59.66 was fast enough to make a WPIAL qualifying time. The threshold was 2:03.
After starting the season 7-2-1, Canon-McMillan hit a midseason slide.
The Big Macs had lost four straight games heading into Tuesday night’s home game Pine-Richland. In each of the four losses, Canon-McMillan scored just one goal.
But the offense broke out against the Rams Tuesday, as Austin Tonkovich scored two goals and four other Big Macs lit the lamp in a 6-2 victory that moved Canon-McMillan into fifth place in Class AAA.
Tonkovich is the Big Macs leading goal scorer with 14 tallies and is one point behind Luc Lavella (22 points) for the team lead in points.
Name: Matt Oblock
High School: Canon McMillan
Weight Class: 132
Name: Danielle Parker
Sport: Girls Basketball
Backround Info: Danielle is a three-year starter for the Lady Macs and is a senior captain. Danielle is averaging 20.1 points and 12.5 rebounds and 4 steals per game. She recorded 21 rebounds against Belle Vernon in a 60-53 loss in the second game of the season and in a 70-43 victory over West Allegheny, she had eight assists. A year ago, Danielle averaged 15.8 points and 10 rebounds per game. She is considering Case Western University and Washington and Jefferson College and several other colleges to pursue studies that would lead to a medical degree, and she will play basketball in college. Danielle is a member of the National Honor Society. She's also on the school's Yearbook Staff, Student Council, the school's Peer Leader group and the Latin Club. She volunteers at Canonsburg Hospital and is actively involved in her church's religious education program.