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Baseball: 'Seniority system' has Central Valley poised to make a run

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Drew Karpen profiles the Central Valley baseball team.

"There is something about a senior athlete in high school or college that makes them more goal-oriented.

They want to prove something in their final year. The find that extra juice that propels his or her team to the next level.

That is the point at which the Central Valley baseball program finds itself this season. With a first year coach in Ray Antonelli, the Warriors are composed of a senior-laden team looking to make noise in Section 1-AAA.

"We have an older team," Antonelli said. "I am starting pretty much eight seniors and we have 11 on the team. We expected to get off to a pretty good start and so far we have.""

 

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Baseball: Central Valley looking for baseball success

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In its last two years, Central Valley has won WPIAL titles in football and basketball, but not qualified for the playoffs in baseball. This year's senior-led squad is looking to change that trend.

So far, the Warriors are off to a good start, winning their first five games, including two in tough Section 1-AAA. Central Valley got off to a fast start on a trip to Florida, winning three games at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, winning three games by a combined score of 24-2.

After the return north, Central Valley defeated Ellwood City in its Pennsylvania opener as senior Rocco Martini recorded the win, striking out seven and walking none in six innings. Senior Chris Sepos and Chase Miladin also had two hits in the win. The Warriors also feature senior John George, one of the top football-basketball athletes in the area and Chris Anastas, who will be playing baseball in college.

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Alumni Update - Seairra Barrett (California University of Pennsylvania)

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California's Seairra Barrett scored in double-digits in both games while coming off the bench last week. The freshman forward averaged 12Barrett CalU points, 4.0 rebounds in 57 minutes of action.

 

She shot a combined 64.7% (11-of-17) from the floor and totaled three blocks for the Vulcans. Barrett set a career-high and led the team with 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting and added five rebounds and one block in a victory over Seton Hill.

 

The Central Valley product then posted 10 points, three rebounds, and two blocks in an overtime loss to Gannon.


Barrett earned PSAC West Freshman of the Week honors. 

 

(photo courtesy of California University of Pennsylvania)

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Hockey: West Feature Athlete – Central Valley’s Cameron Drake

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Name: Cameron Drake

School: Central Valley

Grade: 10

Sport: Hockey

 

Background: Drake is sixth in Class C in scoring with 18 goals and 34 points in 17 games. Drake has been a one-man show for Central Valley as he has had a hand in 34 of the team’s 52 goals on the season, an impressive 65.4 percent. Is currently on a four-game point streak. He is the only player on the team to have had as many as four points in a game more than twice this season; he’s done it four times. Drake has three hat tricks, including a four-goal game against Trinity on Nov. 13.

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Boys Basketball: Central Valley primed to make a run

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Drew Karpen profiles the Central Valley boys basketball team.

"Central Valley learned this year that winning a WPIAL football championship and advancing to the PIAA championship game can be a blessing and a curse.

There is no question they completed most of their goals on the gridiron but at the same time it has delayed their goals on the hardwood.

Due to the extended football season, the Warriors got a late start to their basketball season without four of their five starters in John George, B.J. Powell, Dante Lucci and Maurice Sims.

The Warriors (11-10, 8-6) began the season 1-7, but were able to turn it on late to give themselves an opportunity to repeat as Class AAA champions by grabbing the fourth spot in Section 2."