Hockey: Carrick dominant on the ice

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In Division C, Carrick has earned an A-plus.

Carrick has been unstoppable this season. The Raiders are 8-0 and have outscored their opponents, 77-6. They also boast the top four point scorers in the division.

No team in Division C has been able to touch Carrick, which sits comfortably in first place in the Northern Conference. The Raiders have 16 points, putting them ahead of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (5-2), which has 10 points. Southern Conference leader Ringgold (2-3) has four points.

With the team success comes individual accolades. Vincent Maccarone, Mark Granatire, Anthony Manuel and Tyler Wolf are the top four scorers in Division C. Maccarone has 28 points (17 goals, 11 assists), Granatire has 27 (14 goals, 13 assists), Manuel has 19 (10 goals, 9 assists) and Wolf has 17 (8 goals, 9 assists).


Alumni Update - Marcus Johnson (Thiel)

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GREENVILLE, Pa. – The Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) released its 2014 All-PAC footballJohnson Thiel teams and yearly award winners Monday evening. Thiel was well represented, earning 12 All-PAC picks. In addition, freshman wide receiver Marcus Johnson was named the PAC Newcomer of the Year.

An All-PAC honorable mention pick, Johnson was named the 2014 PAC Newcomer of the Year. He racked up 827 receiving yards, the third most in the league, on 46 catches. His eight touchdown catches tied him for the fifth most in the conference. Johnson also averaged 109.9 all-purpose yards per game, the eighth most in the PAC.


Johnson, a University Prep graduate, was one of 10 Tomcats named to the All-PAC honorable mention team.


(photo courtesy of Thiel College)


Alumni Update - Eric Mallinger (Thiel)

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Eric Mallinger helped the Tomcats open their season 2-0 and was named to Westminster's Buzz Ridl Classic all-tournamentMallinger Thiel team after scoring 37 points to go along with 23 rebounds, eight assists and five blocks over the weekend.

He notched his first double-double of the season Saturday in an 82-74 win over Penn State Beaver with 19 points and 14 rebounds.

The Allderdice graduate earned PAC Player of the Week.


(photo courtesy of Thiel College)


Football: Big second half lifts McDowell past Brashear

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For one half, City League champion Brashear stayed with McDowell. But McDowell flexed its muscles in the second half.

McDowell came on strong in the final two quarters and breezed to a 35-6 victory in a PIAA Class AAAA game Saturday afternoon in Erie. Brashear finished 6-4.

McDowell (8-4), a District 10 team from Erie, led just 7-6 at halftime.

After a scoreless first quarter, Brashear scored first when Ronnie Wilkins returned a fumble 74 yards for a touchdown.


Football: Brashear's season comes to an end

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Brashear stunned many by winning the City League title earlier this month.

Its stay in the PIAA playoffs was short-lived, however.

Brashear's season came to an end Saturday afternoon after the Bulls lost to District 10 champion Erie McDowell, 35-6, in a PIAA Class AAAA subregional game at Erie Veterans Stadium.

Brashear scored first on a 74-yard fumble return by Ronnie Wilkins in the second quarter, but it was all McDowell after that. The Trojans scored to go ahead, 7-6, at halftime, and then outscored the Bulls, 28-0, in the second half to roll to the win.


Football: Brashear hopes to continue its winning ways in PIAA playoffs

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The surprise of the City League is eager to open up more eyes in the PIAA playoffs.

Brashear was a heavy underdog against Allderdice in last Saturday's City League championship, but the Bulls pulled a shocker, blowing out the Dragons, 42-14.

It was Brashear's first City League title since 2008 and extended the team's winning streak to five games. The Bulls (6-3) began the season 1-3, with the third loss coming to Allderdice, 36-0, on Sept. 18. The Bulls haven't lost since.

Next up for Brashear is the PIAA Class AAAA playoffs. After getting this week off, the Bulls will face the District 10 champion in a District 6-8-9-10 subregional on either Nov. 14 or 15. They'll take on the winner of Saturday's game between Erie McDowell (6-4) and General McLane (5-5).


Football: Brashear drubs Allderdice to win City League title

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Mike White covered Saturday's City League football championship between Allderdice and Brashear.

2014 1102 Brashear Football(Photo: Brashear's Khalil Sanders tries to get by Allderdice's Trevon Williams in the City League football championship Saturday. Pam Panchak/Post-Gazette)

"Of course, Brashear's players thought they would win the City League football championship. But not even they thought it would be like this:

Brashear 42, Allderdice 14.

Brashear pulled off one of the stunners of the Western Pennsylvania season Saturday afternoon at Cupples Stadium and won the City League title.

The 42 points were the fourth most scored in a City title game in the past 50 years. The most was 45 by Westinghouse in 1964. Allderdice had been the No. 1-ranked team in the City since the preseason and was undefeated against City teams. Earlier this season, Allderdice shut out Brashear, 36-0."


