Clarion University Wrestler Nick Gavazzi dies in car accident
Nicholas Gavazzi, 18, a member of the Clarion University Wrestling Team, was tragically killed in a car accident today (Feb. 23) in Armstrong County.
Mr. Gavazzi was a freshman biochemistry major/nanotechnology minor and a member of the wrestling team. He was on the Dean’s List his first semester, fall 2014. Services are unknown at this time.
“We have lost an important member of our community with the death of student, Nicholas Gavazzi,” said Clarion President Karen M. Whitney, Ph.D. “Our hearts go out to the Gavazzi family and friends during this most difficult time.”
Charleroi has had no luck in non-section games this season. The Cougars have played five of them. All but one ended in losses.
What the Cougars have accomplished in section play is much different and much more important.
Charleroi will head into the new year in first place in Class A Section 4. The Cougars (5-4, 4-0) are one of two undefeated teams in the section. The other, Brownsville, is 6-2 overall and 3-0 in section action. Brownsville edged out Charleroi for the section title last season.
The Cougars own section wins – all by double digits – against Beth-Center (59-22), Frazier (64-47), Waynesburg (57-40) and Carmichaels (55-40). Their next section contest will be at home against Brownsville next Tuesday.
South Allegheny was the defending Section 2-A champion and preseason favorite to repeat. But last season and this preseason did not matter to a Charleroi team that swept the Gladiators, surprised many and captured the Section 2-A title. The Cougars made it official on Wednesday with a 4-1 home win against Serra Catholic. The win gave Charleroi (13-2, 11-1) a two-game lead over South Allegheny (10-4, 9-3) with only two section games remaining. The Cougars can easily make it an outright section title if it can win at Geibel Catholic (3-7-1, 3-7-1) on Monday or at home against Monessen (0-13, 0-12) on Wednesday.
Halee Fedrick scored two goals in the section-clinching win against Serra. The Cougars swept the season series against South Allegheny. It's only blemish came in a loss to Bentworth. In the second meeting against the Bearcats, Charleroi exacted some revenge with a win, a game in which Fedrick scored the game-winner. She also netted a hat trick in a 6-0 win against Chartiers-Houston this season.
There have been early-season ups and downs for the Charleroi girls soccer team. The Cougars dropped their opener, 2-0, against Quaker Valley in the Avonworth Tournament. They bounced back in the consolation game to blank Deer Lakes, 3-0. Then came the team's signature win, a 1-0 victory against South Allegheny, the defending Section 2-A champion. The win put Charleroi in the driver's seat in the section but that changed quickly as one day later it fell 1-0 at Bentworth. The team found a way to bounce back as they pounded Beth-Center and Chartiers-Houston in back-to-back games by a combined score of 13-0. In a 6-0 win at Chartiers-Houston, the Cougars showed just how dangerous they could be. Holding onto a 1-0 lead at halftime on a a goal by Adrianna Johheld, the team came alive in the second half with Halee Fedrick netting a hat trick and Kyra Watkins scoring two goals. In net, Sydney Toth has four shutouts already during this young season.
South Allegheny ran through the Section 2-A gauntlet last season undefeated. The Gladiators finished 11-0-1. Their lone "blemish" was a 1-1 tie at home against Charleroi. This season, Charleroi put to bed any talk of another undefeated run immediately. Charleroi scored a section-opening upset with a 1-0 shutout of No. 5 South Allegheny. Kyra Watkins scored on a corner kick in the second half to lift Charleroi. Goalie Sydney Toth was in net and earned the shutout for Charleroi. The celebration for Charleroi did not last long as the very next night it lost 1-0 at Bentworth, a sign of just how open this section is.