Baseball: 2016 Minor League Update - Matt Pierpoint (Canon-McMillan)

Written by John Perrotto on .

Many professional baseball players say the first time the idea of reaching the major leagues truly seems realistic is when they get to the Class AA level of the minor leagues.

That is where Canon-McMillan graduate Matt Pierpont finds himself for the first time in his four years in the Colorado Rockies' organizational. The right-hander is pitching in relief for Hartford in the Eastern League.

Pierpont, 25, is 3-1 with a 4.78 ERA in 23 games. He has pitched 37 2/3 innings, allowed 40 hits, struck out 43 and walked 16.

The Rockies have used Pierpont exclusively out of the bullpen since selecting him in the 26th round of the 2013 amateur draft from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C. In 98 career appearances, he is 13-6 with four saves and a 4.03 ERA.


Alumni Update - Cody Patterson (Thiel)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

GREENVILLE, Pa. – Thiel College junior outside hitters Thad Paunovich (Avonmore, Pa./Kiski Area) and CodyPatterson Thiel Patterson (Canonsburg, Pa./Canon-McMillan) were named to the Continental Volleyball Conference (CVC) All-Academic Team, as announced by the conference on Monday.

Patterson is a Business Adminstration and Advertising & Marketing double major at Thiel with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.30. This is Patterson's first CVC All-Academic honor.

Patterson, a Canon-McMillan graduate, led the Tomcats in kills (193) and finished third in the conference in kills per set (3.27). Patterson collected a career-high 23 kills in a four-set victory over Penn St.-Altoona on March 25, the most kills in a game by a Tomcat since March 3, 2012.


(photo courtesy of Thiel College)


Girls Soccer: Canon-McMillan junior in running for World Cup roster spot

Written by Megan Ryan on .

Megan Ryan profiles Canon-McMillan soccer player Aideen O'Donoghue.

"Aideen O'Donoghue found out U.S. Soccer had selected her for an Under-17 women's national team training camp in a rather old-school way — by checking her email in the Canon-McMillan computer lab.

The junior's dad and club coach had been calling her all day, so she went to see what was up during her lunch break.

"In my inbox, it was, like, the U.S. crest on an icon," O'Donoghue said. "It was like, 'Dear Aideen O'Donoghue, I hope this email suits you well. What airline do you want to fly out of? This Saturday, you're coming to Carson, Calif., and training with the U-17 women's national team.'"

It had been four months since the first U.S. Soccer scout saw her play with her Riverhounds Academy team by the time the 17-year-old from Canonsburg trained with the youth national team April 16-23. O'Donoghue, now back with her Riverhounds Academy team and aiming for a national title, is in the pool of players who could play for the U.S. at the U-17 Women's World Cup from Sept. 30 to Oct. 21 in Jordan."


Boys Tennis: No storybook ending for Canon-McMillan star

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Chris Gladden was looking forward to a storybook ending to his high school tennis career.

A few weeks earlier, the Canon-McMillan senior and Marist recruit had become the school's first WPIAL Class AAA singles champion and eyed a matchup with Downingtown East junior Michael Dickson in what would have become a battle between the top-ranked junior and senior in the state.

Matt Chen, though, thwarted any chance of that ever happening.

Chen, the No. 1 singles player at Lower Merion, pulled off a huge upset when he dropped Gladden in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4, in the state quarterfinals. A year ago, Gladden lost to Dickson in the semifinals and came back to defeat Fox Chapel's Siddharth Rajupet in the third-place consolation match.


Boys Tennis: Canon-McMillan senior wants to end high school career on top

Written by Keith Barnes on .

All season long Canon-McMillan senior Chris Gladden has been gearing up for this moment.

On Friday, the Marist recruit will begin his quest of finishing his high school career with a PIAA Class AAA singles title when he takes the court at Hershey Racquet Club for the state finals.

Gladden, who finished third in the 2015 state tournament, will begin his quest at 9 a.m. when he takes on Exeter senior Jonah Buczewski, the third-place finisher out of District 3. He'll then get either Andrew Lutschaunig, the No. 2 sophomore in the state, or Matt Chen of Lower Merion, the No. 7 junior, who defeated Fox Chapel's Robby Shymansky, the state's No. 1 freshman, 6-1, 6-4, in the team tournament championship match last weekend.

Even if Gladden gets past those matches, he might still have Shymansky in the semifinals and the No. 3 junior in the state in Michael Dickson, last year's PIAA runner-up, in the finals. Dickson defeated Gladden, 6-4, 6-4, in the semifinals a year ago.