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Softball: North Feature Athletes - Tiffany Edwards and Katie Gozzard, Deer Lakes

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Names: Tiffany Edwards and Katie Gozzard
High School: Deer Lakes
Grade: 12
Sport: Softball

Background: It didn't take long for the lone seniors on the Deer Lakes softball team to take the reins of this team and establish themselves as leaders. Coach Craig Taliani recognized it almost immediately. Seniors Tiffany Edwards and Katie Gozzard took on a leadership role before the season even started, helping to organize the team's spring training trip to the Ripken Experience at Myrtle Beach. Edwards and Gozzard are the only seniors on the team and it was a welcome sight to Taliani. Deer Lakes entered the WPIAL Class AA playoffs as the No. 1 overall seed. They survived a first-round scare against South Allegheny, ultimately winning 4-2 to reach the WPIAL quarterfinals. Both Edwards and Gozzard are four-year starters. They have a career 75-7 record and have three consecutive WPIAL title games, seeking to make it four for four this year.

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Softball: Deer Lakes seniors set tone for team

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the Deer Lakes softball team.

"It didn't take long for the lone seniors on the Deer Lakes softball team to take the reins of this team and establish themselves as leaders.

Coach Craig Taliani recognized it almost immediately.

Seniors Tiffany Edwards and Katie Gozzard took on a leadership role before the season even started, helping to organize the team's spring training trip to the Ripken Experience at Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Edwards and Gozzard are the only seniors on the team and it was a welcome sight to Taliani."

 

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Photo Journal: Baseball Champ. First Round - Deer Lakes vs. Blackhawk ( May 12)

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .

Montour's Burkett Field was the venue for three WPIAL First Round Baseball Championships, Tuesday, May 12, 2015.  In the first game of the day Deer Lakes faced Blackhawk. Blackhawk was the victor defeating Deer Lakes 7-4 in 7 innings.

Photos by Marilyn C. Schwilm, Tri-State Sports & News Service

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Boys Volleyball: New coach out to uphold tradition at Deer Lakes

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley profiles the Deer Lakes boys volleyball team. Read his story below.

When Zak Roberts graduated from Deer Lakes High School in 2009, he still followed the Lancers while attending Kent State University because his younger brothers, Nick and Jake, were members of the team.

Roberts graduated from Kent State in 2013, but didn't want to end his association with the sport of volleyball.

"I wanted to find a way to stay involved, possibly as a coach," Roberts said. "I couldn't believe my luck when I heard about the opening at my alma mater."

Roberts has taken over as head coach at Deer Lakes, replacing legendary coach Rick Tatrn, who retired after setting a WPIAL volleyball coaching record of 44 years as the Lancers head coach.

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Baseball: Deer Lakes thriving in Class AAA

Written by John D'Abruzzo on .

Deer Lakes has built quite a successful baseball program over the past few years. The Lancers won or took a share of a section title the past four straight seasons and have also reached the WPIAL Class AA semifinals the past two years.

This season, however, re-alignment across the WPIAL elevated Deer Lakes up to Class AAA and into Section 5 along with Freeport, Mars, Knoch, Valley, Highlands and Hampton. That move hasn't hampered the Lancers. Through their first seven games, they posted a 5-2 overall record with a 3-0 start in section play.

Deer Lakes picked up a big section victory last week against Knoch. Junior pitcher/outfielder Ryan Petrone tossed a complete game in the 6-3 win over the Knights. The left-handed starter gave up four hits and three walks while striking out one batter. Petrone also helped his own cause with a pair of RBIs. Sophomore infielder Connor Chirdon also drove in a two runs.

This past weekend, the Lancers picked up a 12-2 victory over Hampton and held the Talbots to just two hits. Senior third baseman Scott Ventura knocked in four runs with four hits. He smacked a two-run homer and added a double. Sophomore first baseman Zach Lubick also had three hits and drove in a pair of runs for the Lancers.