Football: Game of the Week - Allderdice vs. Brashear

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Craig Meyer previews the Post-Gazette's Game of the Week between Allderdice and Brashear.

"For the 18 seniors on Allderdice's football team, reaching the City League championship game has been a testament to the work they've put forth in their high school careers.

Saturday, they'll be appearing in the title game for the third time in four years with a Dragons program that finished 1-8 two seasons before they arrived. By most any measurement, it's been a remarkable run.

But for all that the City League championship represents as far as the seniors' accomplishments, it's where their dreams have ultimately gone to die. They have lost in their previous two appearances, including a 13-point loss to University Prep last season. The Dragons have not won a league title since 1967.

It's a trend that's made the Dragons hungrier for an even greater level of success in 2014. Against Brashear, they're hoping that will drive them over the elusive final hurdle."



Boys Soccer: Allderdice closes terrific season

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Allderdice put together its finest season as a WPIAL member this fall.

Last week, that season came to an end.

After earning a second-place finish in Class AAA Section 5, Allderdice lost to host North Allegheny, 3-1, in a WPIAL first-round playoff game last Monday. It marked just the fourth time the Dragons were held without a goal this season.

Despite the loss, Allderdice still has a lot of positives to take from the season. The Dragons finished 10-5-3 overall, their best finish since moving to the WPIAL in 2012. They were 8-3-1 in section play and advanced to the postseason for the second year in a row. In 2013, the Dragons went 7-10-1 (5-6-1) and lost in the first round of the playoffs.


Football: Twins spark 'Dice run to title game

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Justin Criado profiles the Jackson twins -- Timothy and James -- who have led the Allderdice football team to the City League championship game.

"Off the field, twins Timothy and James Jackson are almost always together.

Even if they're not, they know where the other is.

"They know where each other is," Allderdice coach Jerry Haslett said. "Whether it's on the field or in class or wherever. They can tell you where the other one is."

That type of connection has made these junior twins the top quarterback-wide receiver tandem in the City League this year, leading Allderdice to an 8-1 overall record, 5-0 and a berth in Saturday's City League championship game against Brashear."



Football: Allderdice to meet Brashear for City League title

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Allderdice made it to the City League final two of the past three seasons, but finished as the runner-up both times.

The Dragons hope the third time's a charm, thus ending a 47-year championship drought.

Allderdice (8-1) will shoot for its first City League title since 1967 when the Dragons take on Brashear (5-3) in the final Saturday at Cupples Stadium. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

Allderdice lost in both the 2011 and 2013 championships games, but head into this one as the favorite. The Dragons won the City League regular-season title with a 5-0 record. They've won eight straight since a season-opening loss at Wheeling Park, W.Va. The Dragons hammered Carrick, 40-12, in last week's semifinals.


City League Football Roundup (Oct. 25, 2014)

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Allderdice reaches championship

Jeremiah Hardrick scored two touchdowns and James Jackson threw for two more to lead Allderdice to a 40-12 victory Friday night against Carrick in the opening round of the City League playoffs at Cupples Stadium.

Hardrick scored on a 2-yard run in the second quarter and a 42-yard interception return in the third.

Jackson completed 9 of 18 passes for 182 yards and threw touchdown passes to Joe Graham and Lamone Dixon.

The victory earns Allderdice (8-1) a berth in the City League title game next week against Brashear (5-3).


Winners Then & Now: Allderdice's Mikki Bjuro

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Mike White profiles former Allderdice golf standout Mikki Bjuro.

"The Pittsburgh City League doesn't sanction girls golf competition. Never has.

Over the years, there have been some girls who competed on a City League boys team. But 32 years ago, the best high school girls golfer in the state came from, of all places, the City League.

Mikki Bjuro was a senior at Allderdice High School when she won the 1982 PIAA girls championship in one of the strangest PIAA tournaments ever. The tournament was supposed to be a two-day event at Carlisle Country Club. On the first day, Bjuro shot 73 to tie for first with two-time defending champ Michelle Michanowicz of Fox Chapel.

But due to rain and poor conditions, the PIAA actually decided to cancel the second day of the championship and had Bjuro and Michanowicz go against each other in a sudden-death playoff. Bjuro won."



Football: Brashear tops University Prep, reaches City League title game

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For the first time in its existence, University Prep will not play for the City League championship.

Brashear made sure of that by topping the defending champion Panthers, 27-8, in a semifinal Thursday at Cupples Stadium.

Brashear (5-3) advanced to the final next Saturday for the first time since 2010 and will face the winner of the game tonight between Allderdice and Carrick.

University Prep (4-3) began its program in 2011 and had made it to the title game three times, winning twice.