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Swimming: Cornell qualifies four for states

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The Cornell boys swim team will be sending four participants to the PIAA Class AA championships this weekend at Bucknell University. Senior Colton Claytor, juniors Cole Tipper and Logan Donahue and freshman Dan Joyce have all qualified for states. The foursome punched their state ticket in the first event at the WPIAL championships, taking fourth place in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:43.95 that is seeded No. 18 in the 24-team field at states.

Tipper enjoyed a breakout individual meet at WPIALs. Along with his strong swim in the medley relay he took fourth place in both his individual events, the 100 butterfly (52.88) and the 100 freestyle (48.35). Those times have him seeded high at states, he is the seventh seed in the 100 butterfly and the No. 11 seed in the 100 freestyle. Claytor also earned a PIAA berth in an individual event by virtue of his eighth-place finish in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:48.79. Claytor is the No. 23 seed at states in the 200 freestyle.

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Boys Basketball: West Feature Athlete - Cornell's Dane Jackson

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Name: Dane Jackson
School: Cornell
Grade: 11
Sport: Basketball
Position: Guard

Background: After averaging almost 27 points per game in the regular season, Dane Jackson was continually among the top three in WPIAL scoring almost all year and could, arguably, be the best player not in the playoffs. A junior, he has already scored over 1,000 points and has lettered three years. After leading Quaker Valley to the football playoffs at quarterback through a co-op agreement, Jackson stepped up his game on the court as well this year.

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Swimming: Cornell boys post dual meet win against Deer Lakes

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The Cornell boys swimming and diving team is amongst the smallest in the WPIAL but it was able to come up with a recent dual meet win over Deer Lakes. Led by Cole Tipper, Colton Claytor, Braylong Zilner and Logan Donahue, Cornell defeated the Lancers, 72-40. Tipper, Claytor, Donahue and Zilner in a first-place 200-yard medley relay to open the event.

Donahue won the 200 freestyle with a MAC-qualifying time of 2:08.11. Tipper was faster yet in the 200 IM with a WPIAL-qualifying time of 2:17.16 and the 100 freestyle with another WPIAL-qualifying time of 52.84. Claytor won the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.23, below the MAC qualifying cut of 28 seconds and he won the 100 butterfly with a WPIAL qualifying time of 1:03.06.

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Boys Basketball: Gritty Cornell keeps battling

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Tri-State Sports & News Service writer John D'Abruzzo profiles the Cornell boys basketball team. Click here to read his story.

"Most teams would rather forget about a losing season, but that's not the case for the Cornell High School boys basketball team.

Instead of completely erasing the fact that the Raiders won just three games in 2012-13 while going winless in Section 1-A, they are using it as motivation this season.

"Winning and making the playoffs has pretty much been part of the existence at Cornell," Raiders coach Bill Sacco said. "There haven't been too many years that this team didn't qualify for the playoffs. We're usually there. We're usually up there with the top four teams [in the section], but not last year."

Despite a bumpy start in section play, losing three games to some strong opposition, including Lincoln Park, the Post-Gazette's No. 1-ranked Class A team, and No. 3 Western Beaver, Cornell still has a respectable 8-5 overall record."

 

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Boys Basketball: West Feature Athlete - Cornell's Kevin Korzen

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Name: Kevin Korzen
High School: Cornell
Grade: 12
Sport: Basketball
Position: Center

Background info: At 6-foot-7, Kevin Korzen will stand out on a basketball court, especially in Class A basketball. It's his first year of basketball but he has already made an impact – he recorded a double-double in his third game, a 76-73 overtime win over Avonworth and also blocked five shots. He followed that up with 17 points in a 73-55 win over Burgettstown.