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Hockey: Canon-McMillan finds life at the top is good

Written by Marky Billson on .

Marky Billson profiles the Canon-McMillan hockey team.

"When Terry Virtue took over the reins as Canon McMillan's head coach prior to last season, he stated his goal was to have the Big Macs hockey team compete for state championships every season.

Reasonable enough. The Big Macs were Penguins Cup champions in 2010 and were coming off a respectable 11-6-4 regular season as well as one playoff victory in 2012-13.

Although Virtue doesn't want to start bragging on his team just yet, the Big Macs are 6-2 this season going into tonight's game against Upper St. Clair (2-4)."

 

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Girls Soccer: State title game loss tough for Canon-McMillan

Written by Marky Billson on .

Marky Billson profiles the Canon-McMillan girls soccer team.

2014 1120 CanonMcMillan GSoccer(Photo: Members of the Canon-McMillan team react to the 2-1 loss to Central Bucks West in the PIAA Class AAA girls championship game. Bradley C. Bower/Special to the Post-Gazette)

"It doesn't happen very often, but sometimes in sports two teams can share a championship.

Such an event is not without precedent in Pennsylvania girls high school soccer. In 2007, for instance, South Park and Villa Joseph Marie were declared PIAA Class AA co-champions after playing the state final to a scoreless tie.

This lesson in soccer history is due to Canon McMillan's impressive run in the PIAA Class AAA playoffs, which ended in a 2-1 overtime loss to Central Bucks West in Hershey on Saturday.

Though seeded 10th in the state playoffs, the Big Macs (19-5-1) held a 1-0 lead before allowing a tying goal with 5:50 left in regulation, then lost in overtime, 2-1."

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Alumni Update - Alex Schram (Washington & Jefferson)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

W&J placed seven on the PAC Second Team, including senior cornerback Alec Schram, juniors tightSchram WJ end Michael Giampole and wide receiver Daniel Lis, sophomores quarterback Pete Coughlin, right tackle Brandon Martuccio and defensive tackle Ryan Snedeker and freshman wide receiver Jesse Zubik (all purpose).


Each of the second-team selections were making their first appearance on the All-PAC teams. Schram, a Canon-McMillan graduate, leads the PAC in passes defended with 17.

 

(photo courtesy of Washington & Jefferson College)

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Girls Soccer: Canon-McMillan comes up short in PIAA title bid

Written by Rod Frisco on .

Rod Frisco covered Saturday's PIAA Class AAA championship game between Canon-McMillan and Central Bucks West.

2014 1116 CanonMcMillan GSoccer(Photo: Central Bucks West's Allie Walsh, left chases down Canon-McMillan's Sabrina Bryan, right, in the second half of the PIAA Class AAA girls championship game Saturday in Hershey, Pa. Bradley C. Bower/Post-Gazette)

"HERSHEY, Pa. — For more than 73 minutes of the PIAA Class AAA girls soccer championship Saturday, Canon-McMillan was living the dream.

Then one critical call turned the game into a nightmare and an eventual 2-1 overtime loss to Central Bucks West.

The Big Macs, making their first PIAA girls soccer championship appearance against the seven-time champion of the now defunct spring championships, had a 1-0 advantage just 32 seconds into the game.

Canon-McMillan sophomore Sabrina Bryan chipped the ball over Central Bucks West keeper Grace Bendon, who had stepped away from the goal mouth, plopping the ball into the net for a stunning lead."