Football: Central Valley goes deep at quarterback to go 9-0

Written by John D'Abruzzo on .

John D'Abruzzo profiles Central Valley quarterbacks John George and Chris Callaghan.

2014 1030 CentralValley Football(Photo: Central Valley quarterback John George was a "relief pitcher" during the previous two seasons, but he's been a starter this year. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

"Most high school football coaches might panic after hearing their starting quarterback wouldn't be able to return to the field following an injury.

Mark Lyons has been lucky enough to shrug off such news.

For the third consecutive season, the Central Valley coach had to replace his starting quarterback and turn to the team's backup because of an injury.

"I don't know if it's become a tradition here or something that was started and no one informed me about," Lyons joked. "It's always nice to have two quarterbacks in the mix. We've been fortunate to have guys come through our system who recognize that the backup [role] is just as important as a starter.""


Golf: Central Valley girls battle to Class AAA state championship

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Keith Barnes profiles the Central Valley girls golf team.

"Central Valley had won PIAA Class AA girls team golf championships in 2012 and 2013, but with a state-mandated move up to Class AAA, there was a much different feel last week in the clubhouse at York's Heritage Hills Golf Resort.

"That was the most stressful time of my entire life," senior Amanda Scala said. "There was this huge crowd of people and they were all staring at the board, waiting for them to write the scores. Then, at the last minute, we had to wait for the last score to come in."

In the end, though the outcome wasn't quite as disparate as it had been the previous two years in Class AA, the end result was the same as Central Valley won its third consecutive state championship with a four-person total of 352 that edged defending champion Mount St. Joseph by four strokes."



Golf: McDanel helps lead Central Valley to PIAA Class AAA team title

Written by Joe Koch on .

Maddy McDanel delivered a clutch performance at the PIAA Class AAA Team Championships this past Wednesday at York's Heritage Hills Resort.

Her 3-over-par round of 75 came one day after she shot a 74 in the second round of the PIAA Class AAA Individual Championship. That performance helped her to finish in a three-way tie for seventh place.

But the junior's effort in the team championship could not have come at a better time as it helped Central Valley earn a four-stroke victory -- 352-356 -- over District 12 champion and defending Class AAA champion Mt. St. Joseph and earn the Warriors their first-ever Class AAA championship.

Central Valley did win state titles in 2013 and 2012, but those came at the Class AA level. Sophomore Krista Sudar shot a round of 89, while sophomore Alex Bozich and senior Amanda Scala carded rounds of 92 and 96, respectively.


Golf: McDanel paces Central Valley trio

Written by Joe Koch on .

Central Valley junior Maddy McDanel will have plenty of incentive as she heads into her senior season. McDanel finished in a three-way tie for seventh place at the PIAA Class AAA Girls Individual Championship earlier this week at York's Heritage Hills Resort. McDanel recorded an 11-over-par total of 155 as did fellow juniors Maddie Sager of Owen J. Roberts and Madeline Herr of Council Rock North.

Sophomore teammate Alex Bozich finished 16th with a two-round total of 172, and senior Amanda Scala shot a 192

Kirkwood places fourth: In the Class AA Individual Championship, Neshannock junior Marissa Kirkwood finished in fourth place with a 20-over-par total of 164 for the two-day event. The top four finishers -- Greensburg Central's Olivia Zambruno, Seton-LaSalle's Joey Walz, Freeport's Audrey Clawson and Kirkwood -- all hail from WPIAL schools.


Alumni Update – Rachel Netherland (Geneva)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Beaver Falls, PA – Geneva volleyball worked uphill to find its 3-2 win (28-30, 10-25, 25-22, 25-21, 18-16) over Presidents’ AthleticNetherland Geneva Conference leader Bethany. The win raises Geneva’s overall record to 17-8, 10-2 in the league.

Setting up the kills was sophomore Rachel Netherland, a Central Valley graduate,finishing with 47 assists.


(photo courtesy of Geneva College)