Wrestling: Canon-McMillan qualifies four for junior nationals

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Ken Wunderley profiles the quartet of Canon-McMillan wrestlers who competed in the USA Wrestling Cadet & Junior National Championships. Read his story below.

It's rare to see a high school represented by more than one wrestler at the USA Wrestling Cadet & Junior National Championships, which are held annually at North Dakota State University in Fargo.

Canon-McMillan was the exception to that unwritten rule at the Cadet National Championships, which concluded last week. The Big Macs had four entries in the freestyle tournament. Two of the four also competed in the Greco-Roman tournament.

"I can't remember the last time, if ever, Canon-McMillan had four wrestlers qualify for the trip to Fargo," Canon-McMillan coach Jason Cardillo said. "They all love to wrestle freestyle."

The foursome from Canon-McMillan are Logan Macri, Camden Fontenot, Blaze Kansco and Brendan Furman. Macri recently completed his freshman year. The other three are two-year starters who recently concluded their sophomore year.


Baseball: 2015 Minor League Update - Matt Pierpoint (Canon-McMillan)

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(Sports Town is featuring updates on WPIAL baseball players who are currently playing in the major or minor leagues. The posts were compiled by veteran baseball writer John Perrotto. We will feature two players every day.)

The California League is historically tough on pitchers and Matt Pierpont is finding that out this season while working in relief for the Colorado Rockies' high Class A Modesto farm club.

Pierpont is 3-3 with a 5.03 ERA in 28 games for the Nuts. The 24-year-old product of Canon-McMillan has good periphery statistics, though, having pitched 39 1/3 innings and allowed 38 hits with 38 strikeouts and 10 walks.

Pierpont was selected in the 26th round of the 2013 amateur draft by the Rockies from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C.

He has an 8-4 career record over three minor-league seasons with four saves and a 3.89 ERA in 61 relief appearances.


Hockey: Canon-McMillan searches for new coach

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Marky Billson reports that Canon-McMillan is searching for a new coach after the departure of Terry Virtue.

"Success in sports often comes by taking risks, which is what former Canon-McMillan head hockey coach Terry Virtue is doing by leaving his post with the Big Macs to attempt to start a hockey business in Worchester, Mass.

"I have no real set position, just moving to where I have a lot of friends," said Virtue, who played for the American Hockey League's Worcester IceCats from 1994-98 and again from 2002-04. "We're trying to open up some rinks."

The move comes just three months after Virtue led the Big Macs to the Class AAA Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League championship, aka the Penguins Cup. The Big Macs also made a serious run at a state championship, but lost, 6-4, to Holy Ghost Prep of Bensalem, just outside of Philadelphia.

"We're still searching right now and waiting to get more applications," said Canon-McMillan club president Jeff Rhoads, who says he will accept applications for another week."



Video: Boys Lacrosse - Canon-McMillan vs. Hampton (May 22)

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It's the end of the school year and also a Sports Town Lacrosse Saturday. This video feature congratulates the WPIAL runner-up Canon-McMillan Big Macs on a great season. Please enjoy the following video clips of the Canon-Mac boys' lacrosse team. The clips were taken on May 22, 2015 as the Big Macs lost to Hampton 15-12 at Highmark Stadium.



Boys Tennis: South Feature Athlete – Canon-McMillan junior Chris Gladden

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Name: Chris Gladden
School: Canon-McMillan
Grade: 11
Sport: Tennis

Background: Gladden took third place in the PIAA Class AAA singles tournament last weekend in Hershey. Gladden, who finished second at the WPIAL tournament in April, started states with two straight-set victories over Sahas Chandragiri and Dan Torres, losing just four games total in two matches. He lost a 6-4, 6-4 match to Michael Dixon of Downingtown East in the semifinals, but bounced back with a straight-set win over Fox Chapel’s Sid Rajupet in the consolation final.