Girls Soccer: Canon-McMillan's Snyder makes college choice

Written by Brad Everett on .

Sydney Snyder still has two years of high school ahead of her, but the Canon-McMillan girls soccer standout already knows where she will be attending college.

Snyder announced via Twitter on Monday that she has committed to Canisius.

"very excited to say that i will be furthering my education and athletic career playing D1 soccer at Canisus College!" - @sydneysnyder17

Canisus, located in Buffalo, fields a Division I girls soccer program that competes in the MAAC (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference). 


Baseball: Canon-McMillan hoping tough section play pays off in postseason

Written by Sarah Spencer on .

Sarah Spencer profiles the Canon-McMillan baseball team.

2017 0519 Canon McMillan Baseball(Photo: Canon-McMillan's Zach Rohaley is the ace of the Big Macs' staff, going 6-0 with a 0.60 ERA heading into the playoffs. Peter Diana/Post-Gazette)

"Canon-McMillan baseball hasn't lost a section game since April 18 of 2016.

The Big Macs won five consecutive Class 4A Section 5 games to close out last year's conference play, on their way to an 8-5 loss to Norwin, the eventual WPIAL champion, in the semifinals of the playoffs. Since then, after conference realignment, Canon-McMillan has gone undefeated in Class 6A Section 3, its No. 2 seed giving the Big Macs a bye week before postseason play begins.

Playing in one of the WPIAL's toughest sections helped prepare the Big Macs for the postseason, according to coach Tim Bruzdewicz.

"That does give you a sense of accomplishment, a sense of confidence, obviously anytime you go through a section like this, a meat grinder, 12-0," Bruzdewicz said. "It does give you that swagger. It does give you that motivation, that belief that you can beat anybody.""


Canon-McMillan hires wrestling & girls basketball coaches

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Below is a press release from Canon-McMillan Athletic Director Frank Vulcano, Jr.

The Canon-McMillan School District is please to announce the hiring of a Girls Basketball & Wrestling coaches at it’s May 11, 2017 school board meeting.
Jeff Havelka has been named the Head Wrestling Coach effective immediately. Havelka has been as assistant coach at Waynesburg University for the past 3 years. Havelka was also the Head Wrestling Coach at Chartiers-Houston for one year.  "We are excited to have a quality person in Jeff to lead one of the top high school wrestling programs in the country.  He knows the expectations are high and that the tradition of Canon-McMillan wrestling is second to none."
Shawn Urbano has been named the Head Girls Basketball coach effective immediately. Urbano comes from Cornell High School where he has been the head girls coach for the past 10 seasons. "We hope that Shawn will bring the energy and knowledge to continue to build our program into a perennial power in girls basketball. His success at Cornell over the past 10 years speaks for itself."


Alumni Update - Olivia Lorusso (Robert Morris)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Moon Township, Pa. – The Robert Morris University softball team secured a berth in the Northeast ConferenceLorusso RMU Tournament with a sweep of Mount St. Mary's, 2-1 and 6-5, at North Athletic Complex Sunday afternoon.

The wins improve the Colonials mark to 19-31 overall and their 9-7 mark gives them the four-seed in the NEC Tournament.

Olivia Lorusso, a Canon-McMillan graduate, was 3-for-6 with a double and tallied three runs.


(photo courtesy of Robert Morris Universiy)


Alumni Update - Giorgiana Zeremenko (Pitt)

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ATLANTA - The University of Pittsburgh softball team fell to Georgia Tech, 12-2 (five innings), in the Panthers' final game of theZeremenko Pitt season Sunday afternoon at Shirley Clements Mewborn Field in Atlanta.

Pitt concludes 2017 with a 24-23 overall record and a 7-17 mark in ACC play.

Pitt smacked back-to-back home runs in the top of the fifth courtesy of juniors Giorgiana Zeremenko and McKayla Taylor, but were unable to make a comeback.

Zeremenko, a Canon-McMillan graduate, finished 2-for-3 with a run and RBI.



(photo courtesy of University of Pitt)