Baseball: Deer Lakes looking to gain momentum

Written by John D'Abruzzo on .

The Deer Lakes baseball team appears to have picked up right where it left off from last season.‭ ‬The Lancers,‭ ‬who made their first WPIAL semifinal appearance since‭ ‬1994‭ ‬last season,‭ ‬finished their‭ 2013‭ ‬campaign with a‭ ‬17-5‭ ‬overall record after losing to Shady Side Academy in the Class AA third-place consolation game.

Despite graduating veterans Adam Fredley,‭ ‬Kevin Begley and Zach Bryner,‭ ‬Deer Lakes still returned a wealth of experience this season.‭ ‬Senior pitcher/shortstop Todd Coleman,‭ ‬who earned all-section honors last year,‭ ‬and senior catcher/leadoff hitter Matt Olesnevich,‭ ‬who is a Pitt-Greensburg recruit,‭ ‬are two top returning starters.

This season,‭ ‬Deer Lakes opened its schedule with a pair of shutout exhibition wins against Cornell and Avonworth before‭ ‬losing two games during the team‭'‬s spring trip to South Carolina.‭ ‬The Lancers‭ (‬6-2,‭ ‬3-0‭)‬,‭ ‬though,‭ ‬bounced right back and entered this week riding a four-game winning streak.‭


Boys Volleyball: Deer Lakes looks to be in the mix

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

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

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Deer Lakes boys volleyball coach Rick Tatrn isn't kidding when pointing out the Lancers have a young squad.

"We don't have any seniors," Tatrn said. "I've never had that in my 44 years as head coach. I've always had one or two seniors to build around."

Tatrn did list one senior on the roster during the preseason, but an injury ended his season before it began.

"Nick Noble blew out his knee during basketball season," said Tatrn, referring to a 5-foot-11 senior setter. "It's a big loss for us. We were counting on Nick to run our offense."

To make matters worse, another starter has been out with an ankle injury since the first week of the season. Hunter Signorella, a 6-3 junior middle hitter, has been out for three weeks.


Softball: North Feature Athlete - Deer Lakes' Tiffany Edwards

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Name: Tiffany Edwards
High School: Deer Lakes
Grade: 11
Sport: Softball

Background: Deer Lakes pitcher Tiffany Edwards has lost only two games in her two-year career prior to this season. She is 27-2 overall. Last year she had a breakout sophomore campaign, finishing 19-2 with a 1.60 ERA while being named to the all-section team. Last season she led the Lancers to the WPIAL Class AA final where they fell to Riverside.

Coach Craig Taliani said: "Edwards will handle the lion's share of the innings. She has gotten off to a heck of a start in her first two seasons. Tiff can definitely be a dominating pitcher."


Softball: No drop-off for Deer Lakes

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Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the Deer Lakes softball team.

2014 0327 DeerLakes Softball(Photo: Tiffany Edwards had a 19-2 record and 1.60 ERA last season for WPIAL Class AA runner-up Deer Lakes. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

"Saying goodbye to collegiate-level talent is never easy but replacing it has been getting easier for the Deer Lakes High School softball program.

The program has elevated itself over the previous three years where it has been able to replace top-level talent with more top-level talent. The Lancers will have to do that this season as they graduated four contributors from last year's WPIAL runner-up team, including Becca Babincak and Hannah Blinn.

Babincak and Blinn not only were recruited to play in college -- Babincak at Point Park and Blinn at Allegheny -- but both are already contributing to their collegiate teams.

"They are both playing already and that gives you an idea of their talent level," Deer Lakes coach Craig Taliani said. "Offensively, we are going to lose a lot of hits, a lot of runs and a lot of RBIs.""


Swimming: Deer Lakes freshman rewriting school record book

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Deer Lakes freshman Mallory Marzolf is well on her way to owning nearly every Deer Lakes swimming record. Only a freshman, and only 13 meets into her career, Marzolf has rewritten five individual records and has been a part of all three record-breaking relays, and she has wasted little time in doing so.

On Dec. 6, Marzolf set school records in the 100 backstroke (1:03.85) and the 500 freestyle (5:25.32). Four days later she set school records in the 200 freestyle (2:01.49) and 100 freestyle (55.89). Also in December, Marzolf teamed up with her older sisters, twins Iris and Jade Marzolf, along with Renee Schmitzer, to set school records in the 200 freestyle relay (1:46.41) and 400 freestyle relay (3:50.40). On January 23 the foursome of Mallory Marzolf, Iris Marzolf, Jade Marzolf and Schmitzer made it three for three with yet another record relay, this time with a swim of 1:59.31 in the 200 medley relay.

The youngest Marzolf showed her versatility on Jan. 16 when she set the school record in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:22.78. She has qualified for the WPIAL Class AA championships in seven events and all three relays.