Softball: Deer Lakes warmed up and ready to go

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the Deer Lakes softball team.

"Not many high school students would be excited to return home from Myrtle Beach to late-March Pittsburgh weather.

Count the players on the Deer Lakes softball team as the exception.

With nine returning starters from a team that made a run to the WPIAL final last year and after a successful spring training trip to the Ripken Experience in Myrtle Beach, it is easy to see why the Lancers are so excited to return home and begin defense of their Section 3-AA title.

"They are ready," coach Craig Taliani said. "They are ready to come home and open up section. They are excited and ready to go.""



Alumni Update - Jeremy Gaston (Saint Francis)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

LORETTO, Pa. -- The Saint Francis men's volleyball defeated the Barton College Bulldogs 3-0 Saturday afternoon extending their winningGaston SFU streak to a season-high at two games.

The Red Flash never faulted against the Bulldogs in a match that barely exceeded 70 minutes. SFU improved to 3-4 on their home court, while Barton fell to 5-10 on the road.

During the second set the Red Flash never trailed the Bulldogs as they once again silenced a rowdy Barton bench.

Jeremy Gaston, a Deer Lakes graduate, recorded a set-high four kills giving the Red Flash a 2-0 advantage entering the third set.


(photo courtesy of Saint Francis University)


Hockey: Lancers advance to semis

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Montour entered Wednesday’s PIHL Class A Penguins Cup quarterfinal against Deer Lakes having won six of its past eight games, including an 8-6 victory over the Lancers Feb. 2.

But Deer Lakes was on top of its game Wednesday and overwhelmed the visiting Spartans.

PIHL leading scorer Mitchell Rupprecht scored three times, while Vinny Casale and Zach Luniewski each had two goals in an 8-1 victory. Deer Lakes had just 19 shots, but scored on 42 percent of them.

Jonathan Lang stopped 25 shots to earn the win in net for Deer Lakes, which will play Mars Wednesday night in the semifinals at RMU Sports Island Center. 


Hockey: Rupprecht, Luniewski at it again for Lancers

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Deer Lakes’ Mitchell Rupprecht and Zachary Luniewski are first and tied for second, respectively, in all the PIHL in points and the duo was able to pad their stats Monday night against Gateway.  

Rupprecht scored five goals and added three assists, while Luniewski had three goals and five assists in a 13-3 win.

For Rupprecht, it was the ninth time he scored at least three goals and 10th time he had at least five points in a game this season. His season-high came against Greenburg Salem in November when he scored 10 goals and added three assists. He has 58 goals and 37 assists on the season.


Hockey: Rupprecht pads goal lead with game-winner

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Deer Lakes needed a goal late to beat a tough Thomas Jefferson squad Friday night, so naturally the Lancers turned to the league’s leading sniper.

Mitchell Rupprecht, whose 51 goals are 16 more than anyone else in the PIHL, scored with 38 seconds remaining in the third period to lift the Lancers to a 6-5 victory over the Jaguars.

It was the third goal of the game for Rupprecht, who also assisted on Deer Lakes’ other three goals. Rupprecht leads the entire PIHL with 82 points.

Deer Lakes remains in first place in the Tier 1 Eastern Conference with 26 points, one point ahead of Hempfield. The Spartans have played one more game.